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As the Kia Telluride enjoys its throne, the Toyota Grand Highlander is gearing up for battle. This new three-row vehicle seeks to steal the crown as the best family SUV, but rivals seem relaxed. The 2023 Kia Telluride has a massive advantage over the 2024 Toyota Grand Highlander and could maintain its lead. 

Is the 2023 Kia Telluride more affordable than the 2024 Toyota Grand Highlander? 

The 2023 Kia Telluride parked in front of a home
2023 Kia Telluride | Kia

Yes, the 2023 Kia Telluride is more affordable than the 2024 Toyota Grand Highlander while providing families with upscale comfort and convenience features. The 2023 Telluride starts at $35,890, while the 2024 Grand Highlander begins at $43,070. 

So, the standard Telluride is roughly $7,180 less than the entry-level Grand Highlander before the destination fees and dealership markups have been added. 

The top-spec Grand Highlander Hybrid Max takes the MSRP up to $58,125, and the Telluride SX-Presitge X-Pro model starts at $52,985. It adds luxurious amenities and off-roading upgrades.  

Extra power and a long list of standard features could make the Grand Highlander better than the Telluride. However, the Telluride has a reputation for being a comfortable, value-packed, spacious, and upscale option. 

Is the Toyota Grand Highlander bigger than the Kia Telluride? 

The 2024 Toyota Grand Highlander is roughly four inches longer than the 2023 Kia Telluride. Both SUVs have the same width. 

With the Telluride, you get 21.0 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seat with up to 87 cubes overall. The Grand Highlander provides 21.0 cubic feet behind the rear seats with up to 96 cubes total. 

The Telluride has 31.4 inches of legroom in the third row, and the Grand Highlander features 33.5 inches of legroom. 

According to MotorTrend, the Grand Highlander has a little less room in the third row than the Sequoia. Both of these SUVs have similar amounts of leg space in the front and second rows. 

Both SUVs offer captains chairs in the second row and have plenty of storage solutions. The Grand Highlander has tablet holders, and the Telluride has an under-floor storage bin. 

The Kia Telluride can tow up to 5,500 lbs and carry a payload of up to 1,642 lbs. The Toyota Grand Highlander can tow up to 5,000 lbs and carry a payload of up to 1,685 lbs.  

Does the Telluride or Grand Highlander have more power? 

The 2024 Toyota Grand Highlander driving down the road
2024 Toyota Grand Highlander | Toyota

The 2023 Kia Telluride has a standard 3.8-liter V6 engine with 291 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque. It reaches 60 mph in roughly 7.5 seconds. Also, it gets an EPA-estimated 20 mpg in the city and up to 26 mpg on the highway. 

The 2024 Toyota Highlander offers a standard turbocharged 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine with 265 h and 310 lb-ft of torque. Upgrade to the 2.5-liter Hybrid powertrain for 243 hp and 175 lb-ft of torque. 

Lastly, the Hybrid Max powertrain pairs the 2.5-liter engine with a more robust hybrid setup for 362 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque. Toyota estimates that it can reach 60 mph in about 6.3 seconds. It’s targeting 34 mpg but hasn’t been officially tested. 

So, the Toyota Grand Highlander may have a little more space but feels just as roomy as the Telluride. The Telluride can tow slightly more, while the GrandHighlander has slightly extra cargo space. 

Also, the Grand Highlander has more power but comes with a higher price. The Telluride is spacious, comfortable, and upscale, with plenty of savings.