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2020 Toyota Highlander Vs. 2020 Kia Telluride

2020 Toyota Highlander vs 2020 Kia Telluride

The three-row SUV class is nothing if not exciting. Every year, these machines keep evolving, with new models coming to the fore and old models remaking themselves entirely. The special flair and luxury bent that automakers have been bestowing on these machines recently are one special aspect that just keeps pulling buyers in.

Kia introduced the Telluride last year as a 2020 model, and it has gotten its share of attention since that debut. Toyota, in perhaps a bit of response to this new competitor, has kicked off its fourth generation of the long-running Highlander for 2020. This new era sees the beloved vehicle switch to a new modular platform, as well as enjoy a new exterior design that serves to set it apart from all that preceded it.

The Highlander line has long been highly successful; after all, the outgoing model was the best-selling three-row SUV in 2019. The 2020 Telluride, to put it bluntly, has a lot to compete against. How do these two machines compare?

2020 Toyota Highlander


2020 Kia Telluride

$34,600 Starting MSRP $31,890
Up to 21 city / 29 highway Fuel Economy Up to 20 city / 26 highway
5,000 pounds Towing Capacity 5,000 pounds
7, 8 Seating Capacity 7, 8
295 hp Horsepower 291 hp

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Aside from enjoying the higher horsepower levels listed above, the 2020 Toyota Highlander also enjoys crisper shifting and a more responsive driving feel than the 2020 Kia Telluride. The former vehicle delivers a sportier and more responsive ride, a sensation accentuated by the direct steering and firm brakes.

While the 2020 Telluride falls short in this regard, it does offer a soft, plush quality and hushed cabin that may work for those in search of such a thing.

The 2020 Toyota Highlander also excels with its excellent fuel economy. For those who wish to take things even further in this regard, Toyota also offers the 2020 Highlander Hybrid model.

Both vehicles both similar starting prices. It’s worth noting that outfitting either of them heavily will bring the price point up to the $50,000 vicinity.

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