When comparing SUVs and Crossovers, the Chevrolet Blazer and Kia Telluride are not your typical comparison. There are pro’s and con’s to each of these vehicles which we are going to discuss today in the hopes to give you a better direction for which is the best option for you.
The starting price of both vehicles are very close with the Blazer coming in at $29,995 and the Telluride coming in just above that at $31,890. They do range a bit as you climb the ladder to different model options. So, regardless of your desired features, you are sure to find a feasible price option for either vehicle to suit your needs.
All the trim options for the Telluride have the same engine. That engine pumps out a maximum of 291 horsepower and 262 lb. ft. of torque. The Blazer on the other hand has 3 engine options, comes with a 9-spd transmission rather than the 8-spd that the Telluride has, and depending on which model/engine you choose, the horsepower ranges from a maximum of 193 to 308 and the maximum torque ranges from 188 to 270 lb. ft. Get the Blazer’s 3.6L V6 engine, and you'll surpass the power in the Telluride, which is impressive considering that the Blazer is the smaller of the two vehicles.
In most cases, comparing the towing capacity of a full-sized SUV and a midsize crossover SUV is like comparing apples and oranges. Impressively, even though the Blazer is the smaller of the two, it’s maximum towing capacity is a mere 500 lbs. lower than the larger Telluride. The Telluride can tow up to 5,000 lbs and the Blazer can tow up to 4,500 lbs., making either vehicle very capable choices for your family towing needs.
The Telluride, being a full-sized SUV, can seat up to 8 people and has 21 cubic feet of cargo space behind the 3rd row of seating. Since it has the three rows of seats, the total cubic feet of cargo room, with both back rows folded down, is 87 cubic feet.
The Blazer has seating for up to 5 people and has a total of 64.2 cubic feet of cargo space with the back seat folded down. Excitingly though it surpasses the amount of cargo room while keeping the back seat upright, with an astounding 30.5 cubic feet of cargo room. The Blazer also has a tighter turning radius than the Telluride, which can come in handy in a lot of situations.
When determining which vehicle best suits your needs, the Blazer has a larger variety of trim options, with six available. As mentioned above, it has three different engine options to choose from and it surpasses the Telluride with some incredible available features such as the Hitch View and Hitch Guidance systems. Those systems deliver a dynamic guideline for the vehicle and the trailer when connecting them and provide a constant view of your hitch during your entire drive to ensure it is staying attached properly.
The Telluride has an overall luxurious style and comforting environment suitable for any family. However, if you are looking for a more bold, aggressive, style and comfort, then the Blazer fits that bill so much better than the Telluride.
Both these vehicles have features suitable to different situations. If you are looking for an everyday commuter vehicle for the family, the Telluride may be the best option. On the other hand, if you are wanting an SUV for the family that was built to command any off-road adventure, the comfortably rugged Blazer is exactly what you need.