Is a Base Model Kia Telluride Better Than a Hyundai Tucson Limited?

The Kia Telluride is currently one of the most popular new midsize SUVs. How does it compare to the final trim of the popular Hyundai Tucson?

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The Kia Telluride has climbed its way to the top of midsize SUV rankings. Kia began production of the Telluride in 2019. In just three years, the Telluride has outranked most, if not all, of its rivals. The South Korean automaker staked a claim to a top position in the subcompact SUV vehicle segment. Now, it is breaking into the midsize SUV vehicle segment as well.

Consumers love the Telluride because of the value it provides for its price. The 2022 Kia Telluride starts at just $33,090. It uses a 3.8-liter V6 engine to make 291 horsepower. The midsize SUV achieves 20 miles per gallon in the city and 26 miles per gallon on the highway. Car and Driver gave the 2022 Kia Telluride a perfect 10/10 overall score. It also is a Car and Driver Editor’s Choice Award recipient.

Consumers love the Telluride because it has a smooth ride quality. The Telluride offers a comfortable, refined interior. It comes standard with a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a smart key with push-button start, and SynTex seating materials. The midsize SUV also comes standard with parking distance reverse warning, lane-keeping assist, and lane following assist. It’s clearly packed with value, but how does it compare to a popular compact SUV equipped with all the fixin’s?

The 2022 Hyundai Tucson Limited is stacked with standard features

A red 2022 Hyundai Tucson compact SUV is parked on a parking complex.
A red 2022 Hyundai Tucson compact SUV is parked on a parking complex | Hyundai

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The 2022 Hyundai Tucson Limited is the final Tucson trim. The Hyundai Tucson is another South Korean SUV that has quickly risen in SUV rankings. It starts at $35,000.

The Hyundai Tucson Limited uses a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine to make 187 horsepower. It achieves 26 miles per gallon in the city and 33 miles per gallon on the highway. The Hyundai Tucson Limited features a leather-wrapped steering wheel, ambient interior lighting, and a wireless device charger. It comes with leather-trimmed seats and ventilated front seats.

The Tucson Limited includes a hands-free smart liftgate with auto open. It comes standard with a surround-view monitor and a blind-spot view monitor. The Tucson is also a Car and Driver Editor’s Choice Award recipient.

2022 Kia Telluride vs. 2022 Hyundai Tucson Limited

A gray Kia Telluride is parked outdoors.
The Kia Telluride | Kia

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Comparing the 2022 Kia Telluride vs. the 2022 Hyundai Tucson Limited may seem like an apples to oranges comparison, but the two SUVs are in the same price range. If you have a family of five or can’t choose between a compact or midsize model, both these SUVs provide incredible value.

Ultimately, the Tucson Limited comes with more standard features and has better fuel efficiency thanks to its smaller size. If you have a choice between the two models, the Tucson Limited is the better deal for the money if you can sacrifice the extra space and seating of a midsize SUV.


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