2020 is shaping up to be a benchmark year for the SUV industry, thanks in large part to new models like the Toyota Highlander and Kia Telluride. Both of these have undergone massive upgrades to give you a more comprehensive driving experience than anyone else in the American market. That’s not hyperbole, either – critics and consumers alike have long praised the Highlander for its innovative qualities, and fresh off a “Best in Show” award from the Detroit Auto Show this year, the new Telluride isn’t far behind. Our question is, how do these two kings stack up?
To help you in your search for the perfect SUV, our Toyota Palo Alto team has done some research on the Highlander and Telluride to see what they can do. We think you’ll like what you see, so join us below for more info!
3.5-liter V6 / up to 295 horsepower and 263 lb-ft of torque
Engine / Horsepower and Torque Output
3.8-liter V6 / up to 291 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque
Seven Passengers / up to 73.3 cubic feet
Interior Seating Capacity / Max. Cargo Volume
Seven or Eight Passengers / 87 cubic feet
8-speed Direct Shift automatic
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With nearly equivalent power ratings, smooth-shifting transmissions (complete with stellar All-Wheel Drive systems), and plenty of passenger space, the Highlander and Telluride are about as evenly matched as you can get. Still, there are definite factors that make the Highlander a worthy choice. For starters, it’s available in a hybrid configuration – which the Telluride doesn’t offer – that can help you achieve mileage ratings as high as 34 miles per gallon on the highway, relatively unheard of for an SUV of its stature. Plus, with a premium JBL® audio system, Dynamic Navigation, and Apple CarPlay available, the Highlander is your best bet if you’re looking for a drive that’s as savvy as it is strong.
The 2020 Highlander is inching closer and closer to its release date in America, so we invite you to contact Toyota Palo Alto for more information or to reserve it for yourself. We’d be happy to help with anything you’d like to know!