2020 Kia Telluride vs 2020 Ford Explorer

2020 Kia Telluride vs 2020 Ford Explorer
2020 Kia Telluride 2020 Ford Explorer
  $31,690 $36,675
Seating Capacity
  8 7
Basic Warranty
  5 yr. / 60,000 mi. 3 yr. / 36,000 mi.

2020 Kia Telluride vs 2020 Ford Explorer

Serving Gainesville, GA

With three rows of seats and room for eight occupants, the 2020 Kia Telluride is the largest and most impressive Kia SUV yet. At first glance, it is evident that the Telluride departs in many ways from its peers. While many SUVs conform to one another in size and shape, the Telluride takes a different approach. Its frame is noticeably boxier than most, and its front end is emphasized with bold LED lights. The 2020 Kia Telluride also offers ample space and a luxurious ride with its plush cabin. Combined with the fact that it has impressive towing power and safety amenities, it’s no surprise that the Telluride was declared “Best in Show” at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show. When you compare the Kia Telluride to its peers, such as the 2020 Ford Explorer, it’s apparent that the Telluride excels in looks, luxury, and technology.

Exterior Design

The 2020 Kia Telluride is a big car with a big personality. Its front end is accentuated with a full mesh grille and LED positioning lights. The Telluride comes standard with projector-style headlights too for ultra visibility. Rides in the Telluride are pleasant and quiet with its sound-absorbing windshield glass. The exterior is accentuated with a shark fin antenna starting with the base trim. There are six color options available to give your Telluride a custom look, and you can get anywhere from 18-inch to 20-inch wheels. The 2020 Ford Explorer, on the other hand, gets a new design change for the 2020 model year. Even so, its exterior styling with sculpted lines and a refreshed front grille is not quite as impressive as what the Telluride offers.

Interior Features

On the inside, the Telluride is also a difficult car to beat. It offers three rows of seats, which can be configured as two rows with captain’s chairs or with a bench-style seating arrangement in the back row. The Telluride comes loaded with several amenities, including leather seats and quilted leather seats at the top trim level. The base level of the Telluride gets a standard eight-inch touchscreen display and six USB ports. The second-row seats have a split-folding design that is powered by the touch of a button. A leather-wrapped wheel is another standard feature. Moving up in trim, you’ll get more options for a seating configuration. The Telluride gets heated front seats on the second trim level and ventilated front seats on the third-highest trim. It also adds sunshades in the rear windows and a power-adjustable liftgate. The Telluride edges out the 2020 Explorer with its more spacious cabin and higher-quality seating materials. The Telluride also gets a dual-pane sunroof, while the Ford Explorer gets just one.


It’s apparent that Kia put effort into the Telluride’s appearance, but it certainly did not neglect safety. The Telluride comes with several impressive safety features, which includes blind-spot monitoring with collision avoidance, forward collision warning, and forward collision avoidance with pedestrian detection. The Telluride offers support on the highway with highway driving assist, lane-keep assist, lane-follow assist, and lane departure warning. A parking distance warning indicator helps you reverse with confidence and ease. Intelligent cruise control, a backup camera, and a rear occupant alert complete the Telluride’s safety features. The 2020 Ford Explorer, meanwhile only comes with limited available safety features like pre-collision alert, blind-spot monitoring, and adaptive cruise control with lane-centering technology.

If you’re looking for a midsize SUV to turn heads, the 2020 Kia Telluride is a great choice. Bigger, bolder, and more luxurious than its peers, the Telluride is not a car that holds back. To see all that the Telluride offers and to take one for a test drive, call our dealership or contact us online.

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