2020 Kia Telluride vs. Its Competition

2020 Kia Telluride
Andrew Ganz Andrew Ganz Senior Editor

With the Telluride, Kia becomes the final mainstream automaker to offer a big three-row crossover SUV.

Being late to the party means buyers will have to be lured out of the aging but still excellent Honda Pilot or away from the appealing new 2020 Ford Explorer.

The Toyota Highlander remains a strong choice for its spacious interior and thrifty hybrid option.

We like the Chevy Traverse’s styling and its spacious interior, but active safety tech is a puzzlingly expensive option.

The Subaru Ascent has been a smash hit in its first year on the market for its appealing blend of value, safety, and interior space.

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Quick Specs
7.0
There’s substance to the 2020 Kia Telluride’s style.
6.8
The 2020 Ford Explorer rediscovers its capable, outdoorsy side without becoming trucklike in any other respect.
6.4
The 2019 Chevrolet Traverse is bigger and more butch, but still every bit as good for a bunch.
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Subtle upgrades make the 2019 Honda Pilot a must-see for three-row crossover shoppers.
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The 2019 Subaru Ascent isn’t another quirky hatchback-wagon-crossover thing—it’s a mainstream hit and Subaru will be better for it.
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The 2019 Toyota Highlander delivers safety, features, comfort, and efficiency in a family-friendly package.
MSRP From     
$31,690$36,675$29,930$31,450$31,995$31,680
Gas Mileage     
19 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Regular Unleaded V-6Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4Gas V6Regular Unleaded V-6Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded H-4Regular Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Standard Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDStandard Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSport Utility VehiclesSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDN/ASmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD
Style Name     
LX FWDXLT FWDFWD 4-Door L w/1L0LX 2WD2.4T 8-PassengerLE I4 FWD (Natl)
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
868888
Passenger Doors     
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Body Style     
Sport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport Utility
Transmission     
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/ODCVT w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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