2020 Kia Telluride vs. 2019 Infiniti QX60

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the Telluride and QX60 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 QX60’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 QX60 doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

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 QX60 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Telluride and the QX60 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact 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, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning, available all wheel drive and around view monitors.

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 QX60’s 4-year/60,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year sooner.

Kia’s powertrain warranty covers the Telluride 4 years and 30,000 miles longer than Infiniti covers the QX60. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the QX60 ends after only 6 years or 70,000 miles.

There are almost 4 times as many Kia dealers as there are Infiniti dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Telluride’s warranty.

Reliability

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Telluride has a standard 800-amp battery. The QX60’s 550-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 Infiniti vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Kia second in initial quality, above the industry average. With 20 more problems per 100 vehicles, Infiniti is ranked 14th.

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 Infiniti vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Kia 10th in reliability, above the industry average. With 2 more problems per 100 vehicles, Infiniti is ranked 11th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Kia vehicles are more reliable than Infiniti vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Kia 1 place higher in reliability than Infiniti.

Fuel Economy and Range

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Kia Telluride uses regular unleaded gasoline. The QX60 requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Telluride’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the QX60:

Telluride

QX60

Front Rotors

13.4 inches

12.6 inches

The Telluride stops much shorter than the QX60:

Telluride

QX60

70 to 0 MPH

162 feet

181 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Telluride has larger tires than the QX60 (245/60R18 vs. 235/65R18).

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 QX60’s standard 65 series tires. The Telluride S/SX’s tires have a lower 50 series profile than the QX60 Luxe’s optional 55 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

The Telluride has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The QX60’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The Telluride has a standard automatic load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The QX60 doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Telluride is 1.5 inches wider in the front and 1.9 inches wider in the rear than on the QX60.

The Telluride SX 4x4 handles at .81 G’s, while the QX60 AWD pulls only .76 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For greater off-road capability the Telluride has a 1.5 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the QX60 (8 vs. 6.5 inches), allowing the Telluride to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

The Kia Telluride may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 150 to 300 pounds less than the Infiniti QX60.

The Telluride is 3.7 inches shorter than the QX60, making the Telluride easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

The Telluride has standard seating for 8 passengers; the QX60 can only carry 7.

The Telluride has 6 cubic feet more passenger volume than the QX60 (155 vs. 149).

The Telluride has .2 inches more front headroom, 1.9 inches more front legroom, 2.1 inches more front hip room, 1.3 inches more front shoulder room, 2 inches more rear headroom, .7 inches more rear legroom, 2.2 inches more rear hip room, .8 inches more rear shoulder room, 1.6 inches more third row headroom, .6 inches more third row legroom and 1.7 inches more third row hip room than the QX60.

Cargo Capacity

The Telluride’s cargo area provides more volume than the QX60.

Telluride

QX60

Behind Third Seat

21 cubic feet

16 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

46 cubic feet

40.5 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

87 cubic feet

76.2 cubic feet

The Telluride’s cargo area is larger than the QX60’s in almost every dimension:

Telluride

QX60

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

20.4”/49.8”/83.8”

20.7”/45”/78.5”

Max Width

54.4”

50”

Min Width

43.5”

46”

Height

34.5”

32.2”

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 QX60 doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The power windows standard on both the Telluride and the QX60 have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Telluride is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The QX60 prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

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 QX60 doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats for the second row.

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