2020 Kia Telluride vs. 2019 Infiniti QX80

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Safety

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Both the Telluride and QX80 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 QX80’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 QX80 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 QX80 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 QX80 uses a body-on-frame design, which has no frame members above the floor of the vehicle.

Both the Telluride and the QX80 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, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive and around view monitors.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, rear impact and roof-crush tests, its standard front crash prevention system, its “Good” rating in the new passenger-side small overlap crash test, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Telluride the rating of “Top Pick” for 2019, a rating granted to only 106 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The QX80 has not been tested, yet.

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 QX80’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 QX80. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the QX80 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

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To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Telluride has a standard 800-amp battery. The QX80’s 780-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 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 31 more problems per 100 vehicles, Infiniti 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 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

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On the EPA test cycle the Telluride gets better fuel mileage than the QX80:

MPG

Telluride

FWD

3.8 DOHC V6

20 city/26 hwy

AWD

3.8 DOHC V6

19 city/24 hwy

QX80

2WD

5.6 DOHC V8

14 city/20 hwy

4WD

5.6 DOHC V8

13 city/19 hwy

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Kia Telluride uses regular unleaded gasoline. The QX80 requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Transmission

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An eight-speed automatic is standard on the Kia Telluride, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a seven-speed automatic is available for the QX80.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Telluride stops much shorter than the QX80:

Telluride

QX80

70 to 0 MPH

162 feet

185 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

118 feet

130 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

133 feet

155 feet

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Suspension and Handling

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The Telluride SX 4x4 handles at .81 G’s, while the QX80 AWD pulls only .72 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Telluride SX 4x4 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.3 seconds quicker than the QX80 AWD (27.3 seconds @ .63 average G’s vs. 28.6 seconds @ .57 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Telluride’s turning circle is 2.5 feet tighter than the QX80’s (38.8 feet vs. 41.3 feet).

Chassis

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The Kia Telluride may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 1500 to 1550 pounds less than the Infiniti QX80.

The Telluride is 1 foot, 1.3 inches shorter than the QX80, 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 QX80 uses body-on-frame design instead.

Passenger Space

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The Telluride has 2.5 cubic feet more passenger volume than the QX80 (155 vs. 152.5).

The Telluride has 1 inch more front headroom, 4.5 inches more front legroom, .2 inches more rear headroom, 1.4 inches more rear legroom, 1.3 inches more third row headroom and 2.6 inches more third row legroom than the QX80.

The front step up height for the Telluride is 3.2 inches lower than the QX80 (19.5” vs. 22.7”). The Telluride’s rear step up height is 4.2 inches lower than the QX80’s (19.3” vs. 23.5”).

Cargo Capacity

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The Telluride’s cargo area provides more volume than the QX80.

Telluride

QX80

Behind Third Seat

21 cubic feet

16.6 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 QX80’s liftover is 35.8 inches.

The Telluride’s cargo area is larger than the QX80’s in almost every dimension:

Telluride

QX80

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

20.4”/49.8”/83.8”

18.4”/48”/81”

Max Width

54.4”

50”

Min Width

43.5”

49.8”

Height

34.5”

36”

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 QX80 doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its liftgate, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Ergonomics

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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 QX80 doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The Telluride’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The QX80’s parking brake has to released manually.

The power windows standard on both the Telluride and the QX80 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 QX80 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 QX80 doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats for the second row.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Kia Telluride EX/SX has a standard wireless phone charging system (Qi) for the front seat. The QX80 doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends the Kia Telluride, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Infiniti QX80 isn't recommended.

The Kia Telluride outsold the Infiniti QX80 by almost two to one during the 2019 model year.

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