2019 Mitsubishi Outlander vs. 2020 Kia Telluride

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Both the Outlander and the Telluride have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, 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 and rear cross-path warning.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, its “Good” rating in the new passenger-side small overlap crash test, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Outlander the rating of “Top Pick” for 2019, a rating granted to only 88 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Telluride has not been tested, yet.


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


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 Outlander’s reliability 23 points higher than the Telluride.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Outlander gets better fuel mileage than the Telluride:




2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

25 city/30 hwy


2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

24 city/29 hwy

3.0 DOHC V6

20 city/27 hwy



3.5 DOHC 6 cyl.

20 city/27 hwy


A-Spec 3.5 DOHC 6 cyl.

19 city/25 hwy


The Outlander has a standard continuously variable transmission (CVT). With no “steps” between gears, it can keep the engine at the most efficient speed for fuel economy, or keep it at its peak horsepower indefinitely for maximum acceleration. The Telluride doesn’t offer a CVT.

Tires and Wheels

The Outlander’s 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.

Suspension and Handling

For better maneuverability, the Outlander’s turning circle is 4 feet tighter than the Telluride’s (34.8 feet vs. 38.8 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Outlander has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Telluride (8.5 vs. 8 inches), allowing the Outlander to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.


The Mitsubishi Outlander may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 800 to 850 pounds less than the Kia Telluride.

The Outlander is 1 foot shorter than the Telluride, making the Outlander easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The Outlander is 7 inches narrower than the Telluride, making the Outlander easier to handle and maneuver in traffic.

Passenger Space

The front step up height for the Outlander is 1.5 inches lower than the Telluride (18” vs. 19.5”). The Outlander’s rear step up height is 1.5 inches lower than the Telluride’s (17.8” vs. 19.3”).

Cargo Capacity

The Outlander 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.


The Outlander ES/SE’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 Outlander 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.

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