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DARE TO COMPARE
Kia Telluride vs. Ford Explorer
Kia Telluride
Ford Explorer
At a Glance: Telluride vs. Explorer
 
Kia Telluride

Deciding on your next full-size sport utility vehicle can be fun; and with so many options available, you may be torn between the Kia Telluride vs. Ford Explorer. These SUVs offer sleek appearances, spacious cabins, and formidable performance capabilities.

When it’s time to decide on the one that’s right for you, your everyday commutes, and occasional adventures, which one will make the ultimate cut? At Feldman Kia, we’re here to give drivers near Novi, Livonia, and Southfield, MI a hand with this comparison.


STANDARD TOUCHSCREEN

STANDARD TOUCHSCREEN

12.3 in. | 10.1 in.
Telluride vs Explorer
REAR OCCUPANT ALERT

REAR OCCUPANT ALERT

Standard | N/A
Telluride vs Explorer
CARGO VOLUME BEHIND THIRD ROW

CARGO VOLUME BEHIND THIRD ROW

21 cu. ft. | 18.2 cu. ft.
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See the Difference for Yourself
Select a category below to learn more about how the Kia Telluride compares to the Ford Explorer.
INTERIOR
Kia Telluride

When you're looking for a new ride, there’s one thing you know you can expect: a comfortable and spacious interior. While the Kia Telluride and the Ford Explorer have a similar size and stature, there are quite a few differences in terms of the space they offer for passengers and cargo.

Cabin Space

See the table below to get a peek at how much room awaits:

Kia Telluride
vs
Ford Explorer
40.9 in. 1st-Row Headroom 40.7 in.
42.4 in. 2nd-Row Legroom 39 in.
55.3 in. 3rd-Row Shoulder Room 54.6 in.

Front passengers get more headroom in the Telluride with 40.9 inches vs. the 40.7 inches of headroom in the Explorer’s front row. Second-row passengers in the Kia Telluride get 42.4 inches of legroom to stretch out and make themselves comfortable. Passengers in the middle row of the Ford Explorer only get 39 inches of legroom.

Cargo Capacity

Even with all this roominess, the Kia Telluride still manages to provide an abundance of stowing opportunities in its cargo area. When all the seats are in place with the seatbacks upright, the Telluride offers 21 cubic feet of cargo space.

The Explorer only offers 18.2 cubic feet when all its seats are in place. The difference here is that the Telluride supplies extra space for stowing things like shopping bags, luggage, camping gear, and your kids’ sports equipment.

 

 

 

 

 

 
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TECHNOLOGY
Kia Telluride

Of course, you’ll also want to enjoy yourself for the entirety of your journey. With the Kia Telluride and the Ford Explorer, entertainment is a given. Both models provide an array of top-notch technology features you and your passengers will love.

Comparing Technology Features

The Kia Telluride and the Ford Explorer each offer an array of impressive technology systems and media features. The Telluride includes the 12.3-inch touchscreen display in the center of its dashboard.

The Explorer includes the SYNC® 3 system with a touchscreen that measures 10.1 inches.

Connectivity Features

The Telluride also has features like Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay®, which provide access to your phone and its apps and features right from the screen. The included FordPass Connect™ offers similar smartphone connectivity over in the Ford Explorer.

However, you’ll only find DriverTalk in the Kia. This feature lets you amplify your voice through the rear speakers with the touch of a button. Now, you can communicate with your 2nd- and 3rd-row passengers better.

 
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SAFETY
Kia Telluride

A crucial component in today’s rides is driver-assistance features that can help mitigate a collision or avoid it entirely. Both the Kia Telluride and the Ford Explorer are built to help keep you and your passengers safe.

Driver-Assistance and Safety Features

The Kia Telluride comes standard with a few helpful systems designed to help keep you safe and give you ample warnings to take action. With these at your fingertips, you can take preventive measures to execute evasive maneuvers whenever necessary.

These features include Forward Collision Warning, Lane Keeping Assist, Blind-Spot Collision Warning, and more. The Ford Explorer offers a few driver-assistance technology features such as the Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control System and the Active Park Assist—but they’re only available after an upgrade.

More Safety With Kia

When it comes to helping make sure your family and friends stay safe and secure throughout your travels, the Telluride has some additional features you'll not find in the Explorer.

For instance, the Kia Telluride supplies Rear Occupant Alert. This standard feature can detect passengers in the second and third rows and remind you to retrieve them when you’ve arrived at your destination. Safe Exit Assist is also included as a standard aspect of the Telluride.

 
 
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Which SUV Will You Choose?
Kia Telluride

As you’ve read, each of these full-size SUVs offers a lot to their respective driver and passengers. However, you’ve also noticed a few of the glaring differences between these two rides. Ready to learn more about what the Telluride can provide when you’re out on the road?

When you’re ready to take the next step, simply schedule your test drive with us at Feldman Kia! We’re happy to help drivers in Novi, Livonia, and Southfield, MI.

All of the tools you need to move forward with experiencing a new 2023 Telluride for yourself are conveniently available right here online.