Kia Telluride vs. the Toyota Highlander

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Comparing Mid-Size SUVs: How the Kia Telluride Stacks Up to the Toyota Highlander

Not yet sold on the new Kia Telluride? Montrose, CO motorists may be considering competing models when it comes to mid-size SUVs. That’s what Red Rock Kia wants to hear! We want you to make an educated decision when you purchase a new SUV. That’s why we’re here to help compare the Kia Telluride to the Toyota Highlander.

Powertrain & Performance

Both the Kia Telluride and Toyota Highlander have a single engine option: the V6. A standard 3.8-liter V6 powers the Telluride. Palisade, CO drivers will enjoy its potent punch, packing 291 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission, the Kia SUV gets 20/26 (city/highway) miles per gallon. Similarly, the Highlander’s 3.5-liter V6 outputs 295 horsepower and 263 pound-feet of torque while getting 20/28 miles per gallon.


The Kia Telluride, which is among the best in its class when it comes to cargo and passenger room, seats seven or eight passengers. It has a bold design and spacious interior thanks to its width, boxy frame and stadium-style seating, with each row towards the rear slightly higher. The Telluride has 87 cubic feet of cargo room with both rear rows folded and 21 cubic feet of trunk space. The Toyota Highlander, which can also seat seven or eight, has far less space, with 16 cubic feet of storage room and 84.3 cubic feet with the back rows folded.

Technology, Trims & Additional Features

The Telluride’s 10.25-inch infotainment touchscreen is seen on its upper two trims. The Highlander has a 12.3-inch screen, the largest in the class, but it’s only included on the top two trims. Both SUVs have 8-inch screens on their base models and lower trims. Fruita, CO customers will find the Telluride equipped with an available smart power tailgate, something the Highlander doesn’t have.

The Kia Telluride touts four trims: Telluride LX, Telluride S, Telluride EX and Telluride SX. The Toyota Highlander carries the L, LE, XLE, XSE, Limited and Platinum trims.


The Kia Telluride has impressive standard safety features. This full safety suite includes a forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, and a blind-spot view monitor with rear cross-traffic alert. The monitor displays a real-time video image in the instrument cluster. The Highlander is guided by an equally reliable Toyota Safety Sense 2.5.

How the Kia Telluride Towers Above the Toyota Highlander

After recently making its debut and becoming Kia’s boldest and biggest SUV to date, the Kia Telluride has notable advantages, specifically when it comes to space and affordability. The Toyota Highlander has a significantly higher starting price, a tight third row, and far less storage space than our family SUV.

We invite Delta, CO drivers to test drive a new Kia Telluride at Red Rock Kia. Our Kia dealership in Grand Junction, CO is halfway between Fruita and Palisade, CO.

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