It’s been a while since we’ve done a comparison, hasn’t it? Our last was in early March, comparing the Kia Stinger and Dodge Charger, both sports cars that really make a good argument that either could be just as much as a four-door family sedan while still delivering a little oomph! The latest vehicle from Kia Motors to hit North America is the 2020 Kia Telluride, the largest SUV in the automaker’s lineup. It also spearheaded sales for Kia Motors in March 2019. With all the fuss, some consumers may wonder if it’s all it’s cracked up to be. So let’s compare it with one of its competitors – the Ford Explorer.
Let’s talk about how each vehicle looks since that’s always the first thing we see. Kia Motors is known for building handsome-looking vehicles, and the 2020 Kia Telluride continues the tradition with a rugged yet elegant style. Given a solid look, it’s boxy with intent to keep it firmly planted on the road, and has a long, broad hood, giving it the widest tiger-nose grille of any Kia vehicle on the market. Bold stacked headlights wrap around the fenders, and a chrome finish makes the front fascia even more prominent for this SUV.
The 2019 Ford Explorer doesn’t really look like one of the automaker’s vehicles, with a strong hint of similarity to the Range Rover SUV for the front fascia. At the same time, the rear fascia is somewhat reminiscent of a yacht. We’re not sure if Ford just couldn’t nail it down or if the Explorer is supposed to have a luxurious upmarket feel than the mainstream of SUVs in the market. If that was the idea, alloy wheels as the standard maybe aren’t the way to go.
So, let’s take a look at how roomy each of these SUVs is. Whenever it comes to an SUV or crossover, interior space is a big factor for carrying passengers and cargo. Both models are pretty neck-and-neck when it comes to room for passengers. The Kia Telluride and Ford Explorer have a good amount of head and leg room in the front and second rows, with 40 inches and change for headroom in each. The Telluride does come out on top with legroom, with 44.1 inches to stretch out in the front and 42.4 inches in the second row.
Cargo space is dicey between the two SUVs. Behind the first row, the Ford Explorer has 0.8 cubic-feet more than that Kia Telluride, with 87.8 cubic-feet of space. The Explorer also wins with cargo space behind the second row, with 47.9 cubic-feet in comparison to the 46.0 cubic-feet of space in the Telluride. However, behind the third-row, the Kia Telluride has 21.0 cubic-feet in the face of the Explorer, with 18.2 cubic-feet. It evens out the cargo space between the two SUVs fairly well.
Unless going for towing power, and really, who is if looking for a family-oriented SUV, the price is going to be the deciding factor for many buyers. The 2020 Kia Telluride has a starting MSRP of $31,690 (plus destination fee), and the 2019 Ford Explorer has a starting MSRP of $32,765 (plus destination fee). The Kia Telluride makes for a pretty competitive SUV in 2019/2020, and it’s available now.
Come visit Miami Lakes Automall Kia and check out the 2020 Kia Telluride for yourself. Find out why over 5,000 units were sold in March alone.