2020 Ford Explorer vs 2020 Kia Telluride  

2020 Ford Explorer vs 2020 Kia Telluride

After a complete redesign, the Ford Explorer returns for 2020 with an athletic stance, sculpted body and a brimming list of standard and available features. With a package this good, the Ford favorite has competing midsize models breaking a sweat to grab a competitive edge.

Still, a few worthy rivals have emerged to challenge the Explorer’s dominance in the market. That’s why we’ve set out to put the all-new 2020 Ford Explorer to the test when we see how it holds its ground against a popular market newcomer – the 2020 Kia Telluride. 

2020 Ford Explorer 


2020 Kia Telluride 

21 city / 28 highway  Fuel Economy  20 city / 26 highway 
300 - 365 hp  Horsepower  291 hp 
310 - 415 lb-ft  Torque 262 lb-ft 
5,300 lbs.  Max Towing Capacity 5,000 lbs. 

Comparing the Power and Capability of the 2020 Ford Explorer and 2020 Kia Telluride 

The 2020 Kia Telluride sticks to one engine option across the lineup, a 3.8-liter V6 good for 291 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque. The standard engine of the 2020 Ford Explorer is a 2.3-liter turbo good for 300 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque. From the base level, the Explorer already overpowers the Telluride, but Ford doesn’t stop there.

Drivers that opt for the Explorer’s Platinum or ST trims are treated to a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 – the same powerhouse behind the rugged Ford Ranger pickup. On the Explorer Platinum, the engine returns 365 horsepower and 380 lb-ft of torque. Cradled under the hood of the sport-tuned Explorer ST, that V6 hammers out an impressive 400 horsepower and 415 lb-ft of torque.

The Explorer’s all-new available Terrain Management System offers up to seven selectable drive modes to optimize drive performance to conditions. The system is managed through a dial in the center console, offering normal, trail, deep snow and sand, slippery, sport, tow/haul and eco modes. The Telluride attempts to keep up with its own drive mode system but falls short with only four modes to choose from – smart, eco, sport and comfort.