It’s well known that the 2020 Kia Telluride and 2020 Hyundai Palisade are closely related. Sharing underpinnings and powertrain, the two Korean family haulers give their respective brands an entry into the highly competitive three-row crossover segment. But apart from looks, what differentiates these SUV siblings? For starters, their trim level and package strategies. The Palisade offers three trims (SE, SEL, and Limited), while the Telluride comes in four trim levels (LX, S, EX, and SX)—and feature content can differ widely between the two models. Read on to find out how.
Self-leveling suspension availability
When you opt for the range-topping Limited trim on the 2020 Hyundai Palisade, you immediately get the self-leveling suspension as standard. On the 2020 Kia Telluride, getting that feature requires you to opt for the Tow package, which also includes a tow hitch. As with the Palisade, the self-leveling suspension is only available on select trims of the Telluride (EX and SX only).
More tech and convenience
Hyundai gave the 2020 Palisade a little more convenience in the form of power folding third row seats, something the 2020 Kia Telluride doesn’t offer on any trim. Another feature that the Hyundai gets is a 12.3-inch full digital cluster that’s shared with the Korean-market Genesis G70 and the Kia K900. The 2020 Kia Telluride makes do with a 7.0-inch digital cluster, which is also available on the SEL trim of the 2020 Hyundai Palisade as part of a package.
A 630-watt Harman Kardon audio system is offered on the highest trims of the 2020 Hyundai Palisade and 2020 Kia Telluride. Both feature the same Quantum Logic surround sound functionality and Clari-Fi music restoration tech, but the Hyundai has two extra speakers, raising the total count to 12. Maybe your ears will be able to tell?
You’ll pay roughly the same to get either fully loaded
When you look at the trims for the 2020 Hyundai Palisade and 2020 Kia Telluride, you’ll notice that at the top end the latter is cheaper. Why’s that, you ask? Because it comes will less standard features than the Palisade, which essentially gives you everything on the range-topping Limited grade. The Kia, on the other hand, requires you to get the SX Prestige package to equip it like its Hyundai cousin. That gets you Nappa leather upholstery, an upgraded headliner material, heated and ventilated second-row captain’s chairs, and a head-up display. Once that package is added, along with the aforementioned Tow package to get self-leveling suspension, the price works out to roughly the same as the loaded Palisade.
Roof with a view
The 2020 Hyundai Palisade and 2020 Kia Telluride both offer dual-pane sunroofs on their most expensive models. On lower trims, the Palisade offers a conventional sunroof as an option for the SEL trim while the Telluride makes it standard starting with the S grade.
Quiet Mode for All
Hyundai and Kia introduced something called Rear Seat Quiet mode on their three-row family haulers, which limits the media being played to only the front row. In the 2020 Hyundai Palisade, that comes standard across the board. However, on the 2020 Kia Telluride, you’ll need to opt for one of the two trims that get the 10.25-inch touchscreen and navigation standard, the EX and SX, to get Rear Seat Quiet mode.
Both the 2020 Hyundai Palisade and 2020 Kia Telluride get long lists of active driver assistance tech as standard. Coveted features like collision prevention and adaptive cruise control are included on all models. The Palisade takes things up a notch by also making automatic high beams standard across the board, a feature that’s only standard on the most expensive Telluride. But the Hyundai doesn’t always have the upper hand when it comes to standard safety. Highway driving assist, which is standard on the Telluride EX and SX, is part of an option package on the Palisade SEL. Blind spot monitoring is also standard across the board on the Telluride, while only SEL and Limited grades of the Palisade get the feature standard.