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These are the 2020 Kia Telluride's most family-friendly features

The Kia Telluride is an excellent three-row SUV for families.

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One of the most notable three-row SUVs to hit the market this year is the 2020 Kia Telluride, thanks to its rugged good looks, capable performance, and competitive pricing. As if that weren't enough, Telluride has a number of innovative features to make it one of the most family-friendly SUVs on the market as well. Here are a few of our favorites.

Driver Talk

2020 Kia Telluride Interior

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Kia lets you communicate with second and third row passengers without turning your head or having to shout over the radio. Just hit the "driver talk" icon to mute the music and have your voice piped through Telluride's speakers. Now you know your kids will hear you when you say, "Don't make me stop this car!"

Six USB Ports

2020 Kia Telluride Interior

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Clearly Kia realizes passengers confined to the third row are people, too. So not only do you get USB ports for the first and second row, but there's also one on each side in the way back to keep devices powered and kids entertained on long road trips. Bonus points for the convenient placement of the second row outlets high on the front seat backs for easy accessibility.

Safe Exit Assistance

2020 Kia Telluride

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It's hard enough to get kids to look both ways before they cross the street much less look behind them before opening the rear door. Telluride uses the rear radar to check for oncoming cars or bicycles and prevent the doors from being opened when danger is approaching.

Cavernous Cargo Space

2020 Kia Telluride Interior

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Not every three-row SUV has room for everyone's bag behind the third row, but the Telluride does. There's 21-cubic feet of cargo space when all the seats are occupied, meaning as long as everyone packs smartly, you can get a week's worth of luggage inside the car for your family vacation.

Easy Third Row Access

2020 Kia Telluride Interior

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It's bad enough to be consigned to the third row, at least getting in and out is easy. Telluride's second row seats fold and slide forward with the touch of a button and there are conveniently placed grab handles so you don't have to be a contortionist to get back there.

Interior Configurability

2020 Kia Telluride Interior

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Whether you need to carry a lot of people or a lot of stuff, Telluride has you covered. No matter if you have the second row captain's chairs or the bench seat, they fold flat which makes it perfect for bringing home all those things your kids can't live without, from a new flat-screen TV to enough groceries to feed a teenager for a week.

Rear Seat Occupant Alert

2020 Kia Telluride

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Kia knows that parents sometimes get distracted and it's surprisingly easy to leave a sleeping child or important package behind if you're in a rush. The standard rear occupant alert system has three separate warnings to let you know you've left something, or someone behind: a chime when you get ready to exit the vehicle, a text alert to your smartphone saying "Hey, you forgot something," and finally the horn will sound if the ultra sonic sensors detect anything in the rear two rows.

While Telluride is one of the best three-row SUVs on the road today, it's not perfect. There's no in-car WiFi and third row legroom isn't best in class. All in all, it's a great effort and worth considering if you're in the market for a family-friendly SUV.

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New Jeep Compass Coming Soon

The Compass gets a major update for 2022.


The Chicago Auto Show is happening now, which means we've already seen a few new models and concepts. Just yesterday, Jeep introduced the new 2022 Compass compact SUV. It gets a new design inside and out, updated tech, and a load of new available driver aids. The Compass' refresh comes as new models from Ford, Subaru and others could cut into Jeep's off-road dominance.

As it was in previous model years, the new Compass is powered by a 2.4-liter "Tigershark" four-cylinder engine that makes 177 horsepower and 172 pound-feet of torque. It's good for up to 31 mpg on the highway in 2WD models and can deliver a max towing capacity of up to 2,000 pounds in 4WD models. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard for Compass Sport and Latitude 4X2 models, while all others get a nine-speed automatic transmission that can handle the 20:1 crawl ratio setting in the Trailhawk model.

An all-new Latitude LUX trim joins the Compass lineup for 2022 as well. It features leather upholstery, heated front seats, a leather-wrapped heated steering wheel, an eight-way power driver seat, a seven-inch full-color gauge cluster, and the larger 10.1-inch screen.

2022 Jeep Compass The new Compass is more upscale than its predecessor.Stellantis/Jeep

The Compass comes with a class-leading 8.4-inch infotainment touchscreen, but higher trims get an even larger 10.1-inch unit. It offers standard wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and runs Uconnect 5, a colorful, responsive infotainment system with advanced features and tech.

Several new safety features make an appearance, but most are added-cost options. The highway assist system offers a semi-autonomous driving feature, which Jeep says will become available later. Other tech includes traffic sign recognition, standard pedestrian/cyclist automatic emergency braking, a surround-view camera system, parallel and perpendicular parking assist, and a long list of more traditional advanced driver aids like blind spot monitoring and parking sensors.

The Compass lineup for 2022 includes five trims: Sport, Latitude, Latitude LUX, Limited, and Trailhawk. Pricing for the new Compass starts at $26,490, including a $1,495 destination charge. At the top of the lineup, the Trailhawk and Limited models both start at $32,890. It's expected to start arriving on dealers' lots in fall 2021.

2022 Jeep Compass New color schemes highlight the Compass' interior.Stellantis/Jeep

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The 2022 Nissan Pathfinder arrives on dealer lots this summer.

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The 2022 Nissan Pathfinder doesn't have to be capable of rock crawling or deep water fording. What it has to do is service the needs of families in their daily life and give them the opportunity to competently go off-roading on rocky trails should they desire. The new, fifth-generation models does just that and adds in enough nifty features to make it among the most compelling choices for three-row SUV buyers.

The 2022 Pathfinder is thoroughly modern though not the boxy off-roader it once was. The SUV's styling harkens back to that time with a tilted, darkened C-pillar and a return to a more muscular body style. That styling makes straightforward visibility good but for shorter drivers seeing what is immediately in front of the grille is a challenge that necessitates using surround view camera technology (available only in upper trim levels) when navigating challenging terrain.

2022 Nissan Pathfinder The Pathfinder can easily handle the roads less traveled.Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

Under the hood is a 3.5-liter V6 that offers up 291 horsepower and torque - plenty to do the job without complaint. The SUV's nine-speed automatic transmission replaces the continuously variable transmission (CVT) from the previous generation and delivers smooth shifts. Though low-end torque isn't as robust as I like it to be, once up over 35 mph, the Pathfinder's powertrain delivers smooth, powerful sailing.

The redesigned architecture and components underpinning the Pathfinder make it stable on the road and don't allow it to wallow on winding roads. Even off-road, the suspension provides the right blend of stability while the drive dynamics allowing the driver to feel engaged with their surroundings whether on freshly paved roads, city streets, or muddy trails.

Nissan has given the Pathfinder a 6,000-pound towing capacity and even when maxed out the engine's functionality is strong as ever. The transmission can get held up in a gear mid-range when performing this function, however, with 5,000-6,000 rpms registering on the tachometer but a quick release of the gas pedal recalibrates the offering bringing it down to a more traditional 2,000 rpm range.

The eight-seater Pathfinder clearly has the Toyota Highlander in its sights, with good reason. It's the top-selling three-row SUV in the country. Nissan boasts that three adults can fit across the rear bench seat of the Pathfinder and, as long as they're average size or smaller, the marketing talking point holds up. There is gobs more room back there than there is in the Highlander.

2022 Nissan Pathfinder Nissan has given the Pathfinder ample cargo space.Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

Getting in and out of the third row is easy thanks to one-touch buttons on the outboard side of the second-row chairs that move the SUV's captain's seats forward creating enough room to get through to the back. Smartly, Nissan's engineers have put duplicates of these buttons on the back side of the same seats allowing third-row passengers to simply press the button to move the seat up.

The third row can also be accessed via a split between the captain's chairs as well, a space traditionally occupied by a center stowage bin/cup holders/arm rest. Owners can quickly remove the center console by opening a panel on the front and pulling the release mechanism. The one-handed operation takes seconds and the console can be easily stored in the under-floor trunk space behind the third row seat for ease.

Speaking of cargo space... The Pathfinder is one of the most spacious midsize SUVs on the market today for both passengers and cargo. There is a substantial amount of room behind the third-row seat and the under-floor storage area is nearly twice the size of the one in the Highlander. Plus, it has a feature that allows the area cover to be automatically propped up when pushed up by a user. This is especially help when carrying groceries or plants home and keeps them from being crushed.

The first- and second-row seats are suitably comfortable, even for extended periods of time and standard trig-zone climate control makes finding the right in-cabin mix easy. Bottle holders in the pockets of the front doors are exceptionally large, fitting even bulky water bottles.

2022 Nissan Pathfinder The Pathfinder's front row seats are comfortable.Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

In front of the driver is a standard tachometer, speedometer, and 7.0-inch driver information display. Buyers can upgrade to a fully digital 12.3-inch instrument cluster and head-up display but they're not reason enough to upgrade to the top-tier Pathfinder Platinum on their own.

Nissan packs the new Pathfinder with a host of desirable features that make living with the Pathfinder easier including one-touch auto up/down windows, a wireless phone charger, grocery hooks in the rear cargo area, USB ports in all three rows, second-row sunshades, rear door keyless entry, wireless Apple CarPlay, and a motion-activated lift gate.

The 2022 Nissan Pathfinder is priced to start at $33,410 for the two-wheel drive S base model and $35,310 for the four-wheel drive S base model. The model tops out around $50,000 with destination and delivery included, which seems fair when comparing the Pathfinder to other vehicles in the market.

2022 Nissan Pathfinder The Pathfinder can tow up to 6,000 pounds.Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

If you're thinking of purchasing a Ford Explorer, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Hyundai Palisade, Kia Telluride, Honda Pilot, or Highlander, do yourself a favor and schedule a test drive of the new Pathfinder when it arrives at a dealer lot near you. You may just be surprised how seamlessly it fits into your daily life compared to the competition.

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