Although we had already seen the Telluride concept in its luxurious and futuristic form at a few auto shows, when Kia announced they were going to be putting the full-size SUV into production, expectations were managed. After all, Kia’s lineup is a testament to value and although the manufacturer gives you a ton of features from the base model up, they still hadn’t quite cracked the luxury market with any of their entry-level models. Seeing the 2020 Kia Telluride in person, however, changed that.
The 2020 Kia Telluride is a muscular and crafted SUV that beckons drivers to enjoy the amenities and style of a range-topping vehicle with a price tag to match the mass-market models. Step inside and Kia’s commitment to democratizing luxury becomes more apparent. Today, we’re seeing how the 2020 Kia Telluride compares to Honda’s luxury full-size SUV, the Acura MDX.
2020 Kia Telluride
2019 Acura MDX
|3.8L V6 (291 horsepower)||Engine (horsepower)||23 MPG|
|8 passengers||Max. passenger capacity||7 passengers|
|5,000 lbs.||Base towing capacity||3,500 lbs.|
|41.4 inches/42.4 inches||Legroom (front row/second row)||41.4 inches/38.5 inches|
|21 cubic feet/46 cubic feet||Cargo volume (to third row/to second row)||15.8 cubic feet/43.4 cubic feet|
|10 years/100,000 miles||Standard engine/powertrain warranty||6 years/72,000 miles|
|23 MPG||EPA-estimated combined MPG||23 MPG|
|$33,690||MSRP starts at||$45,295|
Look at the comparison chart above, and it becomes abundantly apparent why the 2020 Kia Telluride is making light-luxury manufacturers like Acura shake in their boots. With the 2020 Kia Telluride, you’re getting a vehicle that delivers so much more for less.
Among those things the 2020 Kia Telluride does better than the Acura MDX from the base model up: