When in the market for a seven or eight passenger SUV, the Chevrolet Traverse and Kia Telluride are both great options. However, the small differences sometimes make all the difference in a big decision such as choosing a new SUV. Let’s get into the nitty gritty.
Where power is concerned, the Traverse can produce up to 310 horsepower and 266 lb. ft. of torque and has a 9-spd transmission. It can handle up to 1,798 lbs. payload, and when properly equipped has a max towing capacity of 5,000 lbs.
The Telluride comes in second with up to 291 horsepower and 262 lb. ft. of torque. It has an 8-spd transmission and can handle up to 1,664 lbs. payload. It manages to match the Traverse pound for pound with a max towing capacity of 5,000 lbs.
The fuel efficiency for these two vehicles is very comparable. The Telluride gets about 20 mpg City / 26 mpg Highway and the Traverse gets an approximate 18 mpg City / 27 mpg Highway.
One thing that is very important to a lot of people when in the market for an SUV is the space that it offers--space for both the people and the cargo.
The Kia Telluride has a total of 21 cubic feet behind the third row of seating, and the ability to have 87 cubic feet of cargo space if the back two rows are folded down.
However, if you are looking for an abundance of space, both for cargo and passengers, the Traverse is your best option. When all 3 rows of the Traverse are kept up, you have an awesome 23 cubic feet of cargo space. If you need more room for cargo and don’t need to carry passengers, you have the unbelievable max cargo space of 98.2 cubic feet. On top of an immense amount of cargo space, all the passengers will ride in comfort with the extra seating space it has compared to the Telluride.
There are a lot of infotainment features for both vehicles that are very comparable. One option that stands out, however, is only available in the Traverse. The available rear seat infotainment system with DVD player can be a key feature if you are concerned about long drives with your littles (or more seasoned passengers); in fact, it may just tip the scales in the Traverse’s favor.
This category is one in which the Traverse completely blows the Telluride out of the water. Both vehicles have Front Wheel Drive and All Wheel Drive options, which is a good start. The Telluride has four available trims to choose from, which surpasses some of the other competitors out there. However, the Traverse has seven available trims. Get the Traverse you want, at the price you want.
Overall, both the Telluride and the Traverse are top-of-the-line choices in the 7/8 passenger capacity SUV class. However, the Traverse consistently edges out the Telluride. With more power, additional infotainment features, a greater amount of passenger and cargo space, and of course the two extra cup holders, the Traverse is the better overall choice.