Should You Opt For The Kia Telluride Or The Hyundai Palisade?

It can be challenging deciding between two all-new modern and feature-packed SUVs, and even harder when they are both award-winning vehicles. We are going to take a closer look at both to help you decide which one is the best SUV for you, no matter where your journey may take you.
The 2020 Kia Telluride looks rugged and robust and was awarded “Best in Show” at the Detroit Auto Show. On the other hand, the sleek and modern looking Hyundai Palisade took design awards from iF Design and the Red Dot Award for Design Excellence.
It’s easy to see you are in for a luxurious treat with either vehicle in your driveway. There are significant similarities between these two related SUVs, but let’s take a look and see why the Palisade ultimately comes out ahead.

Interior and Exterior Style

Styling is where the most significant overall differences between these two rival SUVs can be seen. The 2020 Kia Telluride has a much more rugged and “off-road” look to it, while the 2020 Hyundai Palisade team went for a much more refined and elegant design. Personal preference is going to be the deciding factor when it comes to design, as neither offers an advantage on style alone.
Both vehicles feature incredible technology options and a plethora of creature comforts sure to please any driver or passenger on short trips around town or lengthy interstate drives. While both SUVs have ample cup holders, USB charging ports and high levels of quality and comfort throughout, the Hyundai Palisade wins out with its LED Daytime running lights (DRL) as standard and a great feature for families with its hands-free smart-liftgate with quick open and auto-open capabilities.

Price and Performance

The 2020 Kia Telluride price starts at $31,690 and makes its way up to well over $40,000, depending on the trim level chosen. By comparison, the 2020 Hyundai Palisade price starts at $31,550 and also climbs to over $40,000 with more luxury options added. While relatively close in price, the Palisade does start out slightly less expensive and, as we will see below, offers a better overall value.
When it comes to mileage results, the 2020 Telluride has an estimated combined MPG of 23 while the 2020 Palisade enjoys 22 MPG combined. Both vehicles share the same 291 horsepower and 3.8L V6 engines, as well as 8-speed automatic transmission and a maximum towing capacity of 5,000 lbs.
When it comes to price and performance, both the Kia Telluride and the Hyundai Palisade are at an almost even pace, but the Palisade gets the edge in starting MSRP and available drive selections, having the option for front-wheel drive on its higher trim levels, unlike the Telluride.


With their robust and similar features, you can’t go wrong with either the 2020 Kia Telluride or the 2020 Hyundai Palisade for a wide variety of everyday driving needs. However, the Hyundai Palisade, with its multiple design awards and differentiating features, wins the matchup with a higher price-to-value ratio. The Palisade takes many of the same features found in the Telluride but packages them into a more compelling, elegant, and appealing package that gives more value for your dollars spent.
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