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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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The Jeep Wrangler Dual-Door Group offers factory-backed half-door comfort, style, and safety.
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Jeep Wrangler owners who want an open-air experience but don't want the complete doors-off look have a new from-the-factory option. Jeep Performance Parts and Mopar have worked together to create new half-doors for the iconic SUV.

The new Jeep Wrangler Dual-Door Group features two factory engineered, tested, and backed half-door options that offer owners the option to have production-level styling, security, and occupancy protection in addition to improved visibility.

Available for both two- and four-door Jeep Wrangler models through the Mopar Custom Shop, as part of an original new-vehicle purchase in the U.S. and Canada, the new Jeep Wrangler Dual-Door Group includes both full and half doors. Full-steel production doors are installed on the vehicle while matching body-color half doors are packaged within the vehicle.

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    With production-level materials and build quality, new half doors are designed to work when equipped with any of the following features: power mirrors, blind-spot detection, passive and non-passive entry handles, and power locks. A quick and easy swap from full doors to half doors can be accomplished within minutes using the existing hinge locations and the exact same wiring connections.

    The newly developed upper-window assemblies are designed to have a weather-tight sealant feature zippered plastic windows. Two materials are offered for the assemblies: base-model vinyl that matches the production soft-top roof or premium acrylic that matches the premium soft-top roof.

    Each upper-door frame section uses an easy, tool-free, dual-guide post feature for easy installation and removal.

    The Dual-Door Group is now available on two- and four-door Jeep Wrangler Sport, Rubicon; Sahara, Rubicon 392, and 4xe models. Factory-option pricing for the U.S.s tarts at $2,350 for the two-door's Dual-Door Group with base-model upper-window assembles while the four-door costs $3,995. Checking the box for the more premium version of the upper-window assemblies moves the price tag up to $2,550 for the two-door and $4,395 for the four-door.

    Warranty coverage for each Dual-Door Group option is included as part of the new-vehicle warranty of three years/36,000 miles.

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    The 2021 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 comes to a dealership near you later this quarter.

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    The 2021 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 is the V8-powered Wrangler y'all have been asking for. Now we know how much 470 horsepower under the hood will cost you - $73,500 - and that's before taxes, fees, and any dealership markup.

    With typical Wrangler Rubicon looks on the outside, the Rubicon 392's big selling point is its engine. The 6.4-liter V8 can get from zero to 60 mph in just 4.5 seconds and is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

    Jeep is equipping the Rubicon 392 with a 21.5-gallon fuel tank to help with the thirsty engine's range. To save on fuel, the Rubicon 392 uses cylinder deactivation to switch into four-cylinder mode when the V8 isn't needed.

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    The noise out back is courtesy of a two-mode performance exhaust. A functional air scoop feeds the engine and keeps it cool.

    All that power requires a stronger frame than the typical Wrangler has. It gets upgraded frame rails, improved cast-iron steering knuckles, and beefier front upper control arms. Stopping power comes from the SUV's larger-than-usual brakes - the Rubicon 392 has 14-inch rotors instead of the Rubicon's typical 13.4-inchers. A 2.0-inch lift is standard.

    Jeep has given the model an Off-Road Plus button that lets you lock the rear of the Wrangler Rubicon 392 while it's in four-wheel drive high gear. This functionality will prove especially helpful to desert trekking enthusiasts who get slippery sand under the tires but have to keep up their forward motion so they don't sink and get stuck.

    It's also Moab-ready. The Wrangler Rubicon 392 doesn't have the Rock-Trac transfer case that's in the typical Rubicon, but it makes up for it with the availability of low-end torque courtesy of the new V8. Add in the standard Select-Trac transfer case, locking rear differentials, and front sway bar disconnect and adventuring on rocks just became more manageable.

    The entire rig rides on 33-inch BF Goodrich KO2 tires that sit at all four corners one 17-inch beadlock-capable tires.

    Jeep has given the SUV 11 features that are normally options on Wrangler, nine color choices for buyers to pick from, and bronze colored accents. At the center of the dashboard is an n8.4-inch infotainment screen that allows Jeep Off-Road Pages to be viewed.

    Mopar will offer factory-based accessories with the model.

    The new Jeep is expected to arrive at dealerships in the first quarter of this year.

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