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Six Ways Kia Designed the 2023 Telluride X-Pro To Be Amazing In Winter

The X-Pro trim of the 2023 Kia Telluride has six specific features that make it stand apart from the three-row crossover crowd when it comes to winter adventures.


Everyone loves the Kia Telluride three-row SUV. It is perfectly sized to fit in your garage but still offers plenty of room for seven passengers. It’s a looker. If you like the classic shape of an SUV with modern accents and trim, this is your SUV. However, what we found in our testing during some very cold New England testing, is that the X-Pro trim of the Telluride was designed especially for winter adventures.

Here are six ways Kia made smart design decisions to enable the Telluride X-Pro driver to tame winter.

Image of 2023 Kia Telluride X-Pro tire by John GorehamKia Telluride X-Pro - Trail-Rated Traction+ Tires
The Telluride X-Pro comes equipped with tires that are rated for trail duty. The Continental Terrain Contact tires with Traction+ Technology are designed to offer superior wet-road traction. Kia also sized the tires to have a meaty sidewall so that when covering unpaved trails, the tires won’t be susceptible to damage. It is refreshing to see more and more automakers making wise choices and offering an alternative to the ridiculous oversized ultra-low profile tires that had become the norm.

Image of 2023 Kia Telluride Pro X drive mode selector by John GorehamKia Telluride X-Pro - Locking AWD
Of course, the Telluride X-Pro has all-wheel drive. This is the best drivetrain possible, even superior to four-wheel drive for snow duty. What Kia did that is special is the company added a lock button, so the driver can ensure that the AWD system is not starting off in two-wheel drive until slip is detected. We like a manual locking AWD system for snow.

Kia Telluride X-Pro - Snow Mode
Kia equips its Telluride X-Pro with a dedicated Snow Mode. This will manage wheelspin, throttle, and transmission settings so that the best possible traction on snow is achieved.

Image of 2023 Kia Telluride X-Pro heated seats and wheel by John GorehamKia Telluride X-Pro - Heated Seats and Steering Wheel
Comfort matters in winter. You won't need gloves or a jacket when you set off for your drive to the ski resort in the Kia Telluride X-Pro. A heated steering wheel and three-position heated seats mean you will be toasty.

Image of 2023 Kia Telluride Pro X roof rack by John GorehamKia Telluride X-Pro - Easy-to-Use Roof Racks For Skis and Snowboards
Every true SUV has a roof rack system, and Kia’s Telluride X-Pro offers a very functional set that can be sued with any aftermarket snowboard or ski rack you wish to employ.

Image of 2023 Kia Telluride X-Pro spare tire by John GorehamKia TellurideX-Pro - Spare Tire
Nothing can disrupt a ski adventure worse than a flat tire. Liquid tire repair and inflator kits are a joke when temps are below freezing. For that reason, Kia includes a spare tire under the Telluride. This will give you the ability to get to a tire store or back home and keep on driving.

Tell us in the comments below if you find the Kia Telluride X-Pro to be as winter ready as your needs might warrant.

Images of 2023 Kia Telluride X-Pro by John Goreham.

John Goreham is a long-time New England Motor Press Association member and recovering engineer. John's interest in EVs goes back to 1990 when he designed the thermal control system for an EV battery as part of an academic team. After earning his mechanical engineering degree, John completed a marketing program at Northeastern University and worked with automotive component manufacturers, in the semiconductor industry, and in biotech. In addition to Torque News, John's work has appeared in print in dozens of American news outlets and he provides reviews to many vehicle shopping sites. You can follow John on TikTok @ToknCars, on Twitter, and view his credentials at Linkedin

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BRIAN STEVENS (not verified)    November 21, 2022 - 6:15PM

What planet is this author from? These performance features are nothing new. AWD lock has been on vehicles for 10 years and does nothing to keep two wheels from spinning freely and the car not moving at all. Preventing wheel spin by using the braking system is cheap and largely ineffective. (put in an LSD and you might have something). Drive mode selectors usually only effect the steering, braking and throttle response and do little to improve traction. Throw in an underpowered and inefficient V6 engine and you can count me out. The best AWD system for ice/snow is Acura's SHAWD and Honda's equivalent with Subaru's system being the best of the brake-based systems.

JR (not verified)    November 29, 2022 - 5:10PM

The AWD system is very good as is the entire vehicle. It’s loaded with tech that you normally only get in luxury SUV’s. It’s not an off road machine like the BOF 4Runner which lacks modern technology. People don’t buy these for off roading. The vehicle is not underpowered at all. Count me in ! I’m already there. 2023 X-Pro. I’ve actually driven the vehicle unlike some.

JRF (not verified)    December 27, 2022 - 10:02AM

I just got a 2023 X-Pro and I'm really happy with it. Haven't driven it in snow yet.

Performance is peppier than my Murano, which was a somewhat smaller vehicle. I guess it depends on what you compare it to - it's not a Porsche.

First poster is correct - the AWD lock ensures that power goes to the front and rear - according to reviews it's still possible to get stuck with one rear and one front tire spinning.

I do find it hard to believe that "having a spare tire" qualifies as a special winter feature!