Many Piedmont Triad drivers love the versatility of an SUV. While there are several good options to choose from, the new Kia Telluride and the Lexus RX350 are among the highest-rated models on the market. Let’s find out which one of these vehicles wins this head-to-head comparison.
Under the hood of the Telluride rests a strong V6 engine. It cranks out a more than adequate 291 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque. Road tests show the Telluride clocks a 0-60 mph time of 7.1 seconds. When equipped with all-wheel drive, the Telluride can tow up to 5,000 pounds. Fuel economy estimates for the Telluride stand at 20 mpg city/26 mpg highway.
Expect the Lexus RX 350 to feel jut as strong. Its refined V6 engine pushes out 295 horsepower and 267 lb-ft of torque. A tested 0-60 mph time of 7.3 seconds puts the RX 350 right in line with the Telluride. On the downside, the RX 350 can only tow up to 3,500 pounds. In terms of fuel economy, this SUV returns around 20 mpg city/27 mpg highway.
On the road, the Kia Telluride proves to be a smooth operator. Its eight-speed automatic transmission shifts flawlessly. Drivers will also enjoy the Telluride’s balanced handling and excellent ride comfort. Some automotive journalists compare the Telluride to a Range Rover, which is a far more expensive model.
The Lexus RX 350’s driving dynamics are just as impressive. You’ll appreciate this SUV’s sedan-like road manners. Drivers who desire crisper handling can opt for an adaptive suspension. Families will especially like the RX 350’s relaxing highway ride.
SUV Interior Room
While the Lexus RX 350 will comfortably accommodate most families, the Kia Telluride does provide more overall passenger room. When sitting in Telluride’s second row, passengers will have an extra 4.2 inches of legroom. Both SUVs are great for tall drivers. However, there’s actually even more legroom behind the wheel of the RX 350.
With the Telluride being a larger SUV, it naturally provides the most cargo space. This could be a big advantage for drivers who tend to haul around a lot of stuff.
Kia vs Lexus Reliability/Warranty
Lexus has a reputation for building dependability vehicles. The RX 350 is no exception. Owners rarely report any major mechanical issues. A 4.0 out of 5.0 reliability rating puts the RX 350 atop its class. So far, auto repair shops have found the Telluride to be just as dependable.
One of the Telluride’s biggest advantages is its longer warranty. Kia provides a 100,000-mile powertrain warranty and a 60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty. By comparison, the RX 350’s offers a 70,000-mile powertrain warranty and a 50,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty.
Safety of the Kia Telluride vs the Lexus RX 350
Regardless of which one of these SUV you choose, your family will have excellent crash protection. Both the Telluride and the RX 350 received an NHTSA five-star overall safety rating. Several great accident-avoidance technologies come standard, including automatic emergency braking and blind-spot monitoring.
Only the Telluride offers Kia’s innovative blind-spot camera system. It makes highway driving more secure by displaying live video of oncoming vehicles in the next lane. Meanwhile, the Telluride’s rear-seat alert system helps prevent children and pets from being left behind. Lexus also offers the RX 350 with a few exclusive safety features, including rear automatic braking and adaptive headlights.
Which SUV Win This Comparison?
The Lexus RX 350 is an excellent choice. However, it loses this comparison to the Kia Telluride. Not only does the Telluride provide more space for families, but it also has a higher tow rating. Some drivers may also prefer the Telluride’s award-winning exterior styling.