Whether you need them for their extended passengers/cargo space or simply want to enjoy the benefit of added legroom and cargo space, mid-size SUVs offer great upgrade potential from the compact crossovers that now form a sea which wraps around the world. Drivers who choose these vehicles wind up with a crossover SUV that can do more and go further, scoffing at obstacles that might make other vehicles top in their tracks.
Already in its first year on the market, the 2020 Kia Telluride has taken the entire industry by storm, rising to the top of reputable publications’ “best SUV” lists time and time again. Today, we’re matching up the third-row Kia Telluride to a two-row vehicle that is also chosen for its size, capability and relative luxury. Let’s see how the Jeep Grand Cherokee does against the rookie rockstar Kia Telluride.
2020 Kia Telluride
2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee
|Up to 8 passengers||Standard seating||Up to 5 passengers|
|3.8-liter V6 (291 horsepower)||Base engine (horsepower)||3.6-liter V6 (293 horsepower)|
|23 combined MPG||Standard EPA-estimated fuel economy||21 combined MPG|
|8-inch touchscreen||Base model infotainment||7-inch touchscreen|
|Standard||Smart Cruise Control||Not available|
|5,000 lbs.||Base model towing capacity||3,500 lbs.|
|41.4 inches/42.4 inches||Legroom (first row/second row)||40.3 inches/38.6 inches|
|87 cubic feet||Maximum cargo space||68.3 cubic feet|
|18-inch alloy||Base model wheels||17-inch alloy|
|10 years/100,000 miles||Engine/powertrain warranty||5 years/60,000 miles|
|Top Safety Pick||IIHS safety rating||Not recommended by IIHS|
|$31,690||MSRP starts at||$32,045|
This one may be the most crushing defeat the Kia Telluride has dealt yet. Although drivers who are looking at the Grand Cherokee may not be cross-shopping third-row crossover SUVs, it’s clear from the above chart that it would be wise to. The two are practically the same size. In fact, the Kia Telluride has a wheelbase that is half an inch shorter than the 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee yet manages to offer more room for passengers and cargo.
While the 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee excels in terms of horsepower (by a staggering 2 horsepower), it loses 2 miles for every gallon compared with the 2020 Kia Telluride, a model which can tow nearly 50% more than the 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee.
Inside, it’s not even close, as the Kia Telluride offers every passenger more legroom and over 25% more cargo volume than the 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee.
As far as features go, it’s also a huge win for the Kia Telluride that has standard Kia Drive Wise active safety, a larger infotainment system, better base-model wheels and a driver’s seat with more directional control.
The best luxury, however, is confidence and your 2020 Kia Telluride delivers that courtesy of its industry-best 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain and 5-year/60,000-mile limited warranties that dwarf those offered on the 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee. It’s a clear winner for less.
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