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The 2022 Kia Telluride vs the 2022 Ford Explorer: they’re two midsized SUVs that are popular because of their style, versatility, and reputations. Yet one SUV is way better than the other in nearly every way. The 2022 Kia Telluride blows the 2022 Ford Explorer out of the water. What’s so great about the Telluride compared to the Explorer?

Consumer Reports recommends the 2022 Kia Telluride, shown here with a gray interior
Consumer Reports recommends the 2022 Kia Telluride | Kia

Which is better, the Ford Explorer or Kia Telluride?

If you’re looking for a reliable midsize SUV, the 2022 Kia Telluride wins. It has a predicted reliability rating of 5/5. The 2022 Ford Explorer isn’t recommended by Consumer Reports. In fact, Consumer Reports ranks it 13 out of 14 for midsized 3-row sport-utility vehicles. It also gives the Explorer a 1/5 for its predicted reliability. The 2022 Kia Telluride, on the other hand, is ranked #1 out of those same 14 SUVs.

The 2022 Ford Explorer scores a 47 for its overall score while the 2022 Kia Telluride gets a 97. That’s obviously a huge difference and is probably a compelling reason to choose the Telluride over the Explorer. The predicted owner satisfaction score for the Explorer is just a 3/5 while the owner satisfaction rating for the Kia Telluride is a 5/5.

Is the Ford Explorer bigger than the Kia Telluride?

No, the 2022 Ford Explorer is not bigger than the 2022 Kia Telluride. Not only can the Telluride seat more passengers – eight to the Explorer’s seven – it also has more passenger volume. The 2022 Telluride has 178.1 cubic feet of passenger space. On the other hand, the 2022 Explorer has just 152.7 cubic feet of passenger space.

The 2022 Ford Explorer does, however, have slightly more cargo space, but it’s pretty much negligible. The Explorer has 87.8 cubic feet of storage space while the Telluride has 87 feet. If you’re torn between these two midsize SUVs, it’s unlikely that less than one cubic feet of storage space will be the deciding factor.

Is the Kia Telluride worth the hype?

The Telluride is spacious, it’s refined, and it’s updated with the latest technology. It comes with automatic climate control, a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment screen, and important safety features like forward collision warning and blind-spot monitoring. It also has lane keep assist and lane following assist. The LX also has rear occupant detection, which will alert you if you accidentally forget a child or pet in the backseat.

The base model 2022 Ford Explorer comes with an 8-inch touchscreen that’s compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as a six-speaker sound system. Every Ford Explorer from the base model and up comes with frontal collision warning, blind-spot monitor, and lane keeping assist.

There’s really no contest between the 2022 Kia Telluride vs the 2022 Ford Explorer. While the Ford Explorer is a good midsize SUV on the surface, the Kia Telluride is better. Its reliability and owner satisfaction ratings are better, and its size and versatility make it the best midsize SUV you can buy.


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