2019 Toyota Highlander vs 2020 Kia Telluride

On the other side of the Pacific lies East Asia, a region that’s well-known for producing class-leading models for every situation. Large families, in particular, have long been drawn to the Toyota and Kia brands, as the SUVs that they produce have shown an uncanny ability to give unparalleled versatility, function and exterior beauty for riders of all types. Because of this, we’re excited to introduce you to the established industry vet (the 2019 Toyota Highlander) and hotshot newcomer in the 2020 Kia Telluride. They’re both stunning both inside and out, but which one is best suited for your daily grind?

To help you answer that question, our Toyota Palo Alto sales team has put some research together on the 2019 Highlander and 2020 Telluride; join us below as we show you which of these two class leaders can better lead your family through life!

New Toyota Highlander and Kia Telluride in comparison image

2019 Toyota Highlander 


2020 Kia Telluride 

$31,530  Starting MSRP  $31,690 
3.5-liter V6 / up to 295 horsepower and 263 pound-feet of torque  Largest Available Engine / Max. Horsepower and Torque Output  3.8-liter Lambda V6 / 291 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque 
Up to eight passengers / 83.7 cubic feet  Interior Seating Capacity / Cargo Volume  Seven Passengers / 87 cubic feet 
Up to 5,000 / 1,602 pounds  Maximum Towing / Payload Capacities  Up to 5,000 / 1,664 pounds 

Test drive the 2019 Toyota Highlander at Toyota Palo Alto near San Francisco CA

Even with all the (admittedly incredible) new features and capabilities that the 2020 Telluride has to offer, there’s still no debate as to whether or not it can beat the 2019 Highlander in the ring. Toyota’s entry into the mid-size SUV market can deliver lighting fast built-in Wi-Fi, as well as a wealth of interior safety innovations that can help you stay secure on the road in ways that the 2020 Telluride can’t provide quite yet. Some of these include:

  • Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist
  • Dynamic Radar Cruise Control
  • Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection
  • Automatic High Beams
  • Many more!

It’s because of all these that the 2019 Toyota Highlander still has a strong claim to the top of the SUV throne in the American market. Contact Toyota Palo Alto today if you’re looking to schedule a test drive of the model, and we’d be happy to help you find the right Highlander trim for your wants and desires.