2020 Kia Telluride vs. 2020 GMC Acadia

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Safety

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Both the Telluride and Acadia 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 Acadia’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 Acadia doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Telluride and the Acadia 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, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, blind spot warning systems, 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 Acadia was last qualified as a “Top Pick” in 2017.

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

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 Acadia’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 22 points higher than the Acadia.

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 GMC vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Kia second in initial quality, above the industry average. With 24 more problems per 100 vehicles, GMC is ranked 12th, 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 GMC vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Kia 10th in reliability, above the industry average. With 35 more problems per 100 vehicles, GMC is ranked 22nd.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Kia vehicles are more reliable than GMC vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Kia 20 places higher in reliability than GMC.

Engine

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The Telluride’s 3.8 DOHC V6 produces 98 more horsepower (291 vs. 193) and 74 lbs.-ft. more torque (262 vs. 188) than the Acadia’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. The Telluride’s 3.8 DOHC V6 produces 61 more horsepower (291 vs. 230) and 4 lbs.-ft. more torque (262 vs. 258) than the Acadia’s optional 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

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To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Kia Telluride uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Acadia with the 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. engine 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 Acadia:

Telluride

Acadia

Front Rotors

13.4 inches

12.6 inches

The Telluride stops much shorter than the Acadia:

Telluride

Acadia

70 to 0 MPH

162 feet

173 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

118 feet

126 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Telluride has larger tires than the Acadia (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 Acadia’s standard 65 series tires. The Telluride S/SX’s tires have a lower 50 series profile than the Acadia’s optional 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Telluride LX/EX has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Acadia.

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 Acadia doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Telluride’s wheelbase is 1.7 inches longer than on the Acadia (114.2 inches vs. 112.5 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Telluride is 2.7 inches wider in the front and 3.1 inches wider in the rear than on the Acadia.

For greater off-road capability the Telluride has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Acadia (8 vs. 7.2 inches), allowing the Telluride to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Telluride’s minimum ground clearance is .2 inch higher than on the Acadia All Terrain (8 vs. 7.8 inches).

Passenger Space

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

The Telluride has 11.2 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Acadia (155 vs. 143.8).

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

Cargo Capacity

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

Telluride

Acadia

Behind Third Seat

21 cubic feet

12.8 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

46 cubic feet

41.7 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

87 cubic feet

79 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 Acadia’s liftover is 32 inches.

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

Telluride

Acadia AT4

Acadia

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

20.4”/49.8”/83.8”

n.a./48”/83”

18.5”/48”/83”

Max Width

54.4”

50”

50”

Min Width

43.5”

42.5”

42.5”

Height

34.5”

33”

33”

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

Towing

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

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 Acadia doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

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 Acadia’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open them fully. Only its driver’s window closes automatically.

The Telluride SX’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Acadia’s intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

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 Acadia’s headlights are rated “Marginal” to “Poor.”

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 Acadia 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.

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