The Chevrolet Traverse vs Kia Telluride
It’s getting more and more difficult for manufacturers to leave a mark on the crossover car class. Clients flock to buy crossovers as people that previously owned sedans, or full-sized SUVs change their preferences, an afflux of exceptional models compete for their attention.
Today we look at two of the best choices available out there today, the Chevrolet Traverse and the Kia Telluride. We’ll compare the vehicles side by side to see which one deserves your hard-earned money more.
As far as exterior design goes, both cars sport a modern, fresh look, but take different routes to get there. While the Kia opts for an FBI-like vibe, with its aggressive lines and no-nonsense attitude, the Chevrolet goes for a classy-chic style of exterior lines. Since it's a matter of personal preference, and neither car looks outdated, we'll call it a tie.
Not the same can be said when it comes down to engine power and cargo space where the Traverse is the clear winner. Although it has a slightly smaller engine in the 3.6-liter V6 capable of producing 310 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque, it outperforms Kia’s 3.8-liter V6 that will only reach a maximum of 291 horsepower and 261 pound-feet of torque. Cargo space figures stand at 57.8 cubic feet behind the third row and 98.2 behind the second for the Traverse while the Telluride only has 46 and 87 respectively to offer. We also report a noticeable difference when it comes to fuel tank capacity with 21.7 for the Chevrolet and 18.8 for the Kia.
With standard features at more or less comparable levels, the real difference comes when we look at interior comfort. Although both cars have a luxurious look and feel inside out, the Traverse excels at making passengers feel comfortable. From ample room even in the back, to electronically adjustable seats, USB slots for every row and plenty of cup holders, Chevrolet has created one of the best in class crossovers in terms of comfortable driving, and that's a hard thing to pull off.
After you compare the two and add everything together, the Traverse comes ahead by a good margin. It’s got more power, more cargo space, and a significantly more comfortable interior than its competitor. Considering the cars go for almost identical prices, the conclusion is clear.
If all of these aren't enough though, you'll be wise to think about what owning a Chevrolet Vs. owning a Kia means. Mechanics from all over the country will be able to fix your Traverse, and you'll probably find spare parts with ease and at reasonable prices.
A purebred American manufacturer with decades of experience and a top pedigree is always a good choice. The Traverse takes a good choice and turns it into an exceptional one. I have a hard time thinking any future Traverse owner will ever regret their choice.