2021 Kia Telluride vs. 2021 Chevy Traverse

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When you’re looking for some of the best mid-size SUVs on the market, there’s a good chance your search will eventually come down to the 2021 Chevy Traverse and the 2021 Kia Telluride.

Both of these vehicles have a lot to offer, so it makes sense that they’re both well-reviewed. The Traverse is the more affordable option with a starting price of $29,800 compared to the Telluride’s starting price of $31,990. Even beyond the price difference, many people find the Traverse to be the more attractive vehicle in some different categories.

Kia Telluride Vs. Chevy Traverse Interior

The Telluride and the Traverse both boast thoughtfully designed interiors. The materials are nice enough for most drivers even at the lower trim levels, and you can certainly add some more luxurious touches by going up to the higher trim levels. Since both of these vehicles are designed to transport people and haul cargo, versatility is also important.

Look for smart storage solutions and folding seats in both. In the 2021 Traverse case, Smart Slide Seating makes it way more convenient to get in and out of the third row or access cargo. Hidden storage also makes it possible to get the most out of every inch of space while keeping some items hidden from view.

Telluride Vs. Traverse Exterior

Both of these vehicles have some nice exterior design features, so the choice largely comes down to a matter of personal preference. The Traverse is a little bit sleeker and more modern looking in the front, while the Telluride looks big and boxy from the front. The Telluride does look a lot more aerodynamic in the rear, where it almost matches the graceful curves of the Traverse. The two vehicles are almost the same width, but the Traverse is a little bit longer and taller.

2021 Telluride Vs. 2021 Traverse Safety Features and Technology

Chevrolet already has a lot of great standard and available safety features in the new Chevy Traverse, and there may be even more updates coming soon. The Telluride also has a good deal of safety features, but it’s hard to keep up with the Traverse’s available features like HD Surround Vision, front pedestrian braking, and rear park assist. The thing that really puts the Traverse over the top, though, is Chevrolet’s Teen Driver Technology, which now includes Buckle-to-Drive.

The safety features aren’t the only things that make the Chevy Traverse so appealing. It also has great technology on the inside, starting with Chevrolet’s state of the art infotainment system. Furthermore, the Traverse is available with a WiFi hotspot. The Telluride can’t say the same things, and that’s a big deal to people who need to stay connected even when they’re on the go.

2021 Kia Telluride Vs. 2021 Chevy Traverse Performance

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The performance overview shows a lot of similarities between these two vehicles:

  • Both the Telluride and Traverse come with front-wheel drive.
  • The Traverse has a nine-speed automatic transmission compared to the Telluride’s eight-speed automatic transmission.
  • The Telluride has a 3.8-liter V6 engine and the Traverse has a 3.6-liter V6 engine.
  • As far as miles per gallon, the Chevy Traverse gets 27 highway and 18 city, while the Kia Telluride gets 26 miles per gallon city and 20 miles per gallon highway. The Chevy Traverse also holds slightly more fuel to give it a more extended range and eliminate trips to the gas station.

All things considered, you can expect to get a similar performance from each of these two eight-passenger vehicles. Even so, multiple reviewers have noted that the Chevy Traverse’s power and handling make it a slightly more satisfying drive. This may be because the Chevrolet SUV shows off some American muscle by producing a little bit more horsepower and torque.

Test Drive the New Traverse

The Traverse is great for hauling the family across town, setting off on an incredible solo adventure, and just about everything in between. The best-in-class cargo space makes it a leader among other SUVs. The best way to compare this vehicle to others like the Kia Telluride is to test drive the 2021 Traverse in person.

You can do so by finding your nearest Chevy Dealer.