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The Subaru Ascent VS The Kia Telluride

There are two new 3-row SUVs on the road for Chatham, IL drivers to choose from, the 2019 Subaru Ascent and the 2020 Kia Telluride. But which SUV is best for your active family and weekend adventures? While comparing trim levels and features isn't as fun as going for a test drive, it is important. To help you get to the test drive we have done the research for you and compared the two SUVs in all the ways that matter most.


It used to be hard for Taylorville drivers to find a family SUV that is both fun to drive and good on gas. Then the 2019 Subaru Ascent hit the road and changed the game. The Kia Telluride is powered by a 3.8L V6 engine with 291 horsepower, 262 lb.-ft. of torque and the ability to tow up to 5,000 lbs. Under the hood of the Subaru Ascent is a spirited 2.4L four-cylinder BOXER engine with 260 horsepower, 277 lb.-ft. of torque, and can also tow up to 5,000 lbs. While the Kia Telluride has slightly more horsepower than the Ascent, the Ascent is more fuel efficient with 27 highway mpg. and delivers more capable performance with standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. The Kia Telluride is available with all-wheel-drive for an additional cost and only gets 24 highway mpg.

Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive delivers unmatched traction and control no matter where the road may go. The Ascent also comes standard with Active Torque Vectoring, Vehicle Dynamics Control, Traction Control System, and X-Mode with Hill Descent Control. X-Mode works in tandem with Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive to deliver a commanding grip on and off-road. The Kia Telluride doesn't offer a similar feature to X-Mode.

Advanced Safety:

With an SUV full of precious cargo safety features are often a top priority for many drivers around Springfield, IL. Safety is one place where the Subaru Ascent outshines the Kia Telluride with more standard and available safety features. Every Ascent comes standard with Subaru EyeSight Driver Assist Technology which includes Adaptive Cruise Control, Pre-Collision Braking, Pre-Collision Throttle Management, Lane Keep Assist, and Sway Warning. The Kia Telluride also comes standard with some of the same features as the Ascent. The Kia Telluride isn't available with LED Steering Responsive Headlights, Reverse Automatic Braking, Automatic Collision Notification, and Stolen Vehicle Recovery. All of which are features that the Subaru Ascent has to offer. The Ascent is also a Subaru which means that it is built with an unmatched commitment to safety and is a top IIHS Safety Pick+ with top crash test scores.


There is a lot to love about the Subaru Ascent and whether you are just running around town or heading out along the road less traveled, the Ascent is ready for adventure. The Ascent also keeps your family charged and connected with up to 8 USB ports and 4G LTE Wi-Fi connectivity. The Kia Telluride only has 6 available USB ports and doesn't off Wi-Fi connectivity. Other features of the Subaru Ascent that the Kia Telluride is only available with or doesn't offer include 19 cupholders, raised roof rails, and power rear liftgate with memory height function.


At the end of the day drivers from all over want to get the most bang for their buck and both the Subaru Ascent and the Kia Telluride has similar starting prices. But the Ascent is better equipped for everything life has to offer and is built for the long road ahead with Subaru's legendary lasting quality. Many of the same features that are standard on the Ascent are only available on the Kia Telluride and will cost an extra pretty penny.