As well as passengers, a family SUV needs to be capable of hauling plenty of cargo, and the Telluride doesn’t disappoint in this respect either. A total of 21 cubic feet of cargo space is available with all three rows up, and this rises to 46 cubic feet of space with the third row folded down. Fold down both the second and third rows and a huge 87 cubic feet of space is available, according to Kia. That’s one of the most generous cargo capacities in the segment, but if that isn’t enough, the Kia can also tow a trailer weighing up to 5,000 lb.
To be able to properly visualize what those numbers mean, it’s useful to conduct a like-for-like test for each SUV in the segment. Car and Driver has done exactly that, by measuring the number of carry-on suitcases they could fit in each car. The Telluride fit four carry-on suitcases behind its third row, and an impressive 35 with both the second and third-row folded down. In comparison, the Ford Explorer could only fit a maximum of 31 suitcases, and the GMC Acadia was only able to fit 28. It’s also worth noting that the Telluride has a generous amount of storage cubbies around the car for smaller, miscellaneous items.