Kia Telluride vs. Subaru Ascent Comparison

Both of these new Kia and Subaru three-row crossovers are newer models and offer an array of appealing features. To make an informed buying decision, you should, of course, consider the differences between the two.

Read on to view a comparison of the main features of the Kia Telluride and the Subaru Ascent.

Size/Seating Capacity

Both of these vehicles provide three rows of seats. The Ascent offers more legroom for front-seat passengers, and the Telluride features more legroom for those sitting in the rear part of the vehicle. The Telluride is about as long as the Ascent, but the Ascent is wider than the Telluride.

Kia Telluride

November 16, 2016: Kia Telluride Concept on display during the Los Angeles Auto Show.

The Kia Telluride has a roomier seating capacity overall, with seating for up to eight including the driver. The Ascent seats seven so if passenger space is at a premium. The Telluride is the clear choice.

The Telluride also offers more room for hauling featuring 87 cubic feet of cargo capacity and 21 cubic feet when the seats are in place. The Ascent is slightly smaller offering 86.5 cubic feet of cargo capacity and 17.8 cubic feet when the seats are in place.

Engines & Fuel Economy

The Kia Telluride has a mightier 3.8-liter V6 engine that has been rated at 291 horsepower, which gives it more power than the Subaru Ascent. However, the Telluride’s engine has been rated at 262 pound-feet of torque, and that means it has less torque than the Ascent, which is at 277 pound-feet.

The Ascent features a 2.4-liter 260 horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine. As a result, the fuel economy is higher for the Ascent than for the Telluride, both in the city and on the highway. On the highway, the Subaru Ascent Premium 2019 gets 27 mpg, and the Kia Telluride yields 24 mpg on the highway. The Telluride gets 19 in the city, and the Ascent yields 21 mpg in the city.


Both feature plenty of power options. Both have power windows and remote keyless doors. The Subaru Ascent has two “one-touch” power windows and heated mirrors, and the Kia Telluride has power steering, as well as power doors that have impact-sensing unlock capability and speed-sensing lock capability.


In terms of safety, both vehicles are an excellent choice. The Kia Telluride won a 2020 safety pick award by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). It provides many standard safety features, but the Ascent offers plenty of competitive safety features as well.

The Ascent was a Top Safety Pick+ and received a 5-star rating from the National Highway Traffic Institute. It received strong marks in all testing, except in a headlight test.


The Telluride tends to be pricier than the Ascent. The 2020 Ascent’s starting price is $31,995 and the 2020 Telluride started at $31,690. However, the Ascent comes standard with all-wheel-drive whereas on the Telluride it’s an option. The Telluride also escalates significantly in price with the SX with Prestige Package priced at $45,490.

The Subaru Ascent and the Kia Telluride both have an impressive list of features and options. Knowing which features are most important to you will help you make your decision, and you might also weigh the options described here to discover which ones meet your needs.

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