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In the market for moderately priced 3-row SUVs? The offerings are many, and both Kia and Subaru have entries in the market that are competitively priced and come equipped with impressive features. Let’s take a closer look at the Subaru Ascent vs. Kia Telluride, so you can see which may be the best fit for your needs. 

2020 Subaru Ascent Vs. 2020 Kia Telluride
These two 3-row SUVs have many similar features, including starting prices. 

Subaru Ascent:$32,970

Kia Telluride: $32,735

The gas mileage is close, although the Ascent has a bit of an edge getting 21/27 while the Telluride gets 20/26. It a small difference, but still worth noting. 

The numbers of travel miles on a tank of gas is also similar as the tank sizes only vary by half a gallon with the larger tank in the Subaru. 

The Telluride and Ascent both have a seating capacity of seven or eight and the cargo room in both is also very similar. 

Finally, both vehicles offer similar towing capacity.

How Is The Subaru Ascent Different From The Kia Telluride?
For all the similarities, there are also important differences when comparing Subaru Ascent vs Kia Telluride. 

One of the most notable is that the Subaru Ascent comes with standard all-wheel drive while it’s a $2,000 option on even the Telluride’s top trim package. 

Handling on the Ascent is also superior to the Telluride. The Ascent has a smaller turning radius and a narrower body, so you’ll find it easier to move about in tight spaces. 

You’ll get more power from the Ascent which pushes 277 lb-ft of torque while the Telluride only delivers 262 lb-ft. of torque. 

When it comes to front-seat headroom and legroom, the Ascent offers more of both, so drivers who want a roomy ride should opt for the Ascent. 

The Kia Telluride earned Top Safety Pick from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, but the Subaru Ascent did one better earning Top Safety Pick+. Some of the standard safety features on every trim level of the Subaru Ascent include:

  • Automatic Emergency Braking

  • Adaptive Cruise Control

  • Lane Keeping Assistance 

Higher trim levels add:

  • Blind Spot Monitoring 

  • Rear Automatic Braking 

What Is The Best 3-Row SUV For The Money?

Both vehicles are solid choices for buyers in the market for 3-row SUVs, but for the same starting price the Subaru Ascent delivers superior safety and power, standard all-wheel drive, and better handling. 

One more thing: If you’re a buyer who places a high priority on cup holders when shopping for a new car, there is no contest between the Subaru Ascent vs. Kia Telluride. The Ascent boasts 19 cup holders throughout the cabin vs. the Telluride’s 8. 

Want to come count the cup holders for yourself? Stop by Giles Subaru Lafayette where you can browse our large inventory of in-stock new and used vehicles. When you’re ready to buy, we’ll guide you through the process and offer a great deal and generous financing options.

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