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2020 Kia Telluride vs Chevrolet Tahoe

2020 Kia Telluride vs Chevrolet Tahoe

They're both fit for family fun and even some off-road adventure, so choosing between the 2020 Kia Telluride and Chevy Tahoe isn't easy. At least, not at first glance. But once you delve deeper - compliments of our comparison guide - we think you'll make the right choice.

Setting the Bar for Luxury: 2020 Kia Telluride

Already the initial quality leader in the U.S., Kia aims to startle buyers with its all-new Telluride. Designed especially for Americans (and also made in America), Kia's first mid-size crossover doesn't just compete in a competitive segment - it blows the competition away with its stylish cabin and high-end materials. Whether you choose the SOFINIO leatherette seats or the seats trimmed in top-of-the-line Nappa leather, this Kia wraps you in style. Details like wood grain dash and door panel trim and plush cloth headliner are like icing on the cake. The cabin's ambient lighting system displays 64 different colors, so you can set the tone for, well, just about anything. The best part? The price doesn't force you to pay for such luxury--the Telluride is competitively priced against SUVs that can offer half of these types of features.

2020 Kia Telluride Interior

It's not that we have anything against the Chevy Tahoe. Indeed, this full-size SUV is all about space, with roomy digs for up to nine passengers (the Telluride seats up to eight). But - and, for a lot of drivers, this is a big but - the Tahoe isn't the cutting-edge luxury liner that is the Telluride. As you climb the Tahoe trims, however, you will find the usual comfort suspects (leather upholstery, heated seats, tri-zone climate control). Just no extras like premium headliner or 64 colors' worth of ambient lighting.

Three Rows of Connectivity: 2020 Kia Telluride

The 2020 Kia Telluride wins the day for technology, too. Whether you've got a cabin full of kids or your entire book club along for the ride, everybody can appreciate three rows' worth of USB charging ports (for a total of six). Should anyone's device battery take a nosedive, it's an easy fix. Drivers can toss their phone onto the optional wireless charging pad and just forget about it. Back on the Tahoe, you can add an optional charging pad, but USB ports max out at five.

2020 Kia Telluride Infotainment

Then there are the Telluride's infotainment features. At 10.25 inches, Kia's new Uvo touchscreen is bigger than the Tahoe's 8-inch counterpart. It doesn't sound like much, but, in person, the difference is huge. Just try and fat-finger the wrong app on the Telluride's big touchscreen - it's basically impossible. In terms of smartphone integration, both three-row SUVs have you covered with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Safety First: 2020 Kia Telluride

The Telluride comes standard with features you won't find anywhere else (outside the luxury segment, that is). The rear occupant alert system kicks in if you try to leave passengers alone in the back seat. The second-row safe exit assist system is another nifty trick. When it senses a neighboring vehicle in motion, this feature prevents the side doors from opening and your kids from hopping directly into danger's path.

Both the 2020 Kia Telluride and 2019 Chevy Tahoe offer the usual safety aids - blind-spot monitoring, forward collision mitigation - but only the Telluride delivers them as standard equipment. For cutting-edge vigilance in the Tahoe, drivers must add the Luxury package to the mid-grade LT or upgrade to the most expensive model, the Premier. (Read: the same exact features cost extra in the Tahoe.)

Rugged Capabilities: 2019 Chevy Tahoe

Here, we have to give it to the Tahoe. It's a traditional, truck-based SUV, so what it lacks in maneuverability it makes up for with rugged capabilities. Properly equipped, this three-row SUV can tow up to 8,400 pounds. That's quite a big boat or family camper. The Tahoe's optional four-wheel drive system is also meant for plundering the off-road. This performance gear - along with the Tahoe's strong V8 powertrains - is perfect for families who want to venture deep into off-road territory.

2019 Chevrolet Tahoe Rugged

The 2020 Kia Telluride also has a few adventure-ready tricks up its sleeve. The Telluride's all-wheel-drive system features a center-locking differential, which any off-road driver knows means business. It's designed to maintain traction in a wide range of settings. The system is constantly working on the fly, which makes for a safer performance both on the pavement and off. The Telluride deftly handles icy roads and sandy trails, providing both peace of mind and the means for adventure. With the towing package, the Telluride can haul 5,000 pounds' worth of trailer around, which is more than satisfactory for most drivers.

We think you'll agree that the all-new 2020 Kia Telluride is a mid-size crossover of a different color. Besides bringing the heat with top-of-the-line luxury, tech, and safety features, it gives you jaw-dropping good looks. The Telluride is poised to give the old SUV standards, like the Chevy Tahoe, a real run for its money.