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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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Kia announces updates for 2022 Forte

Kia revised the Forte's styling for 2022.

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While many automakers cut cars to focus on highly profitable trucks and SUVs, Kia has remained dedicated to cars and continues improving them year after year. The Forte was updated for 2022 with new tech, massaged styling, and revised advanced safety features.

The new Forte offers a revised front-end design, new bumpers, updated wheels, and updated headlights. Though the car's overall shape and style are familiar, the detail work around the grille, lower front fascia, and headlights adds a sharp, modern look to the car. The same is true for the car's rear end, as the new bumper, taillights, and trunk lid spoiler all add to the car's appeal but don't drastically differentiate it from its predecessor.

2022 Kia Forte The Forte can be had with a powerful turbocharged engine.Kia

Inside, the new Forte features a standard 4.2-inch color driver information display and an eight-inch touchscreen that runs wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. A massive 25-inch wide touchscreen system is standard for the GT and GT-Line trims that includes navigation and over-the-air map updates. The car can be optioned with SynTex synthetic leather upholstery and the available smart key system now includes remote start.

The Forte is still offered with two engine choices for 2022. They include a 2.0-liter inline-four that produces 147 horsepower and returns 41 mpg on the highway. A continuously variable transmission is paired with the 2.0-liter engine. The upgraded engine is a turbocharged 1.6-liter inline-four that produces 201 horsepower through either a seven-speed dual clutch automatic or a six-speed manual transmission.

2022 Kia Forte The Forte comes packed with standard tech and safety features.Kia

A host of advanced driver aids are standard: Forward collision-avoidance assist, forward collision warnings, lane departure warnings, lane keeping assist, and a driver attention warning system. The Forte is available with highway driving assist, navigation-based adaptive cruise control, safe exit warnings, blind spot collision avoidance assistance, forward collision alerts, pedestrian and cyclist detection, and rear cross-traffic alerts.

2022 Kia Forte Synthetic leather is available in the Forte.Kia

The Monterrey, Mexico-built Forte should begin arriving on dealers' lots soon. Kia offers the car in four trims: FE, LXS, GT-Line, and GT. The mid-level EX trim was dropped for 2022.

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The Santa Fe Hybrid offers plenty to like.

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The 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid is all-new for 2021, and features an impressive list of standard features, great safety scores, and family-friendly space. If you're looking for a new SUV, it's hard to imagine a better fit for an urban family, or any other family, for that matter. Beyond a few small complaints, the Santa Fe Hybrid offers plenty to like.

Here are three things to like about the 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe.

2021 Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid The Santa Fe Hybrid brings great passenger space and an upscale interior.Hyundai

It offers plenty of passenger and cargo space

The Santa Fe offers roomy seating for up to five adults with more than reasonable head and legroom in both rows. Second-row passengers have room to move, and don't end up jockeying for position with taller front-seat passengers. When the SUV is packed with people and needs to haul gear, it's more than capable of doing that, too, as it offers 36.4 cubic feet of space behind the second row and up to 72.1 cubic feet with the second-row seats folded down. Making the space more accessible, power-folding second-row seats and a hands-free power liftgate are standard.

2021 Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid All trims come decked out with safety equipment.Hyundai

It delivers excellent fuel economy

The Santa Fe Hybrid returns impressive fuel economy numbers, especially in town, making it an excellent urban family runabout. The EPA estimates that the SUV can deliver 33 mpg in the city, 30 mpg on the highway, and 32 mpg combined. The Santa Fe Hybrid Blue returns 36 mpg in the city, 31 mpg on the highway, and 34 mpg combined. That's several miles per gallon better than the standard Santa Fe and better than some sedans.

2021 Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid Fuel economy is better than many smaller cars.Hyundai

It earned great safety scores

The 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe earned a Top Safety Pick award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). That score is due in part to the Santa Fe's Good marks in crash tests, but the SUV's long list of standard safety kit helps, too. All models come with forward collision-avoidance assist with pedestrian, cyclist, and junction turning detection, lane keeping assist, driver attention warnings, lane following assist, and a rear occupant alert system. Optional features include blind spot collision-avoidance assist, rear cross-traffic collision-avoidance assist, a parking distance warning system, and a highway driving assist system.

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