2020 Kia Telluride Vs. 2019 Ford Explorer

2020 Kia Telluride on split screen with 2019 Ford Explorer

Versatility is the name of the game for full-size SUVs. Offering seating for as many passengers as a minivan, a big engine that tows and accelerates confidently and a robust set of features to traverse any terrain, vehicles in this segment are understandably popular. Balancing the competing reasons for purchasing an SUV is an important part of what vehicles in this segment do and the best are able to take you and a load of people and cargo further without breaking a sweat.

Brand-new for the 2020 model year, the Kia Telluride is Kia’s re-entry into the segment. Already receiving heaps of praise for its bold and uncompromising style and performance, the 2020 Kia Telluride looks and feels more like a luxury-class SUV than it does a mass-market model. Up against the 2020 Kia Telluride today is a vehicle which helped to define the full-size SUV segment. Today, we’re matching up the brand-new Telluride with the 2019 Ford Explorer.

2020 Kia Telluride


2019 Ford Explorer

8 passengers Standard seating 7 passengers
3.8L V6 (291 horsepower) Engine (horsepower) 3.5L V6 (290 horsepower)
5,000 lbs. Base towing capability 3,000 lbs.
42.4 inches Second-row legroom 39.5 inches
87 cubic feet Maximum cargo volume 80.7 cubic feet
Standard Apple CarPlay/Android Auto compatibility Available
8-inch touchscreen Standard infotainment unit 4.2-inch screen
10 years/100,000 miles Standard engine/powertrain warranty 5 years/60,000 miles
$31,690 Starting MSRP $32,365

No Contest Between Refreshing Telluride and Tired Explorer

As you can see in the chart above, the Kia Telluride surpasses the Ford Explorer on every metric for which drivers are inclined to choose a full-size crossover.

Need more passenger space? Telluride wins. Need more cargo space? Telluride wins. Need more towing capacity? Telluride wins. Need a better infotainment experience? Telluride wins. Need more confidence courtesy of the best-in-class warranty? Telluride wins.

Want to pay less for a full-size SUV? You know the Telluride wins.

While the Ford Explorer takes a lot of pride in the heritage of its badge and its name, the Kia Telluride handily beats it across the board.

At Friendly Kia, we have the biggest inventory of new Kia models in Tampa Bay. See the bold style of the brand-new 2020 Kia Telluride in person yourself and experience the confidence and power with which Kia has imbued their newest model.

Contact us today to schedule a test drive!