2020 Kia Telluride vs. 2020 Hyundai Palisade

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the Telluride and the Palisade 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, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive and around view monitors.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Kia vehicles are better in initial quality than Hyundai vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Kia second in initial quality, above the industry average. With 2 more problems per 100 vehicles, Hyundai is ranked third.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Kia vehicles are more reliable than Hyundai vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Kia 5 places higher in reliability than Hyundai.

Fuel Economy and Range

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

MPG

Telluride

FWD

3.8 DOHC V6

20 city/26 hwy

AWD

3.8 DOHC V6

19 city/24 hwy

Palisade

FWD

3.8 DOHC V6

19 city/26 hwy

AWD

3.8 DOHC V6

19 city/24 hwy

Suspension and Handling

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

Passenger Space

The Telluride has .2 inches more front headroom, .4 inches more front shoulder room, .1 inches more rear headroom, .4 inches more rear shoulder room, .7 inches more third row headroom and .1 inches more third row shoulder room than the Palisade.

Cargo Capacity

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

Telluride

Palisade

Behind Third Seat

21 cubic feet

18 cubic feet

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

Telluride

Palisade

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

20.4”/49.8”/83.8”

20.8”/49”/82.5”

Max Width

54.4”

53.7”

Min Width

43.5”

43.4”

Height

34.5”

30.5”

Ergonomics

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 Palisade 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 Palisade’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or 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 Palisade doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats for the second row.

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