2023 Kia Telluride: Revised Styling, New Safety Tech & Rugged X-Line, X-Pro Trims

The redesigned Kia Telluride made a smashing debut at the 2022 New York International Auto Show. We figure the 2023 Telluride’s impending arrival is why Kia held back in significantly updating the outgoing variant’s proven styling cues. The “designed-for-America” Kia Telluride remains a brilliant family SUV that prioritizes comfort, space, decent off-road manners, and a premium interior for less money than an equivalent German, Japanese, or American offering.

2023 Kia Telluride: What’s New?

The outgoing 2022 Telluride received a handful of updated standard equipment like automatic climate control, a 10.25-inch infotainment screen, a new Kia logo, and TELLURIDE rear badging. As expected, the 2023 Telluride takes it a step further with new vertically-oriented LED headlight clusters, redesigned front and rear bumpers, a reshaped “tiger nose” front grille, revised taillights, new wheel designs, and fresh paint colors (Midnight Lake Blue, Dawning Red, and Jungle Wood Green).

Inside the 2023 Kia Telluride has a redesigned dashboard with new trim panels and vents. You’ll also find dual 12.3-inch display screens, a four-spoke steering wheel, and revised interior color combinations. The new Telluride remains a family SUV to the core by offering adequate room for up to eight passengers and 21 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row.

2023 Kia Telluride interior layout.
2023 Kia Telluride interior layout. Photo: Kia Motors America.

New Telluride X-Line & X-Pro

Despite its outdoorsy countenance, the Kia Telluride was never about hardcore off-roading, so we found it puzzling why Kia gave the 2023 Telluride a pair of off-road-ready trim variants called the X-Line and X-Pro. Kia claims the new X-Line and X-Pro are for “Kia owners who choose to go off the beaten path every so often” with standard all-wheel-drive and bespoke wilderness-approved equipment. The X-Line also replaces the Telluride Nightfall Edition for 2023.

The 2023 Kia Telluride X-Line has unique 20-inch wheels, body-color door handles, bridge-type roof rails, X-Line badging, and a bespoke front grille. Inside, the X-Line has new interior color packages and embossed X-Line badges on the front seats. Other features include a 10mm higher ground clearance, a new Tow mode, and a reconfigured traction control system to better cope with slippery or loose terrain.

Meanwhile, Telluride X-Pro has exclusive 18-inch wheels wrapped in chunkier Continental all-terrain tires, X-Pro badging, a 110-volt inverter in the cargo bay, and X-Pro embossed seats. All trim variants have Apple CarPlay/Android Auto connectivity, five USB charging ports, and a 10-inch heads-up display (HUD), to name a few. The X-Line and X-Pro can tow up to 5,500 lbs., 500 more than before.

2023 Kia Telluride
Photo: Kia Motors America.

2023 Kia Telluride: Engine & Powertrain

We find it surprising Kia has resisted the urge to hybridize or electrify its best-selling Telluride, but we understand it’s not easy messing with a proven formula. The 2023 Telluride remains steadfast to its 3.8-liter V6 gas engine with direct injection, pumping out 291 horsepower and 262 lb-ft. of torque. The engine pairs with a slick-shifting eight-speed automatic that turns the front or all four wheels.

The Telluride’s four-wheel independent suspension keeps the sunny side up when turning corners, while an available self-leveling rear suspension automatically calibrates the ride height depending on vehicle load. Furthermore, the Telluride’s active on-demand AWD system has an electro-hydraulic coupling that constantly redistributes engine torque to the front and rear wheels for steadier grip.

More Advanced Safety Tech

The 2023 Kia Telluride has its fair share of advanced driving aids. It now has an intelligent speed limit assist feature on top of other standard safety features like lane departure warning, lane-keeping assist, smart cruise control, forward collision avoidance, and blind-spot monitoring. Of note is Kia’s “Forward Collision Avoidance – Junction Turning” safety feature. It detects oncoming vehicles while turning left at an intersection (junction). If a collision appears likely, the system applies the brakes to stop the Telluride.

2023 Kia Telluride.
Photo: Kia Motors America.

2023 Kia Telluride Warranty

New Kia vehicles have the best warranties in the industry, and the Telluride is no exception. All Tellurides leave the factory with a five-year/60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty and a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty.

If you are concerned about long-term maintenance costs, an extended warranty may provide you with some extra peace of mind. This helpful guide will give you more insight into Kia extended warranties and whether or not they are suitable for you.

2023 Kia Telluride: Pricing & Availability

The 2023 Kia Telluride starts at $37,025 for the LX FWD, $38,925 for the S FWD, and $42,625 for the EX FWD. Add an extra $2,000 to any of those trim levels for all-wheel drive. The Telluride SX will start above $46,000, while the SX Prestige will begin north of $51,000. All pricing figures here reflect the $1,335 destination fee.

If you have questions about new vehicle financing, this auto loans 101 guide will point you in the right direction. 

Alvin Reyes is an Automoblog feature columnist and an expert in sports and performance cars. He studied civil aviation, aeronautics, and accountancy in his younger years and is still very much smitten to his former Lancer GSR and Galant SS. He also likes fried chicken, music, and herbal medicine.

Photos & Source: Kia Motors America.