2022 Kia Telluride vs. Its Competition

2022 Kia Telluride
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

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

It joins Hyundai, which fields the Palisade, a cousin to the Telluride that comes draped in more avant garde looks but bears the same running gear.

Among other rivals, the Toyota Highlander remains a strong choice for its spacious interior and thrifty hybrid option.

The Subaru Ascent has been a smash hit for its appealing blend of value, safety, and interior space.

Telluride buyers have been lured out of the aging but still excellent Honda Pilot and away from the Ford Explorer and its many powertrain options, but both are still worth a look.

2022 Kia Telluride2022 Kia TellurideGet Your Price2021 Ford Explorer Timberline2021 Ford ExplorerGet Your Price2021 Honda Pilot2021 Honda Pilot
#10 in Large SUVs
Get Your Price
2021 Hyundai Palisade2021 Hyundai PalisadeGet Your Price2021 Subaru Ascent2021 Subaru Ascent
Get Your Price
2021 Toyota Highlander XSE2021 Toyota HighlanderGet Your Price
Quick Specs
7.5
The 2022 Kia Telluride still tops our family-SUV shopping list with its handsome looks, great space, plentiful features, and long warranty.
7.0
The 2021 Ford Explorer is recognizable, but new. It should be on every family SUV shopper’s list.
6.3
The 2021 Honda Pilot does a solid impression of a minivan, minus the cultural baggage.
7.3
The 2021 Hyundai Palisade builds a bridge to luxury with three rows of seats, big touchscreens, and quilted leather.
6.7
The 2021 Subaru Ascent scales the mountain of family needs for a three-row crossover.
7.2
The 2021 Toyota Highlander learned new tricks to keep us entertained on the road, when we’re not asleep in the back anyway.
MSRP From     
$32,790$32,925$32,550$32,675$32,295$35,085
Gas Mileage     
19 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Regular Unleaded V-6Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded V-6Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded H-4Regular Unleaded V-6
EPA Class     
Small SUV 2WDStandard SUV 2WDSmall SUV 2WDStandard SUV 2WDStandard SUV 4WDSmall SUV 2WD
Style Name     
LX FWDBase RWDLX 2WDSE FWD8-PassengerL FWD (GS)
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
878888
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
Sport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport Utility
Transmission     
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODCVT w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
 2022 Kia Telluride vs. 2021 Ford Explorer2022 Kia Telluride vs. 2021 Honda Pilot2022 Kia Telluride vs. 2021 Hyundai Palisade2022 Kia Telluride vs. 2021 Subaru Ascent2022 Kia Telluride vs. 2021 Toyota Highlander