2020 Kia Telluride Vs. 2020 Hyundai Palisade

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Adventures are the best when they can become shared memories among a group of people. If you’re looking to bring more than seven people along with you on your excursions, your options have historically been limited to minivans and a few gigantic SUVs. Thankfully, the full-size crossover class has arisen to answer this need for families and people who want a ton of interior space, but don’t want to sacrifice the go-anywhere capability or great fuel efficiency of a crossover.

Kia and its sister company, Hyundai, have entered this class for the 2020 model year with two striking full-size crossover SUVs. Revealed first, the Hyundai Palisade is a beefy and boxy SUV that features Hyundai’s signature design elements and a body style reminiscent of a full-size, body-on-frame SUV. The Kia Telluride, however, opts for a more luxurious presentation, echoing luxury vehicles like the Volvo XC90, Range Rover and Rolls Royce Cullinan. How do they measure up? Let’s see:

2020 Kia Telluride


2020 Hyundai Palisade

8 passengers Standard seating 8 passengers
3.8L V6 GDI (291 horsepower) Engine (horsepower) 3.8L V6 GDI (291 horsepower)
114.2 inches Wheelbase 114.2 inches
8-speed automatic Transmission 8-speed automatic
5,000 lbs. Towing capacity TBA
Georgia, United States Manufacturing location South Korea
Yes Manufactured by J.D. Power Initial Quality mass-market leader? No
TBA Starts at TBA

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With few specs available for both the 2020 Kia Telluride and 2020 Hyundai Palisade, we’re left to compare them on the things that we know. These items see them as practically identical under-the-hood. While other comparisons with Hyundai have shown Kia vehicles to be superior in terms of features offered and value, we don’t have the data to say that this will definitely be the case between the Telluride and Palisade.

What we can say about what separates them is their design. For Hyundai, incorporating their drooping grille in a major way was undoubtedly a design goal for their flagship crossover SUV. For Kia, the signature “Tiger’s Nose” is here also – outlined in chrome and bigger than ever before.

Additionally, with Kia taking the top spot among mass-market brands in J.D. Power’s 2018 Initial Quality Study, we have no doubt that the Kia Telluride will be a vehicle on which you can rely for years. Over a decade of engine/powertrain coverage will certainly be standard on the Telluride.

Finally, you’ll be able to get the Kia Telluride at Friendly Kia – Tampa Bay’s highest-inventory and lowest-priced Kia dealership.

If you can’t wait for the large Telluride, we hear you, contact us today to reserve yours!