2020 Kia Telluride vs. 2020 Cadillac Escalade

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Safety

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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 Escalade 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 Escalade uses a body-on-frame design, which has no frame members above the floor of the vehicle.

Both the Telluride and the Escalade 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, rear cross-path warning, 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 Escalade 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 Escalade’s 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 10,000 miles sooner.

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

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Telluride has a standard 800-amp battery. The Escalade’s 660-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Telluride’s reliability 40 points higher than the Escalade.

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 Cadillac vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Kia second in initial quality, above the industry average. With 30 more problems per 100 vehicles, Cadillac is ranked 17th, 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 Cadillac vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Kia 10th in reliability, above the industry average. With 40 more problems per 100 vehicles, Cadillac is ranked 23rd.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Kia vehicles are more reliable than Cadillac vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Kia 23 places higher in reliability than Cadillac.

Fuel Economy and Range

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

MPG

Telluride

FWD

3.8 DOHC V6

20 city/26 hwy

AWD

3.8 DOHC V6

19 city/24 hwy

Escalade

2WD

6.2 DOHC V8

14 city/23 hwy

4WD

6.2 DOHC V8

14 city/21 hwy

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Kia Telluride uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Escalade 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 Escalade:

Telluride

Escalade

Front Rotors

13.4 inches

13 inches

The Telluride stops much shorter than the Escalade:

Telluride

Escalade

70 to 0 MPH

162 feet

202 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

118 feet

133 feet

Motor Trend

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 Cadillac Escalade has a solid rear axle, with a non-independent rear suspension.

The Telluride SX 4x4 handles at .81 G’s, while the Escalade 4WD pulls only .73 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Telluride SX 4x4 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Escalade 4WD (27.3 seconds @ .63 average G’s vs. 28.1 seconds @ .63 average G’s).

Chassis

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The Kia Telluride may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 1400 to 1450 pounds less than the Cadillac Escalade.

The Telluride is 7 inches shorter than the Escalade, 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 Escalade uses body-on-frame design instead.

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

Passenger Space

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The Telluride has 34.2 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Escalade (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 Escalade.

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

The front step up height for the Telluride is 2.5 inches lower than the Escalade (19.5” vs. 22”).

Cargo Capacity

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

Telluride

Escalade

Behind Third Seat

21 cubic feet

15.2 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 Escalade’s liftover is 32.1 inches.

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

Telluride

Escalade

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”

A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the Telluride. The Escalade doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Ergonomics

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

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

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends the Kia Telluride, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The Kia Telluride outsold the Cadillac Escalade/Escalade ESV by 9% during the 2019 model year.

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