The 2022 Kia Telluride Crushes its Corporate Cousin

The 2022 Kia Telluride has a corporate cousin that’s mechanically identical. However, the 2022 Hyundai Palisade pales in comparison to the Telluride. Significant differences like price and standard features make one far better than the other. Let’s compare the high-value, affordable, three-row SUVs, and find out why the 2022 Kia Telluride crushes its closely related competition.

2022 Kia Telluride vs. 2022 Hyundai Palisade

The Kia Telluride is better than its corporate cousin, the Hyundai Palisade for reasons like price and features.
The Kia Telluride is parked outdoors | Kia

Both of these three-row SUVs ride on the same platform and share most mechanical parts. However, they’re different in terms of space, features, and even price. Both options are affordable and pack a lot into the SUV for the price. What is different about the Telluride and Palisade? Features, interior space, price, and more are all considered.

Telluride vs. Palisade: Interior space

A black 2022 Hyundai Palisade Calligraphy parked outside.
2022 Hyundai Palisade Calligraphy | Hyundai

Cargo space is an advantage in favor of the Kia model. For passenger space, higher trims seat seven passengers, but lower options offer space for up to eight people. Additionally, ride quality is luxuriously comfortable, especially for a large SUV. Lastly, there’s enough cargo space inside to fit plenty of passengers and cargo whenever needed, including slightly more room than the Hyundai offering.

As for the 2022 Hyundai Palisade, it has similar amounts of interior space. Like its corporate cousin, the Palisade seats up to eight passengers. It also changes to captain’s chairs fitting only seven in higher trims. Consequently, it only offers a “fair” amount of cargo space, according to KBB. However, adults can sit comfortably even in the third row of seats. More notably, the driver and front passenger get more legroom and overall space in the Hyundai Palisade than the Telluride. That’s where all that extra cargo space went.

Dimension2022 Kia Telluride2022 Hyundai Palisade
Cargo space behind front row (cu. ft.)8786.4
Cargo space behind second row (cu. ft.) 4645.8
Cargo space behind third row (cu. ft.) 2118
Front legroom (inches)41.444.1
Second-row legroom (inches)42.442.4
Third-row legroom (inches)31.431.4
Dimensions and measurements from Car and Driver.

Telluride vs. Palisade: Features

A slate gray 2022 Kia Telluride is better than its corporate cousin, the Hyundai Palisade for reasons like price and features.
2022 Kia Telluride | Kia

Both the 2022 Kia Telluride and 2022 Hyundai Palisade are affordable three-row SUVs. Each of the two is highly regarded for its many standard features despite the low price. Firstly, the Telluride comes standard with a 10.25-inch touchscreen. It uses sharp graphics and easy-to-use menus, making it easy to operate even while driving. Every model comes with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, satellite radio, navigation, Bluetooth, voice recognition, a six-speaker stereo, and six USB ports. Lastly, dual-zone automatic climate control, proximity keyless entry, and remote start are standard.

Next, the Hyundai Palisade is similarly equipped but pales in comparison. Standard features for Hyundai’s offering include an 8-inch touchscreen with HD radio, Bluetooth, five USB ports, and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto. On the other hand, the Palisade doesn’t have standard navigation, voice recognition, remote start, or proximity keyless entry. Consequently, the same 10.25-inch touchscreen standard for the Telluride is available as an option, as are remote start, a sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, additional USB ports, and more.

Telluride vs. Palisade: Price

How much do the two identical three-row SUVs cost? According to CAD’s prices after destination and other buyer’s fees, they’re very close. The 2022 Kia Telluride LX base model starts at $34,345, while the 2022 Hyundai Palisade SE starts at $34,595. While that difference isn’t much, both models have four trims that escalate in price quickly. Most importantly, the Palisade ends up costing a lot more money to buy fully loaded than the Telluride.

2022 Kia Telluride TrimPrice2022 Hyundai Palisade TrimPrice
LX$34,345SE$34,595
S$36,845SEL$36,945
EX$39,345Limited$46,835
SX$44,245Calligraphy$48,285
Trims and prices from Car and Driver.

The 2022 Kia Telluride crushes its corporate cousin, the 2022 Hyundai Palisade

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Regardless of which of these two corporate cousins you choose, you’ll get an excellent, high-value SUV. Both models provide a lot of value for a low price. However, the 2022 Kia Telluride is the better option overall. The main reasons are that the Telluride comes with more standard features than the 2022 Hyundai Palisade. Additionally, if you’re interested in higher trim levels, the Telluride is the more affordable option. These models are identical in terms of space, fuel economy, engines, and safety features.

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