2020 Kia Telluride Vs. 2019 Toyota Sequoia

2020 Kia Telluride Vs. 2019 Toyota Sequoia split screen comparison image

Family adventures are a breeze in a vehicle that gives you third-row seating, high towing capacity figures and a comfortable interior space. Everybody can have a place to relax and adventure gear/equipment is easily carried along. With more people realizing the boundless freedom of a road trip, and wanting to share that euphoria with their loved ones, the third-row SUV segment has become predictably popular. With this high level of competition present in the segment, every manufacturer is attempting to differentiate themselves.

For Kia, the 2020 Kia Telluride is the most compelling foray into the segment yet. Offering high-value, excursion-ready experiences to families of up to eight, the Telluride brings Kia’s signature value to this crowded segment and has done to acclaim from drivers, industry professionals and automotive review publications alike. Up against the brand-new 2020 Kia Telluride is Toyota’s Tundra-based, body-on-frame SUV, the 2019 Toyota Sequoia. Let’s see how they do:

2020 Kia Telluride


2019 Toyota Sequoia

3.8L V6 (23 combined MPG) Engine (Base combined MPG) 5.7L V8 (15 combined MPG)
21 cubic feet Cargo volume (with all seats up) 18.9 cubic feet
42.4 inches Second-row legroom 41.9 inches
8-inch touchscreen display Standard infotainment 6.1-inch display
10.25-inch touchscreen display Upgraded infotainment N/A
Standard on all trim levels Apple CarPlay/Android Auto integration Not available on any trim level
5 years/60,000 miles Warranty (limited) 3 years/36,000 miles
$30,890 – Best Friendly Kia VIP price* Starts at $49,050

No Longer a Crossover, Not an SUV

Although the 2020 Kia Telluride is a crossover, it answers a lot of the questions drivers have who are shopping in the Toyota Sequoia’s segment.

For instance, although you’re unlikely to find any unibody vehicles like the Telluride that can match the Sequoia’s imposing 5.7L V8 and 7400 lbs. of towing capacity, the Telluride’s 3.8L V6 provides almost 300 horsepower and can tow 5,000 lbs. – one of the highest figures in the third-row crossover segment. Even with the Sequoia’s larger size, the clunky interior means you’re left with less space for cargo when all of the seats are in use – something we know to be a concern for those looking for the perfect family SUV. For those passengers who intend to use all three rows, they’ll find the legroom in the Telluride to be a bit more accommodating than the cumbersome Sequoia as well.

Despite this comparison being somewhat apples to oranges, we know that drivers often consider the Sequoia mainly for its seating and reliability. For those drivers, the Telluride delivers without providing any unnecessary capability. It’s perfectly balanced – as all things should be.

Finally, the gulf in interior experiences between the two cannot be overstated. For the 2020 Kia Telluride, value is a product of delivering a first-class interior for drivers and passengers alike. This means standard Apple CarPlay/Android Auto infotainment and a luxurious interior that’s reminiscent of German luxury brands. The Toyota Sequoia doesn’t deviate too far from the pickup truck on which it's based and winds up with an interior that feels harsh and unforgiving.

We’d love to show you the brand-new 2020 Kia Telluride in person and give you a chance to experience its robust capability and class-leading value. For more information or to schedule a test drive, contact us today!

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