Any driver who wishes to upgrade from the typical compact crossover to a bigger and more capable vehicle will find in a mid-size SUV the perfect candidate. Whether you need them for their added power and off-road capacities or simply want to enjoy more legroom and cargo space, models of this segment have a lot to offer.
In its first year on the market, the Kia Telluride has already acquired an unprecedented success, ranking among the best in the automotive industry. The biggest model in the Kia lineup has captured not only the three most prestigious auto industry awards but also numerous “best of” honors and top accolades. But how does this three-row SUV measure up against other praised competitors? Today, we’re matching up the 2020 Kia Telluride to the 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee, which is also chosen for its size, capability and relative luxury. Keep reading to find out which model is better suited for you.
2020 Kia Telluride
2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee
|3.8-liter V6 (291 hp / 262 lb-ft of torque)||Base Engine (Horsepower / Torque)||3.6-liter V6 (295 horsepower/ 260 lb-ft of torque)|
|20/ 26 / 23 mpg||Standard Fuel Economy (City/Hwy/Combined)||19 / 26 / 22 mpg|
|5,000 lbs.||Standard Towing Capacity||3,500 lbs.|
|Up to 8 passengers||Seating Capacity||Up to 5 passengers|
|41.4 inches / 42.4 inches||Legroom (First Row/Second Row)||40.3 inches / 38.6 inches|
|87.0 cubic feet||Maximum Cargo Volume||68.3 cubic feet|
|8-inch touchscreen||Base Infotainment System||7-inch touchscreen|
From the chart above we can clearly see that the SUV offered by Kia is a state-of-the-art vehicle that provides motorists with more features than the Jeep Grand Cherokee. Starting at a more than $2,000 lower price tag, the 2020 Telluride not only equals the value offered by the Grand Cherokee but also beats it in many aspects.
Although the Jeep Grand Cherokee excels in terms of performance, it offers less towing capacity and poorer fuel efficiency than the Kia Telluride. Both models get powered by a 6-cylinder engine, and while the Jeep delivers slightly more horsepower, the Kia manages to put out 262 pound-feet of torque and tow up to 5,000 pounds, all while delivering a combined gas mileage of 23 mpg.
The 2020 Telluride also takes the upper hand when it comes to space, providing more legroom for passengers and over 25% more cargo volume than the 2020 Grand Cherokee. In fact, the Telluride has a wheelbase that is half an inch shorter than its competitor yet manages to sit three more passengers.
As a family vehicle, the Kia Telluride comes equipped with a ton of advanced safety technologies, most of which are only available in the Grand Cherokee if you pay extra. Auto Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Blind Spot Detection, Lane Keeping and Following Assist, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert and Smart Cruise Control, among others, come as standard.