The 2020 Kia Telluride spearheaded sales for Kia Motors when it was released in March 2019. Having popped up all over the place and at many auto shows, including the five Kia Telluride concepts at the 2018 SEMA Auto Show and stealing the spotlight during 2018 Fashion Week in New York. Here’s the thing…the Kia Telluride is Kia Motors largest SUV in the lineup, meaning it comes with a new platform. Sitting under the Hyundai Motor Group umbrella, Kia Motors and Hyundai tend to share technology and the like. Hyundai also has a new three-row SUV called the Palisade coming out, built on the same platform as the Telluride. How do the two compare? Let’s find out.
Powertrain and Drivetrain
Who isn’t going to look at this? These are two large SUVs able to sit seven-to-eight passengers. They have to have a lot of power under the hood to carry everyone and cargo from point A to point B. The competition is going to be heavy with these two, because both, the 2020 Kia Telluride and Hyundai Palisade not only come with the front-wheel-drive standard, with all-wheel-drive also available as an option. They both also share the same engine.
Under the hood is a 3.8-liter V6 able to generate 291 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque. All of that is controlled through an eight-speed automatic transmission. How do we tell the difference? The 2020 Kia Telluride has received marginally better EPA ratings than the Palisade, with a fuel economy of 20/26/23 mpg city/highway/combined compared to the Palisade’s 19/26/22 mpg city/highway/combined.
The good thing about Hyundai and Kia is although they may share the platform of a vehicle, they don’t just slap another badge on and call it a day. That would be ludicrous. Behind each vehicle is a design team dedicated to creating something different for the new lineup. On the outside, where the Telluride looks aggressive and ready to tackle some off-road terrain, the Palisade is a little more tame, going for a more luxurious and stately approach to style. Neither vehicle looks anything like the other, and although the interior of the Telluride handles cargo better than the Palisade, both SUVs have an upscale cabin capable of luring luxurious brand buyers.
Soft-touch materials and clever storage solutions can be found throughout the 2020 Kia Telluride, an increasingly winning feature of automobiles for all of our gadgets and gizmos. The Palisade also has some places for kid stuff when it comes to families with little ones that need to be entertained but too young for a tablet or smart device. Both vehicles offer a little something to attract consumers.
Some say it all comes down to the price. We don’t think so, and it seems neither does Hyundai or Kia. This comparison has had a lot of similarities, but the Kia Telluride has shined plenty throughout. When it comes to the price, both SUVs also fall within the same range. The starting MSRP for the Hyundai palisade is $31,550* and the starting MSRP for the 2020 Kia Telluride is $31,690* – not even $150 more. A marginal difference in price for a marginally better vehicle, right?
The 2020 Kia Telluride is available now at Miami Lakes Automall. So, come and check out why it’s got a leg over the competition in the SUV market today.