If you're in the market for a 3-row SUV for your family's adventures, there are a few to choose from. However, two stand apart from the others, due to their expert engineering and capability: the Ford Explorer and the Kia Telluride.

Don't know which one is better for your Leesville, New Llano, and Anacoco, Louisiana, commutes? The team at Hixson Ford Leesville is here to help with our 2020 Ford Explorer vs. Kia Telluride comparison. Keep reading to see which SUV will soon be parked in front of your home.

2020 Explorer vs 2020 Telluride: Performance

Performance is everything in an SUV. With tons of power, control, and all-weather capability, these models prove they're forces to be reckoned with. There are some differences between the two, however. 

The Kia Telluride is powered by a 3.8L V6 engine across all trim levels. This produces an impressive output of 291 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque, perfect for conquering most paths in front of you. This is paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission and standard front-wheel drive (FWD), though all-wheel drive (AWD) is available.

On the other hand, the Ford Explorer has three engine options to choose from. No matter which one you choose, you'll be met with more horsepower and torque, as well as a chance for heightened fuel economy with the hybrid powertrain.

Ford Explorer Engine



2.3L EcoBoost® Turbocharged

300 HP

310 lb-ft

3.0L EcoBoost® V6

400 HP

415 lb-ft

3.3L Hybrid

318 HP

322 lb-ft

Additionally, control might be a little easier in the 2020 Explorer, thanks to its standard 10-speed automatic transmission. This also comes equipped with SelectShift® capability. Rear-wheel drive (RWD) is standard on this model, although Intelligent 4-wheel drive (4WD) with Terrain Management System™ is available.

Explorer vs Telluride: Towing & Capability

Due to the high power output in each model, you can expect some impressive towing ratings from both the Kia Telluride and the Ford Explorer.

When properly equipped, the 2020 Telluride can tow up to 5,000 pounds with ease. This allows you to tow a number of different trailers with help from the available Towing Package, which includes a tow hitch and self-leveling rear suspension for safe trailering.

Once again, however, the 2020 Explorer takes the cake. With the standard engine, this SUV can tow up to 5,300 pounds when properly equipped. Move up to the 3.0L V6 engine and that capability jumps to 5,600 pounds when properly equipped. Even with the hybrid powertrain, this model can still handle 5,000 pounds of towing capacity when properly equipped.

Additionally, the Explorer gives you tons of towing tools and equipment to make the whole experience safer and more streamlined. Some of these features include:

  • Towing and Trailer Sway Control
  • AdvanceTrac® with Roll Stability Control™
  • Class III trailer hitch receiver
  • Engine oil cooler
  • Cargo Management System

2020 Ford Explorer vs Kia Telluride: Choose Your SUV

Both of these SUVs are great for taking on the Leesville, New Llano, and Anacoco, LA, roads. If you're looking for more options under the hood, extra power, and more capability, we think you'll love the 2020 Ford Explorer.

You don't have to take our word for it, though! To experience this SUV for yourself, schedule a test drive at Hixson Ford Leesville. Hixson Has It: Has a new culture, new attitude, and an easier way.

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