2019 Lincoln MKT vs. 2020 Kia Telluride

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The middle row seatbelts optional on the MKT 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.

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the MKT. But it costs extra on the Telluride.

Both the MKT 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, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning, available collision warning systems, lane departure warning systems and front parking sensors.

The Lincoln MKT weighs 502 to 830 pounds more than the Kia Telluride. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

Warranty

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

There are over 9 percent more Lincoln dealers than there are Kia dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the MKT’s warranty.

Engine

The MKT’s 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 Lincoln MKT is faster than the Kia Telluride:

MKT

Telluride

Zero to 60 MPH

6.1 sec

7.1 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

15.4 sec

17.3 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

6.7 sec

7.1 sec

Quarter Mile

14.6 sec

15.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

97 MPH

94 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

The MKT 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

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

MKT

Telluride

Front Rotors

13.86 inches

13.4 inches

Rear Rotors

13.58 inches

12 inches

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

The MKT’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Telluride LX/EX’s standard 60 series tires. The MKT’s optional tires have a lower 45 series profile than the Telluride S/SX’s 50 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the MKT has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the Telluride LX/EX.

Suspension and Handling

The MKT has a standard 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 MKT’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 MKT’s wheelbase is 3.7 inches longer than on the Telluride (117.9 inches vs. 114.2 inches).

Passenger Space

Flexibility is maximized at the game, campground or a drive-in theatre in the MKT when its 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 MKT 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 MKT and the Telluride have standard second row automatic folding seats. The MKT’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.

Servicing Ease

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Lincoln service is better than Kia. J.D. Power ranks Lincoln 7th in service department satisfaction (above the industry average). With a 40% lower rating, Kia is ranked 20th.

Ergonomics

If the windows are left open on the MKT 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.

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

The MKT’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.

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

The MKT 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 MKT 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 MKT 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.

The MKT Reserve’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.

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