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2021 Kia Telluride vs. Ford Explorer | Stamford, CT

If you’re looking for a new SUV, you’ve probably come across the 2021 Kia Telluride and 2021 Ford Explorer. Both SUVs have a plethora of amenities that the modern driver is seeking. So, which one is going to suit you best? Our team at Kia of Stamford put together the following comparison to help you decide. Keep reading to learn more. Have any questions? Feel free to give us a call at (203) 883-8888 or send us a text.

Already have your eyes on the 2021 Kia Telluride? Check out our inventory at our dealership in Stamford, CT, then pair it with one of our finance and lease offers to lock in a great deal on the new Telluride.

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2021 Kia Telluride

2021 Kia Telluride vs. Ford Explorer Exterior Design

It’s no secret that the Kia Telluride and Ford Explorer are two handsome SUVs that have aesthetically pleasing styling. Both models have similar features, such as LED lighting groups, power liftgates, wheel options, and privacy windows. However, the Kia Telluride steps it up a notch by adding on standard front and rear skid plates, heated outside mirrors with LED turn signal indicators, and a power sunroof. Chrome accents also highlight the contours of the Telluride in a sleek and sophisticated way.

2021 Kia Telluride vs. Ford Explorer Interior Design & Technology

The Kia Telluride and Ford Explorer are packed with creature comforts, modern technology, and innovative conveniences to make every drive memorable. In the center stack of both models, you’ll find an 8-inch touchscreen display powered by their respective infotainment systems. Both have Apple CarPlay®, Android Auto™, and SiriusXM® Satellite Radio compatibility, with the option to upgrade to a premium navigation with a 10.25-inch touchscreen on the Telluride and 10-inch touchscreen on the Explorer. You’ll also find plush seating on each model, with various heat settings. Other 2021 Kia Telluride interior features include:

  • Sofino, leather, or Nappa leather-trimmed seats
  • Eight-passenger seating with 60/40 split-folding second row bench or seven-passenger seating with 50/50 remote split-folding second row captain’s chairs
  • Ten-way power adjustable driver’s seat with lumbar support
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Heated second row seats
  • Remote engine start
  • Push button start
  • Dual-zone or tri-zone automatic climate control
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Mood lighting
  • Five USB charging ports
  • Wireless smartphone charger
  • Driver Talk
  • Available head-up display
  • Available Harman Kardon® 630-watt premium audio QuantumLogic™ surround-sound system with Clari-Fi™ and ten speakers

2021 Telluride Interior
2021 Telluride Interior

2021 Kia Telluride vs. Ford Explorer Engine Specs & Fuel Economy

Experience a powerful and agile drive when you’re behind the wheel of the Kia Telluride or Ford Explorer. The Telluride is standard with a peppy V6 engine, and the Explorer has the choice of a four-cylinder or V6 engine. Learn more about the engine specifications in the table below.

2021 Kia Telluride

  • 3.8L V6
    • 291 HP
    • 262 lb.-ft. of torque
    • Max. towing capacity: 5,000 lbs.
    • FWD or AWD
    • 20 MPG city / 26 MPG hwy

2021 Ford Explorer

  • 2.3L EcoBoost® I4
    • 300 HP
    • 310 lb.-ft. of torque
    • Max. towing capacity: 5,300 lbs.
    • RWD
    • 21 MPG city / 28 MPG hwy
  • 3.0L EcoBoost V6
    • 365 HP
    • 380 lb.-ft. of torque
    • Max. towing capacity: 5,600 lbs.
    • Intelligent 4WD
    • 18 MPG city / 26 MPG hwy

2021 Kia Telluride vs Ford Explorer Size & Cargo Space

Both the Kia Telluride and Ford Explorer have similar body frames with similar interior space. Each has about the same cargo volume, however, you’ll find that the 2021 Kia Telluride has a larger total passenger volume, making it a more comfortable choice for you and your passengers. Plus, the Telluride can accommodate eight passengers, whereas the Explorer only holds a maximum of seven passengers. Check out the following table to learn more about the dimensions of the 2021 Kia Telluride and 2021 Ford Explorer.

2021 Kia Telluride Model 2021 Ford Explorer
178 cu.-ft. Total Passenger Volume 152.7 in.
87 / 46 / 21 cu.-ft. Cargo Volume (first/second/third row) 87.8 / 47.9 / 18.2 cu.-ft.
40.9 / 40.2 / 38.1 in. Head Room (front/second/third row) 40.7 / 40.5 / 38.9 in.
61.6 / 61.2 / 55.3 in. Shoulder Room (front/second/third row) 61.8 / 61.9 / 54.6 in.
59.9 / 58 / 43.7 in. Hip Room (front/second/third row) 59.2 / 59.2 / 40.9 in.
41.4 / 42.4 / 31.4 in. Leg Room (front/second/third row) 43 / 39 / 32.2 in.

2021 Kia Telluride vs. Ford Explorer Safety Options & Features

Safety is the top priority in the Kia Telluride and Ford Explorer. Both models have their own respective suite of driver assist features that come standard on every trim; however, you’ll find that the Kia Telluride has more standard safety features and driver assist amenities than the Ford Explorer. See the list below to learn more.

Kia Telluride

  • Kia Drive Wise
    • Blind spot collision avoidance assist
    • Driver attention warning
    • Forward collision warning
    • Lane departure warning
    • Lane keeping assist
    • Parking distance warning – reverse
    • Rear cross traffic collision avoidance assist
    • Smart cruise control with stop and go
    • Lane following assist
    • Rear view monitor with parking guidance
  • Highway driving assist
  • Parking distance warning – forward
  • Surround view monitor

Ford Explorer

  • Ford Co-Pilot360™
    • Auto hold
    • Pre-collision assist with automatic emergency braking
    • BLIS® with cross-traffic alert
    • Lane-keeping system
    • Auto high beam headlights
    • Rear view camera
  • Post-collision braking
  • Reverse sensing system
  • Available intelligent adaptive cruise control
  • Available evasive steering assist
  • Available 360-degree camera

Kia Telluride Inventory Near Me

Ready to slide behind the wheel of the 2021 Kia Telluride? Find your favorite Telluride trim in our inventory, then schedule a test drive at our dealership in Stamford, CT! Don’t forget to peruse our finance and lease offers to find one that fits your budget. Have any questions? Feel free to give us a call at (203) 883-8888 or send us a text.

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