Published On Apr 27, 2021
This is a Motormouth couple car comparison of the Kia Telluride and Toyota Highlander mid-size SUVs. Both of these SUV are all-new within the past two years and have room for 7 or 8 passengers over three rows of seats. The Toyota Highlander is the gold standard for resale value but we found out that the Kia Telluride has the highest predicted resale value after 5-years. The Highlander comes with a 3.5L V6 engine with an 8 speed automatic transmission. It has 295 horsepower and 263 lb-ft of torque. Toyota also offers a Hybrid option with a 2.5L 4-cylinder engine paired to Toyota’s Hybrid system and produces 243 horsepower. The Telluride on the other hand has a 3.8L V6 engine with an 8 speed automatic transmission, 291 horsepower and 262 lb-feet of torque. The Highlander is a handsome looking vehicle, it comes with LED headlamps and 18” wheels, 20” are available on the 3 top trims. A moonroof and power tailgate are standard on the middle XLE trim and a panoramic sunroof and power tailgate with kick sensor come only on the top Limited trim. The Telluride has a rugged and boxy look to it with standard LED headlights and 18” wheels. This NightSky Trim we tested comes with a black grille, black accents throughout, black roof rails and 20” black alloy wheels. Other trims have the chrome grille and chrome accents throughout. The base model comes with a power lift-gate and a sunroof, but if you want the dual sunroof, you have to move up one from the base model. The Highlander base model comes standard with an 8” touch screen, 4.2” driver display Apple Carplay and Android Auto, heated front fabric seats, a second row bench seat that slides and reclines and the 3rd row lies flat and also reclines. SofTex seats are standard on the middle trim and leather on the top trim. Driver seat memory, heated and ventilated front seats and leather seats are all standard on the two top trims. Most trims come with 8 seats except for the XSE and Platinum trims, they offer standard 7 seats. If you are interested in the 12.3” touchscreen, head-up display, captain’s chairs and heated second row seats, you can add the Platinum package to the Limited trim for $2,300. This all comes standard on the Platinum trim. As for a heated steering wheel and wireless chargine, it’s standard on the Limited trim. The Telluride comes standard with a 10.25” touchscreen, Apple Carplay and Android Auto, a wireless phone charger, a heated-leather wrapped steering wheel, 8 passenger seating and heated front seats. Just one up from the base model will get you leather seats, driver’s seat memory, a Harman Kardon sound system and 8 passenger seating.
The top two trims have 7 passenger seating with captains chairs, heated 2nd row seats, ventilated front and 2nd row seats, heads-up display and Nappa leather seats.The Telluride offers a lot of features just one up from the base model like leather seats and driver’s seat memory. With the Highlander, you need to move up to the top two trims to get these features. The Telluride comes standard with a heated steering wheel, it’s not the case with the Highlander, it’s standard on the Limited trim. However, if you compare the Platinum trim on the Highlander to the SX Limited trim on the Telluride, the Kia is priced $245 CAD higher than the Toyota. In the US with the Telluride SX trim + the prestige package, the Highlander Platinum is more expensive by $2,325 US.
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Telluride review https://youtu.be/9pMjpiiiOyU
Highlander review https://youtu.be/grxVk7bd_u0
Highlander Hybrid https://youtu.be/NS1xnpR6la0