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The 4Runner has standard Active Headrests, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Headrests system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Telluride doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.
When descending a steep, off-road slope, the 4Runner SR5/Limited 4x4’s standard Downhill Assist Control allows you to creep down safely. The Telluride doesn’t offer Downhill Assist Control.
Both the 4Runner and the Telluride have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee 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, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available four-wheel drive and rear parking sensors.
The 4Runner’s 5 year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the Telluride runs out after 100,000 miles.
Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the 4Runner for 2 years and 25000 miles. Toyota will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Kia doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Telluride.
There are over 59 percent more Toyota dealers than there are Kia dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the 4Runner’s warranty.
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 4Runner’s reliability 28 points higher than the Telluride.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Kia vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota second in reliability, above the industry average. With 18 more problems per 100 vehicles, Kia is ranked 10th.
From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Kia vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota second in reliability. Kia is ranked fifth.
The 4Runner’s 4.0 DOHC V6 produces 16 lbs.-ft. more torque (278 vs. 262) than the Telluride’s 3.8 DOHC V6.
The 4Runner has 4.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the Telluride (23 vs. 18.8 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.
The 4Runner’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.
For better traction, the 4Runner’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Telluride (265/70R17 vs. 245/60R18).
The Toyota 4Runner’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 4Runner 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.
The 4Runner TRD Off-Road offers active sway bars, which help keep it flat and controlled during cornering, but disconnect at lower speeds to smooth the ride and offer greater off-road suspension articulation. This helps keep the tires glued to the road on-road and off. The Telluride doesn’t offer an active sway bar system.
The 4Runner’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (53.6% to 46.4%) than the Telluride’s (55.7% to 44.3%). This gives the 4Runner more stable handling and braking.
For better maneuverability, the 4Runner’s turning circle is 1.4 feet tighter than the Telluride’s (37.4 feet vs. 38.8 feet).
For greater off-road capability the 4Runner has a 1.6 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Telluride (9.6 vs. 8 inches), allowing the 4Runner to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.
The 4Runner SR5 is 6.7 inches shorter than the Telluride, making the 4Runner easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.
As tested by Car and Driver while under full throttle, the interior of the 4Runner TRD Off-Road is quieter than the Telluride SX 4x4 (73 vs. 75 dB).
The 4Runner’s cargo area provides more volume than the Telluride.
Third Seat Folded
46.3 cubic feet
46 cubic feet
Third Seat Removed
47.2 cubic feet
Second Seat Folded
89.7 cubic feet
87 cubic feet
The 4Runner’s optional sliding cargo floor is capable of supporting 440 pounds, to make loading and unloading cargo easier and safer. The Telluride doesn’t offer a sliding load floor.
The 4Runner’s rear cargo window opens separately from the rest of the liftgate door to allow quicker loading of small packages. The Telluride’s rear cargo window doesn’t open.
The engine in the 4Runner 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.
If the windows are left open on the 4Runner 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. (Your Toyota service department must activate this window function.) The driver of the Telluride can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.
The TRD Pro was selected by Petersen's 4-Wheel & Off-Road magazine as their 2015 4x4 of the Year. The Telluride has never been chosen.
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