2023 Kia Telluride vs. 2023 Jeep Grand Cherokee L comparison

If you need an SUV with three rows of seating, you’re not stuck buying a full-size bus-length vehicle with poor gas mileage. There are some excellent midsize SUVs available with a third row of seats at reasonable prices with decent gas mileage. Two of the best are the Kia Telluride (our Best Buy Award winner in its class three years running) and the Jeep Grand Cherokee L – a stretched version of the iconic Grand Cherokee.

Let’s look at reasons why a buyer might be attracted to each.

2023 Kia Telluride

The Kia Telluride is simply one of the hottest vehicles in America. Car dealers used to try to keep a six-week supply of new cars to sell. For much of the 2023 model year, Kia dealers have had trouble keeping a Telluride on the lot for a second week. With a spacious, thoughtful cabin, a strong V6 engine and a long feature list, the 2023 Telluride is a hit. Prices start at $35,690.

Kia Telluride Highlights

More cargo space: This is a comparison between the normal size Telluride and the stretched version of the Grand Cherokee. And the Telluride has more cargo space. That’s quite a feat.

Lower price, no less content: The Telluride’s starting price is nearly $8,000 less than the Grand Cherokee L’s. Nevertheless, it is no less well equipped. The base LX trim adds niceties like one-touch sliding and folding rear seats, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and even a rear passenger safety system, all at no extra cost.

Excellent warranty: Kia protects your investment with a 10-year, 100,000-mile powertrain warranty. Even their bumper-to-bumper warranty is longer than what Jeep offers.

Check this week’s Fair Purchase Price or see Telluride models for sale near you

2023 Jeep Grand Cherokee L

2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee L

Jeep practically invented the modern mid-size SUV. The 2-row Grand Cherokee is one of America’s 25 best sellers almost every year for many good reasons. For the 2023 model year, Jeep offers a 3-row version, the Grand Cherokee L, with the usual off-road capability and a tailored, upscale look. Prices start at $43,530.

Jeep Grand Cherokee L Highlights

Available V8: The standard V6 engine in these two SUVs is close enough in performance to make little difference. But Jeep is letting buyers step up to a 357-horsepower V8. Jeep is your best bet if you need (or just prefer) more grunt on your drive.

Available towing capacity of 7,200 pounds: Properly equipped, the Telluride can tow up to 5,500 pounds. The Grand Cherokee L can do it without breaking a sweat. It maxes out at a whopping 7,200. If your SUV will tow a boat or RV regularly, the Grand Cherokee L will have it much easier.

Terrain Skills: Kia has introduced two off-road-oriented versions of the Telluride this year, but neither measures up to the more trail-capable Grand Cherokee L. Jeep’s Quadra-Drive II 4-wheel-drive system might be the best in the business, with an electronic limited-slip differential sliding and real sliding plates. The Telluride X-Line and X-Pro perform better on the trails than you might expect. But if your SUV will see as much dirt as tarmac, you might want Jeep’s proven off-road reputation.

Check this week’s Fair Purchase Price or see Grand Cherokee L models for sale near you.

Similarities

Both SUVs come with a standard V6 and an 8-speed automatic transmission. Both are available in off-road-oriented trims, and they’re two of the best-looking midsize SUVs.

Conclusion

The 2023 Jeep Grand Cherokee L does what a Jeep usually does—offers excellent off-road performance and near-luxury features if you’re willing to pay for them. But so does the 2023 Kia Telluride, with a little more room for less money. If you need to tow, or will be spending as much time off-road as on, the Grand Cherokee L may still be your best bet. But in many cases, Telluride is the best at a lower price.

Specifications

2023 Kia Telluride 2023 Jeep Grand Cherokee L
Estimated starting price $35,690 $43,530
Popular powertrains
Engine 3.8-liter V6 3.6-liter V6
Horsepower 291 hp at 6,000 rpm 293 at 6,400 rpm
Torque 262 lb-ft @ 5,200 rpm 260 pound-feet at 4,000 rpm
Transfer 8-speed automatic 8-speed automatic
Fuel economy 20 city/26 highway/23 combined mpg 19 city/26 highway (FWD), 18 city/25 highway (AWD)
Also available AWD 5.7-liter V8, 4WD
Specifications
Basic warranty 5 years/60,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
Powertrain warranty 10 years/100,000 miles 5 years/60,000 miles
NHTSA overall safety 5 stars n/a
Max seating capacity 8 7
Wheelbase 114.2 inches 121.7 inches
Total length 196.9 inches 204.9 inches
Width 78.3 inches 77.3 inches
Height 68.9 inches 71.5 inches
Twist diameter 38.8 feet 38.3 feet
Standing height, 1st row 39.5 inches 39.8 inches
Standing height, 2nd row 38.8 inches 39.9 inches
Standing height, 3rd row 37.8 inches 37.3 inches
Legroom, 1st row 41.4 inches 41.3 inches
Legroom, 2nd row 42.4 inches 39.4 inches
Legroom, 3rd row 31.4 inches 30.3 inches
Shoulder room, 1st row 61.6 inches 58.0 inches
Shoulder room, 2nd row 59.9 inches 51.9 inches
Shoulder room, 3rd row 55.3 inches 51.9 inches
Cargo volume 21.0/46.0/87.0 cubic feet 17.2/46.9/84.6 cubic feet

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