2019 Ford Flex vs. 2020 Kia Telluride

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The middle row seatbelts optional on the Flex 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.

Both the Flex 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, rearview cameras, available collision warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

The Flex’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 Flex’s warranty.

Engine

The Flex Limited’s optional 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 Flex Limited 3.5 turbo V6 is faster than the Kia Telluride:

Flex

Telluride

Zero to 30 MPH

2.2 sec

2.6 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

6.2 sec

7.1 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

10.1 sec

11.2 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

15.5 sec

17.3 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

6.5 sec

7.1 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

3.1 sec

3.7 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

4.4 sec

4.6 sec

Quarter Mile

14.7 sec

15.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

97 MPH

94 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

The Flex 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

The Flex’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 Flex’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Telluride (255/45R20 vs. 245/60R18).

The Flex’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.

Suspension and Handling

The Flex’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 Flex’s wheelbase is 3.7 inches longer than on the Telluride (117.9 inches vs. 114.2 inches).

The Flex’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (54.4% to 45.6%) than the Telluride’s (55.7% to 44.3%). This gives the Flex more stable handling and braking.

Chassis

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

Passenger Space

The Flex has .9 inches more front headroom, .3 inches more rear headroom, 1.9 inches more rear legroom, .6 inches more third row headroom and 1.9 inches more third row legroom than the Telluride.

Flexibility is maximized at the game, campground or a drive-in theatre in the Flex Limited when its optional tailgating rear seats are deployed, allowing people to sit facing out of the liftgate. (Do not use while vehicle is in motion.) The Telluride doesn’t offer tailgating seats.

Cargo Capacity

The Flex 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 Flex and the Telluride have standard second row automatic folding seats. The Flex Limited’s optional 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

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Flex’s exterior PIN entry system. The Telluride doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system.

The Flex SE/SEL’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 Flex Limited’s optional Active Park Assist can parallel park by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Telluride doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Recommendations

The Flex was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” for 2 of the last 11 years. The Telluride has never been an “All Star.”

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