2020 Kia Telluride next to a 2020 Ford Explorer

The 2020 Kia Telluride and 2020 Ford Explorer are both top midsize SUVs. We will do a complete 2020 Kia Telluride vs. Ford Explorer comparison to help you determine which model is right for you. We will look at the Telluride vs. Explorer price, mpg, engine specs, features, and other aspects.

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Release Dates | 2020 Kia Telluride vs. Ford Explorer

Both the 2020 Kia Telluride and the Ford Explorer are both at dealerships right now. You can purchase either from a lot near you.

Highlights | 2020 Kia Telluride vs. Ford Explorer

The 2020 Kia Telluride is a brand-new three-row SUV that provides a comfortable ride, a luxury cabin, and plenty of safety features. The 2020 Ford Explorer was just redesigned with upgraded engines, lots of safety features, and improved handling characteristics.

Price | 2020 Kia Telluride vs. Ford Explorer

The 2020 Kia Telluride starts at just $31,690, while the 2020 Ford Explorer costs much more with a starting price of $36,675.

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MPG | 2020 Kia Telluride vs. Ford Explorer

The 2020 Kia Telluride is estimated at 20/26 mpg with front-wheel-drive and 19/24 mpg with all-wheel-drive. On the other hand, the 2020 Ford Explorer with rear-wheel-drive achieves 21/28 mpg and 20/27 mpg with four-wheel-drive. There's also a twin-turbocharged V6 model that is estimated at 18/24 mpg.

Fuel Tank Capacity | 2020 Kia Telluride vs. Ford Explorer

The 2020 Kia Telluride fuel tank measures 18.8 gallons, while the 2020 Ford Explorer has a 19.2 to 21.8-gallon fuel tank.

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Engine | 2020 Kia Telluride vs. Ford Explorer

The 2020 Kia Telluride comes with a 291-horsepower 3.8-liter V6 engine paired to an eight-speed transmission. On the other hand, the 2020 Ford Explorer comes with four powertrain options: a 300-horsepower four-cylinder, two twin-turbo V6 engines, and a hybrid option. All of these are paired to a ten-speed automatic transmission.

Performance | 2020 Kia Telluride vs. Ford Explorer

The 2020 Kia Telluride can achieve a 0-60 mph time in 7.2 seconds, while the 2020 Ford Explorer is rated at 6.8 seconds.

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Towing Capacity | 2020 Kia Telluride vs. Ford Explorer

The 2020 Kia Telluride can tow up to 5,000 pounds, while the newly redesigned Ford Explorer now handles up to 5,600 pounds.

Total Length | 2020 Kia Telluride vs. Ford Explorer

The 2020 Kia Telluride length measures 196.9″. On the 2020 Ford Explorer, owners have a little more length at 198.8″.

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Exterior Features | 2020 Kia Telluride vs. Ford Explorer

The 2020 Kia Telluride comes with 18- or 20-inch tires. It is also available with seven exterior color options. The 2020 Ford Explorer also comes with either 18- or 20-inch tires and ten exterior color options.

Interior Features | 2020 Kia Telluride vs. Ford Explorer

The 2020 Kia Telluride includes 21 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats. When the third row is folded down, owners gain 46 cubic feet of space. However, folding all of the back seats affords up to 87 cubic feet of room. Standard equipment includes a power-sliding and folding second-row of seats. It also includes the UVO infotainment system, an eight-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, six USB ports, and a six-speaker sound system.

The 2020 Ford Explorer has 18.2 cubic feet of space behind the back row, 47.9 cubic feet of space behind the second row, and 87.8 cubic feet when all of the back seats are folded down. Standard features include a power liftgate, an eight-inch touch screen, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay.

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Seating | 2020 Kia Telluride vs. Ford Explorer

The 2020 Kia Telluride comes with room for eight people. With the S and SX trim, there are captain's chairs instead of the second-row bench, leaving room for seven people instead. The 2020 Ford Explorer has room to seat six in the standard configuration. However, there is an optional second-row bench seat, which increases the capacity to seven occupants instead.

Buy A New Kia Telluride

If you are in the market for a new Kia Telluride, you can browse our online inventory to find the model that suits your needs. Then, schedule a test drive and see what makes this midsize SUV better than the Ford Explorer.

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Used Kia Telluride For Sale

Sadly, you can't purchase a used Kia Telluride quite yet. The 2020 Telluride is the first year that this model was offered. However, it won't be long before people start trading in the model for a new Telluride. When that happens, we will have used Tellurides for you to choose from.

Lease a Kia Telluride

If you are looking for the cheapest way to get behind the wheel of a Telluride, consider a lease deal instead. You will drive away with very little money down and exceptionally low monthly payments. Plus, you can upgrade to a new Telluride with the latest technology in just a few years.

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