2021 Kia Telluride vs. 2021 Hyundai Palisade

In the market for a mid-sized SUV? There are many SUVs that may look similar but are not identical. The 2021 Kia Telluride and 2021 Hyundai Palisade got plenty of accolades when they were introduced to the market. A closer look at the features can help you figure out which one fits your needs best.

2021 Kia Telluride vs. the 2021 Hyundai Palisade

Price: Though both vehicles have very similar pricing, the Kia Telluride is the winner in this category. The Telluride starting price is $31,990 and the Palisade price is $32,525. The base trim for both vehicles is almost the same, too.

Reliability: Both vehicles have good reliability scores and in this category, it is a tie. Both manufacturers offer similar factory warranties - 100,000 miles and a 10-year warranty and 5-year/60,000 miles.

Seats: The winner in this category is the Kia Telluride. Though both SUVs offer 8-person seating with three rows, both offer the capability of swapping the bench seat (2nd row) for captain's chair style seating. Both offer spacious seating in the front and 2nd rows. The third row is best occupied by children. The Kia Telluride offers synthetic leather seats as part of the standard package. The Palisade offers fabric covered seats.

Cargo Area: The 2021 Kia Telluride wins again in this category. Both vehicles have the same wheel base and seem similar in size. There are subtle differences in the interior space design. The Kia offers 21 cu. ft of cargo space and 46 cu. ft. with the third row folded. The Palisade offer just 18 cu. ft. behind the 3rd row and 45.8 cu. ft. with the 3rd row folded down. The figures for cargo space in both vehicles are above the industry standard.

Interiors: The Kia Telluride is the winner in this category as well. The cabin design is very different in both vehicle and a matter of personal preference. Both SUVs have good insulation and quiet interiors with low road noise and almost no wind noise. Finished with high quality materials, the interiors are elegant.

Acceleration: Both vehicles tie this category with 3.8l, v-6 engines. Both offer 262 lb./foot of torque and 291 hp. Choose between manual and automatic transmission, FWD or AWD.

Fuel Economy: The Kia Telluride wins again! City driving of EPA estimated 20 mpg for city driving and 26 mpg for highway driving. The Palisade offers 19 mpg for city driving and 25 mpg for the highway. Both SUVs have the same ratings for AWD models.

Ride & Handling: Both handle like small vehicles. Nimble and quick steering, easily maneuverable and smooth comfortable ride. Both vehicles are good for moderate levels of off road driving as they have good ground clearance and a choice of driving modes.

Safety: The Kia Telluride has an overall 5-star safety rating. Both vehicles have Top Safety ratings from the NHTSA and IIHS. Standard features like collision warning, rear-view camera, adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assistant and pedestrian detection make both cars safe to drive. The Kia wins in this category as well.


In the battle between the 2021 Kia Telluride vs. the 2021 Hyundai Palisade, the Kia Telluride is a clear winner. It is the 2nd most popular mid-size SUV and wins in multiple categories. To make a decision on which one to buy, head to Kia of LaGrange. If you live in Columbus, Hogansville, or Manchester, then you can test drive both cars and make your decision after that.

Source: Kia