Offering families an easy way to confidently traverse distances large and small, premium third-row SUVs make up one of the most popular classes in the automotive market. It’s really no wonder why either. These vehicles give drivers the ability to go places minivans can’t, tow more than a station wagon might be able to manage and do so with three rows of passengers along for the journey.
Having only released a year ago, the 2020 Kia Telluride is already top of the class. A multiple award-winner and MotorTrend’s SUV of the Year for 2020, the Kia Telluride is repeatedly referred to as “a luxury SUV without the luxury price tag.” So, how does it actually measure up to a luxury SUV? Let’s see. Today, we’re comparing the 2020 Kia Telluride to the brand-new 2020 Cadillac XT6.
2020 Kia Telluride
2020 Cadillac XT6
|3.8-liter V6 (291 horsepower)||Base engine (horsepower)||3.6-liter V6 (310 horsepower)|
|23 Combined MPG/21 combined MPG||Base fuel economy (FWD/AWD)||20 combined MPG/20 combined MPG|
|Yes||Standard Adaptive Cruise Control?||No|
|8 passengers||Maximum seating capacity||7 passengers|
|8-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto||Infotainment||8-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto|
|5,000 lbs.||Maximum towing capacity||1,000 lbs.|
|41.4 inches/42.4 inches||Legroom (front row/second row)||41.2 inches/39.1 inches|
|21 cubic feet/46 cubic feet/87 cubic feet||Cargo space (to third row/to second row/maximum)||12.6 cubic feet/43.1 cubic feet/78.7 cubic feet|
|10 years/100,000 miles||Engine/powertrain warranty||6 years/70,000 miles|
|Yes||MotorTrend SUV of the Year?||No|
The above chart shows a lot of disparity between these two new-for-2020 models with one clear winner on nearly every front. The 2020 Kia Telluride is the best third-row SUV on the market and pushes further than the crestfallen Cadillac XT6.
When viewed from the exterior, the 2020 Kia Telluride has a strong and sturdy look to it. While the 2020 Cadillac XT6 foregoes the appearance of strength for something a little bit more sleek and urbane, it doesn’t have the same commanding presence of the Telluride’s boxy silhouette. This is probably a good thing.
After all, the 2020 Kia Telluride goes so much further with less, offering a 15% improvement on MPG over the base XT6 and still towing 5 times as much as Cadillac’s newest stable member. Capability isn’t limited to towing, however. The 2020 Kia Telluride manages to fit almost 10 cubic feet of cargo more than the XT6 can hold, showing its dominance with all three rows of seats in use by storing an impressive 21 cubic feet of cargo.
While infotainment is consistent between the two luxury SUV models, the Kia Telluride has more legroom for first-, second- and third-row passengers, proving to the be the clear choice for comfort.
Best of all? The 2020 Kia Telluride does it for over $21,000 less than the Cadillac XT6. You get better features, more capability and a more comfortable SUV, the bigger size of which does not translate to more trips to the pump. It seems like an obvious choice to us.
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