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2024 Kia Telluride vs. 2024 Hyundai Palisade Comparison

Sibling rivalries don’t often extend to the automotive world, but that’s most definitely the case when comparing the 2024 Kia Telluride to the 2024 Hyundai Palisade. These 3-row midsize SUVs ride on the same platform, share the same V6 engine, and feature nearly identical amounts of headroom, legroom, and cargo space. 

So how can one rise above the other when it comes to deciding which is the better SUV? Let’s not forget that the Telluride and Palisade also happen to compete with worthy adversaries such as the Honda Pilot, Chevrolet Traverse, Ford Explorer, Volkswagen Atlas, and Toyota Highlander, to name only a few. 

Let’s dive deeper into some of the highlights of the Telluride and Palisade.

2024 Kia Telluride

Starting at $37,585, with the $1,395 destination fee, the Telluride is available in a total of 10 distinct trims. Sitting at the very top is the SX Prestige X-Pro, which comes with features (including AWD) and costs $54,780. 

No matter which Telluride you choose, there’s a 291-horsepower 3.8-liter V6 under the hood, coupled with an 8-speed automatic. Front-wheel drive is standard on most trims, and AWD costs approximately $2,000 extra across the range.

Kia Telluride Highlights

Rugged exterior design: Strong sales prove we’re not the only ones who think the Telluride cuts one very handsome path through traffic. This broad-shouldered SUV stands out in a crowd and arguably looks more ruggedly handsome than its Hyundai sibling.  

X-Pro trims: Last year’s refresh added the off-road-themed X-Pro trim to the Telluride range. This adds features like a rugged appearance package, 18-inch alloy wheels with all-terrain tires, and added ride height. The X-Pro variants also uncork the Telluride’s maximum towing capacity of 5,500 pounds. 

Outstanding warranty: We can’t talk about the Telluride, or the Palisade for that matter, and not mention their class-leading warranties. This includes a 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty plus a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. Two years of roadside assistance is also included. Granted, this doesn’t give either SUV an advantage directly over one another. Yet this coverage far exceeds what other rival 3-row SUVs offer. 

Check this week’s Fair Purchase Price or see the Kia Telluride models for sale near you. 

2024 Hyundai Palisade

2024 Hyundai Palisade in white.

Starting at $37,735, with the $1,335 destination fee, the 2024 Palisade has an entry price slightly above the Telluride. Available in six trims, the biggest news this model year is the addition of the range-topping Calligraphy Night Edition. At $54,935, this builds upon the already posh Calligraphy trim and adds black exterior trim pieces, black alloy wheels, and standard AWD. 

Like the Telluride, the Palisade is motivated by a 291-hp V6, an 8-speed automatic, and a choice of front- or all-wheel drive. Upper trims, including the Calligraphy models, trend more towards the luxury side of the SUV spectrum versus the more off-road-oriented upper trims available with the Telluride. 

Hyundai Palisade Highlights 

Class-leading resale value: In 2022, the Kia Telluride earned the KBB Best Resale Value award among 3-row midsize SUVs. That’s impressive, but do you have any guesses as to which SUV took top honors the following year? It was the Hyundai Palisade.  

Luxurious interior: The Palisade’s cabin is roomy no matter where you’re seated. Yet the same can be said about the Telluride. The Palisade holds a narrow advantage in the quality of the cabin trim itself. It feels slightly more upscale and refined than what you get in the Telluride. 

Limited and Calligraphy trims: Continuing on this theme of refinement and luxury, the Palisade’s Limited and Calligraphy trims could easily wear a premium badge on their front grille. That’s because inside, you’re treated to niceties like a dual-panel sunroof, ambient interior lighting, and a heated and power-folding third row. The Calligraphy goes one step further thanks to its Nappa leather upholstery and Ergo-Motion driver’s seat with adjustable internal air pockets to help reduce driver fatigue. 

Check this week’s Fair Purchase Price or see the Hyundai Palisade models for sale near you. 

Similarities

Two SUVs couldn’t be more neck and neck than the Telluride and Palisade. Inside and out, their dimensions are almost identical when discussing headroom, legroom, or cargo capacity. They have the same V6 engine and slick-shifting 8-speed automatic transmission, too. Each is loaded with tech and safety features, and they excel in long-term resale value.  

Conclusion

Anyone up for a game of rock, paper, scissors? In all seriousness, the Telluride and Palisade are both excellent 3-row midsize SUVs. The deciding factor could easily come down to which of the two a car shopper finds the most attractive or which has a more tempting offer at the dealership level. 

The Telluride takes a slightly more rugged approach, especially with its beefy X-Pro models. At 5,500 versus 5,000 pounds, it also has a 500-pound towing advantage over the Palisade.

However, the Hyundai Palisade counters with more elegant top-of-the-line models that hold their own against not only mainstream rivals but also SUVs from the likes of Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Cadillac, and Audi.

In this instance, you can’t go wrong with either of these overachieving SUVs.  

  2024 Kia Telluride  2024 Hyundai Palisade
Starting Price  $37,585 $37,735
Popular Powertrains      
Engine  3.8-liter V6 3.8-liter V6
Horsepower  291 hp @ 6,000 rpm 291 hp @ 6,000 rpm
Torque  262 lb-ft @ 5,200 rpm 262 lb-ft @ 5,200 rpm
Transmission  8-speed automatic  8-speed automatic 
Fuel economy MPG 20 city/26 highway/22 combined 19 city/26 highway/22 combined 
Also Available  AWD AWD
Specs       
Basic Warranty  5 years/60,000 miles  5 years/60,000 miles 
Powertrain Warranty  10 years/100,000 miles  10 years/100,000 miles 
NHTSA Overall Safety  5-Star  5-Star
Max Seating Capacity  8
Wheelbase  114.2 inches  114.2 inches 
Overall Length  196.9 inches  196.7 inches 
Width  78.3 inches  77.8 inches 
Height  68.9 inches  68.9 inches 
Turning Diameter  38.8 feet  38.7 
Headroom, Front  40.9 inches 40.7 inches 
Headroom, 2nd Row  40.2 inches  40.1 inches 
Headroom, 3rd Row 38.1 inches 37.8 inches
Legroom, Front  41.4 inches  44.1 inches 
Legroom, 2nd Row  42.4 inches  42.4 inches
Legroom, 3rd Row  31.4 inches 31.4 inches 
Shoulder Room, Front  61.6 inches  61.2 inches 
Shoulder Room, 2nd Row  61.2 inches 60.8 inches
Shoulder Room, 3rd Row 55.3 inches 55.2 inches 
Cargo Volume  21.0 cubic feet   18.0 cubic feet 

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