2019 Acura MDX vs. 2020 Kia Telluride

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Safety

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The MDX’s optional pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Telluride doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

Both the MDX and the Telluride have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, its standard front crash prevention system, and its headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the MDX the rating of “Top Pick” for 2018, a rating granted to only 104 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Telluride has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

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The MDX’s 5 year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the Telluride runs out after 100,000 miles.

Reliability

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The engines in the MDX have a single overhead cam for simplicity. The engine in the Telluride has dual overhead cams, which add to the number of moving parts and the complexity of the cylinder heads.

Engine

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The MDX’s standard 3.5 SOHC V6 produces 5 lbs.-ft. more torque (267 vs. 262) than the Telluride’s 3.8 DOHC V6. The MDX Sport Hybrid’s standard 3.0 SOHC V6 hybrid produces 30 more horsepower (321 vs. 291) and 27 lbs.-ft. more torque (289 vs. 262) than the Telluride’s 3.8 DOHC V6.

As tested in Car and Driver the Acura MDX V6 is faster than the Kia Telluride:

MDX

Telluride

Zero to 30 MPH

2.1 sec

2.6 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

5.9 sec

7.1 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

10.1 sec

11.2 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

16.4 sec

17.3 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

6.2 sec

7.1 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

3.5 sec

3.7 sec

Quarter Mile

14.6 sec

15.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

95 MPH

94 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the MDX gets better fuel mileage than the Telluride:

MPG

MDX

FWD

3.5 SOHC V6

20 city/27 hwy

AWD

Hybrid 3.0 SOHC V6

26 city/27 hwy

Telluride

FWD

3.8 DOHC V6

20 city/26 hwy

AWD

3.6 DOHC V6

19 city/24 hwy

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the MDX’s fuel efficiency. The Telluride doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

Regenerative brakes improve the MDX Sport Hybrid’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Telluride doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the MDX’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Telluride doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The MDX has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Telluride doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Transmission

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A nine-speed automatic is standard on the Acura MDX, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the Telluride.

The MDX offers an available sequential manual gearbox (SMG). With no clutch pedal to worry about and a fully automatic mode, an SMG is much more efficient than a conventional automatic but just as easy to drive. The Telluride doesn’t offer an SMG or a conventional manual transmission.

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the MDX A-Spec’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Telluride (265/45R20 vs. 245/60R18).

The MDX A-Spec’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Telluride S/SX’s 50 series tires.

The MDX has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The Telluride doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling

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The MDX offers an available driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads or off-road. The Telluride’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The MDX SH-AWD handles at .82 G’s, while the Telluride SX 4x4 pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Chassis

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The MDX uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Telluride doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

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The front step up height for the MDX is .5 inches lower than the Telluride (19” vs. 19.5”). The MDX’s rear step up height is 1.9 inches lower than the Telluride’s (17.4” vs. 19.3”).

Cargo Capacity

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The MDX’s cargo area provides more volume than the Telluride.

MDX

Telluride

Second Seat Folded

90.9 cubic feet

87 cubic feet

Servicing Ease

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J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Acura service is better than Kia. J.D. Power ranks Acura 6th in service department satisfaction (above the industry average). With a 41% lower rating, Kia is ranked 20th.

Ergonomics

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If the windows are left open on the MDX the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Telluride can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The MDX’s standard speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Telluride’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

The MDX offers optional automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Telluride offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

The MDX has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning is only available on the Telluride EX/SX.

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