2019 Toyota 4Runner vs. 2020 Kia Telluride

When a customer is looking for a vehicle that is equally at home driving to work during the week as it is getting dirty in the woods on the weekends, Colonial Toyota product experts point them to the Toyota 4Runner. For several years, the 4Runner has stood out from the rest of the SUV class because it still uses body-on-frame architecture to ensure it can do almost anything a driver asks of it. A comparison between the 2019 Toyota 4Runner vs. 2020 Kia Telluride will be a very clear illustration of why potential customers should be visiting our showroom to take a closer look. While there is a lot of give-and-take between the 2019 version of the 4Runner and 2020 Telluride, the Toyota vehicle’s overall capability should be what buyers notice the most. Schedule a test drive today by calling, 203-403-6890.
To the credit of the team that designed the Kia Telluride, that vehicle is a strong performer. However, of the two SUVs, only the 2019 Toyota 4Runner can be equipped with a true four-wheel-drive system. The Telluride’s all-wheel-drive capability is good for dealing with less-than-perfect road conditions, but not for going off-road. Toyota has built versions of the 2019 4Runner with its highly capable Multi-Terrain Select system. This will allow drivers to literally dial-in the kind of surface they're crossing and the 4Runner will automatically respond. From a functional standpoint, the 2019 Toyota 4Runner is more than competitive with its newest Kia competitor. Most 4Runner models will offer two rows of seats, but a third can be equipped if desired. Additionally, the Toyota SUV can offer more interior cargo volume than the Telluride when the interior of the 4Runner is properly configured.

2019 Toyota 4Runner


2020 Kia Telluride

4.0-L, V-6 Engine 3.8-L, V-6
270/278 Horsepower/Torque 291/262
89.7 cu.-ft. Max. Cargo Volume 87 cu.-ft.
5,000 lbs. Max. Towing 5,000 lbs.

Performance Specs

Toyota has made the wise choice to keep the same powertrain in the 2019 4Runner that has been used in previous versions. Under the hood is a 4.0-liter, V-6 engine that is attached to a five-speed automatic transmission. Colonial Toyota customers will be able to choose among rear-wheel, part-time or full-time four-wheel-drive drivetrains. All trim grades will produce 270 horsepower and 278 pound-feet of torque. It is true that the 2020 Kia Telluride uses a slightly more powerful V-6 engine of its own. However, the fact that both vehicles have a maximum towing capacity of 5,000 pounds and that the 4Runner is better in mud, sand and snow, any performance disparities likely will not matter to most future buyers.

A photo of the back seat in the 2019 Toyota 4Runner.
A photo of one of the cargo configurations in the 2019 4Runner.
Another photo of a cargo configuration in the 2019 4Runner.
A photo of the maximum available cargo area in the rear of the 2019 4Runner.