2023 Kia Telluride Preview

Chris Teague | Apr 13, 2022

The Kia Telluride is one of the most popular and hard-to-find models today. Just a few years into its run on the market, Kia has more demand for its largest SUV than it can handle. The 2023 model year brings an impressive list of updates to the 3-row family hauler, including refreshed styling, new interior tech, and two new trim levels.

2023 Kia Telluride Black Front Quarter View

All 2023 Tellurides come with a V6 engine and an 8-speed automatic transmission. Kia hasn't announced its full trim line for the SUV for 2023, but the new X-Line and X-Pro trims will likely add to the existing LX, S, EX, and SX. The Telluride has always been a relative value pick in its segment; fully loaded, it tops out under $50,000. We expect the 2023 model to continue this structure, though the new trims could exceed that number with accessories.

What's New for the 2023 Kia Telluride? - Find the best Kia deals!

  • New X-Line and X-Pro trims with rugged styling and more ground clearance
  • Updated exterior design with new front and rear fascias
  • New interior styling with updated dash and newly available dual displays
  • Available semi-autonomous hands-free driving system
  • Assembled at Kia's Georgia facility

2023 Kia Telluride Exterior - Find the best Kia deals!

2023 Kia Telluride Black Rear Quarter View

Kia says the 2023 Telluride is "designed for America," which means athletic, eye-catching style in automaker-speak. Kia restyled the new SUV's front end with vertical headlights and new bumpers. The effect isn't dramatically different from past model years, but the look is simpler and cleaner overall. All trims get new wheel designs for 2023, and Kia offers three new colors: Dawning Red, Jungle Wood Green, and Midnight Lake Blue.

2023 Kia Telluride Interior - Find the best Kia deals!

2023 Kia Telluride Interior Dashboard

For 2023, Kia updated the Telluride's cabin with new tech and a redesigned dashboard, but the SUV retains its family-friendly standard 8-passenger seating arrangement. The new dashboard features an available dual 12.3-inch screen system and a new panel with controls for the HVAC system. Kia redesigned the steering wheel, bringing the new Kia corporate logo and a friendly 2-spoke design. New color schemes are also available.

The new X-Line trim gets exclusive "X-Line" embossing on its front seats inside, and the X-Pro gets "X-Pro" stitching. Other standard features include Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth, and SiriusXM satellite radio. Kia offers several upgrades, including a 10-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, a head-up display, and extra USB ports.

2023 Kia Telluride Specs - Find the best Kia deals!

All 2023 Tellurides come standard with a 3.8-liter V6 engine that makes 291 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. An 8-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive are standard, while all-wheel drive is available. The SUV gets four driving modes standard, including Sport, Eco, Comfort, and Smart. All-wheel-drive models pick up an additional Snow mode and the ability to shift power between the front and rear axles based on drive mode. Downhill brake control is also standard, which helps maintain a consistent speed traveling down steep inclines.

The X-Line trim gets a 10mm lift that improves ground clearance for easier off-roading. It also has a towing mode with altered transmission performance and an upgraded traction control system. The X-Pro trim builds on that with an increased towing capacity from 5,000 to 5,500 pounds.

2023 Kia Telluride Safety - Find the best Kia deals!

The 2023 Telluride gets a long list of new and standard driver aids, including a new speed limit assist system that alerts max speed and can control the cruise control speed. Kia's intersection turn assistance system is also standard. It's designed to detect oncoming vehicles and prevent a collision. Highway Driving Assist and Safe Exit Assist are also standard.

2023 Kia Telluride Technology - Find the best Kia deals!

Kia offers a myriad of standard tech features for the 2023 Telluride, starting with the new touchscreen interface. A 12.3-inch touchscreen display is standard, and a 12.3-inch gauge cluster is available. The panels are mounted together in a single unit that forms a curved display in front of the driver. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard, along with a multi-device Bluetooth system.

Kia offers two family-friendly features that allow parents to communicate more easily with device-distracted kids. A microphone system projects the driver's voice across the second and third rows, and a quiet mode shuts off the audio to the back seats. The system also brings over-the-air updates and the ability to connect the Telluride to a smart speaker system such as Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant.

2023 Kia Telluride Competitors - Find the best Kia deals!

The Kia Telluride competes in the thick of one of the country's most cutthroat auto segments—midsize SUVs. It faces off against the Ford ExplorerHonda PilotHyundai PalisadeToyota HighlanderVolkswagen Atlas, and others.

Kia is the source of information in this article. It was accurate as of April 13, 2022, but it may have changed since that date. Always confirm product details and availability with the automaker's website or your local dealership.

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