Kia Telluride

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Don't be fooled by the Kia Telluride's big, boxy shape and available seating for eight passengers. Kia's latest and greatest plays in the highly competitive midsize crossover class, with the Chevrolet Traverse, Honda Pilot, Subaru Ascent and other mainstream SUVs squarely in its sights.

Kia is going all in on the boxy look. You'll only find a few curves across the SUV's sheetmetal. A wide grille, broad hood, vertically stacked headlights and an upright windshield lend to this large-and-in-charge stance, while more rakish details like the curved taillights with LED elements strike a distinctive signature out on the road.

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Available in LX, EX, S and SX trims, every Telluride is powered by a naturally aspirated, 3.8-liter V6 engine, with 291 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. An eight-speed automatic transmission handles shifting duties, and while front-wheel drive is standard, all-wheel drive can be added to any model for an extra $2,000.

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