2020 Kia Telluride vs. 2020 Cadillac XT6

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Safety

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Both the Telluride and XT6 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 XT6’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.

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 XT6 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Telluride and the XT6 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, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning, available all-wheel drive and around view monitors.

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 XT6’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 XT6. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the XT6 ends after only 6 years or 70,000 miles.

Reliability

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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 52 points higher than the XT6.

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 2019 Auto Issue reports that Kia vehicles are more reliable than Cadillac vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Kia 21 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 XT6:

Telluride

XT6

2WD

3.8 V6/8-spd. Auto

20 city/26 hwy

18 city/25 hwy

3.6 V6/Auto

4WD

3.8 V6/8-spd. Auto

19 city/24 hwy

17 city/24 hwy

3.6 V6/Auto

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Telluride’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the XT6:

Telluride

XT6

Front Rotors

13.4 inches

12.6 inches

The Telluride stops much shorter than the XT6:

Telluride

XT6

70 to 0 MPH

162 feet

171 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

118 feet

131 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

133 feet

137 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Telluride has larger tires than the XT6 (245/60R18 vs. 235/55R20).

Suspension and Handling

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The Telluride has a standard automatic load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The XT6 doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Telluride’s wheelbase is 1.5 inches longer than on the XT6 (114.2 inches vs. 112.7 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Telluride is .8 inches wider in the front and 1.4 inches wider in the rear than on the XT6.

For greater off-road capability the Telluride has a 1.35 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the XT6 (8 vs. 6.65 inches), allowing the Telluride to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

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The Kia Telluride may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 250 to 350 pounds less than the Cadillac XT6.

Passenger Space

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The Telluride has standard seating for 8 passengers; the XT6 can only carry 7.

The Telluride has 1.1 inches more front headroom, 2.9 inches more front legroom, 8.8 inches more front hip room, 3.3 inches more front shoulder room, 1.1 inches more rear headroom, 3.3 inches more rear legroom, 2.3 inches more rear hip room, 3.8 inches more rear shoulder room, .9 inches more third row headroom, 1.9 inches more third row legroom, 4.2 inches more third row hip room and 1.8 inches more third row shoulder room than the XT6.

Cargo Capacity

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The Telluride’s cargo area provides more volume than the XT6.

Telluride

XT6

Behind Third Seat

21 cubic feet

12.6 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

46 cubic feet

43.1 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

87 cubic feet

78.7 cubic feet

Towing

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The Telluride’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the XT6’s (5000 vs. 1000 pounds).

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 XT6’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully.

Consumer Reports rated the Telluride’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the XT6’s headlights, which were rated “Poor.”

Manual rear side window sunshades are available in the Telluride to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The XT6 doesn’t offer rear side window sunshades.

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 XT6 doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats for the second row.

The Telluride SX offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The XT6 doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® chose the Kia Telluride as its “Top Pick,” the highest scoring vehicle in its category, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Cadillac XT6 isn't recommended.

The Telluride was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” in 2020. The XT6 has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

Motor Trend selected the Telluride as their 2020 Sport Utility of the Year. The XT6 has never been chosen.

The Kia Telluride outsold the Cadillac XT6 by over five to one during 2019.

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