KIA TEL­LURIDE

Antelope Valley Press (Sunday) - - New 2020 Vehicle Preview -

This full-size util­ity ve­hi­cle bor­rows its name from a Colorado ski-re­sort town and is equal in size to the re­lated Hyundai Pal­isade. Both can hold up to eight peo­ple (seven, if you se­lect the op­tional se­cond-row bucket seats). With a full load, the Tel­luride can still pro­vide as much cargo ca­pac­ity as most of its con­tem­po­raries, and pull up to 5,000 pounds of trailer weight. The in­te­rior es­chews any hint of su­per­flu­ous ex­cess, while the dashboard is el­e­gantly turned out, in­clud­ing the 8.0- or op­tional 10.3-inch touch­screen perched above the air vents. In back, both rows fold prac­ti­cally flat and the load floor lifts up to re­veal a gen­er­ously pro­por­tioned stowage com­part­ment. The sole pow­er­plant is a 3.8-liter V-6 that puts out 291 horse­power and 262 pound­feet of max­i­mum torque. It’s con­nected to an eight-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion. The op­tional all-wheel-drive sys­tem — avail­able with all trims — di­rects 100 per­cent to the front wheels in Eco or Smart modes, while Com­fort and Snow modes split it 80:20 front to rear. For more ag­gres­sive driv­ing, the Sport mode split is 65:35. In Lock mode, the sys­tem’s Down­hill Brake Con­trol can be en­gaged to keep the Tel­luride mov­ing at a con­trolled (slow) rate.

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