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Recommended Roof Rack for 2020 Kia Telluride

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I have a 2020 Kia Telluride. The owners manual says the roof rack can hold 220lbs, but the factory crossbars they sell can only hold 165lbs evenly distributed. This is frustrating and moronic. Anyway, what crossbars can you recommend for the the Kia 2020 Telluride that will hold 220lbs? Thanks!

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There are a lot of great options for roof racks for your 2020 Kia Telluride, but unfortunately, none of them meet the 220 lbs weight capacity you are looking for. 165 lbs is a common weight limit for roof rack systems. This is usually because of the limitations of the mounting system. Your vehicle roof and typically the actual crossbars themselves can be rated for 220 lbs but the mounting feet that attaches the bars to your roof might be rated for less, so this becomes the limit for the entire system. Depending on the style of vehicle you have, there are still some great options for roof racks for your vehicle.

If your vehicle has factory flush-mounted rails, I recommend the Thule AeroBlade Edge Roof Rack # TH7603B-TH7603B with Fit Kit # TH77JV. This roof rack features a 165 lbs weight capacity and comes with all the clips, pads, and hardware needed to install these crossbars onto your flush-mounted rails. The aero-style, low-profile crossbars reduce noise and have a clean, factory-installed look.

If your vehicle does not have factory rails, I recommend the Yakima CoreBar Crossbars # Y00422 with BaseLine Towers # Y00146 and BaseClip Fit Kits # Y06125 and # Y06165. This roof rack features a 165 lbs weight capacity and installs with clips that latch onto your door jambs and allow you to easily install the crossbars on your vehicle.

Check out the videos linked below for installation details for either situation.

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