Ever since the gas price hike in the early 2000s, the market has looked on crossovers more favorably than full-size, body-on-frame SUVs. As vehicles that strive to balance the incredible, truck-like capabilities of an SUV and the handling and fuel consumption of a car, crossovers have filled an important niche by being vehicles that can seemingly do anything with very little compromise. That said, they always lacked the muscular style of the old-guard SUVs.
Then, this year, the 2020 Kia Telluride came along and brought back a renewed sense of power and strength to the class. Offering space for 8 passengers, a large V6 engine and incredible towing capacity, the Kia Telluride showed that a crossover could be just as strong as an SUV. Today, we’re seeing how well it lives up to that by comparing it to the luxury SUV, GMC Yukon.
2020 Kia Telluride
2020 GMC Yukon
|3.8-liter V6 (291 horsepower)||Base engine (horsepower)||5.3-liter V8 (355 horsepower)|
|23 combined MPG||Base fuel consumption||18 combined MPG|
|Unibody (better handling)||Construction||Body-on-frame (more body roll)|
|Yes||Standard Adaptive Cruise Control?||No – Not available on base model|
|42.4 inches||Second-row legroom||39 inches|
|21 cubic feet||Cargo volume with all seats up||15.3 cubic feet|
|10.25-inch touchscreen||Available infotainment||8-inch touchscreen|
|Top Safety Pick||IIHS safety designation||Not recommended by IIHS|
|10 years/100,000 miles||Engine/powertrain warranty||5 years/60,000 miles|
|$31,690||MSRP starts at||$49,600|
The GMC Yukon isn’t really our thing, but we have to hand it to them for crafting a good SUV. That said, every function for which 95% of drivers will choose the 2020 GMC Yukon is more perfectly executed in the 2020 Kia Telluride.
This includes the Kia Telluride’s choice of a smaller V6 engine, which dramatically improves fuel consumption and engine life while hardly sacrificing on the power or towing capacity front (5,000 lbs. in the Telluride compared to 6,100 lbs. in the base Yukon).
Inside, the Kia Telluride offers a more welcoming experience to drivers and passengers alike. Rear passengers will enjoy more legroom in both rows, while drivers will love having the extra cargo volume for groceries or gear when all of the seats are in use. From the front seat, the larger infotainment system available in the 2020 Kia Telluride has no comparison with the 2020 GMC Yukon.
Finally, true luxury is about confidence and you’ll have plenty of it with the 2020 Kia Telluride. The Top Safety Pick rating ensures that you’ll have confidence in your and your passengers’ safety, while the extra warranty coverage ensures you’ll count on your Telluride for years to come (double the years as the Yukon).
For more information on the 2020 Kia Telluride or to schedule a test drive, contact us today!