2021 Kia Telluride vs Hyundai Palisade

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On the hunt for a new automobile? Drivers around the Jenkintown, Rydal, and Glenside, PA, areas will need a ride that is versatile, powerful, and comfortable. Two options that check all these boxes? The 2021 Kia Telluride and Hyundai Palisade.

How do these two rides compare to one another? Which one suits you best? Check out this 2021 Kia Telluride vs. Hyundai Palisade comparison from our team at Sussman Kia for the answer to both questions.

Power & Performance

One of the first areas you will want to direct your attention to on these two rides are their powertrains. Though, to find a differentiator, you’ll have to keep looking. This is because these two feature similar engines with identical outputs. The Kia Telluride and Hyundai Palisade both come stocked with 3.8L V6 engines that pump out 291 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque.

As these two engines are the same, it is no surprise that both rides feature the same towing capacity of 5,000 pounds when properly equipped. Similarly, both come with 8-speed automatic transmissions.

You will find a slight difference when examining fuel economy, though. The Palisade earns an EPA-estimated 19 city and 26 highway MPG. Meanwhile, the Telluride earns a slightly better EPA-estimated 20 city and 26 highway MPG.1 So, the Kia SUV will save you more time in downtown settings by helping you avoid frequent visits to the gas pumps.

Interior Space

Kia Telluride InteriorAnother important area to weigh are the dimensions associated with both options. Both come with third-row seating and the ability to seat up to eight passengers. So, whether you’re behind the wheel of the Kia SUV or the Hyundai, you can comfortably sit the family and friends.

While the two prove similar in space, the Kia does measure larger. The Telluride comes with 178.1 cubic feet of passenger volume, while the Palisade only features 155.3 cubic feet of passenger volume. This is a sizable difference, allowing you to sit more comfortably in the Kia.

You might think that because the Kia vehicle boasts more passenger volume that it takes a hit in terms of cargo volume. While with most rides this would be the case, it is not for the Telluride. Behind the third row, you’ll find 21 cubic feet of cargo space for bags and gear. The Palisade will only offer you 18 cubic feet of cargo space behind its third row.

Safety & Driver-Assistive Features

Kia Telluride Safety & Driver-Assistive FeaturesWhether you’re carrying the kids or cargo, you’ll want your ride to be equipped with the technology to keep everything and everyone safe and secure. Fortunately, both the Telluride and Palisade come with the features necessary to do so. Outside of traditional features, like airbags and seatbelts, these two come with driver-assistive features, like:

  • Forward Collision Warning
  • Auto Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection
  • Lane Keeping Assist

You will find some additional safety features in the Kia, though. For example, the Kia comes configured with a Blind Spot Detection system. This will monitor your surroundings and let you know when other models have entered your blind spot. This is particularly helpful on roadways with multiple lanes, like highways, where you may need to change lanes. This feature is available on the Hyundai but does not come standard.

Additionally, the Kia Telluride comes with a Safe Exit Assist feature. This monitors the Kia vehicle’s surroundings and prevents passengers from exiting when there is a commuter approaching. Again, this is available in the Hyundai, but not standard.

Kia Telluride vs Hyundai Palisade: A Clear Winner

After conducting this 2021 Kia Telluride vs. Hyundai Palisade comparison, our team at Sussman Kia believes the Telluride is the clear-cut winner. The Telluride provides you with superior space, technology, and fuel efficiency, equipping Jenkintown, Rydal, and Glenside, Pennsylvania, drivers, with a premium ride.

Ready to get behind the wheel? Schedule your test drive today.


EPA fuel economy estimates. Actual mileage will vary with options, driving conditions, driving habits, and your vehicle’s condition. These estimates reflect EPA’s revised coefficients beginning with some 2017 models.

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