2020 Kia Telluride vs. 2019 Dodge Grand Caravan

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the Telluride and Grand Caravan 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 Grand Caravan’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 Grand Caravan doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

The Telluride has standard Forward Collision Avoidance, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Grand Caravan doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

The Telluride offers all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Grand Caravan doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

The Telluride’s lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The Grand Caravan doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The Telluride SX has a standard Surround View Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Grand Caravan only offers a rear monitor.

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 Grand Caravan doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

The Telluride has standard 911 Connect, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Grand Caravan doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Telluride and the Grand Caravan 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, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights and rearview cameras.

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 Grand Caravan’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 Grand Caravan. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the Grand Caravan ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

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

Reliability

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Telluride has a standard 800-amp battery. The Grand Caravan’s 730-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

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

The Telluride’s 3.8 DOHC V6 produces 8 more horsepower (291 vs. 283) and 2 lbs.-ft. more torque (262 vs. 260) than the Grand Caravan’s 3.6 DOHC V6.

Fuel Economy and Range

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

MPG

Telluride

FWD

Auto

3.8 DOHC V6

20 city/26 hwy

AWD

Auto

3.8 DOHC V6

19 city/24 hwy

Grand Caravan

FWD

Auto

3.6 DOHC V6

17 city/25 hwy

Transmission

An eight-speed automatic is standard on the Kia Telluride, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a six-speed automatic is available for the Grand Caravan.

Brakes and Stopping

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

Telluride

Grand Caravan

Front Rotors

13.4 inches

13 inches

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Telluride has larger tires than the Grand Caravan (245/60R18 vs. 225/65R17).

The Telluride LX/EX’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Grand Caravan’s standard 65 series tires. The Telluride S/SX’s tires have a lower 50 series profile than the Grand Caravan’s 65 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Telluride LX/EX has standard 18-inch wheels. Only 17-inch wheels are available on the Grand Caravan. The Telluride S/SX has standard 20-inch wheels.

Suspension and Handling

For superior ride and handling, the Kia Telluride has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Dodge Grand Caravan has a rear torsion beam axle, with a semi-independent rear suspension.

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Telluride is 1.6 inches wider in the front and 2.8 inches wider in the rear than on the Grand Caravan.

Chassis

The Kia Telluride may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 50 to 400 pounds less than the Dodge Grand Caravan.

The Telluride is 6.8 inches shorter than the Grand Caravan, making the Telluride easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

The Telluride has standard seating for 8 passengers; the Grand Caravan can only carry 7.

The Telluride has 1.1 inches more front headroom, 3.4 inches more front legroom, .5 inches more front hip room, 3.2 inches more rear headroom, 5.3 inches more rear legroom and .2 inches more third row headroom than the Grand Caravan.

Cargo Capacity

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

The Telluride’s standard folding rear seats are split to accommodate bulky cargo. The Grand Caravan’s standard single piece folding rear seat is not as flexible; long cargo and a passenger can’t share the rear seat.

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

Towing

The Telluride’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Grand Caravan’s (5000 vs. 1600 pounds).

Servicing Ease

The Telluride uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The Grand Caravan uses a prop rod to support its heavy hood. It takes two hands to open the hood and set the prop rod, the prop rod gets in the way during maintenance and service, and the prop rod could be knocked out, causing the heavy hood to fall on the person maintaining or servicing the car.

Ergonomics

When different drivers share the Telluride SX, the memory seats and mirrors make it convenient. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position and outside mirror angle. The Grand Caravan doesn’t offer a memory system.

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 Grand Caravan 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 Grand Caravan’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open them fully. Only its driver’s window closes automatically.

The Smart Key standard on the Telluride allows you to unlock the driver’s door, cargo door and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Dodge Grand Caravan doesn’t offer an advanced key system.

The Telluride SX’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Grand Caravan’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Telluride has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the Grand Caravan only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the Telluride SX detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Grand Caravan doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Telluride has standard extendable sun visors. The Grand Caravan doesn’t offer extendable visors.

When the Telluride SX is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Grand Caravan’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

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 Grand Caravan doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

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