2020 Kia Telluride vs. 2019 Dodge Durango

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the Telluride and Durango have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The Telluride has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The Durango’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.

In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the Telluride are reminded to check the back seat when a sensor determines the back seat is occupied. The Durango doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

The Telluride SX has a standard Surround View Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Durango only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

The Telluride’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Durango doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Telluride and the Durango 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, rearview cameras and available all wheel drive.

Warranty

The Telluride comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Durango’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 2 years and 24,000 miles sooner.

Kia’s powertrain warranty covers the Telluride 5 years and 40,000 miles longer than Dodge covers the Durango. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the Durango ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

The Telluride’s corrosion warranty is 40,000 miles longer than the Durango’s (5/100,000 vs. 5/60,000).

Reliability

For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the Telluride has an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of the 5.7 V8 in the Durango.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Kia vehicles are better in initial quality than Dodge vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Kia second in initial quality, above the industry average. With 26 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 19th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Kia vehicles are more reliable than Dodge vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Kia 10th in reliability, above the industry average. With 52 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 28th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Kia vehicles are more reliable than Dodge vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Kia 16 places higher in reliability than Dodge.

Engine

As tested in Car and Driver the Kia Telluride is faster than the Durango Dual Exhaust 3.6 V6:

Telluride

Durango

Zero to 60 MPH

7.1 sec

7.8 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

17.3 sec

20.9 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

7.1 sec

8.3 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

3.7 sec

4.2 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

4.6 sec

5.7 sec

Quarter Mile

15.4 sec

16 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

94 MPH

88 MPH

Top Speed

132 MPH

117 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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

MPG

Telluride

FWD

3.8 DOHC V6

20 city/26 hwy

AWD

3.8 DOHC V6

19 city/24 hwy

Durango

RWD

3.6 DOHC V6

19 city/26 hwy

5.7 OHV V8

14 city/22 hwy

AWD

3.6 DOHC V6

18 city/25 hwy

5.7 OHV V8

14 city/22 hwy

SRT 6.4 OHV V8

13 city/19 hwy

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Kia Telluride uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Durango with the 5.7 V8 engine requires mid-grade for maximum efficiency, which can cost 5 to 40 cents more per gallon.

Brakes and Stopping

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

Telluride

Durango

Front Rotors

13.4 inches

13 inches

The Telluride stops much shorter than the Durango:

Telluride

Durango

70 to 0 MPH

162 feet

190 feet

Car and Driver

Suspension and Handling

The Telluride has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Telluride flat and controlled during cornering. The Durango’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Telluride is 3.3 inches wider in the front and 3.5 inches wider in the rear than on the Durango.

The Telluride SX 4x4 handles at .81 G’s, while the Durango GT pulls only .75 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Telluride’s turning circle is 2.2 feet tighter than the Durango’s (38.8 feet vs. 41 feet).

Chassis

The Kia Telluride may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 550 to 1000 pounds less than the Dodge Durango.

The Telluride is 4.3 inches shorter than the Durango, making the Telluride easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the Telluride SX 4x4 is quieter than the Durango GT 4x4 (36 vs. 38 dB).

Passenger Space

The Telluride has standard seating for 8 passengers; the Durango can only carry up to 7.

The Telluride has 14.7 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Durango (155 vs. 140.3).

The Telluride has 1 inch more front headroom, 3.8 inches more front legroom, 1.9 inches more front hip room, 3.1 inches more front shoulder room, .4 inches more rear headroom, 3.8 inches more rear legroom, 2.5 inches more rear hip room, 3.5 inches more rear shoulder room, .3 inches more third row headroom, 1.3 inches more third row hip room and 4.9 inches more third row shoulder room than the Durango.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Telluride’s middle and third row seats recline. The Durango’s third row seats don’t recline.

The front step up height for the Telluride is 1 inches lower than the Durango (19.5” vs. 20.5”). The Telluride’s rear step up height is 1.3 inches lower than the Durango’s (19.3” vs. 20.6”).

Cargo Capacity

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

Telluride

Durango

Behind Third Seat

21 cubic feet

17.2 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

46 cubic feet

43.3 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

87 cubic feet

85.1 cubic feet

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the Telluride easier. The Telluride’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 30.7 inches, while the Durango’s liftover is 32.2 inches.

The Telluride’s cargo area is larger than the Durango’s in almost every dimension:

Telluride

Durango

Length to seat (3rd/2nd/1st)

20.4”/49.8”/83.8”

20”/50”/83”

Max Width

54.4”

49”

Min Width

43.5”

42.5”

Height

34.5”

36”

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Telluride’s second row seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Durango doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Telluride’s liftgate can be opened just by waiting momentarily behind the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Durango doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its liftgate, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Ergonomics

The Telluride offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Durango doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The Telluride’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Durango’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

The Telluride EX/SX has standard front air-conditioned seats and the Telluride SX offers them optionally in the second row. This keeps the passengers comfortable and takes the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Durango doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats for the second row.

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