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2020 Kia Telluride vs. 2019 Toyota Highlander

The portion of the crossover SUV class that holds the new Kia Telluride has been all but turned upside down with the vehicle’s arrival. Kia engineers knew they were getting into a very competitive industry segment when they were developing the Telluride. A comparison of the 2020 Kia Telluride vs. 2019 Toyota Highlander will show just how successful the Kia team was with their efforts to change the game. Potential owners of the 2020 Kia Telluride will have more standard performance, more standard towing capacity and more standard access to technology than what is available in the 2019 Highlander, as well as a few other important advantages. Kia of St. Cloud customers can schedule a test drive with the 2020 Telluride today by calling, 833-211-0333.

Kia was very careful to equip the 2020 Telluride to be a top performer in its class from the minute it was available for sale or lease at dealerships around the country. All versions of the latest member of the Kia crossover SUV family has a naturally aspirated 3.8-liter, V-6 engine under the hood that is attached to an eight-speed automatic transmission. It will produce 291 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. The base engine employed by the 2019 Highlander is a naturally aspirated 2.7-liter, four-cylinder engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, producing 185 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. The Highlander also makes a V-6 engine an option for its buyers and it does make slightly more power than the Telluride. However, both V-6 engines can tow up to 5,000 pounds.


2020 Kia Telluride


2019 Toyota Highlander

3.8-L, V-6 Engine 2.7-L, 4-Cyl.
291/262 Horsepower/Torque 185/184
Yes Smartphone Integration None
87 cu.-ft. Max. Cargo Volume 83.7 cu.-ft.


Passenger and Cargo Space

The 2020 Kia Telluride and 2019 Toyota Highlander both offer trim grades that can accommodate seven or eight passengers. Passengers in the second and third rows of the 2020 Telluride will have more maximum legroom available to them than those who are in the back seats of the 2019 Highlander. The overall space advantage the Telluride has over the Highlander continues with cargo volume measurements.

When the 2020 Telluride is at maximum passenger capacity, it will still offer 21 cubic-feet of cargo space. However, when the interior of the Kia crossover SUV is properly configured, it will have 87 cubic-feet of cargo volume. Owners of the 2019 Highlander will have just 13.8 cubic-feet of cargo space when the vehicle is at maximum passenger capacity. That space can be expanded to 83.7 cubic-feet when the Highlander’s two rows of seats are folded down.



A photo of the dashboard in the 2020 Kia Telluride.
A photo of the rear seats in the 2020 Kia Telluride.
A rear photo of the 2020 Kia Telluride outfitted with a roof rack and parked in the desert.
A photo of the 2020 Kia Telluride driving through the snow.