2023 Kia Telluride: First Drive Review

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Powertrain
The Telluride drives well, the 3.8-liter V6 engine provides ample power for accelerating from stops or passing at highway speeds; the crossover has the right level of power to be competitive in the midsize segment. Transmission shifts are smooth; drivers can choose to shift manually with the gear shift lever, but there are no paddle shifters behind the steering wheel — even on top trim levels. During our drive we switched back and forth between Sport and Comfort modes, preferring the throttle response of Sport while attempting to capitalize on the fuel economy offered via Comfort mode.

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