Compare 2021 Ford Explorer vs 2021 Kia Telluride

2021 Ford Explorer
2021 Kia Telluride
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Base 4WD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Explorer Base 4WD 20 27 $33,878 $34,925
Explorer Base RWD 21 28 $31,938 $32,925
Explorer King Ranch 4WD 18 24 $52,416 $54,600
Explorer King Ranch RWD 18 24 $50,496 $52,600
Explorer Limited 4WD 20 27 $45,365 $47,255
Explorer Limited RWD 21 28 $43,445 $45,255
Explorer Platinum 4WD 23 26 $51,202 $53,335
Explorer Platinum RWD 18 24 $50,621 $52,730
Explorer ST 4WD 18 24 $47,040 $49,000
Explorer Timberline 4WD 19 23 $44,174 $46,015
Explorer XLT 4WD 20 27 $35,592 $37,075
Explorer XLT RWD 21 28 $33,672 $35,075
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EX AWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Telluride EX AWD 19 24 $37,809 $39,590
Telluride EX FWD 20 26 $35,899 $37,590
Telluride LX AWD 19 24 $32,994 $34,190
Telluride LX FWD 20 26 $31,064 $32,190
Telluride S AWD 19 24 $35,310 $36,590
Telluride S FWD 20 26 $33,380 $34,590
Telluride SX AWD 19 24 $42,393 $44,390
Telluride SX FWD 20 26 $40,577 $42,490

2021 Kia Telluride vs 2021 Ford Explorer: Compare SUVs

The three-row family crossover is the next best thing to the minivan without the soccer mom stigma. Several automakers do a good job of providing space and utility in their three-row crossovers, Ford and Kia among them. The 2021 Ford Explorer and 2021 Kia Telluride take a different approach to the family hauler, but which one is better for you and your family?

Our numbers give away the game right from the top. The Telluride scores a TCC Rating of 7.5 out of 10, while the Explorer gets a 7.0. But the numbers don’t tell the whole story and despite its lower score, the Explorer will appeal to some buyers for its strengths. 

 

Pricing

Invoice Price

$33,878
$37,809

Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price

$34,925
$39,590

Monthly Payment Estimate

$582 / month
$660 / month

The Car Connection's Take

TCC Rating

7.0
7.5

TCC’s Bottom Line

The 2021 Ford Explorer is recognizable, but new. It should be on every family SUV shopper’s list. The 2021 Kia Telluride earns our Best Car To Buy nod with its excellent features, warranty, space, and style.

TCC Likes

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Fuel Economy

City

20 mpg 19 mpg

Highway

27 mpg 24 mpg

Vehicle

EPA Classification

Standard SUV 4WD Small SUV 4WD

Interior Dimensions

Third Leg Room (in)

32.2 31.4

Passenger Volume (ft³)

152.7 157.1

Second Head Room (in)

40.5 40.2

Third Hip Room (in)

40.9 43.7

Second Shoulder Room (in)

61.9 59.9

Front Leg Room (in)

43 41.4

Third Head Room (in)

38.9 38.1

Passenger Capacity

7 8

Front Hip Room (in)

59.2 58.9

Third Shoulder Room (in)

54.6 55.3

Second Leg Room (in)

39 42.4

Front Head Room (in)

40.7 39.5

Second Hip Room (in)

59.1 58

Front Shoulder Room (in)

61.8 61.6

Exterior Dimensions

Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)

78.9 78.3

Track Width, Front (in)

66.9 67.2

Min Ground Clearance (in)

8.2 8

Length, Overall (in)

198.8 196.9

Liftover Height (in)

32.8 -

Height, Overall (in)

70.2 68.9

Track Width, Rear (in)

66.9 67.6

Wheelbase (in)

119.1 114.2

Cargo Area Dimensions

Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)

32.8 -

Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)

83.9 -

Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)

87.8 87

Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)

20.8 -

Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)

18.2 21

Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)

48.1 -

Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)

49.8 -

Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)

47.9 46

Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)

59 -

Brakes

Brake ABS System

4-Wheel 4-Wheel

Disc - Rear (Yes or )

Yes Yes

Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)

12.6 12

Brake Type

4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc

Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)

NA NA

Disc - Front (Yes or )

Yes Yes

Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)

13.6 13.4

Drum - Rear (Yes or )

NA NA

Fuel Tank

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)

17.9 18.8

Steering

Steering Type

Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)

- 38.8

Tires

Rear Tire Size

P255/65HR18 P245/60HR18

Rear Tire Order Code

NA NA

Front Tire Size

P255/65HR18 P245/60HR18

Spare Tire Size

Compact Compact

Front Tire Order Code

NA NA

Spare Tire Order Code

NA NA

Trailering

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)

5000 5000

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)

5300 5000

Maximum Trailering Capacity (lbs)

5300 5000

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)

500 500

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)

530 500

Weight Information

Base Curb Weight (lbs)

4345 4255

Wheels

Front Wheel Material

Aluminum Aluminum

Spare Wheel Material

Steel Steel

Front Wheel Size (in)

18 X 7.5 18 X 7.5

Spare Wheel Size (in)

Compact Compact

Rear Wheel Material

Aluminum Aluminum

Rear Wheel Size (in)

18 X 7.5 18 X 7.5

Engine

SAE Net Torque @ RPM

310 @ 3500 262 @ 5200

Engine Order Code

99H NA

Displacement

2.3 L/140 3.8 L/231

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM

300 @ 5500 291 @ 6000

Engine Type

Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4 Regular Unleaded V-6

Fuel System

Gasoline Direct Injection Gasoline Direct Injection

Mileage

Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)

23 21

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)

27 24

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)

20 19

Transmission

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)

3.58 3.65

Third Gear Ratio (:1)

2.15 1.86

Trans Type

10 8

Drivetrain

Four Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive

Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)

1.52 1.22

Trans Description Cont. Again

NA NA

Reverse Ratio (:1)

4.88 3.42

Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)

0.85 0.65

Second Gear Ratio (:1)

3.00 2.90

Trans Order Code

44T NA

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)

1.77 1.42

Trans Description Cont.

Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD

Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)

1.27 1.00

Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)

1.00 0.80

First Gear Ratio (:1)

4.71 4.81

Summary

Vehicle Name

Ford Explorer Kia Telluride

Body Style

Sport Utility Sport Utility

Suspension

Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)

Multi-Link Multi-Link

Suspension Type - Front

Strut Strut

Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)

Strut Strut

Suspension Type - Rear

Multi-Link Multi-Link

Emissions

Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year

7.7 8.4

Crash Test Ratings

Overall Rating

Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating

Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver

Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger

Overall Side Crash Rating

Side Barrier Rating

Side Barrier Rating Driver

Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat

Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat

Combined Side Rating Front Seat

Combined Side Rating Rear Seat

Rollover Rating

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