Deciding on your next full-size sport utility vehicle can be fun, but it can also be a challenge if you’re torn between the Kia Telluride vs. Ford Explorer. These SUVs offer sleek appearances, spacious cabins, and formidable performance capabilities. But when it’s time to decide on the one that’s going to be right for you, your everyday commutes, and occasional adventures, which one of these will be making the ultimate cut?

At The Kia Store, we’re here to give you a hand. We’ve put together the following comparison that will effectively showcase the various benefits that the Telluride and the Explorer have in store for you, so you can see what they offer and how they differ from each other. This comparison will help you decide which SUV will be perfect for your adventures in Elizabethtown, KY, Louisville, KY, and Clarksville, IN! Dive in to get started.

Learn more in the full 2020 Kia Telluride Review!

Kia Telluride vs Ford Explorer: Cabin Space & Cargo Capacity

While the Kia Telluride and Ford Explorer offer a similar size and stature, there are quite a few differences in terms of the space they offer for passengers and cargo. See the table below to get a peek of what its occupants have waiting for them:


1st-Row Headroom

2nd-Row Legroom

3rd-Row Shoulder Room

Kia Telluride

40.9 in.

42.4 in.

55.3 in.

Ford Explorer

40.7 in.

39 in.

54.6 in.

Front passengers get more headroom in the Telluride with 40.9 inches vs. the 40.7 inches of headroom in the Explorer’s front row. Second-row passengers in the Kia Telluride get 42.4 inches of legroom with which to really stretch out and make themselves comfortable. Passengers in the middle row of the Ford Explorer only get 39 inches of legroom.

As for the Telluride’s third row, the folks enjoying the ride from all the way back there will have the opportunity to appreciate the wealth of personal space that’s made possible by its 55.3 inches of shoulder room. Unfortunately, the 3rd-row shoulder room measurement for the Explorer is not quite as accommodating at 54.6 inches.

These measurements provide you with a good idea about the kind of comfortable space that’s in store for you and your passengers once you take your seats inside the Kia Telluride.

Even with all of this roominess at your disposal, the Kia Telluride still manages to provide you with an abundance of stowing opportunities in its cargo area. When all the seats are in place with the seatbacks upright, the Telluride offers 21 cubic feet of cargo space. The Explorer only offers 18.2 cubic feet when all its seats are in place. The difference here is that the Telluride supplies you with a little extra space for stowing things like shopping bags, luggage, camping gear, and your kids’ sports equipment.  

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Telluride vs Explorer: Comparing Technology Features

The Kia Telluride and Ford Explorer each offer an array of impressive technology systems and media features. The Telluride includes the 8-inch touchscreen display in the center of the dashboard. The Explorer includes the SYNC® system, which measures at a mere 4.2 inches, but can be upgraded to 8.0 inches.

Additionally, the Telluride is available with a touchscreen that measures at 10.25 inches. The largest available screen that you’re going to find inside the Ford Explorer comes in at a close second with 10.1 inches. These impressively large screens make it possible for you to view, access, and adjust all of the settings and features easily and quickly without having to direct too much of your attention away from the road in front of you.

The Telluride also has features like Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay®, which can give you access to your phone and its apps and features right from the screen. The included FordPass Connect™ offers similar smartphone connectivity over in the Ford Explorer.

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SUV Driver-Assistance and Safety Features for the Kia Telluride vs Ford Explorer

A crucial component in today’s rides is driver-assistance features that can help you mitigate a collision or avoid it entirely. The Kia Telluride comes standard with a few helpful systems that are designed to help keep you safe and give you ample warnings. With these at your fingertips, you can take preventive measures to execute evasive maneuvers whenever it’s necessary to do so.

These features include Forward Collision Warning, Lane Keeping Assist, Blind-Spot Collision Avoidance, and more. The Ford Explorer offers a few driver-assistance technology features like the Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control System, the Evasive Steering Assist, and the Active Park Assist—but they’re only available after an upgrade.

When it comes to helping you make sure your family and friends are provided for in terms of staying safe and secure throughout your travels, the Telluride has some additional features that you’re not going to find in the Explorer.

For instance, the Kia Telluride supplies you with the Rear Occupant Alert. This standard feature is able to detect passengers in the second and third rows in order to remind you to retrieve them when you’ve arrived at your destination. The Safe Exit Assist is also included as a standard aspect of the Telluride. This one uses radar to make sure all occupants will be able to exit the Kia vehicle safely in case you are parked on the side of the road or in a busy parking lot.

Deciding Between the Kia Telluride vs Ford Explorer

As you’ve read above, each of these full-size SUVs offer a lot to their respective driver and passengers. However, you’ve also noticed a few of the glaring differences between these two rides. Along with the Telluride having an edge over the Explorer in a few notable categories, you can still learn more about what the Telluride can provide for your experiences when you’re out on the road.

When you’re ready to take the next step, all you’ll need to do is schedule your test drive with us at The Kia Store! We’re happy to help drivers in Louisville, KY, Elizabethtown, KY, and Clarksville, IN.

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