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Hyundai Palisade vs Kia Telluride

By Autolist Staff | June 2, 2019

2020 Hyundai Palisade

2020 Kia Telluride

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What’s better about the Kia Telluride?

Refined driving. Though these two crossovers share nearly all of their oily bits, there’s actually a bit of a difference in how each brand tuned their respective driving and handling characteristics. The Kia’s ride quality and powertrain feel more refined and luxurious than the Hyundai’s, which still felt great. But with a blindfold on during a test drive, you’d guess that the Kia was the more premium of the two.

Interior materials. The Telluride that we tested had gorgeous Nappa leather seats, rich matte-wood finishes and brushed metal accents. They were good enough to be found in a Range Rover. On the Hyundai, the materials were nice but not on the same level.


What’s better about the Hyundai Palisade?

Better styling This one is subjective but we found the styling on the Hyundai -- both inside and out -- to be more refined and upscale than the Kia. The front of the Hyundai comes across as more sophisticated while the interior layout of the dashboard and instrument panel was similarly a cut above the Kia. This was aided by the fact that the Hyundai uses a push-button gear selector for its transmission while the Kia uses the more traditional shift lever. Also: wheels. The top-trim Kia Telluride comes only with black wheels, a turn-off for many buyers. This isn’t the case on the Hyundai.

Power-folding third-row This is a minor advantage but the Hyundai Palisade offers a power-folding third-row seat while the Kia Telluride does not -- you’re stuck folding the seats down manually like a rube. Not a factor to choose one model over the other but something to consider nevertheless.


Autolist’s take:

We tested these three-row crossovers back-to-back and would gladly recommend either of them. They’re refined, spacious, comfortable, promise an excellent value, and have bold styling inside and out. We liked the subtle improvements in ride quality and powertrain that the Kia made over the Hyundai. But we prefered the Hyundai’s styling and design more. Because the Hyundai’s driving and handling was still great, we say Buy the Palisade.


Cost of Ownership

2020 Hyundai Palisade

2020 Kia Telluride

Annual Fuel Costs

$1,887
15k miles at $2.642/gal
$1,887
15k miles at $2.642/gal
Fuel Economy

19 mpg (miles per gallon)
City
19 mpg (miles per gallon)
City
24 mpg (miles per gallon)
Highway
24 mpg (miles per gallon)
Highway

Safety

2020 Hyundai Palisade

2020 Kia Telluride

NHTSA Crash Test Results

Overall
Overall
Safety Features

Standard
Autonomous Braking
Standard
Autonomous Braking
Standard
Blind-Spot Warnings
Standard
Blind-Spot Warnings
Standard
Adaptive Cruise Control
Standard
Adaptive Cruise Control
Standard
Lane-Keep Assist
Standard
Lane-Keep Assist
Standard
Cross-Traffic Alert
Standard
Cross-Traffic Alert

Interior

2020 Hyundai Palisade

2020 Kia Telluride

Interior Features

Standard
Leather
Standard
Leather
Standard
Moonroof
Standard
Moonroof
Standard
Heated Seats
Standard
Heated Seats
Standard
Keyless Entry
Standard
Keyless Entry
Standard
Climate Control
Standard
Climate Control
Technology

Standard
Apple Carplay
Standard
Apple Carplay
Standard
Android Auto
Standard
Android Auto
Standard
Satellite Radio
Standard
Satellite Radio
Standard
Bluetooth
Standard
Bluetooth
Standard
Navigation System
Standard
Navigation System

Under the Hood

2020 Hyundai Palisade

2020 Kia Telluride

Powertrain

Transmission
Transmission
FWD
Drivetrain
FWD
Drivetrain
Drivetrain

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Horsepower
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