2020 Kia Telluride vs. 2020 Lexus RXL

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Safety

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

Both the Telluride and the RXL 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, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors, 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 RXL has not been fully 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 RXL’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 Lexus covers the RXL. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the RXL ends after only 6 years or 70,000 miles.

There are over 3 times as many Kia dealers as there are Lexus dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Telluride’s warranty.

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 RXL’s 580-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

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

As tested in Consumer Reports the Kia Telluride is faster than the RX 350L 3.5 DOHC V6:

Telluride

RXL

Zero to 30 MPH

2.7 sec

2.9 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

7.2 sec

7.7 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

5.1 sec

5.3 sec

Quarter Mile

15.5 sec

16 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

93 MPH

90 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Telluride FWD gets better fuel mileage than the RX 350L FWD (20 city/26 hwy vs. 19 city/26 hwy).

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Kia Telluride uses regular unleaded gasoline. The RX 450hL requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Telluride has 1.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the RXL Hybrid’s standard fuel tank (18.8 vs. 17.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping

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

Telluride

RXL

Front Rotors

13.4 inches

12.9 inches

The Telluride stops much shorter than the RXL:

Telluride

RXL

60 to 0 MPH

118 feet

133 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

133 feet

139 feet

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Tires and Wheels

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

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 RXL doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Telluride’s wheelbase is 4.4 inches longer than on the RXL (114.2 inches vs. 109.8 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Telluride is 2.8 inches wider in the front and 3.6 inches wider in the rear than on the RXL.

The Telluride SX 4x4 handles at .80 G’s, while the RX 350L AWD pulls only .75 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Telluride SX 4x4 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.2 seconds quicker than the RX 350L (27.3 seconds @ .63 average G’s vs. 28.5 seconds @ .6 average G’s).

Chassis

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The Kia Telluride may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 350 to 450 pounds less than the Lexus RXL.

Passenger Space

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

The Telluride has 38 cubic feet more passenger volume than the RXL (155 vs. 117).

The Telluride has 1.1 inches more front headroom, 2.7 inches more front legroom, 3.1 inches more front hip room, 3.3 inches more front shoulder room, 1.7 inches more rear headroom, 11.5 inches more rear legroom, 2.2 inches more rear hip room, 3.4 inches more rear shoulder room, 3.3 inches more third row headroom, 7.9 inches more third row legroom and 9.6 inches more third row shoulder room than the RXL.

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

The front step up height for the Telluride is 1 inches lower than the RXL (19.5” vs. 20.5”). The Telluride’s rear step up height is 1.5 inches lower than the RXL’s (19.3” vs. 20.8”).

Cargo Capacity

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

Telluride

RXL

Behind Third Seat

21 cubic feet

16.3 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

46 cubic feet

33.4 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

87 cubic feet

70.7 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 RXL’s liftover is 31.9 inches.

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

Telluride

RXL

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

20.4”/49.8”/83.8”

21.5”/48.5”/81”

Max Width

54.4”

51.8”

Min Width

43.5”

44”

Height

34.5”

30”

Towing

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The Telluride’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the RXL’s (5000 vs. 0 pounds).

Ergonomics

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The Telluride’s power window, power lock, power mirror and cruise control switches are lit from behind, making them plainly visible and easier to operate at night. The RXL’s cruise control switches are unlit, making them difficult to find at night and operate safely.

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 RXL 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 RXL doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

Recommendations

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

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