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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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The 2023 Sportage Hybrid starts at around $28,000.

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Kia's moving full steam ahead to an all-electric future, but the automaker's intermediate models should not be overlooked. Kia and Hyundai do hybrids as well as anyone, and the 2023 Sportage Hybrid is coming soon with new tech, updated styling, and a value-forward price. The 2023 Kia Sportage Hybrid goes on sale in spring.

2023 Kia Sportage HybridThe Sportage Hybrid delivers up to 39 mpg.Kia

Kia offers the Sportage hybrid in three trims: The $28,505 LX, $32,205 EX, and $37,405 SX-Prestige. All models come with a turbocharged 1.6-liter engine and a 44kW electric motor that combine to produce 226 horsepower. A six-speed automatic transmission with a rotary shifter is standard, and all-wheel drive become standard at the EX trim. The powertrain is efficient for an SUV, delivering up to 39 mpg when paired with front-wheel drive.

Kia says the Sportage Hybrid's interior features a 12.3-inch infotainment touchscreen and a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster for almost 25 inches of display. Standard tech is generous, and includes wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. There's also plenty of safety tech. Kia adds standard gear that includes:

  • Driver attention warning system
  • LED headlights
  • Lane following assist and lane keep assist
  • Forward collision warnings with cyclist detection
  • Rear occupant alerts
  • Rearview monitor
  • Reverse parking distance warnings
Several optional features are available, including blind spot warnings, forward parking distance warnings, navigation-based cruise control, and more.

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New subcompact crossover

Honda announces freshened HR-V for 2023

The new HR-V is based on the Civic.

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With the release of the all-new Civic and its performance variants, Honda's lineup grew more exciting this year. Even so, the automaker can't forget about its bread and butter models, which in the United States means SUVs. Its smallest, the HR-V, is getting an overhaul for 2023 with fresh styling and a more responsive powertrain. Honda hasn't elaborated on pricing or given out an exact release date for the HR-V, but we know the SUV is coming this summer.

2023 Honda HR-VThe new HR-V gets fresh styling and a more responsive powertrain.Honda

The 2023 HR-V gets a new grille with a longer hood and sweeping roofline. Honda notes that the new HR-V is based on the Civic, so while we don't have full powertrain and tech details for the new SUV, we can draw some inferences from that information. The new Civic comes standard with a 158-horsepower four-cylinder engine and a CVT, which would be a reasonable choice for the HR-V. As it did in the Civic, the base will likely also bring a lively driving experience and confident handling to the HR-V.

2023 Honda HR-VThe HR-V will hit the streets this summer.Honda

Honda says the HR-V features a large greenhouse with door-mounted mirrors and a low cowl for better visibility. LED headlights and tail lights are standard, and the new rear-end design features a more rounded, grown-up shape than the previous model.

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