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2021 Details (For those of us who are still waiting and wondering if its still worth the wait for a 2020 model)

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So not much in terms of changes other than a bump in prices.
 
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"Look for a 2021 Kia Telluride release date in the third quarter of 2020."

Can you picture the union fit on that one? Either kia is going to hit their 60-70k mark, which is what they ordered in parts, then shut down the production for 3 months, then start it up again. Or they are going to slow the production down to a crawl to make the numbers meet.

I think the union will be thrilled. With either condition.

OR, they will wrap up production for 2020 sometime in late april/early may, then get 2021 on lots early june.
 

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"it will almost certainly cost more"
I think if they do it they will certainly loss many customers.
They could increase it a couple grand and it would still be the best deal on the market for price for features.
 
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"it will almost certainly cost more"
I think if they do it they will certainly loss many customers.
My guess is that the number of people willing to pay over MSRP will most certainly impact future pricing. Hopefully that number is low.
 

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My guess is that the number of people willing to pay over MSRP will most certainly impact future pricing. Hopefully that number is low.
I doubt it. There is a point of no return. The 3% outliers will force them to do deep discounts later in the year. Even though I like the telluride, I would consider 45,000 to be a fair price. Above that they will need to offer some more.
 
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They could increase it a couple grand and it would still be the best deal on the market for price for features.
This is a highly competitive segment (which also overlaps into the minivan segment with the "form follows function" crowd who don't value AWD). You have to look past the viewpoints of early adopters and car geeks that populate sites such as this to the general car buying public. I seriously doubt that Kia will bump the Telluride price for 2021 in any meaningful way and I'll illustrate why.

I did a detailed look at base AWD versions of the 2020 Ascent (AWD is standard, of course), the 2019 Highlander and the 2020 Telluride looking toward a purchase this fall which I've now decided to wait on for another year.

While you might have had a point earlier in the year with respect to the base 2019 HIghlander AWD which stickers at about $1,500 over the base Kia AWD (or $1,100 if you want red) with Highlander lacking a lot of the Kia's features and perforance attributes, with the all new 2020 Highlander (not a refresh) soon to be released dealers in my neck of thei woods are advertising the 2019 Highlanders at $4,000 off sticker including cash back.vs. $1,000 cash back on the Kia. So, now it comes down to what you don't get in the Toyota but for $1,500 - $2,000 less. The price/trim packaging in the 2020 Highlander is a comparison for another day once Toyota posts the full pnce/package details.

Style preferences aside, your contention does not hold up with respect the 2020 Subaru (for the base AWD trim levels in question). The Subaru stickers for about $400 more, or on par if you want red. If the buyer is not especially particular about having a 4L turbo vs. a V6, size and performance are comparable if you look past something like 0.8 seconds in a 0-60 time which few buyers would notice and fewer would ever use. The Subaru is actually a shade quicker from 45-65 according to Consumer Reports testing which is the more useful performance metric for most drivers when merging.

Personnally, I would not buy a turbo from any maker at this juncture, and maybe never, since I buy vehicles with the intent of getting 10 years / 150,000+.miles. The CVT in the Subaru also gives me pause from a longevity standpoint. Leasees may be less discriminating. As for buyers, how many would share my turbo concerns is debateable especially with Consumer Reports giving the Subaru the highest overall rating in the class including a 5 star reliability estimate vs 3 stars for the Kia's reliability based on the makers historical records. I would not trust those Subaru 5 stars until they have a couple years under their belt but I'm not everybody. That aside, here are notable feature differences at these trim levels at virtually the same price:

The base Subaru has the following features, in no particular order, which the comparable Kia does not:

- the Subaru is 200 lbs. heavier in a slightly smaller package with a lighter 4 cylinder motor. It is 2" narrower, the same length, about the same height when you subract the Subaru's standard roof rails, while the Subaru has 1" more ground clearance. This raises the question of whether the Subaru in general uses more robust materials. Comparative mpgs in the different approches are very close.
- roof rails are standard, absent in the base Kia
- machined 18" alloy wheels instead of Kia's painted 18" alloys
- 1" narrower turning circle in the Subaru, a little helpful in parking these big vehicles
- both front seats are heated, the Kia's are not
- driver's seat is 8-way power, the Kia's is manual
- automatic climate control, the Kia's is manual
- the Subaru has automatic over-the-air software updates of the safety systems; Kia may have this feature but I have not found it in the literature
- CD player, absent in the Kia

The base Kia AWD has the following features absent in the comparable Subaru and some marginally higher Consumer Reports test drive rating:

- Consumer Reports gives the Kia very slight edges in braking (2-3 feet in dry and wet from 60-0); the Kia gets a very slight 2 mph edge in maintaining grip in an avoidance manuever. Most drivers would never detect a difference.
- leatherette seats, the Subaru's are cloth; I question whether the cloth might be better from the standpoint of breathability since I don't see performations in pictures of the Kia seats so real world experience comments are welcome
- other than the seats, the interior materials, fit and finish appear comparable; I find the Subaru's contrasting beige strip across the dash to be ugly; at first I thought it was some protective strip from the factory to be peeled off, but that's a matter of taste not price/performance/features
- CR gives the Kia a 5 star interior noise rating; 4 stars for the Subaru
- reverse parking warning, absent in the Subaru (all others in the panoply of safety features are comparable)
- remote engine start, absent in the Subaru
- multiple AWD modes, absent in the Subaru
- longer warranties and road side assistance service in the Kia; the exception is the Kia's 5 year/100,000 mile limit on rust-through vs. 5 years/unlimited on the Subaru which is trivial in the general market but does pose a question.
- On the other hand, Subaru reliability/longevity has historically been superior which many buyers will take into account. That's why Kia/Hyundia offer these warranties in the first place as they try to build brand value that was seriously damaged in past decades. Whether that difference applies to these two particular model years is a matter to be taken up a year or two into prodution, if not longer, but reputation matters to the general population (except those who buy Chrysler products, a hopeless class of buyers.)

The long and short of it is that the Subaru and Kia models are comparable in price/performance/features. It just depends on which side a particular buyer leans in terms of a few particular priorities and their aesthetic preferences. Does someone prefer the wagon look in the Subaru or the 2-box SUV look in the Kia? We know what readers here might think but that's not the buying universe. Different strokes. It should be clear that I'm not some Subaru troller. Like I said, I wouldn't buy one with that turbo/CVT set up, but again that's just me. The point being, with this level of competition in a crowded market I would not expect a significant price increase in the Kia come the 2021 model year.

I'm pretty confident the 2020 Highlander will not stack up as well as the Subaru against the Kia in terms of price/features/performance given Toyota's historical price premium in this class. Then again, Toyota has always sold a ton of vehicles based on a bulletproof reputation whether that is justified in a particular vehicle in any one model year or not. Again, that's part of the general marketplace. Kia cannot price equivalently with Toyota on features and performance. It just wouldn't work, at least not yet.

So I look forward to comparing the 2020 Highlander to the Kia with a view toward a year from now. Both with have a year or more of working out the kinks. Frankly, I've had great success with a string of Toyotas taken to high mileage while spending next to nothing on repairs. If the Toyota turns out to cost a grand or two more for the same perforance/features I'd probably go that way as would many buyers. The mere fact I'd even look this closely at Kia/Hyundai, something I would not have done not so long ago.on quality concerns, says something. Besides, the Telluride's execution of the 2-box design is a very cool looking thing to my eye, but I discipline myself to make that a secondary consideration. Love for a style wears off about on pace with the new car smell and the next other new-new thing that hits the market at which point all the other factors, particularly reliability, come into play.
 

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Very nice review, the only thing you missed is that they may raise their price as so may Toyota and Subaru.. nobody has a crystal ball. So a price raise is a matter of opinion. Is it a chance the average buyer is willing to make. But as you also stated, they have to keep this a value vehicle and can't price themselves out of the market.
 
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I guess I have a unique perspective....I traded a 2019 Ascent Premium for the Telluride. Stupid from a $$ lost standpoint yup, but The Telluride was not available when I got the Ascent so thought I'd trade if I liked the Telluride.. My observations:

The Ascent looks like a Subaru, its bland and totally non descript, It never grew on me. I think the styling was meant to appeal to existing Subaru owners first and new Subaru owners (like me) second. The Telluride interior gets the nod as well, by a lot, having had both, it's horizontal orientation versus the vertical orientation in the Ascent is more to my taste, particularly in the EX and up (not a fan of the old school Infotainment screen in the LX/S)

The Ascent 4 cy turbo is a great engine, with good low end torque, and its punchy. Acceleration is about the same 0-60 but the Subaru is much quicker zero 30 or 40. The "elevation effect" on the NA Kia engine noted in the early reviews is real, I've had both vehicles at 7500 ft and the predicted Kia NA performance decline of around 3%/1000 ft seems about right. I thought the Ascent CVT was fine but there have been serious issues with them in the Ascent Forum's and its typically a catastrophic failure. Even with the vaunted Subaru quality reputation my comfort level is higher with the Kia especially given the warranty advantage. Subaru's AWD is pretty slick, but given Kia's AWD lock, I'd call it a wash.

Very happy I made the trade, and since the Subaru's resale value did hold up I didn't do too bad. As for the Highlander, solid vehicle for sure, but it kind of looks like a Subaru and Toyota sells around 200K per year, there's no exclusivity, call me shallow but I like being different.
 

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I’m sure you know this but the carburetor needs to be adjusted in high altitudes to compensate for the lack of air at higher elevation
 
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I guess I have a unique perspective....I traded a 2019 Ascent Premium for the Telluride. Stupid from a $$ lost standpoint yup, but The Telluride was not available when I got the Ascent so thought I'd trade if I liked the Telluride.. My observations:

The Ascent looks like a Subaru, its bland and totally non descript, It never grew on me. I think the styling was meant to appeal to existing Subaru owners first and new Subaru owners (like me) second. The Telluride interior gets the nod as well, by a lot, having had both, it's horizontal orientation versus the vertical orientation in the Ascent is more to my taste, particularly in the EX and up (not a fan of the old school Infotainment screen in the LX/S)

The Ascent 4 cy turbo is a great engine, with good low end torque, and its punchy. Acceleration is about the same 0-60 but the Subaru is much quicker zero 30 or 40. The "elevation effect" on the NA Kia engine noted in the early reviews is real, I've had both vehicles at 7500 ft and the predicted Kia NA performance decline of around 3%/1000 ft seems about right. I thought the Ascent CVT was fine but there have been serious issues with them in the Ascent Forum's and its typically a catastrophic failure. Even with the vaunted Subaru quality reputation my comfort level is higher with the Kia especially given the warranty advantage. Subaru's AWD is pretty slick, but given Kia's AWD lock, I'd call it a wash.

Very happy I made the trade, and since the Subaru's resale value did hold up I didn't do too bad. As for the Highlander, solid vehicle for sure, but it kind of looks like a Subaru and Toyota sells around 200K per year, there's no exclusivity, call me shallow but I like being different.
I'm happy to hear there is no buyers remorse there! I personally don't like the look of the Ascent, Palisade or the Highlander. I fell in love with the Telluride the moment I saw it last April and of course the value it offers only sweetened the deal. It's just a really handsome vehicle and doesn't look like every other mid sized SUV on the market today :) I just wish the SXP had been available for order back when I initially fell in love with it and I wasn't still waiting :(
 

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Disclosure: I have never owned a Kia or a Subaru but consider the Ascent and Telluride strong contenders for an imminent purchase.

As far as the turbo is concerned, as someone who has regularly kept cars 10-20 years, I have avoided turbos as a religion. However, Subaru has a long history with turboing the H4 and that is a secondary concern for me.

The Kia 10 year warranty is a strong appeal for me, but the local Subaru dealer has thrown in the Subaru 10 year extended warranty and still pricing under MSRP.

As far as appearance, i prefer the styling of the Telluride, my wife prefers the Ascent. Since the car will primarily be her ride, appearance may be the winning criteria.

The Kia unquestionably has a more feature rich technology offering. Front camera is only available on Subaru's highest trim. Subaru doesn't have reverse cross traffic without option or highest trim level. Subaru passenger seat does not have height, tilt or lumbar adjustment which might rule it out by my wife who is typically the passenger on our longest trips. Subaru's Eyesight system is more mature than Kia's nanny systems.

It's a tough decision,I can find pros and cons for both.

BTW, the weird contrasting trim in the Subaru houses the knee airbags. I don't believe that Telluride has those.
 
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Disclosure: I have never owned a Kia or a Subaru but consider the Ascent and Telluride strong contenders for an imminent purchase.

As far as the turbo is concerned, as someone who has regularly kept cars 10-20 years, I have avoided turbos as a religion. However, Subaru has a long history with turboing the H4 and that is a secondary concern for me.

The Kia 10 year warranty is a strong appeal for me, but the local Subaru dealer has thrown in the Subaru 10 year extended warranty and still pricing under MSRP.

As far as appearance, i prefer the styling of the Telluride, my wife prefers the Ascent. Since the car will primarily be her ride, appearance may be the winning criteria.

The Kia unquestionably has a more feature rich technology offering. Front camera is only available on Subaru's highest trim. Subaru doesn't have reverse cross traffic without option or highest trim level. Subaru passenger seat does not have height, tilt or lumbar adjustment which might rule it out by my wife who is typically the passenger on our longest trips. Subaru's Eyesight system is more mature than Kia's nanny systems.

It's a tough decision,I can find pros and cons for both.

BTW, the weird contrasting trim in the Subaru houses the knee airbags. I don't believe that Telluride has those.

One opinion/site may not have much of an impact on your decision however USA Today states the Volkswagen Tiguan and Volkswagen Atlas make up two of the 10 least reliable models of 2020 according to consumer reports. And Volkswagen ranked 27th out of 30th for reliability overall while Hyundai and Kia ranked 6th and 9th respectively. Pretty Amazing really if you think about how far they've come in such a reasonably short period of time :)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/mone...o-reliability-study-2020-vehicles/2578463001/

Just food for thought :)
 

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One opinion/site may not have much of an impact on your decision however USA Today states the Volkswagen Tiguan and Volkswagen Atlas make up two of the 10 least reliable models of 2020 according to consumer reports. And Volkswagen ranked 27th out of 30th for reliability overall while Hyundai and Kia ranked 6th and 9th respectively. Pretty Amazing really if you think about how far they've come in such a reasonably short period of time :)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/mone...o-reliability-study-2020-vehicles/2578463001/

Just food for thought :)
The USA today article is based on consumer reports which has been my source for auto reliability data since 1977. Our current fleet is a 20 year old Lexus and a 10 year old Mazda, coincidentally ranked #1 and #2 on the CR reliability list. Unfortunately, Lexus has priced itself out of our budget (but Highlander is in play) and the CX9 would be marginal for towing our 3500# boat. Haven't had time to test drive the telluride yet. Subaru gave us the Ascent for 24 hours so I hope Kia will do likewise.
 
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The USA today article is based on consumer reports which has been my source for auto reliability data since 1977. Our current fleet is a 20 year old Lexus and a 10 year old Mazda, coincidentally ranked #1 and #2 on the CR reliability list. Unfortunately, Lexus has priced itself out of our budget (but Highlander is in play) and the CX9 would be marginal for towing our 3500# boat. Haven't had time to test drive the telluride yet. Subaru gave us the Ascent for 24 hours so I hope Kia will do likewise.
Well I'm sure you'll be happy with whatever you choose. Happy hunting!
 


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