2020 Kia Telluride vs. 2020 Dodge Durango

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Safety

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

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests front crash prevention systems. With a score of 6 points, IIHS rates the Forward Collision Avoidance in the Telluride as “Superior.” The Durango scores only 1 point and is rated only “Basic.”

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

Both the Telluride and the Durango have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee 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, rearview cameras and available all wheel drive.

A significantly tougher test than their original offset frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety does 40 MPH small overlap frontal offset crash tests. In this test, where only 25% of the total width of the vehicle is struck, results indicate that the Kia Telluride is safer than the Durango:

Telluride

Durango

Overall Evaluation

GOOD

MARGINAL

Restraints

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Head Neck Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Head injury index

109

119

Peak Head Forces

0 G’s

0 G’s

Steering Column Movement Rearward

0 cm

9 cm

Chest Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Max Chest Compression

25 cm

26 cm

Hip & Thigh Evaluation

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Femur Force R/L

1.2/1.4 kN

5.3/2.5 kN

Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L

0%/0%

6%/0%

Lower Leg Evaluation

GOOD

POOR

Tibia index R/L

.38/.35

1.53/.59

Tibia forces R/L

1.4/1.3 kN

1.9/1.4 kN

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 Durango was not even a standard “Top Pick” for 2016.

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

The Telluride’s corrosion warranty is 40,000 miles longer than the Durango’s (5/100,000 vs. 5/60,000).

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 5.7 V8 in the Durango.

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 19 points higher than the Durango.

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 Dodge vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Kia second in initial quality, above the industry average. With 20 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 8th.

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 Dodge vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Kia 10th in reliability, above the industry average. With 52 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 28th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Kia vehicles are more reliable than Dodge vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Kia 16 places higher in reliability than Dodge.

Engine

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As tested in Consumer Reports the Kia Telluride is faster than the Durango Dual Exhaust 3.6 DOHC V6:

Telluride

Durango

Zero to 30 MPH

2.7 sec

3.1 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

7.2 sec

8.3 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

5.1 sec

6 sec

Quarter Mile

15.5 sec

16.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

93 MPH

87.5 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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

MPG

Telluride

FWD

3.8 DOHC V6

20 city/26 hwy

AWD

3.8 DOHC V6

19 city/24 hwy

Durango

2WD

3.6 DOHC V6

19 city/26 hwy

5.7 DOHC V8

14 city/22 hwy

4WD

3.6 DOHC V6

18 city/25 hwy

5.7 DOHC V8

14 city/22 hwy

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Kia Telluride uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Durango with the 5.7 V8 engine requires mid-grade for maximum efficiency, which can cost 5 to 40 cents more per gallon.

Brakes and Stopping

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

Telluride

Durango

Front Rotors

13.4 inches

13 inches

The Telluride stops much shorter than the Durango:

Telluride

Durango

70 to 0 MPH

162 feet

190 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

118 feet

142 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

133 feet

160 feet

Consumer Reports

Suspension and Handling

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

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Telluride is 3.3 inches wider in the front and 3.5 inches wider in the rear than on the Durango.

The Telluride SX 4x4 handles at .81 G’s, while the Durango GT pulls only .75 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Telluride SX 4x4 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.5 seconds quicker than the Durango GT 4x4 (27.3 seconds @ .63 average G’s vs. 28.8 seconds @ .58 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Telluride’s turning circle is 2.2 feet tighter than the Durango’s (38.8 feet vs. 41 feet).

Chassis

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The Kia Telluride may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 550 to 1000 pounds less than the Dodge Durango.

The Telluride is 4.3 inches shorter than the Durango, making the Telluride easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

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

Passenger Space

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The Telluride has standard seating for 8 passengers; the Durango can only carry up to 7.

The Telluride has 13.6 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Durango (155 vs. 141.4).

The Telluride has 1 inch more front headroom, 3.8 inches more front legroom, 1.9 inches more front hip room, 3.1 inches more front shoulder room, .4 inches more rear headroom, 3.8 inches more rear legroom, 2.5 inches more rear hip room, 3.5 inches more rear shoulder room, .3 inches more third row headroom, 1.3 inches more third row hip room and 4.9 inches more third row shoulder room than the Durango.

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

The front step up height for the Telluride is 1 inches lower than the Durango (19.5” vs. 20.5”). The Telluride’s rear step up height is 1.3 inches lower than the Durango’s (19.3” vs. 20.6”).

Cargo Capacity

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

Telluride

Durango

Behind Third Seat

21 cubic feet

17.2 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

46 cubic feet

43.3 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

87 cubic feet

85.1 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 Durango’s liftover is 32.2 inches.

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

Telluride

Durango

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

20.4”/49.8”/83.8”

20”/50”/83”

Max Width

54.4”

49”

Min Width

43.5”

42.5”

Height

34.5”

36”

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Telluride’s second row seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Durango doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

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 Durango 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 Durango 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 Durango’s parking brake has to released manually.

The Telluride’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Durango’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The Telluride’s available headlights were rated “Acceptable” by the IIHS, while the Durango’s headlights are rated “Marginal.”

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

Recommendations

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

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