2019 Ford Expedition vs. 2020 Kia Telluride

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

When descending a steep, off-road slope, the Expedition 4x4’s standard Hill Descent Control allows you to creep down safely. The Telluride doesn’t offer Hill Descent Control.

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

The Ford Expedition weighs 1003 to 1580 pounds more than the Kia Telluride. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

Warranty

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

There are almost 4 times as many Ford dealers as there are Kia dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Expedition’s warranty.

Reliability

The Expedition has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will run on only half of its cylinders at a time, reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The Telluride doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the truck’s engine.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Expedition’s reliability 20 points higher than the Telluride.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Expedition first among large SUVs in their 2018 Initial Quality Study. The Telluride isn’t in the top three in its category.

Engine

The Expedition’s standard 3.5 turbo V6 produces 84 more horsepower (375 vs. 291) and 208 lbs.-ft. more torque (470 vs. 262) than the Telluride’s 3.8 DOHC V6. The Expedition Platinum’s standard 3.5 turbo V6 produces 109 more horsepower (400 vs. 291) and 218 lbs.-ft. more torque (480 vs. 262) than the Telluride’s 3.8 DOHC V6.

Fuel Economy and Range

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Expedition’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 Expedition has 4.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the Telluride (23.3 vs. 18.8 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

The Expedition 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

A 10-speed automatic is standard on the Ford Expedition, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the Telluride.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Expedition’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Telluride:

Expedition

Telluride

Front Rotors

13.8 inches

13.4 inches

Rear Rotors

13.2 inches

12 inches

The Expedition’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Telluride are solid, not vented.

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Expedition has larger standard tires than the Telluride (275/65R18 vs. 245/60R18). The Expedition’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Telluride (285/45R22 vs. 245/60R18).

The Expedition’s optional 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.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Expedition offers optional 22-inch wheels. The Telluride’s largest wheels are only 20-inches.

The Ford Expedition’s wheels have 6 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Kia Telluride only has 5 wheel lugs per wheel.

The Expedition has a standard full size spare tire so a flat doesn’t interrupt your trip. A full size spare isn’t available on the Telluride, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare, which limits mileage and speed before replacement.

Suspension and Handling

The Expedition offers an optional 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 Expedition’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Telluride doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Expedition’s wheelbase is 8.3 inches longer than on the Telluride (122.5 inches vs. 114.2 inches).

For greater off-road capability the Expedition has a 1.8 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Telluride (9.8 vs. 8 inches), allowing the Expedition to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Passenger Space

The Expedition has 16.9 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Telluride (171.9 vs. 155).

The Expedition has 1.1 inches more front headroom, 3.3 inches more front hip room, 3.3 inches more front shoulder room, 4.6 inches more rear hip room, 3.6 inches more rear shoulder room, 4.7 inches more third row legroom, 7.7 inches more third row hip room and 8.9 inches more third row shoulder room than the Telluride.

Cargo Capacity

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

Expedition

Telluride

Third Seat Folded

57.5 cubic feet

46 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

104.6 cubic feet

87 cubic feet

Both the Expedition and the Telluride offer second row automatic folding seats. The Expedition’s third row seats also fold up or down at the press of a button. The Telluride doesn’t offer automatic folding third row seats.

The Expedition’s rear cargo window opens separately from the rest of the liftgate door to allow quicker loading of small packages. The Telluride’s rear cargo window doesn’t open.

Towing

The Expedition’s minimum standard towing capacity is much higher than the Telluride’s (5900 vs. 5000 pounds). Maximum trailer towing in the Kia Telluride is only 5000 pounds. The Expedition offers up to a 9300 lbs. towing capacity.

Servicing Ease

The engine in the Expedition is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the Telluride. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because there are no rear spark plugs and the accessory belts are in front.

Ergonomics

The Expedition’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge - which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The Telluride does not have an oil pressure gauge.

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

The Expedition’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 Expedition 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 Expedition (except XLT)’s optional Enhanced Active Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Telluride doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends both the Ford Expedition and the Kia Telluride, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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