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The all-new 2020 Kia Telluride is part of a crowded segment with over 10 competitors. A select amount of them rival the Telluride directly more than the others and even less depending on what certain buyer types are after. Fortunately, the Telluride combines almost all the best features to found in and around its segment like; seating for up to 8 passengers, a powerful 3.8L V6 engine, decent gas mileage, generous tech and convenience, near class-leading cabin volume, advanced safety technology and attractive interior/exterior design.

Among those great features are things that could be addressed, which its rivals pick up on like, standard RWD and more base power/torque (offered in the Ford Explorer) and a tighter suspension with sportier handling (VW Atlas), along with others like automatic parking, a powered 3rd row and a more fuel efficient powertrain. However, like we said, many reasons can be given for or against the Telluride or its competitors all depending on the buyer.

With that said, how well does the Kia Telluride compare with your specific needs in mind?

Ford Explorer
  • Price: $36,675 to $58,250
  • Fuel Economy: 21/28 mpg (city/hwy)
  • Engine: 2.3L Turbo I4
  • Transmission: 10-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrain: RWD or AWD
  • Power: 300 hp
  • Torque: 310 lb-ft

Honda Pilot
  • Price: $31,450-$48,020
  • Fuel Economy: 19/27 mpg (city/hwy)
  • Engine: 3.5L V6
  • Transmission: 6-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrain: FWD or AWD
  • Power: 280 hp
  • Torque: 262 lb-ft

Hyundai Palisade
  • Price: $31,550-$44,700
  • Fuel Economy: 19/26 mpg (city/hwy)
  • Engine: 3.8L V6
  • Transmission: 8-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrain: FWD or AWD
  • Power: 291 hp
  • Torque: 262 lb-ft

Subaru Ascent
  • Price: $31,995-$45,670
  • Fuel Economy: 21/27 mpg (city/hwy)
  • Engine: 2.4L Turbo Boxer-4
  • Transmission: CVT
  • Drivetrain: AWD
  • Power: 260 hp
  • Torque: 277 lb-ft

Toyota Highlander
  • Price: $31,530-$45,710
  • Fuel Economy: 21/27 mpg (city/hwy)
  • Engine: 3.5L V6
  • Transmission: 8-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrain: FWD or AWD
  • Power: 295 hp
  • Torque: 263 lb-ft

Dodge Durango
  • Price: $30,195-$62,995
  • Fuel Economy: 19/26 mpg (city/hwy)
  • Engine: 3.6L V6
  • Transmission: 8-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrain: RWD or AWD
  • Power: 293 hp
  • Torque: 260 lb-ft

VW Atlas
  • Price: $30,895-$48,395
  • Fuel Economy: 20/26 mpg (city/hwy)
  • Engine: 2.0L I4
  • Transmission: 8-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrain: FWD
  • Power: 235 hp
  • Torque: 258 lb-ft
 

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i personally wouldn't touch a Ford product due to reliability concerns . Kia on the other hand has become one of the most reliable and dependable brands around. Few surprises, if any, to find, unlike some other automakers.

My only other options would be the Toyota Highlander or 4Runner
 

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Apparently Ford is coming out with the Bronco again and Jeep with the Wagoneer. There's some chance they'll rival the Telluride so as the months count down to their release I suggest looking into them. For now the Telluride is a solid choice.
 

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I believe Ford has moved up to 6th in JD Powers initial quality rankings..they have gotten better than Subaru or VW
 

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Yeah I wouldn't touch any of the American SUVs at the moment. But I am keeping my eyes on what Ford does with the Bronco. But other than that, from what I've read the Telluride is the top choice.
 

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This new comparison of the Telluride vs Palisade mixed with personal opinions results in a tie. Neither turned out to be better than the other aside from when personal preferences are mixed in. Obvious, I know. Still a fun watch although it confirms what most of us know.

 
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