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      09-20-2019 05:12 PM #1


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      • The Kia Telluride is proving to be a sales juggernaut, raking in cash with an average transaction price of over $40,000.
      Data from Cox Automotive shows that the majority of buyers are going for high-end models or adding options to midrange trims.
      • According to the same report from Cox, an average Telluride spends only 10 days on the ground at Kia dealers before being snapped up by eager buyers.

      Kia's latest entrant in the competitive mid-size-SUV segment–the handsome Telluride–is proving quite popular. According to a new report from Cox Automotive, it appears to be luring moneyed buyers to the value brand's showrooms.

      As first reported by Cars Direct, the Telluride's average transaction price since going on sale eight months ago is over $40,000, meaning most buyers are going with the top-spec SX trim or spending money on options for the midrange EX. Although base Telluride LX models start at just $32,785, the EX and SX start at $38,185 and $42,585 respectively.

      Such a situation is likely a dream come true for Kia and its dealers, many of which are apparently having trouble keeping the Telluride in stock. According to the same report from Cox, an average Telluride spends only 10 days on the ground at Kia dealers before being snapped up by eager buyers.

      According to the most recent data from Automotive News, Kia has sold 34,160 Tellurides through August 2019, with 6374 of them leaving dealer lots that month. That number surpasses its corporate twin, the Hyundai Palisade, which sold 5115 units in August. It should be noted that Palisade sales are still ramping up, as the Hyundai version of the SUV launched much later than the Kia, starting sales in June. To put that into perspective, the well-established Toyota Highlander sold 28,364 in the same time period.
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    2. 09-20-2019 05:13 PM #2
      Quote Originally Posted by Uber Wagon View Post


      TL;DR

      • The Kia Telluride is proving to be a sales juggernaut, raking in cash with an average transaction price of over $40,000.
      Data from Cox Automotive shows that the majority of buyers are going for high-end models or adding options to midrange trims.
      • According to the same report from Cox, an average Telluride spends only 10 days on the ground at Kia dealers before being snapped up by eager buyers.



      https://www.caranddriver.com/news/a2...saction-price/

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      Used ML / GLE > Telluride

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      09-20-2019 05:15 PM #3
      Quote Originally Posted by Golgo-13 View Post
      Used ML / GLE > Telluride
      Can't compare Kia to used Mercedes. What is this? Uber's Stinger forum?
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      09-20-2019 05:34 PM #4
      I've been seeing them more and more often, and one of my coworkers is eyeballing one. Glad it's doing well for them.

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      09-20-2019 05:40 PM #5
      Quote Originally Posted by Shmi View Post
      I've been seeing them more and more often, and one of my coworkers is eyeballing one. Glad it's doing well for them.
      I see them everywhere in my area. I'd dare say I see them even more so than the new Honda Pilot or even the Subaru Ascent.
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      09-20-2019 05:45 PM #6
      Quote Originally Posted by Uber Wagon View Post
      I see them everywhere in my area. I'd dare say I see them even more so than the new Honda Pilot or even the Subaru Ascent.
      I've seen only one in Denver. It was a loaded SX. I like the Amber DRLs but I'm the minority.

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      09-20-2019 05:51 PM #7
      Quote Originally Posted by Uber Wagon View Post
      I see them everywhere in my area. I'd dare say I see them even more so than the new Honda Pilot or even the Subaru Ascent.
      Yeah...you've got those military big spenders down there...Knock up your girl and it's time to trade in the Scion FR-S for that Big Daddy Telluride!


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      09-20-2019 05:39 PM #9
      Quote Originally Posted by Golgo-13 View Post
      Used ML / GLE > Telluride
      Don't. Just don't.
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      09-20-2019 05:41 PM #10
      Quote Originally Posted by Golgo-13 View Post
      Used ML / GLE > Telluride
      In yearly maintenance and fuel costs, sure.
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      09-20-2019 05:44 PM #11
      Quote Originally Posted by NeverEnoughCars View Post
      In yearly maintenance and fuel costs, sure.
      GLE is probably Certified, but ML be like:

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      09-20-2019 09:57 PM #12
      I actually saw one the other day.
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      09-20-2019 10:15 PM #13
      competitive to class leading vehicles in a hot segment, that being the "we *definitely* can't have a minivan" segment.

      H/K stigma is slowly wearing off. My folks prefer their vehicles to the japanese competition, and when you throw in the 10/100 warranty, eyyyyyyyy. There's no nut to crack here.

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      09-20-2019 10:25 PM #14
      Quote Originally Posted by Golgo-13 View Post
      Used ML / GLE > Telluride
      You are correct, the cost to maintain a used Mercedes is probably 10x as much as the cost to maintain a new Kia.

    15. 09-21-2019 02:52 AM #15
      I haven't seen any below 125th Street. But I was shocked to see two in Harlem, first a black one then a white one. Car definitely has presence.

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      09-21-2019 02:00 PM #16
      Quote Originally Posted by Golgo-13 View Post
      Used ML / GLE > Telluride
      Yeah, until the warranty expires and you actually have to pay the repair bill.

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      09-21-2019 08:05 AM #18
      They are popping up more frequently here. My cousin and another friend just bought one. The. Telluride is really making waves in this segment. If I wanted a reasonably sized 3 row “rugged” people mover it would be my first test drive.

      As for the BOF looks, Kia is echoing first gen Mercedes ML marketing with off-road demos and such. It can certainly handle any camp road you might throw at it.



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      09-21-2019 09:27 AM #19
      to Hundai/Kia!

      Telluride & Palisade do look good. Seems like H/K is bringing out the old Santa Fe recipe they used to so much success back in the 90's - build a moderately priced SUV that most can afford = profit! H/K is eating GM's lunch.

      All that said. I'd still rather get a pre-owned GX460 for the same money as a new Telluride/Palisade. Having the latest in tech/infotainment isn't important to me.
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      09-21-2019 12:49 PM #20
      only thing that bugs the crap out of me;



      looks like the engine is mounted longitudinally, given the pulleys in the front...but yet it's a front-wheel drive full size SUV? ish. I really dislike front-wheel drive platform packaged vehicles. Otherwise, Hyundai and Kia are real solid alternatives.
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      09-21-2019 01:05 PM #21
      ^ I reverse image searched that and it looks like it's from the K900 (longitudinal).

      It's transverse
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    22. 09-21-2019 01:12 PM #22
      And looks like the plastic engine cover is part carbon fiber

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      09-21-2019 08:15 PM #23
      Quote Originally Posted by adrew View Post
      ^ I reverse image searched that and it looks like it's from the K900 (longitudinal).

      It's transverse
      ahhh i see. thanks!

      but i still feel this would have been a much better product as an FR SUV, albeit more expensive.
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      09-21-2019 01:21 PM #24
      Quote Originally Posted by lowlight View Post
      build a moderately priced SUV that most can afford = profit! H/K is eating GM's lunch.
      are they?

      also I thought this thread was about how people are spending big on these?
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      09-21-2019 01:49 PM #25
      See a ton of these in SoCal.

      Test drove the H/K twins recently and was pleasantly surprised. They drove very well, great pickup, great amenities and really well optioned. Long-term interior condition will be interesting to see. If not neglected, it'd be curious if the materials and fit/finish hold up as well as the Japanese counterparts. What's curious is how small they felt on the road when driven through busy areas yet they have a big presence when compared to other cars on the exterior.

      When I spoke to the local Hyundai dealership, they indicated that there's high demand so the pricing is not super competitive and lease programs are not highly incentivized yet.

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