2023 Jeep Grand Cherokee Vs. Kia Telluride

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Exploring Jeep Cherokee vs. Kia Telluride SUVs

If you’ve been looking for a new SUV to transport your family in safety and comfort, our Kia Telluride vs. Jeep Grand Cherokee comparison could be valuable. The Kia Telluride is a three-row SUV, while the Jeep Grand Cherokee can take the form of a two-row five-seater or a three-row vehicle known as the Jeep Grand Cherokee L. Given this fairly even ground, the following explores other ways these models are similar or different.

Kia Telluride vs. Jeep Grand Cherokee Dimensions

2023 Kia Telluride

2023 Kia Telluride

Length: 196.9 inches
Height: 68.9 inches
Width: 78.3 inches
Seats: 8
Cargo Space (All Seats Up): 21 cu. ft.
Maximum Cargo Space: 87 cu. ft.

2023 Jeep Grand Cherokee

2023 Jeep Grand Cherokee (L)

Length: 193.5 inches (204.9 inches)
Height: 70.8 inches (71.5 inches)
Width: 77.5 inches (77.9 inches)
Seats: 5 (7)
Cargo Space (All Seats Up): 37.7 cu. ft. (17.2 cu. ft.)
Maximum Cargo Space: 70.8 cu. ft. (84.6 cu. ft.)

As you can see, the Kia Telluride is a midsize SUV that generally fits between the Jeep Grand Cherokee and the Jeep Grand Cherokee L in size. If you only need room for five people, we recommend the Jeep Grand Cherokee, as it is the most maneuverable option, able to navigate tight traffic and tight parking situations easily.

However, this battle tightens if you are after a three-row SUV. The Jeep Grand Cherokee L is longer, while the Kia Telluride is wider. Both come with advantages and disadvantages. For example, you’d probably prefer to parallel park in the Kia Telluride, but you’d have a better shot with the Jeep Grand Cherokee L in more normal parking situations.

The Kia Telluride has less than three cubic feet of greater maximum cargo capacity. However, it has substantially less towing ability, which can affect your ability to bring some equipment along on your adventures. With that in mind, let’s take a look at Kia Telluride vs. Jeep Grand Cherokee performance.

Jeep Grand Cherokee vs. Kia Telluride Specs

Kia Telluride LX Kia Telluride SX Prestige X-Pro Jeep Grand Cherokee Jeep Grand Cherokee L Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe
Engine: 3.8L V-6 3.8L V-6 3.6L V-6 (Available) 5.7L V-8 2.0L I4 Turbo PHEV
Horsepower: 291 hp 291 hp 293 hp 357 hp 375 hp
Torque: 262 lb-ft 262 lb-ft 257 lb-ft 390 lb-ft 470 lb-ft
Transmission: 8-speed automatic 8-speed automatic 8-speed automatic 8-speed automatic 8-speed automatic
Towing Capacity: 5,000 lbs1 5,500 lbs1 6,200 lbs2 7,200 lbs2 6,000 lbs2

The Kia Telluride offers a powerful engine that can get you from 0 to 60 mph in about 6.8 seconds in most trims. However, this vehicle only comes with one powertrain option, even though other factors affect its specs, like its towing capacity, depending on the trim.

The two-row Jeep Grand Cherokee also has only one powertrain, though one with more horsepower and towing capability than the Kia Telluride. However, if you get the new Jeep Grand Cherokee L in an upper-level trim with 4×4, you can choose to upgrade to the available HEMI V-8, allowing you to respond to traffic with a quicker burst of acceleration.

Of course, the most powerful and fuel-efficient of all these options is the Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe, a PHEV version of the two-row Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Jeep Grand Cherokee vs. Kia Telluride Fuel Economy

2023 Kia Telluride LX FWD 2023 Kia Telluride SX Prestige X-Pro AWD 2023 Jeep Cherokee 4×2 2023 Jeep Cherokee 4×4 2023 Jeep Cherokee 4xe
City Fuel Economy: 20 MPG3 18 MPG3 19 MPG4 19 MPG4 N/A
Highway Fuel Economy: 26 MPG3 24 MPG3 26 MPG4 26 MPG4 N/A
Combined Fuel Economy: 23 MPG3 21 MPG3 22 MPG4 22 MPG4 56 MPGe5
Fuel Tank Capacity: 18.8 gal 18.8 gal 23 gal 23 gal 19 gal
All-Electric Range: N/A N/A N/A N/A 25 miles6

A Kia Telluride is competitively fuel efficient given its size, but as a gasoline-only vehicle, it is at a sharp disadvantage compared to the Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe. Not only can the PHEV version of the Jeep SUV get up to an EPA-estimated 56 MPGe (City/Highway/Combined),5 but it also has a limited all-electric range. You can go for up to 25 miles6 without utilizing any gas at all. Whether you need to pop over to a nearby pizzeria or pick up your kids from the local YMCA, you may be able to accomplish it without adding a cent more to what you pay at the pump and then easily recharge your vehicle from home.

Jeep Grand Cherokee vs. Kia Telluride Character & Features

Without a doubt, the Jeep Grand Cherokee is known for its adventurous spirit, and its rugged design reflects that. It comes with three available 4×4 systems and an available Quadra-Lift suspension. You can also get the PHEV version of this SUV in the Trail-Rated Trailhawk trim, allowing you to conquer rough terrain and even go water fording.

It balances this enthusiasm to get down and dirty with both standard and available luxuries. For example, you can get a Jeep Cherokee Summit Reserve with heated and ventilated front seats, a 19-speaker sound system, leather upholstery, and a massaging driver’s seat.

The Kia Telluride is also a well-equipped SUV, with available heated and ventilated front seats with leather upholstery, and it also has some off-roading chops in X-Pro trim levels. However, when it comes to sheer capability, we have to give it to the 2023 Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Tour & Test Drive the Jeep Grand Cherokee at San Antonio CDJR

Visit our dealership if you’re interested in seeing the new Jeep Grand Cherokee for yourself. Our team will happily help you compare trim levels or two-row vs. three-row models of this vehicle, as well as answer any questions you might have about the PHEV option. This way, when you drive away with a new set of keys, you can be fully confident that you made the right decision.

FAQs About the 2023 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs. Kia Telluride

Which is bigger: Jeep Grand Cherokee L or Kia Telluride?

The Jeep Grand Cherokee L is longer than the Kia Telluride, measuring in at almost 205 inches vs. almost 197 inches. It is also taller than its counterpart by about 2.5 inches. That being said, the Kia Telluride is a bit wider, meaning it might be harder to fit it between two vehicles that are too close together in the parking lot.

Is the Jeep Grand Cherokee or Kia Telluride more reliable?

Both the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Kia Telluride are considered reliable vehicles with an expected life span of 200,000 miles or more under normal circumstances and given proper maintenance. However, it matters which context you place them in. For example, a Jeep Grand Cherokee is likely to be more reliable on uneven terrain or other off-roading situations than most versions of the Kia Telluride.

Does Kia Telluride or Jeep Grand Cherokee have better MPG?

The front-wheel-drive version of the Kia Telluride gets an EPA-estimated 20/26/23 MPG (City/Highway/Combined),3 while its all-wheel-drive version gets 18/24/21 MPG (City/Highway/Combined).3 A Jeep Grand Cherokee has slightly worse FWD fuel economy but slightly improved 4×4 fuel economy. It also comes in a PHEV variant that can deliver up to 56 MPGe.5

1Towing requires additional equipment. See Owner’s Manual for towing capacity and additional information and warnings. For information on proper towing procedures, please speak to a Kia representative. The Owner’s Manual also features detailed towing instructions and is available for download at https://www.kiatechinfo.com; subscription required for site access.

2When properly equipped. See dealer for details.

3EPA fuel economy estimates. Actual mileage will vary with options, driving conditions, driving habits, and your vehicle’s condition. Learn more about Kia fuel economy at kiampginfo.com.

4EPA estimated 19/26/22 city/highway/combined mpg with 6 cyl, 3.6 L engine and eight-speed automatic transmission. Actual mileage may vary.

5Manufacturer’s miles per gallon of gasoline equivalent. Actual results may vary.

6Based on manufacturer’s estimates with a fully charged battery. Actual mileage may vary.


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