2019 Ford Explorer vs. 2020 Kia Telluride

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Safety

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The middle row seatbelts optional on the Explorer inflate when a collision is detected, helping to spread crash forces over a much larger area of the body and limiting head and neck movement. This can help prevent spinal and internal injuries. The Telluride doesn’t offer inflatable seatbelts.

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

Both the Explorer and the Telluride have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact 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, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, collision warning systems, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, front and rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

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The Explorer’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 Explorer’s warranty.

Reliability

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The Explorer 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.

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

Engine

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The Explorer’s optional 2.3 turbo 4 cyl. produces 48 lbs.-ft. more torque (310 vs. 262) than the Telluride’s 3.8 DOHC V6. The Explorer Sport/Platinum’s standard 3.5 turbo V6 produces 74 more horsepower (365 vs. 291) and 88 lbs.-ft. more torque (350 vs. 262) than the Telluride’s 3.8 DOHC V6.

As tested in Car and Driver the Explorer 3.5 turbo V6 is faster than the Kia Telluride:

Explorer

Telluride

Zero to 30 MPH

2.2 sec

2.6 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

6 sec

7.1 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

10 sec

11.2 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

15.8 sec

17.3 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

6.3 sec

7.1 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

3 sec

3.7 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

4.4 sec

4.6 sec

Quarter Mile

14.6 sec

15.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

96 MPH

94 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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The Explorer 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.

Brakes and Stopping

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

Explorer

Telluride

Front Rotors

13.85 inches

13.4 inches

Rear Rotors

13.5 inches

12 inches

The Explorer’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

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For better traction, the Explorer’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Telluride (255/50R20 vs. 245/60R18).

Suspension and Handling

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The Explorer Sport 4WD handles at .83 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 front grille of the Explorer uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Telluride doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

As tested by Car and Driver while under full throttle, the interior of the Explorer Sport 4WD is quieter than the Telluride SX 4x4 (73 vs. 75 dB).

Passenger Space

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The Explorer has .5 inches more front headroom, .4 inches more rear headroom and 1.9 inches more third row legroom than the Telluride.

Cargo Capacity

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The Explorer has a standard third row seat which folds flat into the floor. This completely clears a very large cargo area quickly. The Telluride doesn’t offer seats that fold into the floor.

Both the Explorer and the Telluride offer second row automatic folding seats. The Explorer Limited/Sport/Platinum’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.

Ergonomics

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On a hot day the Explorer’s driver can lower the front windows 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.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Explorer XLT/Limited/Sport/Platinum’s exterior keypad. The Telluride doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system.

The Explorer’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 Explorer 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 Explorer (except Base/XLT/Sport)’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.

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