The 2022 Kia Telluride and 2022 Hyundai Palisade tied for first place on US News’ Best Midsize SUVs of 2022 list. The two vehicles are also on the site’s ‘2022 Best 3-Row SUV for the Money’ list. In this article, we’ll highlight and compare each vehicle to learn why it’s hard to pick just one.
2022 Kia Telluride
The 2022 Kia Telluride made the list due to its impressive features, competitive price, excellent handling, quiet cabin, and driver assistance feature such as Highway Assist. According to US NewsStarting MSRP for the 2022 Kia Telluride ranges from $33,390, which is considered average for a midsize SUV. The two midrange trims start at $35,290 and $37,790, with the SX trim starting at $42,690.
2022 Kia Telluride Performance
The 2022 Kia Telluride can do some light adventures with 8 inches of ground clearance, a standard skid plate, and a dedicated snow drive mode. It also has an optional AWD lockable all-wheel drive system. The SUV drives like a small crossover due to its good handling and weighted steering, staying planted through corners. The 2022 Telluride has a 3.8-liter V6 engine that provides 291 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque.
Telluride Interior Features
The Telluride offers 21 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third-row seats, which you can then fold down for more room, for a total of 87 cubic feet of space. It comes with a 10.25-inch touchscreen with easy-to-navigate menus, voice recognition, navigation, satellite radio, and six USB ports. It also comes with proximity keyless entry, remote start, and dual-zone automatic climate control.
2022 Hyundai Palisade
The 2022 Hyundai Palisade made the US News list for its intuitive technology features, quality, value and convenience it offers. The cabin is also one of the nicest in the midsize SUV class, and the V6 engine offers plenty of power. Starting MSRP for the base version of the Palisade starts at $33,150, which is in the typical range for the class. The Calligraphy trim, the top-of-the-line trim, retails for $46,690.
2022 Hyundai Palisade Performance
While not an off-road SUV, the Palisade has an all-wheel-drive system capable of handling snow-covered streets, gravel roads, and sliding smoothly over rougher pavement. It also handles well and navigates tight turns with minimal lean. The quiet V6 engine offers 291 horsepower paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Palisade Interior Features
The Hyundai Palisade midsize SUV has an intuitive 8-inch touchscreen, five USB ports, satellite radio, wireless device charging and a navigation system. It also provides 18 cubic feet of space behind the third-row seats, 45.8 cubic feet with the third row folded and 86.4 cubic feet of space with the second row folded with the third. Drivers know the Palisade for having a stylish interior with a quiet cabin.
Telluride vs. Palisade
These two midsize SUV models have nearly identical starting prices for base models and both seat eight comfortably. The Kia Telluride has slightly better gas mileage, with an EPA estimate of 20 mpg city and 26 mpg highway. For comparison, the Hyundai Palisade gets 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway.
A few things set midsize SUVs apart, but it’s up to the driver to determine what they need. Do you need an off-road SUV, or are you okay with a vehicle that isn’t designed for off-roading but can still handle gravel roads and snowy streets with a four-wheel drive system?