New X-Line and X-Pro trims add a more rugged, blacked-out look and enhanced capability thanks to taller springs and shocks, resulting in an improved 8.4-inches of ground clearance.  

X-Line variants get 20-inch gloss-black wheels, while X-Pros get more aggressive all-terrain tires on 18-inch wheels. However 

The sole powertrain remains the same 291-horsepower, 3.8-liter V-6 engine that has powered the Telluride since its debut 

it’s mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission and comes with either front- or all-wheel drive. 

There’s no getting around that the Telluride is a substantial three-row SUV, but it rides and handles well for its size. 

The ride is comfortable with either 18- or 20-inch wheels and tires, and steering is nicely weighted with more feedback than is typically found in the class.

Tech upgrades for 2023 include a new 12.3-inch touchscreen mounted atop the dash and an optional second 12.3-inch screen for the instrument panel. 

Thankfully, Kia has chosen to retain easy-to-use knobs and buttons for some climate and audio functions 

The Telluride’s cabin remains a strong suit and is surprisingly roomy for its size with an excellent driving position and good visibility all around. 

Seats in the first two rows are big and comfortable, with plenty of leg- and hiproom, and there’s plenty of headroom even with the optional panoramic moonroof. 

That makes it an impressive and well-equipped value among mid-size three-row SUVs. 

A base 2023 Telluride LX with FWD starts at just over $37,000 (all prices include a $1,335 destination charge).