2020 Kia Telluride vs 2019 Toyota Highlander

2020 Kia Telluride Warrington Pa

The 2020 Kia Telluride has captured the hearts of American SUV enthusiasts who want a 3-row crossover with a large comfortable interior than other leading SUV’s. The Telluride is designed to offer both families and business owners a variety of options. Kia definitely outdid themselves after they decided to take on the US SUV market. Built with innovative features, the Telluride is the largest midsized crossover available.

The 2019 Highlander is Toyota’s three-row family-sized crossover featuring comfy seats, tech options and a host of standard safety features. Powered by a reliable V6 engine, the SUV has some rough edges to iron out. Like many SUV’s pushing a third-row, seating and cargo space are not what they’re promoted as. Also, the infotainment system lacks Apple CarPlay or Android Auto.

SEATINGThe Telluride offers a seven or eight-passenger seating option. Ordering captain’s chairs for the second row is what determines the number of passengers. Toyota Highlander offers a similar configuration, however, the third-row shoulder room in both the Telluride and Highlander may be a little tight with three adult passengers, but are very comfortable for two. A couple of inches would provide better comfort. Nevertheless, the Telluride’s leg and headroom surpass the competition.

2020 Kia Telluride


2019 Toyota Highlander

19 / 24 / 21 MPG (city, highway, combined) 16 / 22 / 18
3.8L 6cyl 8A Engine 3.5L 6cyl 6A
291 hp @ 6000 rpm Horsepower 365 hp @ 5500 rpm
All-wheel drive Drive Type All-wheel drive
8 Seating Capacity 7
21.0 Cargo Capacity (cubic feet) 21.0

One of the exterior design features giving the Telluride more interior space is its tailgate and rear roofline. This design is deliberate to expand the inside while contributing to its stout look. This is one reason why it has more interior room than Toyota Highlander. But that expanded space is not only for passengers, it also contributes to cargo space with the third-row seating lowered.

The Telluride gives 21.0 cubic feet and the Highlander 13.8 cubic feet. Comparing SUV’s of this size, the Telluride’s cargo area behind the second-row is massive. There’s more cargo space available to the average person than they could use on a daily basis. Check the comparison chart below and our 2020 Kia Telluride vs 2019 Toyota Highlander Pros and Cons.

The Kia Telluride and Hyundai Palisade share the same powertrain -they are well-powered cousins. Each vehicle’s tuning and driving experience slightly differ, but in a way that doesn’t detract from their performance. For instance, the Telluride’s 291 horsepower is amongst the strongest in the SUV market.

Lastly, the EPA estimates of the front-wheel-drive Telluride averages 20 mpg city, 26 mpg highway, and 23 mpg combined. The all-wheel-drive assessments are lower at 19 mpg city, 24 highway, and 21 combined. The Toyota Highlander gives 4, 6, and 8 cylinder trim models each with comparable fuel economy. We find it strange the difference between engine options is minimal.


2020 Kia Telluride

2019 Toyota Highlander

EX 4dr SUV AWD (3.8L 6cyl 8A)

XLT 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A)



Powerful standard V6 with more than sufficient towing power

Low noise cabin

Roomy interior for large families or groups

Powerful acceleration with the optional turbocharged V6

Plenty of standard high-tech safety features

Easy to use infotainment and tech features

Bold stout exterior styling




Average fuel economy

Poor fuel economy

No available powertrain upgrades

The overall feel of driving changes drastically between trim levels


Little third-row passenger space


Lacks safety features offered as standard options by other manufacturers

Our decision may seem biased, but we believe the facts show the 2020 Kia Telluride as a better buy than the 2019 Toyota Highlander. Kia placed an enormous amount of energy into pushing the bar in the SUV marketplace, and Telluride is the result.

If you're searching for Kia dealers in PA and live close to Gateway Kia Warrington near Philadelphia, call us and schedule a test drive with one of our sales associates. They’ll be happy to answer all your questions and help you find a Kia vehicle that fits best for your needs.


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