The Kia Telluride and the Hyundai Palisade twins are hot commodities right now when it comes to family SUVs. Without question, there are hundreds — if not thousands — of people out there right now contemplating making one or the other their next car purchase. Buying a car is a big decision, though, and most buyers want to gather as much information as possible before making that decision. With two vehicles as similar as the Telluride and the Palisade, an in-person, side-by-side comparison can be a helpful piece of information. A few weeks ago, I was driving a Telluride when I came upon a Palisade parked at the grocery store with a space open next to it — a perfect opportunity for a comparison.
I even parked the Telluride as obnoxiously as the Palisade was parked so that the vehicles would be perfectly aligned.
While it’s clear that these 3-row SUVs share a basic skeleton, given their nearly identical exterior dimensions, the Telluride wears a boxier design and the Palisade incorporates more angles. Up front, the Telluride’s grille, headlights and lower bumper openings are rectangular. The Palisade, on the other hand, has a shield-shaped grille with a large silver frame, and its headlights are divided into two main parts, with the top extending into the front fenders. The Telluride also has a notch at the top of its windshield, while the Palisade does not.
Finally, the Telluride incorporates its name into the front of its broad, flat hood, while the Palisade’s more bulbous bonnet is devoid of any lettering.
From the side, the Telluride and Palisade differ further. Thanks to blacked-out B- and C-pillars, the Telluride’s side windows — at least visually — appear to connect and form one black oval. The Palisade has a blacked-out B-pillar, but its C-pillar is body-colored and slopes forward, separating the rear side window from the front two. Things are flipped when it comes to the D-pillars: The Telluride’s is body-colored and the Palisade’s is black, which connects it — again, visually — with the rear window. Each vehicle features a fair amount of black plastic cladding meant to give the impression that it has more ground clearance than it actually does.
Around back, both vehicles display their model names in widely spaced lettering across their rear tailgates, with their respective manufacturer emblems located just above. Both also include an integrated spoiler above the rear window. Both have black plastic cladding at the base of their bumper finished by a silver piece that’s designed to look like a skid plate. Both also have a single dual-tipped exhaust outlet emitting from the passenger side — the Telluride, in particular, begs for a proper dual exhaust.
The vehicles’ taillight designs are basically mirror images. Just like the Palisade’s headlights do into the front fenders, its taillights extend into the rear quarter panel. The Telluride’s include more vertical elements and make a bracket shape that extends toward the Kia emblem on the lift gate.
Altogether, the Palisade and the Telluride are remarkably similar when it comes to features and content. In fact, the only functional differences between the two vehicles are that the Palisade uses a push-button gear selector and that it offers an available fully digital gauge cluster. (The Telluride offers neither.) When it comes to styling, though, they’re about as different as two vehicles riding on the same platform can be. Find a Hyundai Palisade for sale or Find a Kia Telluride for sale