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Kia Telluride vs. Hyundai Palisade


PUBLISHED THURSDAY, JUNE 3, 2021

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Kia Telluride vs. Hyundai Palisade: Hero | CarMax

If you're looking for a spacious, capable, three-row SUV, you've got some great options, including the Kia Telluride and the Hyundai Palisade. Whether you like to go camping with friends or need something spacious for the carpool lane, both of these SUVs have a lot to offer.

This article compares the Telluride and Palisade to help you make an informed choice on which one might be best for your lifestyle. Both are new for the 2020 model year and include some great features as well as striking modern looks.

Side-by-Side Comparison

Kia Telluride

Hyundai Palisade

Average Price

$42,500

$42,500

Performance

Base Engine

3.8L V6

3.8L V6

Horsepower

291 hp

291 hp

MPG

EPA-estimated 23mpg combined (FWD model)

EPA-estimated 22 mpg combined (FWD model)

Interior

Seating

Eight as standard or seven with available second-row captain's chairs

Eight as standard or seven with available second-row captain's chairs

Cargo Space

21.0 cu ft behind the third row

18.0 cu ft behind the third row

Front-seat Legroom

41.4 inches

44.1 inches

Rear-seat Legroom

Second row: 42.4 inches Third Row: 31.4 inches

Second row: 42.4 inches Third row: 31.4 inches

Overall Interior Space

178.1 cu ft

173.3 cu ft

Ratings

Tailpipe Emissions

395 grams per mile (FWD model)

406 grams per mile (FWD model)

NHTSA Safety Rating

5/5

5/5

Features and Trim Options

On 2020 models, you'll find a range of features and trim options for these popular SUVs. Both the Kia Telluride and Hyundai Palisade have standard seating for eight people. The second row on each model can be upgraded with optional captain's chairs, reducing seating capacity to seven. There are a number of other notable similarities: both 2020 models have an eight-speed automatic transmission, flexible cargo space, standard Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto connectivity, and more. Check out a full rundown of features and trim options for 2020 models below:

2020 Kia Telluride:

Kia Telluride vs. Hyundai Palisade: Kia Telluride Features | CarMaxKia Telluride front profile
  • Four trim levels: LX, S, EX, SX

  • Blind-spot warning

  • Lane-keeping assist

  • Rearview camera

  • Bluetooth® connectivity

  • Available all-wheel drive

2020 Hyundai Palisade:

Kia Telluride vs. Hyundai Palisade: Hyundai Features | CarMaxHyundai Palisade front profle
  • Three trim levels: SE, SEL, Limited

  • One-touch second-row seat slide for third-row access

  • Lane-keeping assist

  • Rearview camera

  • Bluetooth connectivity

  • Available all-wheel drive

Engine Options

The Kia Telluride and Hyundai Palisade are built on the same platform and share a number of similarities, including the same engine. For both models, across all years and trims, there's just one engine option: a 3.8L V6.

2020-2021 Kia Telluride

Kia Telluride vs. Hyundai Palisade: Kia Telluride Engine | CarMax
  • All trims feature a 3.8L gasoline direct injection (GDI) V6 engine, delivering 291 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque.

2020-2021 Hyundai Palisade

Kia Telluride vs. Hyundai Palisade: Hyundai Palisade Engine | CarMax
  • All trims feature a 3.8L GDI V6 engine, delivering 291 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque.

Fuel Economy

With the same 3.8L V6 engine across all model years, fuel economy numbers are very similar for both the 2020 Kia Telluride and 2020 Hyundai Palisade. If you're looking to go a bit longer between fuel stops, the front-wheel drive Telluride gets 1 mpg more than the Palisade.

The 2020 Kia Telluride with the 3.8L engine and front-wheel drive gets an EPA-estimated 23 combined mpg, while the all-wheel drive version gets an EPA-estimated 21 combined mpg.††

The 2020 Hyundai Palisade with the 3.8L engine and front-wheel drive gets an EPA-estimated 22 combined mpg, while the all-wheel drive version gets an EPA-estimated 21 combined mpg.††

Tech Features

Tech features across the Telluride and Palisade are quite similar. The base models are well-equipped, but there are some differences in trim levels and available packages. Take a look below to get an idea of which model might suit your lifestyle.

2020 Kia Telluride

Kia Telluride vs. Hyundai Palisade: Kia Telluride Tech | CarMax

Standard tech features:

  • Eight-inch touchscreen

  • Rearview camera

  • Bluetooth connectivity

  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration

  • Five USB ports

  • Adaptive cruise control

  • Blind-spot monitoring system

Tech feature trim upgrades:

  • Driver voice amplifier for rear speakers (EX, SX trims)

  • Additional USB charge port (EX, SX trims)

  • Keyless entry and ignition (EX, SX trims)3

  • Wireless charging pad (EX, SX trims)

  • 10.3-inch touchscreen (SX trim)

  • Surround-view parking camera system (SX trim)

  • 10-speaker Harman Kardon® surround-sound system (SX trim)

Available package features:

  • Household power outlet (Prestige package feature, SX AWD only)

  • Head-up display (Prestige package feature, SX AWD only)

2020 Hyundai Palisade

Kia Telluride vs. Hyundai Palisade: Hyundai Palisade Tech | CarMax

Standard tech features:

  • Eight-inch touchscreen

  • Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity

  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration

  • Five USB ports

  • Remote keyless entry

  • Rearview camera with dynamic guidelines

  • Adaptive cruise control

Tech feature trim upgrades:

  • Remote ignition (SEL, Limited trims)3

  • Dual-zone automatic climate control (SEL, Limited trims)

  • Blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert (SEL, Limited trims)

  • Ambient LED interior lighting (Limited trim)

  • Full-color head-up display (Limited trim)

  • Blind-spot camera (Limited trim)

  • Surround-view camera system (Limited trim)

  • 12-speaker Harman Kardon surround-sound system (Limited trim)

Available package features:

  • Driver intercom system (Drive Guidance package on SEL trim; standard on Limited trim)

  • Power liftgate (Convenience package on SEL trim; standard on Limited trim)

  • Wireless charging pad (Convenience package on SEL trim; standard on Limited trim)

  • Household-style power outlet (Convenience package on SEL trim; standard on Limited trim)

Cargo Space

The Hyundai Palisade's flexible cargo space may be quite useful if you regularly transport long or awkwardly shaped items. Whether you're packing your bikes in the back for a weekend adventure or are heading to the mountains with your skis, the Palisade offers ample room. The Telluride is just as well-equipped for the needs of daily life, with seats that fold flat at the touch of a button and a hidden, underfloor storage compartment in the trunk for small items.

If it's pure space you're seeking, the Telluride has a slight advantage over the Palisade.

2020 Kia Telluride cargo capacity:

Kia Telluride vs. Hyundai Palisade: Kia Telluride Cargo | CarMax
  • Behind the front seats: 87.0 cu ft

  • Behind the second row: 46.0 cu ft

  • Behind the third row: 21.0 cu ft

2020 Hyundai Palisade cargo capacity:

Kia Telluride vs. Hyundai Palisade: Hyundai Palisade Cargo | CarMax
  • Behind the front seats: 86.4 cu ft

  • Behind the second row: 45.8 cu ft

  • Behind the third row: 18.0 cu ft

Towing Capacity

If you want the ability to tow, both the 2020 Telluride and 2020 Palisade have you covered.

  • The 2020 Kia Telluride with 3.8L V6 engine has an estimated towing capacity of 5,000 lbs, when properly equipped.4 (The towing package is available for EX and SX trims only.)

  • The 2020 Hyundai Palisade with 3.8L V6 engine has an estimated towing capacity of 5,000 lbs, when properly equipped.4

Pricing

The 2021 Kia Telluride and 2021 Hyundai Palisade are both newer model years, and we currently have a limited number in our inventory. See below for average CarMax prices for the 2020 model year of both vehicles.

Kia Telluride

  • 2020 - Average prices less than $42,500

Hyundai Palisade

  • 2020 - Average prices less than $42,500

Safety Ratings

The 2020 Kia Telluride achieved an overall five-star safety rating by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The 2020 Hyundai Palisade also achieved an overall five-star safety rating. Certain vehicles may have unrepaired safety recalls. Click here to look up a specific vehicle.

2020 Kia Telluride:

Kia Telluride front view

Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Test: A head-on collision between two similar vehicles traveling at 35 mph.

Overall: 4/5

Side Barrier Crash Rating Test: A vehicle standing in an intersection sustains driver-side impact from a vehicle moving at 38.5 mph.

Overall: 5/5

Side Pole Crash Rating Test: A vehicle slides sideways at 20 mph and impacts a tree or telephone pole.

Overall: 5/5

2020 Hyundai Palisade:

Hyundai Palisade front view

Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Test: A head-on collision between two similar vehicles traveling at 35 mph.

Overall: 5/5

Side Barrier Crash Rating Test: A vehicle standing in an intersection sustains driver-side impact from a vehicle moving at 38.5 mph.

Overall: 5/5

Side Pole Crash Rating Test: A vehicle slides sideways at 20 mph and impacts a tree or telephone pole.

Overall: 5/5

Performance

These two vehicles are similarly matched when it comes to performance. Starting with fuel economy, both the 2020 Kia Telluride and Hyundai Palisade get an EPA-estimated 21 combined mpg with the 3.8L engine and all-wheel drive.†† Standard front-wheel drive models vary slightly. The 2020 Kia Telluride performs a bit better, with an EPA-estimated 23 combined mpg versus the 2020 Palisade's 22 combined mpg—both with the 3.8L engine.††

Each vehicle's 3.8L V6 engine gets similar zero to 60 numbers, too. The 2020 Kia Telluride can go from zero to 60 in 7.5 seconds, while the 2020 Hyundai Palisade is a touch slower, with a time of 7.6 seconds (both according to the respective manufacturers, when new).

Off-road performance is impressive for both the Palisade and the Telluride. The 2020 Telluride has available all-wheel drive, which comes with a drive mode selector designed to help you tackle tricky conditions like snow. There's also the ability to lock the AWD to help you conquer sand, mud, and other difficult terrain.

Kia Telluride vs. Hyundai Palisade: Kia Telluride Performance | CarMax

The available all-wheel drive on the 2020 Hyundai Palisade is similarly well-equipped. If you want a bit more off-road prowess, the Telluride is the one to choose, as it has a slightly sportier edge.

Kia Telluride vs. Hyundai Palisade: Hyundai Palisade Performance | CarMax

Emissions

EPA estimates for greenhouse gas emissions vary depending on which 2020 Kia Telluride or 2020 Hyundai Palisade you choose. If you want the lowest grams per mile, look to the front-wheel drive Telluride. These estimates are based on brand-new models. Visit fueleconomy.gov for more details.

2020 Kia Telluride:

Kia Telluride vs. Hyundai Palisade: Kia Telluride Emissions | CarMax
  • The 3.8L V6 engine with FWD has EPA-estimated greenhouse gas emissions of 395 grams per mile.

  • The 3.8L V6 engine with AWD has EPA-estimated greenhouse gas emissions of 426 grams per mile.

2020 Hyundai Palisade:

Kia Telluride vs. Hyundai Palisade: Hyundai Palisade Emissions | CarMax
  • The 3.8L V6 engine with FWD has EPA-estimated greenhouse gas emissions of 406 grams per mile.

  • The 3.8L V6 engine with AWD has EPA-estimated greenhouse gas emissions of 426 grams per mile.

The Bottom Line

Either of these crossover SUVs would make a great choice; even where there are differences, they're minimal. If you want something that feels a bit sportier, the 2020 Kia Telluride could be the vehicle for you, but if you value practicality and a little extra legroom up front, you may love the 2020 Hyundai Palisade.

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Based on prices on carmax.com from August 1, 2019 through January 1, 2021. Actual prices may vary based on your selected model year, features, and trim packages. Prices do not include taxes, tags, titles, and any applicable fees.
††Fuel economy figures are based on EPA estimates for when vehicle sold as new. Fuel economy may vary for reasons like driving conditions and vehicle history. Unless specified, figures are for vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission. See fueleconomy.gov.
3Remote start functionality may require the purchase of a subscription plan and/or a compatible device like a smartphone. See the owner's manual or manufacturer website for more information.
4Various factors may impact towing capacity, including weight of passengers, cargo, and options/accessories.
* Price excludes taxes, title, registration, and fees. Applicable transfer fees are due in advance of vehicle delivery and are separate from sales transactions.

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