2020 Kia Telluride vs Kia Sorento

2020 Kia Telluride vs Kia Sorento

Kia will be in a celebratory mood in 2020 as they launch their biggest vehicle yet. The bold but civilized, brash but sleek Kia Telluride is due to hit dealerships in just a few months. But, wait, you might say. Doesn’t Kia already offer the Sorento? What’s the difference? Sit down, strap in, and see for yourself. We’ll give you the whirlwind tour of the differences and similarities of these two Kia sport utility vehicles.

Big, Bigger, Biggest

The Sorento is pretty big, but it’s definitely still a midsize. So the first difference between the Telluride and the Sorento you’ll notice is one of size. If you want to put numbers to it, the Telluride is 8 inches longer, 4 inches wider, 2 inches taller, and at least 200 pounds heavier than the Sorento. The Telluride’s 20-inch wheels even rival the 18-inch ones on the Sorento. What does that mean for you? It means the Telluride has best-in-class second-row seating, with leg room and head room that almost rivals the front seats. The extra space also means 21 cubic feet of cargo space, the same as other large SUVs like the Ford Explorer. Kia has also thrown in easy access to the third row with their One-Button 3rd Row Entry system. With the touch of a button, the second row moves out of the way so you can get to the rearmost seats with ease.

2020 Kia Telluride Interior

The Sorento has comfortable seating in the first two rows, to be sure. But the Sorento offers only half the cargo space you’ll find in the Telluride: just 11 cubic feet. And you won’t find the same leg room and head room on the second row, making shotgun a more competitive game between the adults.

2020 Kia Sorento Interior

We should note that the Telluride and Sorento are both three-row SUVs, with at least 7 seats to each of them. The second row on the Telluride can be made a row instead of captain’s chairs, increasing the seating number to 8. But, of course, the Telluride, being larger, is more spacious and offers the best head and leg room. If you’re worried that having 8 seats will make the back row hard to access, don’t fret. The One-Touch 3rd Row Entry system makes that a breeze.

Phenomenal Power

The 2020 Kia Telluride boasts a single, excellent engine: a 291-horsepower 3.8-liter V6. That should help you power through plenty of road, especially with the optional all-wheel drive. With the Towing Package, the Telluride can tow up to 5,000 pounds. That’s equal numbers to the Ford Explorer, no small feat for a newcomer to this crowded market.

2020 Kia Telluride Sporty

While the Sorento offers two engine options, you may want to skip the base engine and get the 290-horsepower engine option. That puts the Sorento on par with its big brother, especially when outfitted to tow an equal 5,000 pounds. We like that the Sorento and Telluride can be equally matched in engine power and towing capacity. But the Telluride does it all while offering more space to play in.