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Kia makes 2020 Telluride drive a family affair

Written by Norris McDonald

LAKE LOUISE, Alta. – Kia Canada calls the new, three-row, 2020 Telluride a family-friendly SUV, so why not invite the family to go for a drive?
Which is how it came to be two weeks ago that a group of automotive journalists from Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia, plus assorted wives, girlfriends and mothers, gathered in the Alberta Rockies for three days of driving, sight-seeing and eating, drinking and sleeping in two of the finest resorts in Canada.
(Overheard – one blood relative to another: “You call this work?” Reply: “It’s not always like this.” First blood relative: “R-i-g-h-t . . . “)

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A Kia Telluride is driven into the parking lot at the Columbia Icefield, mid-way between Jasper and Lake Louise in the Canadian Rockies. It will take awhile for the snow to melt . . . CREDIT: Norris McDonald for the Toronto Star.

Kia Tellurides sit parked in front of the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, one of the landmark hotels in the Canadian Rockies that had been blanketed with a coating of snow in the springtime. CREDIT: Norris McDonald for the Toronto Star

One of the delights of the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge is waking up to find deer grazing on grass just outside the front door of your cabin. CREDIT: Norris McDonald for the Toronto Star

The top-of-the-line SX Limited AWD (MSRP, $53,995) would get you LED taillights, rain-sensing windshield wipers and heated and ventilated second-row seats. CREDIT: Norris McDonald for the Toronto Star


About the author

Norris McDonald

Veteran reporter and news editor Norris McDonald is the former editor of Toronto Star Wheels, where his work continues to appear each week. He's also the former Toronto Star Sports online motorsports writer and columnist. His columns - which have also been published in the Globe and Mail - and feature stories about the automotive industry in general and motorsports in particular are considered industry-leading. He’s received awards and citations for his newspaper work and he also appears on radio and television. A former owner and driver of super modified racing cars who's well-known as a trackside announcer, he is a member of the Oswego (N.Y.) Speedway Hall of Fame. In 2014, he became the first journalist to be inducted into the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame.