EV Dodge Durango R/T vs. Kia Telluride SX

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First time posting on here. So I’ll be making a new purchase around late April, and have basically narrowed my options down to these 2. Now I’ve owned a 5.7 Charger Daytona as recently as 2 years ago, so I know what I’m getting with the Durango and the HEMI inside it. But the Telluride has certainly impressed me with all the reviews I’ve watched. My main concern is, is it really a good value spending almost $50k on a Kia? Every review of the Telluride says it is, but at the end of the day it’s a Kia.

I’d appreciate thoughts from any Kia and Durango owners.
 

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Not a fan of any Kia, but I can't say a Durango is a better option... I mean, at the end of the day, it is a Dodge. And a Durango.

But I bet it is a hella-fun compared to the Kia. So if that's what floats your boat, you've got your answer.
 

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Depends how you value “value”. Features for the money? Kia. Space efficiency? Kia. Interior quality? Kia. If you want a muscle car SUV, then Durango. The Telluride drives as pedestrian as they come and will not be quick or exciting to drive. The Durango certainly has more attitude, but poor visibility (huge a-pillars) and not-great safety ratings from IIHS (compared with the Kia).
 

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4 year owner of Durango R/T. 6’1,215, no visibility issues. A pillars are not huge. Take it from an actual owner of the car.

Space? I can get 6 comfortably with captains chairs and still have a ton of crap in the bag. Great storage In the trunk, underneath the trunk mat I’ve got tools, breaker bars, jumper cables, first aid, flares and a battery jump starter.

4 years of hard driving, WOT daily, zero mechanical issues. Blue tooth, memory sears, heated and vented front, heated rear, etc.

Drives like a real suv, super smooth and handles pretty well for a truck/suv despite weighing well over 5,200LBS.

Plus it looks way better than a Kia.

Good luck.
 

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Those new Tellurides are sharp as hell and it seems you get great tech/options for the price. Although I think most dealers don't have any in stock and they are selling for over msrp.

I agree with above, if a muscle suv is top priority, you want the Dudge. All other areas the Kia wins.
 

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4 year owner of Durango R/T. 6’1,215, no visibility issues. A pillars are not huge. Take it from an actual owner of the car.

Space? I can get 6 comfortably with captains chairs and still have a ton of crap in the bag. Great storage In the trunk, underneath the trunk mat I’ve got tools, breaker bars, jumper cables, first aid, flares and a battery jump starter.

4 years of hard driving, WOT daily, zero mechanical issues. Blue tooth, memory sears, heated and vented front, heated rear, etc.

Drives like a real suv, super smooth and handles pretty well for a truck/suv despite weighing well over 5,200LBS.

Plus it looks way better than a Kia.

Good luck.

someone strike a nerve or something man?

jesus. :rofl:

i mean, you might be a bit biased here.
 

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4 year owner of Durango R/T. 6’1,215, no visibility issues. A pillars are not huge. Take it from an actual owner of the car.

Space? I can get 6 comfortably with captains chairs and still have a ton of crap in the bag. Great storage In the trunk, underneath the trunk mat I’ve got tools, breaker bars, jumper cables, first aid, flares and a battery jump starter.

4 years of hard driving, WOT daily, zero mechanical issues. Blue tooth, memory sears, heated and vented front, heated rear, etc.

Drives like a real suv, super smooth and handles pretty well for a truck/suv despite weighing well over 5,200LBS.

Plus it looks way better than a Kia.

Good luck.

“Conversely, Durango owners report their least favorite things about the vehicle are its fuel economy, door closing sound, outward visibility, second-row seat room and amount of cargo space.
 

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“Real SUV” :rofl: Aka, ancient Mercedes unibody platform.
 

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someone strike a nerve or something man?

jesus. :rofl:

i mean, you might be a bit biased here.
Honest review from an actual owner man. Just saying.

Biased? Yeah probably. But I thought I’d chime in to the OP and comment on things I don’t believe are truly accurate and give some feedback.
 

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“Real SUV” :rofl: Aka, ancient Mercedes unibody platform.
Obviously you’re not a fan of Durango’s. That’s cool dude.

Compared to other vehicles in its class, it doesn’t feel like you’re driving a 4-door sedan like the explorer and such.
 

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Obviously you’re not a fan of Durango’s. That’s cool dude.

Compared to other vehicles in its class, it doesn’t feel like you’re driving a 4-door sedan like the explorer and such.
I actually am. It’s a solid recommendation for those looking for a performance SUV where cargo, comfort and safety aren’t as big of considerations. I just hopped out of an SRT for a week and loved driving it, but was also reminded of why as a regular family SUV it has its faults compared with a Telluride or some of the other more recent three-row SUV’s that better serve family life (I couldn’t fit my kid’s stroller behind the Durango’s third row without folding a seat).
 
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Thanks for all feedback! Other option was a CPO GLS 450, but at that price range they’re at around 40k miles, and I’m not ready to drop $45k+ with all kinds of maintenance expenses around the corner.
 

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Hyundai Palisade is borderline luxury when considering interior quality, features and ride quality; it’s a touch nicer than the closely related Telluride. I’d say the only thing holding it back from being a Genesis SUV — and it’s big for many luxury shoppers — is that it doesn’t have a heightened handling or acceleration over a non-luxury car. Plus, or course, a Hyundai badge. But if you’re not a brand snob or aren’t holding onto 30-year-old brand perception grudge, then by far it’s the highest-quality car in its class. And a fully loaded one is as much as a mid-trim new Explorer (as far as retail prices go).
 

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So I can't comment on the Durango but my wife has a 2019 Grand Cherokee with the pentistar and my buddy has a decently equipped Telluride. The Kia is bigger on the inside and certainly has more tech but I would take the Cherokee all day long. Bru is right, the Telluride is a pedestrian as it gets.
 

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