2020 Kia Telluride vs. 2019 Subaru Ascent Comparison
2020 Kia Telluride
Starting Price: $32,735 | Price Yours
Above Average: A sleek SUV with room for 8 passengers, quiet and loaded with safety technology, the Telluride is a great road trip vehicle.
Below Average: Small third row, cargo space is somewhat lacking, and the glovebox is rather small.
Consensus: The 2020 Kia Telluride is a good bet for a reliable, comfortable, and spacious 8-passenger SUV.
2019 Subaru Ascent
Starting Price: $32,970 | Price Yours
Above Average: Upscale, roomy enough for 8 people, tech-loaded and sportier than most midsize SUVs.
Below Average: Only one engine option, no hybrid, and a relatively rough ride.
Consensus: The 2019 Subaru Ascent has pretty much everything you could want, including, comfort, safety, practicality, and sportiness. If you only need to use the third row for tiny humans, it's a great buy.
The Kia Telluride is a brand new 7- or 8-passenger vehicle from the Korean automaker Kia. It was built expressly for the U.S. market and it offers both front-wheel drive (as standard) and all-wheel drive. It is rated to tow 5,000 pounds (though the tow hitch is only available on the EX and SX trims) and has an all-new design that’s packed with modern comfort and safety amenities. On the road the Telluride is smooth and comfortable, with a variety of driving modes in the AWD version, it can handle all kinds of weather, too. Inside the Telluride gets a variety of high-quality materials that exude luxury. A suite of safety and convenience tech comes as standard on the base model Telluride, too.
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In contrast to the Telluride, the Subaru Ascent comes standard with AWD in all trims. Its Subaru’s first foray into the 3-row melee and they’ve got the right recipe: A combination of sportiness thanks to the 260 hp 4-cylinder engine, comfort, safety (EyeSight, Subaru's safety suite, comes standard), and versatility. While the lack of variety of engines leaves something to be desired, it's still a decent bet for the price. Inside there are 19 (yes, you read that right) cupholders for all passengers to use and enjoy and a standard 3-zone climate control system. Subaru is known for building capable, if not luxurious vehicles and the Ascent fits that bill perfectly.
Functional 3-row SUVs that are fully-capable family haulers.
2020 Kia Telluride Advantages
A comfortable ride, fantastic warranty, and amenity-packed.
2019 Subaru Ascent Advantages
USB ports for every row and 19 cup holders make the cabin of the Subaru a very comfortable place to be.
The Subaru Ascent edges out the Kia Telluride if you’re looking for standard AWD at the entry level. Telluride offers a bit more luxurious package and is the choice if you want to tow.
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|2020 Kia Telluride||2019 Subaru Ascent|
|Engine||3.8-liter V6||2.4-liter turbo 4-cylinder|
|Horsepower||291 hp @ 6,000 rpm||260 hp @ 5,600 rpm|
|Torque||262 lb-ft @ 5,200 rpm||277 lb-ft @ 2,000 rpm|
|Transmission||8-speed auto||CVT auto|
|Fuel Economy||23 mpg (20 city/26 hwy)||23 mpg (21 city, 27 hwy)|
|Warranty||5years/60,000 miles||3 years/36,000 miles|
|NHTSA Overall Safety Rating||n/a||n/a|
|Max Seating Capacity||8||8|
|Wheelbase||114.3 inches||113.8 inches|
|Overall Length||196.9 inches||196.8 inches|
|Width||78.3 inches||76 inches|
|Height||68.9 inches||71.6 inches|
|Turning Diameter||n/a||38 feet|
|Headroom, Front||40.9 inches||41.3 inches|
|Headroom, 2nd row||40.2 inches||40 inches|
|Headroom, 3rd row||38.1 inches||36.3 inches|
|Legroom, Front||44.1 inches||42.2 inches|
|Legroom, 2nd row||42.4 inches||38.6 inches|
|Legroom, 3rd row||31.4 inches||31.7 inches|
|Shoulder Room, Front||61.6 inches||61.1 inches|
|Shoulder Room, 2nd row||61.2 inches||60.3 inches|
|Shoulder Room, 3rd row||55.3 inches||57.2 inches|
|EPA Passenger Volume||178.1 cu. ft.||153.5 cu. ft.|
|EPA Cargo Volume||178.1 cu. ft.||72.6 cu. ft.|