2020 Toyota Highlander vs. 2020 Kia Telluride

The Toyota Highlander was one of the first three-row vehicles available in the United States to be branded a crossover SUV. In that time, the Highlander name has been synonymous with sharp handling, efficient performance and a cavernous interior. A comparison of the 2020 Toyota Highlander vs. 2020 Kia Telluride shows that Toyota’s newest three-row crossover SUV will have a new crop of rivals to challenge the Highlander for customer attention. For the new model year, the 2020 Toyota Highlander has been completely redesigned with the automaker’s global architecture platform. While the 2020 Highlander has been slimmed down, it is still a class leader in terms of passenger space and cargo volume. One area that has been vastly improved is the level of technology equipped in the new Highlander. Customers can schedule a test drive today by calling, 203-403-6890.
At the most basic level, there are a few important similarities between the 2020 Toyota Highlander and 2019 Kia Telluride. Both crossover SUVs have three rows of seats and can accommodate seven or eight passengers, depending on how the buyer chooses to outfit each vehicle. Technology is really the area where the 2020 Highlander starts to pull away from its new Kia rival. The all-new Highlander continues the Toyota tradition of outfitting every model with the latest safety technology. All owners of the new Highlander will be equipped with the Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 system which adds Lane Tracing Assist and Road Sign Assist to the suite. Kia offers a similar system, but not all trims of the 2020 Telluride have it available. The 2020 Highlander can offer up to 73.3 cubic-feet of cargo volume when the interior is properly configured. Telluride owners will have slightly more, but not by much.

2020 Toyota Highlander


2020 Kia Telluride

3.5-L, V-6 Engine 3.8-L, V-6
295/263 Horsepower/Torque 291/262
5,000 lbs. Std. Towing Capacity 5,000 lbs.
8 Passengers Max. Seating Capacity 8 Passengers

Performance Specs

All gasoline-powered versions of the 2020 Toyota Highlander use the same powertrain. The automaker has equipped the all-new Highlander with a 3.5-liter, V-6 engine attached to an eight-speed automatic transmission. It will produce 295 horsepower and 263 pound-feet of torque. Additionally, the 2020 Highlander can tow up to 5,000 lbs. Toyota has also made a hybrid version available, which is reviewed separately. On the Kia side of the equation, the 2020 Telluride offers a naturally-aspirated V-6 engine of its own that also uses an eight-speed automatic gear-changer. The 2020 Telluride has a peak output of 291 horsepower.
A front right quarter photo of the 2020 Highlander in a photo studio.
A rear right quarter photo of the 2020 Toyota Highlander in a photo studio.
A photo of the front seats in the 2020 Highlander.
A photo of the maximum available cargo volume in the 2020 Highlander.