2022 Kia Telluride vs. 2022 Ford Explorer Comparison

2022 Kia Telluride

The 2022 Kia Telluride adds amazing value and power to the family-friendly SUV space, while the 2022 Ford Explorer offers a choice between sportier petrol-powered variants or more fuel-efficient hybrid options. Both offer 3-row seating and are practical all year round, but read on to find out which one is best for you.

2022 Kia Telluride

2022 Kia TellurideStarting price Kia Telluride for 2022: $33,390 | Praise yours or View offers near you

Above average: Plenty of room; well rested; numerous standard safety features; excellent warranty.

Under average: No Wi-Fi hotspot; small glove box.

Conformity: Spacious, affordable, well-equipped and well-mannered, the 2022 Kia Telluride has a lot to offer.

2022 Ford Explorer

Ford Explorer 2021

Ford Explorer 2021Starting price Ford Explorer 2022: $33,745 | Praise yours or View offers near you

Above average: Sporty, off-road and hybrid variants; three rows of seats; standard rear-wheel drive (RWD); optional four-wheel drive (AWD).

Under average: The third row is a bit tight; expensive for top decorations; plain appearance.

Conformity: The 2022 Ford Explorer, a mid-sized 3-row SUV, offers a range of options, from a powerful engine to the luxurious Platinum trim and even a more aggressive off-road version. However, the third row is best for smaller passengers and the look is a bit plain.

Telluride vs. Explorer: everyone wins

Kia Telluride

With room for up to eight passengers (and seven in higher trim levels), the 2022 Kia Telluride has plenty of passenger and cargo space. It offers a wide range of finishes, from stylish mainstream to low-cost near-luxury. The Telluride was so good that it won both our 2022 Best Buy and Best 3-Row Midsize SUV awards last year. For 2022, it will get a larger standard 10.25-inch infotainment screen and standard navigation. As before, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard rates.

The ride quality is comfortable and agile for the large SUV, and the standard adaptive cruise control with Highway Driving Assist makes long journeys easy to manage. The system reads traffic signs and adjusts the speed if necessary. If you need to do a bit of off-roading, the Telluride can handle it thanks to its 8 inches of ground clearance and available AWD system.

Inside is plenty of room for adults (even in the third row). Whether you have the captain’s seat layout or the standard second-row bench seat, the seats are easily accessible, and the seats are stadium-style stacked so everyone in the back can see the road ahead. This year Driver Talk is standard, meaning you don’t have to yell to be heard in the back rows. A silent mode also mutes the rear speakers when kids are asleep.

In addition, the Telluride features an impressive array of standard safety systems. These include Forward Collision Warning with automatic emergency braking, Lane Keeping Assist and adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go. Blind spot monitoring with rear intersection warning, driver warning, rear seat warning and exit assistance are also included.

Ford Explorer

If there’s one thing the 2022 Ford Explorer has to offer, it’s variety. There are three powertrain choices, including a capable turbocharged four-cylinder, 400 horsepower twin-turbo V6 and a hybrid V6. The equipment choices are equally extensive, with options for second-row captain’s seats (reducing capacity to six), an off-road-ready Timberline version and the luxurious and expensive Platinum trim.

While the Telluride seats up to eight passengers, the Explorer seats up to seven. As is common with mid-sized SUVs, the third row is best for smaller children because of the relatively tight legroom. The cabin is comfortable and quiet, although neither the exterior nor the interior is very exciting. Upper edges add details like red stitching, simulated suede and, of course, full leather in the upper King Ranch and Platinum finishes.

Even the basic turbocharged four-cylinder is good with its 300 horsepower and offers enough to keep the Explorer moving, but the twin-turbocharged V6 in the ST is the one people will be talking about. It’s fast and powerful, with a sporty-tuned suspension, optional 21-inch alloy wheels and stronger brakes. A Timberline version has all-terrain tires, standard AWD, rear-locking differential, raised suspension and skid plates.

Standard features include keyless starting, three-zone climate control and an 8-way power driver’s seat, as well as the Co-Pilot360 suite of driver assistance functions. Infotainment is via an 8-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto integration, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, USB ports, satellite radio and a 6-speaker audio system. Higher finishes add more luxurious details, but prices can reach nearly $60,000.


Optional AWD; standard driver assistance functions; family-friendly features.

Benefits Kia Telluride for 2022

Longer warranty; sufficient interior space; well priced even at the top trim; seating for up to 8; standard adaptive cruise control.

Advantages of Ford Explorer in 2022

More powerful base engine; more engine options; slightly better base fuel economy; hybrid available.

Which one is right for me?

The 2022 Kia Telluride is the right fit if you’re looking for a comfortable, affordable, well-equipped and somewhat off-road-capable SUV that can carry up to eight passengers and their gear.

The three rows of seats on the 2022 Ford Explorer offer plenty of space for families, as long as they don’t need more than seven seats. With many variants, including a hybrid, there is something for almost everyone to find.

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2022 Kia Telluride 2022 Ford Explorer
Popular powertrains
engine 3.8-litre V6 2.3-litre turbo I4
horsepower 291 hp @ 6,000 rpm 300 hp @ 5,500 rpm
Couple 262 lb-ft @ 5,200 rpm 310 lb-ft @ 3,500 rpm
Transfer 8-speed automatic 10-speed automatic
Fuel economy 23 mpg (20 city/26 highway) 24 mpg (21 city/28 highway)
Also available AWD 3.0-litre turbocharged V6; 3.3-litre V6 hybrid; AWD
Guarantee 5 years/60,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
Powertrain warranty 10 years/100,000 miles 5 years/60,000 miles
NHTSA General Safety 5 stars N/A
Maximum seating capacity 8 7
wheelbase 114.2 inches 119.1 inches
Total length 196.9 inches 198.8 inches
Width 78.3 inches 78.9 inches
Height 68.9 inches 69.9 inches
turning diameter: 38.8 feet 39.2 feet
Headroom, front 40.9 inches 40.7 inches
Headroom, 2nd row 40.2 inches 40.5 inches
Headroom, 3rd row 38.1 inches 38.9 inches
Legroom, front 41.4 in 43.0 inches
Legroom, 2nd row 42.4 inches 39.0 inches
Legroom, 3rd row 31.4 inches 32.2 inches
Shoulder room, front 61.6 inches 61.8 inches
Shoulder room, 2nd row 61.2 inches 61.9 inches
Shoulder room, 3rd row 55.3 inches 54.6 inches
EPA passenger volume 157.1 cubic feet 152.7 cubic feet
EPA freight volume 21.0/46.0/87.0 cubic feet 18.2/47.9/87.8 cubic feet