2020 Kia Telluride Vs. Full-Size SUV Competition

split screen collage comparing 2020 Kia Telluride Vs. Full-Size SUV Competition

Every company has a public-facing identity and industry-facing one. For Kia, the public-facing identity is one of value-based innovation, an incredible range of award-winning vehicles and some of the best standard feature sets in the industry. Kia’s industry-facing personality, however, is one that terrifies the status quo. When Kia announces plans to break into a segment, after all, those manufacturers who were getting by on name/badge alone know they’re going to have to contend with a vehicle that simply offers more for less.

Here at Friendly Kia, we have no doubt in our mind that the 2020 Kia Telluride sent the same disruptive chills through the full-size crossover segment that the 2018 Kia Stinger had done just a year prior to its announcement. As the newest badge in this class, the Telluride may have seemed like it had a lot to prove. For Kia, who are obsessed with delivering the most bang for your buck, however, filling the Telluride with the best standard technology, giving it luxurious interior and exterior design and backing it up for 10 years is just another day.

Feature/Spec

2020 Kia Telluride

2019 Honda Pilot

2019 Nissan Pathfinder

2019 Toyota Highlander

Base engine (horsepower) 3.8L V6 (291 hp) 3.5L V6 (280 hp) 3.5L V6 (284 hp) 2.7L 4-cylinder (185 hp)
Base combined MPG 23 MPG 22 MPG 23 MPG 22 MPG
Standard transmission 8-speed auto 6-speed auto CVT 6-speed auto
Standard Apple CarPlay/Android Auto integration? Yes No Not available on any trims No
Base infotainment 8-inch audio display touchscreen 5-inch touchscreen 8-inch touchscreen 6.1-inch touchscreen
Second-row legroom 42.4 inches 38.4 inches 41.7 inches 38.4 inches
Base towing capacity 5,000 lbs. 3,500 lbs. 6,000 lbs. 1.500 lbs.
Max cargo room 87 cubic feet 83.9 cubic feet 79.5 cubic feet 83.7 cubic feet
Standard bumper-to-bumper warranty 5 years/60,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
Standard engine/powertrain warranty 10 years/100,000 miles 5 years/60,000 miles 5 years/60,000 miles 5 years/60,000 miles
Standard remote start? Yes No No No

The 2020 Kia Telluride Takes Names Afterward

As you can see in the chart above, the 2020 Kia Telluride has significant advantages over the run-of-the-mill competitors it squares up against in the crowded full-size SUV segment. Supposed “value leaders,” Nissan, can’t match the Telluride’s standard features. Supposed “reliability leaders,” Toyota stand behind their product for half as long as Kia and supposed “practicality leaders,” Honda, give you an SUV with less space, worse fuel economy and a back seat that will feel cramped when you enjoy the Telluride’s decadent passenger space.

When you choose the 2020 Kia Telluride, you’re getting a vehicle that has been crafted by some of the top vehicle designers in the world, engineered by performance leaders and filled with amenities by a brand who doesn’t need a luxury badge to offer drivers the best possible experience behind the wheel.

Don’t wait any longer! See for yourself why the Kia Telluride is set to be the biggest new SUV/crossover on the market and how Kia continues to lead the charge for giving drivers oh so much more for less.