2019 Infiniti QX80 vs. 2020 Kia Telluride

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The QX80’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.

For enhanced safety, the front and middle seat shoulder belts of the Infiniti QX80 are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Kia Telluride doesn’t offer height-adjustable middle seat belts.

The QX80 has standard Active Head Restraints (AHR), which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the AHR system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Telluride doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The QX80 offers optional Backup Collision Intervention that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Telluride doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

Both the QX80 and the Telluride have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, 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, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, collision warning systems, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

The Infiniti QX80 weighs 1239 to 1814 pounds more than the Kia Telluride. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

Warranty

The QX80’s corrosion warranty is 2 years and unlimited miles longer than the Telluride’s (7/unlimited vs. 5/100,000).

Engine

The QX80’s 5.6 DOHC V8 produces 109 more horsepower (400 vs. 291) and 151 lbs.-ft. more torque (413 vs. 262) than the Telluride’s 3.8 DOHC V6.

As tested in Car and Driver the Infiniti QX80 is faster than the Kia Telluride:

QX80

Telluride

Zero to 60 MPH

6.5 sec

7.1 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

6.7 sec

7.1 sec

Quarter Mile

15.1 sec

15.4 sec

Top Speed

133 MPH

132 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

The QX80 has 7.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the Telluride (26 vs. 18.8 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the QX80’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Telluride:

QX80

Telluride

Front Rotors

13.8 inches

13.4 inches

Rear Rotors

13.8 inches

12 inches

The QX80’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 QX80 has larger tires than the Telluride (275/60R20 vs. 245/60R18).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the QX80 has standard 20-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the Telluride LX/EX. The QX80’s optional 22-inch wheels are larger than the 20-inch wheels on the Telluride S/SX.

The Infiniti QX80’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 QX80 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 rear suspension of the QX80 uses air springs for a smoother, controlled ride than the Telluride, which uses coil springs. Air springs maintain proper ride height and ride more smoothly.

The QX80 offers an available active suspension system, which counteracts cornering forces actively, limiting body roll and improving handling and stability. Kia doesn’t offer an active suspension on the Telluride.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the QX80’s wheelbase is 6.9 inches longer than on the Telluride (121.1 inches vs. 114.2 inches).

The QX80’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (50.9% to 49.1%) than the Telluride’s (55.7% to 44.3%). This gives the QX80 more stable handling and braking.

For greater off-road capability the QX80 has a 1.2 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Telluride (9.2 vs. 8 inches), allowing the QX80 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Passenger Space

The QX80 has .3 inches more front hip room, 2.2 inches more front shoulder room, .4 inches more rear hip room, 2.3 inches more rear shoulder room, 5.1 inches more third row hip room and 5.2 inches more third row shoulder room than the Telluride.

Cargo Capacity

The QX80’s cargo area provides more volume than the Telluride.

QX80

Telluride

Third Seat Folded

49.6 cubic feet

46 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

95.1 cubic feet

87 cubic feet

The QX80 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 QX80 and the Telluride offer second row automatic folding seats. The QX80’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.

Towing

The QX80’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Telluride’s (8500 vs. 5000 pounds).

Servicing Ease

The engine in the QX80 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.

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Infiniti service is better than Kia. J.D. Power ranks Infiniti fourth in service department satisfaction. With a 53% lower rating, Kia is ranked 20th.

Ergonomics

The QX80’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 QX80 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 QX80’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Telluride’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The QX80 offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The Telluride doesn’t offer headlight washers.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the QX80 offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Telluride doesn’t offer cornering lights.

The QX80 has standard 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 QX80 has a standard heated steering wheel to take the chill out of steering on extremely cold winter days before the vehicle heater warms up. A heated steering wheel costs extra on the Telluride.

The QX80 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.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends both the Infiniti QX80 and the Kia Telluride, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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