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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.
 

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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.

RELATED: 2020 Kia Telluride First Review

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.

RELATED: Subaru Ascent Long-Term Ownership Review

Similarities

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.

Final Recommendation

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.

Ready to buy? Find a Kia Telluride or Subaru Ascent on sale at a dealership near you

  2020 Kia Telluride 2019 Subaru Ascent 
Popular Powertrains    
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)
Specs    
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.
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