As SUVs go, the full-size class is among the most popular. Prized for its ability to tow more than a literal ton of weight, venture off the road and onto the trails and bring seven or eight passengers along for the ride, these vehicles are seemingly endless bastions of possibilities for families and individuals alike. With a focus on delivering a luxury experience, many of the entries in this class also feature interiors that are upscale an unbelievably posh for an outgoing SUV.
The Kia Telluride has come at the perfect time to challenge the staid and bland selection of competitors. Featuring a design that is entirely different from the standard rounded one, the Telluride looks much more on the outside like a truck-based SUV. Inside, it’s a luxury experience with a host of standard comfort and convenience features. Today we’re comparing the Telluride to the 2019 Nissan Armada, a truck-based, full-sized SUV.
2020 Kia Telluride
2019 Nissan Armada
|3.8L V6 (23 combined MPG)||Standard engine (fuel efficiency)||5.6L V8 (16 combined MPG)|
|.071||Power-to-weight ratio (higher is better)||.070|
|Standard on all trim levels||Apple CarPlay/Android Auto compatibility||Not available at any trim level|
|42.4 inches||Second-row legroom||39.0 inches|
|21.0 cubic feet||Cargo volume with all seats up||16.5 cubic feet|
|10 years/100,000 miles||Standard engine/powertrain warranty||5 years/60,000 miles|
|$30,890 - Best Friendly Kia VIP price*||Starts at||$47,100|
Although the Kia Telluride isn’t a traditional SUV, it sure as heck looks like it can run with the best of them. Comparing the 2020 Kia Telluride to the 2019 Nissan Armada reveals some pretty significant disparity between the two models.
For starters, the 2020 Kia Telluride is a model with a smaller engine. This means it has less power, but it also means it does better on fuel (averaging almost 50% more miles for each gallon, compared with the 2019 Nissan Armada). In terms of get-up-and-go, however, the 2020 Kia Telluride’s significantly lighter weight means it has a higher power-to-weight ratio and manages to edge expected acceleration figures for the cumbersome Armada.
Inside, the two both have standard 8-passenger seating, but couldn’t be more different than that. The 2020 Kia Telluride features standard convenience features like Apple CarPlay/Android Auto integration that aren’t available at any trim level in the 2019 Nissan Armada. Passengers will love the extra legroom in the second row and not having to hold anything on their lap due to the extra cargo space present in the Telluride when all seats are in use.
Finally, the 2020 Kia Telluride comes in at over $16,000 less than the 2019 Nissan Armada, meaning you can upgrade your Telluride and get all of the bells and whistles with the difference in price…or, you know, put a down payment on a nice home.
At Friendly Kia, we’d love to show off the revolutionary Kia Telluride in person. Contact us today to schedule a test drive!