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.