If you're looking for a bold third-row SUV to bring you and your family around to thrilling local attractions and out-of-town adventures, then you have a lot of options available to you-two of them being the Ford Explorer and Kia Telluride.

These rugged SUVs are built to handle whatever your Hamilton, Madison, and Morrisville, NY, drives throw your way-but which one should you choose as your next car? Our team at Friendly Ford of Hamilton will help you find the answer.

Choose the Best Engine to Highlight Your Adventure

When it comes to finding your next vehicle, you're probably looking for a commanding motor to deliver a daring and strong drive. Under the hood of the Ford Explorer, you'll have three engines to choose from, each one delivering their own unique perks:

Engine Option

Maximum Horsepower

Maximum Torque (lb-ft)

EPA-Estimated Fuel Economy

Maximum Towing Capacity

2.3-liter EcoBoost®



21 city/28 highway MPG

5,300 pounds

3.0-liter EcoBoost® V6



18 city/24 highway MPG

5,600 pounds

3.3-liter Hybrid



27 city/29 highway MPG

5,000 pounds

The Kia Telluride, on the other hand, only has one powertrain to choose from. This 3.8-liter V6 engine doesn't even match the refined power of the standard motor in the Explorer with only 291 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque. Less power also leads to a maximum towing capacity of 5,000 pounds.

Additionally, the engine in the Telluride only earns an EPA-estimated 20 city/26 highway and doesn't have a more efficient hybrid motor to offer.

Stay Comfortable Throughout Your Trek

No matter how bumpy the road ahead gets, the Ford Explorer and Kia Telluride will keep you cozy with ample headroom and legroom for all passengers to enjoy.

To expand upon the comfort of the cabin, the Explorer has available Multicontour Seats with Active Motion®. These front seats offer five massaging themes to completely melt away stress and tension on lengthy road trips.

The Telluride may not be as cozy on your next adventure, though, since these deluxe seats are not available.

A Protected Venture

Whether you're staying local or heading out of town, you need to know you'll have a safe and protected journey. Therefore, the Ford Explorer and Kia Telluride come standard with the following safety systems:

  • BLIS® (Blind Spot Information System) with Cross-Traffic Alert
  • Lane-Keeping System
  • Automatic Emergency Braking with Pre-Collision Assist

However, if you're looking for even greater peace of mind, consider what the Explorer has to offer. With available Active Park Assist 2.0, this SUV can automatically steer itself into detected parking spots to make complex parking maneuvers simpler.

Since this feature isn't available in the Telluride, you'll have to park the old-fashioned way.

Ford Explorer vs Kia Telluride: Choose Your Favorite Adventure SUV!

As you can see, either of these SUVs can help you take unforgettable road trips, but the Ford Explorer takes comfort, performance, and safety one step farther than the Kia Telluride. Give us a call at Friendly Ford of Hamilton today to learn more about how the Explorer can suit your Hamilton, Madison, and Morrisville, New York, drives.

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