2020 Kia Telluride vs. 2019 GMC Yukon

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Safety

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The Telluride SX has a standard Surround View Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Yukon 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 Yukon doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

For better protection of the passenger compartment, the Telluride uses safety cell construction with a three-dimensional high-strength frame that surrounds the passenger compartment. It provides extra impact protection and a sturdy mounting location for door hardware and side impact beams. The Yukon uses a body-on-frame design, which has no frame members above the floor of the vehicle.

Both the Telluride and the Yukon 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, daytime running lights, rearview cameras and available all wheel drive.

Warranty

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

Reliability

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

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Telluride has a standard 800-amp battery. The Yukon’s 720-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 GMC vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Kia second in initial quality, above the industry average. With 27 more problems per 100 vehicles, GMC is ranked 20th, 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 GMC vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Kia 10th in reliability, above the industry average. With 35 more problems per 100 vehicles, GMC is ranked 22nd.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Kia vehicles are more reliable than GMC vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Kia 20 places higher in reliability than GMC.

Fuel Economy and Range

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

MPG

Telluride

FWD

3.8 DOHC V6

20 city/26 hwy

AWD

3.8 DOHC V6

19 city/24 hwy

Yukon

2WD

5.3 OHV V8

15 city/22 hwy

6.2 OHV V8

14 city/23 hwy

4WD

5.3 OHV V8

15 city/21 hwy

6.2 OHV V8

14 city/22 hwy

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Kia Telluride uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Yukon Graphite Performance Edition/Denali requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Brakes and Stopping

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

Telluride

Yukon

Front Rotors

13.4 inches

13 inches

Tires and Wheels

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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 Yukon SLE/SLT’s standard 65 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

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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 GMC Yukon has a solid rear axle, with a non-independent rear suspension.

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

Chassis

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The Kia Telluride may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 1250 to 1300 pounds less than the GMC Yukon.

The Telluride is 7 inches shorter than the Yukon, making the Telluride easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Unibody construction lowers the Telluride’s center of gravity significantly without reducing ground clearance. This contributes to better on the road handling and better off-road performance and stability. In addition, unibody construction makes the chassis stiffer, improving handling and reducing squeaks and rattles. The Yukon uses body-on-frame design instead.

Passenger Space

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The Telluride has 34.2 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Yukon (155 vs. 120.8).

The Telluride has 1.5 inches more rear headroom, 3.4 inches more rear legroom and 6.6 inches more third row legroom than the Yukon.

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

The front step up height for the Telluride is 2.9 inches lower than the Yukon (19.5” vs. 22.4”). The Telluride’s rear step up height is 3.1 inches lower than the Yukon’s (19.3” vs. 22.4”).

Cargo Capacity

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

Telluride

Yukon

Behind Third Seat

21 cubic feet

15.3 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 Yukon’s liftover is 35.9 inches.

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

Telluride

Yukon

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

20.4”/49.8”/83.8”

11.1”/43.2”/79.9”

Max Width

54.4”

n/a

Min Width

43.5”

49.3”

Height

34.5”

33.9”

Ergonomics

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The Telluride’s front and rear power windows all open or close with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Yukon’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to 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 Yukon doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats for the second row.

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