Everything New on the Refreshed 2023 Kia Telluride

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It’s only been three years since its introduction to the 8-seat SUV scene. But in that time, the Kia Telluride has garnered more awards and praise than any other SUV in recent memory. And now it is receiving an array of enhancements that build upon the incredible success of the original design.

The Telluride has attracted over 75 percent of its buyers as new to the Kia family. Not only that, but because of high customer satisfaction, Telluride owners have the most brand loyalty of any midsize SUV when returning to the market for another vehicle.

Big, capable, and powerful, the Telluride is as ready as ever for adventures of all kinds, from family road trips across the country to off-road excursions bound by few limits.

Here is everything you need to know about the refreshed 2023 Kia Telluride.

Exterior Styling Updates

Retaining its bold and sophisticated appearance, the Telluride undergoes some exterior restyling for a more rugged and refined look in the new model year:

  • Revised vertical headlamp design (standard LED) and available foglamps
  • New bumpers and grille
  • Revised taillamps
  • New rear fascia and trim
  • Revised lower door garnish trim/side sills
  • New wheel designs for every trim

The Telluride is also adding three new exterior colour choices:

  • Midnight Lake Blue
  • Dawning Red
  • Jungle Wood Green

Interior Updates

The Telluride also received updates to the technology and design offered on the interior, these updates are:

  • Curved and seamless dual 12.3-inch display screens – gauge cluster (available) and navigation
  • Redesigned dashboard with revised trim panels and HVAC vents
  • Redesigned steering wheel
  • Optional Full Display Mirror with HomeLink functionality (replacing standard rearview mirror)
  • Available Smart Power Liftgate with “Auto Close” functionality
  • New interior colour packages

X-Line and X-Pro Trims Added to the 2023 Kia Telluride

The 2023 Kia Telluride offers new rugged trim lines in the form of the X-Line and X-Pro trims. Here are the improvements the X-Line and X-Pro offer:

Telluride X-Line


  • Unique radiator grille design
  • Bridge-type roof rails
  • Body-color door handles
  • Exclusive 20-inch wheels
  • “X-Line” badging


  • “X-Line” embossing on front seat upper backrest
  • Exclusive colour packages
  • Chassis and Capability


  • Higher ground clearance (+10mm)
  • Improved approach and departure angles
  • Tow mode for optimized trailering performance (shift logic, sway control)
  • Upgraded Traction Control System (TCS)

Telluride X-Pro (in addition to or in place of X-Line features)


  • Exclusive 18-inch black wheels and 18-inch all-terrain tires (Continental)
  • “X-Pro” badging


  • “X-Pro” embossing on front seat upper backrest
  • 110-volt inverter outlet (cargo area)
  • Chassis and Capability


  • Increased towing limit from 5,000 pounds to 5,500 pounds

New Safety Technology

As Kia’s flagship SUV, the 2023 Telluride offers brand new safety features and technology that add to the already long list of features. These new features include:

  • Intelligent Speed Limit Assist (ISLA): Maximum speed sign recognition that alerts the driver and also limits the speed of the car depending on the settings (standard)
  • Navigation-based Smart Cruise Control – Curve (NSCC-C): Leverages the navigation system to lower the vehicle’s speed proactively before upcoming curves in the road (available)
  • Highway Driving Assist 2 (HDA 2): A driving convenience system that maintains the distance from the vehicle in front and the lane position on the highway, and also assists in lane changes (available; HDA 1.5 is standard on Telluride)
  • Forward Collision Avoidance – Junction Turning (FCA-JT): Detects oncoming vehicles while turning left at an intersection (junction).  If a collision appears likely, the system applies the brakes to stop the car (standard)
  • Forward Collision Avoidance Junction Crossing (FCA-JC): Detects crossing vehicles while passing through an intersection.  If a collision appears likely, the system applies the brakes to stop the car (available)
  • 1 Forward Collision Avoidance Lane Change Oncoming (FCA-LO): Assists in preventing collision with oncoming vehicles while passing other vehicles by providing steering input (available)
  • 2 Forward Collision Avoidance Lane Change Side (FCA-LS): Assists in preventing collision with cycles/vehicles in the front of the car while changing lanes by providing steering input (available)
  • 3 Forward Collision Avoidance – Evasive Steering Assist (FCA-ESA): Assists in preventing collision with obstacles/pedestrians/vehicles in front of the car while driving straight by providing steering input (available)

Learn more about the highly anticipated 2023 Kia Telluride, including when you can experience it for yourself by staying up to date with our blog.