10 Kia Telluride Competitors to Consider
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2020 Hyundai Palisade
The 2020 Hyundai Palisade is an all-new model, with seating for up to eight passengers and plenty of room for cargo. It offers a wide range of standard safety features, including forward collision avoidance with pedestrian detection, blind spot collision avoidance-assist, lane following assist, high beam assist, driver attention warning, and safe exit assist.
The Palisade will be offered with both front-wheel and all-wheel drive, with power coming from a 3.8-liter six-cylinder engine with 291 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque paired to an 8-speed automatic. While pricing has yet to be released, we expect it be quite competitive in keeping with Hyundai’s reputation for building affordable vehicles that won’t break the family budget.
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2020 Ford Explorer
The 2020 Ford Explorer is all-new with a fresh look, new powertrains, and an upgraded interior. It’s available in a range of four trims, with pricing from $36,675 to $58,250. This makes it a more expensive proposition than the Telluride, but it offers more powerful engines and better capability for that added cost.
Base models get a 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine with 300 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque, featuring a towing capacity of up to 5,300 pounds. The ST and Platinum get a 3.0-liter V6 with up to 400 hp and 415 lb-ft of torque, with a maximum tow rating of 5,600 pounds. Those who prioritize performance and towing will find the Explorer a worthy Kia Telluride competitor to consider.
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2019 Chevrolet Traverse
The 2019 Chevrolet Traverse offers seating for up to eight passengers in six trims that make it easy to fit your needs and your budget. Base models start a $31,125, so it’s slightly less than the Kia Telluride. The top High Country, however, starts at $54,395. That’s over $10,000 more than the most expensive Telluride you can buy.
The Traverse offers a choice of two engines including a base 3.6-liter V6 offering 310 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque, which bests the Telluride. There’s also a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 257 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque available on the RS trim only. The Traverse is more costly than the Telluride, but offers more power and a more upscale top trim.
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2019 Honda Pilot
The 2019 Honda Pilot gets a new transmission, new driver assistance features, and also sees the return of the volume knob to make the infotainment system easier to use. It’s available in front-wheel or all-wheel drive, with seating for up to eight passengers. There’s a range of five trims priced from $31,450 to $48,020, with only the top Elite trim priced higher than the Telluride.
A rear-seat entertainment system with a 10.2-inch screen is available to keep the kids entertained. There’s no such system in the Telluride, even on the top trim. This makes the Pilot a top Kia Telluride competitor to consider for those with little ones in need of entertainment on longer trips.
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2019 Subaru Ascent
The 2019 Subaru Ascent is all-new to the Subaru lineup, and it's the brand’s largest vehicle entry. There’s room for up to eight passengers, with rugged styling inside and out for those who plan to venture off-road where things get dirty. All-wheel drive is standard across the lineup, along with hill descent control, X-Mode, active torque vectoring, and 8.7 inches of ground clearance.
The Ascent is available in a range of four trims priced from $31,995 to $45,670, making it a solid Kia Telluride competitor to consider. Those who want the versatility of a three-row SUV with a healthy dose of capability should have the Subaru Ascent on their list.
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2019 Toyota Highlander
The 2019 Toyota Highlander is offered in five trims starting at $31,530. The top Limited, which gets upgrades including heated and ventilated front seats, second-row captain’s chairs instead of a bench seat, and a 12-speaker JBL audio system, has a starting price of $42,630. All but the base trim get a 3.5-liter six-cylinder engine with 295 hp and 263 lb-ft of torque, and a choice of front-wheel or all-wheel drive.
The Highlander also is available as a hybrid in three trims priced from $37,170 to $45,710. Although the starting price is higher for the hybrid, it makes up for the difference with EPA-estimated fuel economy of 29 mpg in the city, 27 mpg on the highway, and 28 mpg combined.
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2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee
The 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee only offers seating for five, but it’s a great Kia Telluride competitor to consider if you want room for cargo, serious off-road capability, and a wide range of powerful engines. It boasts best-in-class towing of up to 7,200 pounds, along with up to 68.3 feet for cargo behind the front seats. If power is your thing, then there’s the Trackhawk with its 6.2-liter V8 featuring 707 hp and 645 lb-ft of torque.
A variety of four-wheel drive systems are available to handle even the roughest off-road terrain. The wide 11-trim lineup is priced from $31,945 to $86,900, making top trims far pricier than the Telluride, but with enough lower-priced trims available to keep you on budget.
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2019 Dodge Durango
The 2019 Dodge Durango offers a seating for up to seven with an optional third row, or two-row seating for five if you prefer using the extra room for cargo. It comes in a range of seven trims with a starting price of $30,195, and a choice of either rear-wheel or all-wheel drive. Sitting at the top of the lineup is the Durango SRT with a price of $62,995.
While the top trim is priced much higher than the Telluride, it offers far better performance with a 6.4-liter V8 engine featuring 475 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque. The Durango also can tow up to 8,700 pounds when properly equipped, which is more than the Telluride.
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2019 Volkswagen Atlas
The 2019 Volkswagen Atlas is a seven-passenger SUV available in a range of seven trims, priced from $30,895 to $48,395. The base engine is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 235 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. There’s also an available 3.6-liter V6 with 276 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque for a more responsive ride.
This Kia Telluride competitor to consider offers front-wheel or all-wheel drive with Active Control. This lets the driver choose normal, sport, comfort, or individual settings for on-road driving, along with off-road, snow, and individual settings for a personally tailored drive experience. It also offers standard automatic post-collision braking, forward collision warning, and autonomous emergency braking.
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2019 Buick Enclave
The 2019 Buick Enclave is a more upscale Kia Telluride competitor to consider. Its range of four trims starts with the base Preferred at $40,000, and tops out with the luxurious Avenir at $53,500. As a luxury vehicle, the Enclave comes with a wide range of standard amenities, even on the base model.
Enclave features include heated front seats, tri-zone automatic climate control, remote start, and an 8-inch infotainment touchscreen. It also has an 8-way power driver’s seat, 6-way power front passenger seat, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. The Enclave is more expensive, but it is a step up in luxury from the Telluride.