North Georgia Ford Compares 2022 Ford Explorer VS 2022 Kia Telluride Near Jasper, GA

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2022 Ford Explorer

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2022 Kia Telluride

Safety Comparison

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For enhanced safety, the front and middle seat shoulder belts of the Ford Explorer have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Kia Telluride doesn’t offer pretensioners for the middle seat belts.

The Ford Explorer has standard driver and front passenger side knee airbags mounted low on the dashboard. These airbags helps prevent the driver and front passenger from sliding under their seatbelts or the main frontal airbags; this keeps them better positioned during a collision for maximum protection. Knee airbags also help keep the legs from striking the dashboard, preventing knee and leg injuries in the case of a serious frontal collision. The Telluride doesn’t offer a front passenger side knee airbag.

The Explorer has standard Post Collision Braking, which automatically apply the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Telluride doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Explorer (except Base/XLT/Limited/Timberline) offers an optional Reverse Brake Assist that use rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Telluride doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

When descending a steep, off-road slope, the Explorer 4WD’s standard Hill Descent Control allows you to creep down safely. The Telluride doesn’t offer Hill Descent Control.

Both the Explorer and the Telluride have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning, driver alert monitors, available all wheel drive and around view monitors.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Ford Explorer is safer than the Kia Telluride:

Explorer

Telluride

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

125

281

Neck Injury Risk

26.3%

27%

Neck Stress

167 lbs.

275 lbs.

Neck Compression

26 lbs.

32 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

230/210 lbs.

164/998 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

318

378

Chest Compression

.4 inches

.4 inches

Neck Injury Risk

29.2%

36%

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Ford Explorer is safer than the Kia Telluride:

Explorer

Telluride

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

224 lbs.

440 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

86

137

Spine Acceleration

38 G’s

47 G’s

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

12 inches

14 inches

HIC

288

450

Spine Acceleration

39 G’s

52 G’s

Hip Force

573 lbs.

640 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver and passenger-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, roof strength and head restraint tests, its standard vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention system, its standard vehicle-to-pedestrian front crash prevention system, and its standard headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Explorer its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2021, a rating granted to only 74 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Telluride is only a standard “Top Pick” for 2021.

Warranty Comparison

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The Explorer’s 5 year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the Telluride runs out after 100,000 miles.

There are almost 4 times as many Ford dealers as there are Kia dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Explorer’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

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The Explorer has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will run on only half of its cylinders at a time, reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The Telluride doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the truck’s engine.

Engine Comparison

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The Explorer’s standard 2.3 turbo 4-cylinder produces 9 more horsepower (300 vs. 291) and 48 lbs.-ft. more torque (310 vs. 262) than the Telluride’s 3.8 DOHC V6. The Explorer’s optional 3.3 DOHC V6 hybrid produces 27 more horsepower (318 vs. 291) and 60 lbs.-ft. more torque (322 vs. 262) than the Telluride’s 3.8 DOHC V6. The Explorer ST/Platinum/King Ranch/Timberline’s standard 3.0 turbo V6 produces 109 more horsepower (400 vs. 291) and 153 lbs.-ft. more torque (415 vs. 262) than the Telluride’s 3.8 DOHC V6.

As tested in Car and Driver the Ford Explorer turbo 4 cyl. is faster than the Kia Telluride:

Explorer

Telluride

Zero to 30 MPH

2.2 sec

2.6 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

6.2 sec

7.1 sec

Quarter Mile

14.9 sec

15.4 sec

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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On the EPA test cycle the Explorer gets better mileage than the Telluride:

MPG

Explorer

RWD

3.3 V6 Hybrid

27 city/28 hwy

Platinum 3.3 V6 Hybrid

25 city/26 hwy

2.3 turbo 4-cyl.

21 city/28 hwy

AWD

3.3 V6 Hybrid

23 city/26 hwy

2.3 turbo 4-cyl.

20 city/27 hwy

Telluride

FWD

3.8 DOHC V6

20 city/26 hwy

AWD

3.8 DOHC V6

19 city/24 hwy

Regenerative brakes improve the Explorer Hybrid’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Telluride doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

In heavy traffic or at stop lights the Explorer’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. If the conditions warrant or the driver wishes, the system can be manually disabled at any time for the duration of a trip. The Telluride doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Explorer V6 Turbo’s standard fuel tank has 1.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the Telluride (20.2 vs. 18.8 gallons).

The Explorer has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Telluride doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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For better stopping power the Explorer’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Telluride:

Explorer

Explorer ST

Telluride

Front Rotors

13.6 inches

14.3 inches

13.4 inches

Rear Rotors

12.4 inches

13.8 inches

12 inches

The Explorer ST’s optional front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Telluride are solid, not vented.

The Explorer stops much shorter than the Telluride:

Explorer

Telluride

70 to 0 MPH

161 feet

177 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

114 feet

126 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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For better traction, the Explorer has larger standard tires than the Telluride (255/65R18 vs. 245/60R18). The Explorer’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Telluride (275/45R21 vs. 245/60R18).

The Explorer’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Telluride S/SX’s 50 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Explorer offers optional 21-inch wheels. The Telluride’s largest wheels are only 20-inches.

Having a flat tire is dangerous, inconvenient and expensive. The self-sealing tires available on the Explorer can automatically seal most punctures up to 3/16 of an inch, effectively preventing most flat tires. The Telluride doesn’t offer self-sealing tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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The Explorer’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Telluride doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Explorer’s wheelbase is 4.9 inches longer than on the Telluride (119.1 inches vs. 114.2 inches).

The Explorer’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (50% to 50%) than the Telluride’s (55.7% to 44.3%). This gives the Explorer more stable handling and braking.

The Explorer ST 4WD handles at .86 G’s, while the Telluride SX 4x4 pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Explorer ST 4WD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.3 seconds quicker than the Telluride SX 4x4 (26.4 seconds @ .72 average G’s vs. 28.7 seconds @ .62 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the Explorer Timberline has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Telluride (8.7 vs. 8 inches), allowing the Explorer to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis Comparison

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The front grille of the Explorer uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Telluride doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

The Explorer Hybrid uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Telluride doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

As tested by Car and Driver while under full throttle, the interior of the Explorer XLT 4WD is quieter than the Telluride SX 4x4 (73 vs. 75 dB).

Passenger Space Comparison

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The Explorer has 1.6 inches more front legroom, .3 inches more front hip room, .2 inches more front shoulder room, .3 inches more rear headroom, 1.1 inches more rear hip room, .7 inches more rear shoulder room, .8 inches more third row headroom and .8 inches more third row legroom than the Telluride.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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The Explorer’s cargo area provides more volume than the Telluride.

Explorer

Telluride

Third Seat Folded

47.9 cubic feet

46 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

87.8 cubic feet

87 cubic feet

The Explorer’s cargo area is larger than the Telluride’s in almost every dimension:

Explorer

Telluride

Length to seat (3rd/2nd/1st)

20.8”/49.8”/83.9”

20.4”/49.8”/83.8”

Max Width

59”

54.4”

Min Width

48.1”

43.5”

Height

33.7”

34.5”

The Explorer has a standard third row seat which folds flat into the floor. This completely clears a very large cargo area quickly. The Telluride doesn’t offer seats that fold into the floor.

Ergonomics Comparison

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On a hot day the Explorer’s driver can lower all the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Telluride can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Explorer’s available exterior PIN entry system. The Telluride doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system.

The Explorer’s standard speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Telluride’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Explorer Platinum has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Telluride doesn’t offer cornering lights.

The Explorer’s optional rear and side view mirrors have an automatic dimming feature. These mirrors can be set to automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Telluride offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

The Explorer ST/Platinum offers optional massaging front seats in order to maximize comfort and eliminate fatigue on long trips. Massaging seats aren’t available in the Telluride.

The Explorer’s optional Active Park Assist 2.0 can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, starting, stopping and changing direction automatically. The Telluride doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages Comparison

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According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Explorer is less expensive to operate than the Telluride because it costs $336 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Explorer than the Telluride, including $19 less for a water pump, $101 less for front brake pads, $202 less for a starter, $187 less for fuel injection, $119 less for a fuel pump, $139 less for front struts, $119 less for a timing belt/chain and $167 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations Comparison

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The Ford Explorer outsold the Kia Telluride by over two to one during the 2021 model year.

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