2023 Kia Telluride vs. Its Competition

2023 Kia Telluride
Robert Duffer Robert Duffer Senior Editor

The related Hyundai Palisade sports a new look and more standard features for 2023, but it pits practicality against the handsomer Kia Telluride.

The Highlander takes what’s best about the minivan and applies it to the SUV, sans sliding doors: an available hybrid powertrain with all-wheel drive gets an incomparable 35 mpg combined.

Ford spans a broader range of powertrains with the stalwart Explorer, from the 400-hp turbo V-6 to the V-6 hybrid that has a combined 27 mpg in rear-wheel drive.

The Pilot gets an overdue makeover for 2023, but the current model continues on in tried-but-true fashion that’s one of the roomiest of the bunch, alongside the Chevy Traverse.

A relative deal, the redesigned 2022 Nissan Pathfinder comes with more standard tech and a better use of space, but the V-6 engine carries over with a 9-speed automatic replacing the dull CVT.

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Quick Specs
Kia adds X-Line and X-Pro off-road-adjacent trims to the 2023 Telluride three-row SUV.
The 2023 Hyundai Palisade adds more standard tech and easier seats to better serve its family role.
6.8
The 2022 Ford Explorer hits the spot for families who want more choice in a family SUV—although value for money isn’t a strong point.
6.5
The 2022 Honda Pilot is one of the oldest three-row crossover designs out there, but it has aged well overall.
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The 2022 Nissan Pathfinder packs a value with good standard features and a roomy interior.
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The 2022 Toyota Highlander accomplishes minivan feats of utility, without doing the minivan dance.
MSRP From     
Coming SoonComing Soon$33,745$38,080$34,640$35,855
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Engine     
N/AN/AIntercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded V-6
EPA Class     
N/AN/AStandard SUV 2WDSmall SUV 2WDSmall SUV 2WDSmall SUV 2WD
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N/AN/ABase RWDSport 2WDS 2WDL FWD (GS)
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N/AN/ARear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
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Detailed Spec Comparison
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