The Kia Telluride Plays Nice With the Stinger

Kia has a lineup of trendy options, so it’s easy to get stuck between models. We have found it particularly interesting that car buyers have been caught between the Kia Telluride and the Kia Stinger. These two Kias are on the opposite ends of the spectrum, but they complement each other well. If you’re in the position to get two new cars at once, the Telluride and Stinger are worthy options. 

Driving the 2021 Kia Telluride vs. the 2021 Kia Stinger 

A chrome 2021 Kia Telluride navigating in water.
2021 Kia Telluride | Kia

The Telluride is a gentle performer known for its sleekness and poise. Each Telluride comes with a 291-hp 3.8-liter V6 engine linked to an eight-speed automatic transmission. The base model is standard with front-wheel drive, and all-wheel drive is available as an option. The Telluride has no problem accelerating to higher speeds, and it’s tranquil. It has an EPA rating of 23 mpg overall, which is average for the midsize SUV class.

A red 2020 Kia Stinger on the track.
The Kia Stinger | Kia

The Stinger isn’t a standout either for fuel efficiency, but it shines in many other areas. Some might find this hard to believe, but this Kia competes in the same realm as the Audi A5 and BMW 2-Series. Critics have specifically praised the Stinger for its spicy performance and glossy style. 

Base Stinger models come with a turbocharged 255-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder. The base engine is fun to drive at any speed. There’s the available 365-hp, 3.3-liter twin-turbocharged V6 for those who crave more power. The Stinger is standard with rear-wheel drive; all-wheel drive is optional, as U.S. News highlights. 

Comparing interior elements 

The Kia Telluride SX trim boasts a serene and upscale cabin complete with leather and high-tech.
Kia Telluride SX interior | Kia

The Telluride is a comfortable companion for everyday drives and extended road trips. It can seat up to eight people in its standard setup; seven if you opt for the captain’s chair configuration. The Telluride comes with synthetic leather; genuine leather is optional. Many drivers love that the Telluride is stylish but also kid and pet friendly. Additionally, the Telluride is an excellent choice if you need to haul extra cargo. 

The Stinger satisfies as a sporty city ride that’s easy to maneuver. While it’s not at the same level of lavishness as its competitors, the Stinger looks pretty grand on the inside. This five-seater comes with leather and heated seats.

Front seats of a Stinger GTS model with a sunroof.
Stinger GTS interior | Kia

Both the Telluride and Stinger will keep you connected on the road. The Telluride gets an 8-inch touchscreen; the Stinger has a 7-inch one. Standard features for both models include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The main difference between these two here is that the Telluride comes with a long list of active safety features, including forward-collision warning. You have to upgrade the Stinger for modern safety gadgets. 

Deciding on the Telluride and Stinger 

2021 Telluride Nightfall Edition Black driving by an office building
2021 Telluride Nightfall Edition Black | Kia

Kia’s Telluride is a midsize SUV ideal for drivers looking for a roomy vehicle that’s practical and upscale. On the other hand, the Stinger delivers a luxurious driving experience in a much smaller footprint. Both are enjoyable, but you’ll gravitate to these Kias for different reasons. 

An orange Kia Stinger GTS performs a burnout
A Kia Stinger GTS performs a burnout | Kia

The Kia Telluride S Is the Most Underrated Version

The Telluride and the Stinger have excellent predicted reliability ratings and high owner satisfaction ratings. A 2021 Telluride begins at $31,990. A new 2021 Stinger starts at $33,090.