2020 Kia Telluride vs Chevrolet Tahoe

2020 Kia Telluride vs Chevrolet Tahoe

Some auto manufacturers are more secretive than others. Details on three-row SUVs like the all-new 2020 Kia Telluride or Ford Explorer are already out, but Chevrolet is mum about the overhauled 2020 Tahoe that launches the model’s new generation. Still we do know a few things, enough to make a comparison of what lies ahead for the new Telluride and overhauled Tahoe.

Price: 2020 Kia Telluride

Kia has made a name for itself selling near-luxury cars at nowhere-near luxury prices. The Kia Telluride continues that trend, starting at just $31,700. And lest you think that’s the bargain wagon price, feast your eyes on the standard features that come on that model: synthetic leather seating, LED positioning lights, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and 8-inch touchscreen display with six USB charging ports. The lifesaver feature is the One-Touch 3rd Row Entry. Jaw, meet floor as the Telluride second-row seats move out of the way with the touch of the button, solving the hair-pulling frustration of nearly any 3rd row SUV owner. The more literal lifesaver is the assortment of active safety features like Forward Collision Avoidance Assist with Lane Keeping Assist for highway driving, Blind-Spot Collision Avoidance Assist and Rear-Cross Traffic Collision Avoidance Assist to keep you dent-free in the parking lot.

2020 Kia Telluride One Touch 3rd Row

Pricing information for the 2020 Chevy Tahoe is still forthcoming. But the 2019 model starts at $48,000. This much we know: prices almost never go down from year to year. $48,000 is the floor. We’ll bet the kitchen sink that the 2020 model will that price, or more likely, even more expensive.

Exterior Styling: 2020 Kia Telluride

The 2020 Kia Telluride has one of the most exciting exteriors we’ve seen on a large SUV in quite some time. Kia has decided to marry two classic designs into one seamless and exciting whole. Smaller SUVs have been experimenting with their shape for quite some time, pushing the limits on what an SUV can look like. The Telluride proves that there’s no reason you can’t do the same on a three-row SUV.

2020 Kia Telluride Exterior

The Telluride has the blunt, tiger-nose grille of a pony car wedded to the rugged yet stately roofline and rear end of a stately SUV. The result is a unique yet familiar look that conveys ruggedness and sporty strength at once. We like it, and from the buzz already brewing about the Telluride, we’re betting that consumers agree.

One thing we do know about the 2020 Chevy Tahoe is that in shape and proportion, it’s almost wholly unchanged from the previous generation. The silhouette will be the same, even as what’s within is updated. For those that find the Tahoe and its many large SUV competitors a bit on the bland and predictable side, this update will do nothing for them.

Towing: 2020 Chevy Tahoe

This is a bit of guesswork on our part, but we don’t expect the Tahoe’s towing capacity to diminish after an overhaul. The 2019 Tahoe can tow up to 8,100 pounds, when properly configured. You can expect the 2020 Chevy Tahoe to tow at least that much, if not a bit more. Meanwhile, the 2020 Kia Telluride tows as much as the Ford Explorer, or 5,000 pounds with the optional Towing Package. That’s beefy enough to be competitive with most manufacturer names, even if the Tahoe leads the pack here.