Why Did Consumer Reports Pick the Kia Telluride Over the Hyundai Palisade?

On the list of midsized sport-utility vehicles with three rows, Consumer Reports scored the Kia Telluride higher than the Hyundai Palisade in a few categories. However, is there truly a reason to pick the Telluride over the Palisade? The Kia warranty, styling, and trim levels help edge out the Hyundai.

Will the Kia Telluride hold its value?

Why Did Consumer Reports Pick the Kia Telluride Over the Hyundai Palisade?
Why Did Consumer Reports Pick the Kia Telluride Over the Hyundai Palisade? | Kia

When you look at the criteria provided by Consumer Reports, the Kia Telluride pulled ahead in a few areas. The most important areas are usually the predicted reliability and predicted owner satisfaction. In this area, the Telluride had almost a perfect score. The predicted reliability and predicted owner satisfaction both came in at five out of five. In the road test, the SUV scored a 97 out of 100.

91% of owners noted that the 2021 Kia Telluride is a car worth purchasing again. CR found that the Telluride rides smoothly, and the V6 has a solid fuel economy of 21 mpg overall. The EX version has the best of both worlds and offers extra climate control, a leather interior, and a sunroof.

The Telluride excelled in most areas tested, except for agility. For a large SUV, that isn’t uncommon. Unfortunately, the Palisade struggled in that area as well. The base-level Telluride starts at $32,190, but you will not likely find a Telluride at that price right now. Consumer Reports¬†says the Telluride is around¬†19% over MSRP – and that’s only if you can find one.

Is the Hyundai Palisade worth the money?

When directly comparing the two, the 2021 Hyundai Palisade wasn’t far behind. The Palisade had good scores in all areas. The predicted reliability and predicted owner satisfaction both came in at four out of five. In the road test, the SUV scored an 88 out of 100.

80% of owners noted that the Hyundai Palisade is a car worth purchasing again, Consumer Reports found. The fuel economy was a similar 21 mpg overall. In addition, CR found that the interior room and cabin were worth noting, as was the standard automatic emergency braking.

One area the Palisade lacked was handling. The 20-inch wheels compromised the ride comfort, and the handling was a bit loose. However, the Consumer Reports testers did find that the stability control made the SUV stable and comfortable to drive. As far as the price goes, CR notes you can find the SUV for around $32,675 to $47,900. Since everyone seems to be going for the Telluride, you might be able to find one without too much markup.

The battle of the midsized sport-utility vehicles

The Kia Telluride is excelling in “best of” lists similar to this because it doesn’t miss in areas that some other SUVs do. It has a plush ride and interior, trim levels to satisfy many budgets, and an industry-leading 10-year, 100,000-mile warranty. In addition, the Hyundai offers three years of complimentary maintenance and three years/36,000 miles of oil and filter changes.

The Hyundai Palisade scored well, but it fell behind in areas the Telluride did not. Additionally, you might be able to retain more value with the Telluride if you need to sell it down the line.

The Palisade was redesigned in 2020 and shared many qualities with the Telluride. But, when you break it down, it comes down to personal preference and perhaps brand loyalty. Both SUVs have similar fuel economy, room for passengers, and styling. The Telluride might be harder to find right now, but the new 2022 Kia Telluride is just around the corner.

RELATED: Is the Kia Telluride SUV Worth the Money?