Today, we’re taking another look at the 2020 Kia Telluride SUV. After our comparison between the 2020 Kia Telluride and upcoming Hyundai Palisade, consumers were curious about how well the Telluride stacks up with other SUVs built to seat five or more people. It seems the 2020 Cadillac XT6 wants to put up a fight, and the 2020 Kia Telluride may welcome the challenge. Let’s put these two up on the board and see how they compare.
Power and Engineering
Pop open the hood of each SUV, and we can see some differences between the two. Under the hood of the 2020 Kia Telluride is a 3.8-liter V6 engine capable of generating 291 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque. With an eight-speed automatic transmission paired with the engine, the Telluride is also looking at a nice fuel economy of 20 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. Plus, the Kia Telluride offers consumers a variety of driving modes and the choice of an all-wheel drivetrain.
When it comes to the 2020 Cadillac XT6, reviewers are quick to pet the Cadillac’s ego. It has an “engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the XT6’s fuel efficiency”, and the “Telluride doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system”. Surely this makes the XT6 the better of the two, powered by a 310-horsepower 3.6 DOHC V6 engine that delivers 217 lb-ft of torque. That’s why it only has a starting fuel economy of 18 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway.
Style Inside and Out
When it comes to the look of the 2020 Kia Telluride SUV, it’s not only the largest SUV in the lineup. It’s also a bit on the boxy side to offer a strong stance. The 2020 Cadillac XT6 is more on the round-end when it comes to the front fascia, but both SUVs are similar in the rear, causing them to blend in a bit when it comes to the exterior. Aside from a difference in wheels – 20-inch wheels a standard on the XT6 whereas 18-inch wheels standard on the Telluride LX/EX trims, 20-inch wheels available on the S/SX trims – the interior helps us spot more differences.
Again, reviewers like to point out the many standard features the 2020 Cadillac XT6 comes with, such as rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically, standard automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors, a heated steering wheel, dual zone air conditioning, a wireless phone charging system, and upgraded safety features. What they fail to point out is that the Cadillac XT6 only comes with two trim levels, and just one trim level if choosing front-wheel drive, so consumers are pretty limited in choice. Cadillac has to pack the base trim with everything they can.
With four trims to choose from, consumers get a little more variety as well as choice. The Telluride may not come standard with premium leather upholstery or a heated steering wheel standard, but these features and more are offered on their proper trim levels for consumers looking for a more upscale trim. On higher trim levels, consumers can find heated and ventilated first- and second-row seats, power-adjustable front seats, second-row sunshades, dual zone air conditioning, and wireless smartphone charging.
Safety and Warranty
When it comes to safety and a warranty, the only feature reviewers seem to point out is the optional Automatic Park Assist on the 2020 Cadillac XT6. The 2020 Kia Telluride comes standard with a rearview camera, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, blind spot collision avoidance, rear cross traffic alert, and rear parking sensors. Other safety features available consist of lane departure warning, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, driver attention warning, and safe exit assist.
As always, Kia Motors has some of the best warranties on the market. Kia models are protected with a 10-year/1000,000 mile limited powertrain warranty, 5-year/60,000 mile limited basic warranty, 5-year/100,000 mile limited anti-perforation warranty, and a 5-year/60,000 mile roadside assistance plan. The 2020 Cadillac XT6 offers a corrosion warranty that is one year longer than the Kia warranty, and lasts for unlimited miles.
Now let’s look at the price.
The 2020 Cadillac XT6, with only two trims to choose from, has a starting MSRP of $53,690 (plus destination fee).
The 2020 Kia Telluride, with four trims to choose from, has a starting MSRP of $ 31,690 (plus destination fee).
No contest. Come check out the 2020 Kia Telluride at Miami Lakes Automall Kia today.