Hyundai Palisade vs. Kia Telluride

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Willis is a freelance writer based out of Philadelphia. Born and raised in Colorado, he graduated from Williams College. When he's not writing about cars or the outdoors, he spends his time rock climbing or reading with his two cats.


, Automotive Editor - September 19, 2019

Korean sister-brands Kia and Hyundai have entered the three-row crossover market, and, as usual, they’ve done it together. The 2020 Hyundai Palisade and the 2020 Kia Telluride are very similar. They share a wheelbase, they have the same powertrain and towing capacity, and they’re nearly the same price. So, what separates the two, and which should you choose? We took a closer look to find out.

See a side-by-side comparison of the Palisade & Telluride »

What the Palisade Gets Right

It’s not by much, but the Hyundai Palisade does eke out a minor victory on price. A base-spec Palisade starts at $32,645 after destination fees, which is $90 less than the base Kia Telluride.

The features on the Palisade’s three trims may be more of a difference-maker for buyers. The Palisade gets a power-folding third row, which isn’t available on the Telluride. Features are more often included standard on the Palisade, like the self-leveling suspension on the range-topping Limited trim.

The Palisade has slightly better tech options, too. Both cars start with the same driver display, but the Palisade has an option for a 12.3-inch digital cluster. A Rear Quiet Mode, which limits audio to just the front seats, is standard across the board on the Palisade, but it only comes on the Telluride’s EX trim and above.

Then there’s the styling. The Palisade has a bolder design, with an oversized grille, angular lights, and a thick C-pillar.

What the Telluride Gets Right

The two cars have nearly identical footprints, but the Kia Telluride squeezes out an extra 0.8 inches of length and 0.5 inches of width. It translates the gains into slightly better third-row head room and an extra 3.0 cubic feet of cargo capacity.

Kia takes a different approach to customizability. Where the Hyundai Palisade has three trims, the Telluride has four, plus more chances to add packages. Some buyers may prefer the extra customizability.

The two crossovers trade blows on safety equipment as well. Both have standard active safety tech like automatic emergency braking and adaptive cruise control. Base Palisades get automatic high beams, which the Telluride can’t match. But the base Telluride comes with blind-spot monitoring, which will likely be more important to safety-oriented buyers.

The two cars use the exact same powertrain, but the front-wheel-drive Telluride gets slightly better mileage. The EPA estimates that the Telluride gets up to 23 miles per gallon combined against 22 mpg combined for the Palisade.

The Telluride’s exterior is slightly less flashy than the Palisade’s, but its wide grille and boxy proportions give it a rugged look that some buyers may prefer.

A Matter of Inches

Some comparisons expose drastic differences between models, but not this one. These two cars are identical in more ways than not.

In a race this close, style becomes a major concern. Here the two cars offer different personalities. The Hyundai Palisade’s design is louder and more luxurious, where the Kia Telluride is squared-off and businesslike.

The only other differences are minor options like the power-folding third row or large digital display. These give the Palisade a slight edge, though they may not matter to all buyers.

Our Verdict: Hyundai Palisade

The Hyundai Palisade takes the win here for bold styling and a few extra features. We wish Hyundai would make blind-spot monitoring standard on all trims, but conveniences like a power-folding third row help separate it from its sibling. Still, this win is a minor one – these vehicles are extremely similar. If you’re torn between the two, you may as well just pick the design you like best.

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, Automotive Editor

Willis is a freelance writer based out of Philadelphia. Born and raised in Colorado, he graduated from Williams College. When he's not writing about cars or the outdoors, he spends his time rock climbing or reading with his two cats.


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