Highlander VS Telluride
There is a lot of promotion about the Kia Telluride competition with the Toyota Highlander in terms of the great capabilities that Telluride offers, advanced technology, safety, and the large warranty period that Kia gives to customers. Do you have any information about the engine and gearbox and their reliability, how long do you expect them to last?
Thanks and beast regards.
The difference is simple: One works, one doesn't.
The Highlander is a good SUV with a proven track record. The Telluride is a Kia.....meaning "falls apart." Kia/Hyundai have some of the worst quality in the industry and the resale values are awful compared to Toyota.
I wouldn't even consider the Kia. Much like people, you can make any car look nice but its what lies beneath that counts. And with Kia/Hyundai, it is not a pretty picture.
It depends, generally Kia has been having reliability issues for the last decade and a half or so. (Some say it’s always been that way)
As far the engine and transmissions, no one really knows yet - they’ve been out for only about 2-3 years…
The Lambda 3.8L V6 is a modern GDI engine that’s running in an Atkinson cycle but doesn’t even have hydraulic valve lifters it’s bizarre, unusual and complex.
Although they have quite a few already known issues, so far they seem to be reasonably reliable
(I herd some end up needing the valves to be cleaned, that you should adjust the valves on a regular interval, and that the timing chain seems to be an area for concern knowing other engines of this family)
the transmission is a relatively proven design and it’s durability seems fine.
It’s known for having an issue where dust from friction packs clogs the solenoids and ruins the entire transmsmision so make sure to change the ATF every 35k miles at most (and also I’d recommend replacing the filter every 2 ATF changes, if it’s possible to do in your area - I’m not sure but it might be a very complex job on these modern KIAs)
It’s seems like an overall reasonably well built car… it’s too new to say for sure but a Toyota Highlander is probably still a much safer bet IMO.
what I’d be concerned about is all of the space age technology Kia puts into these cars… I bet it’ll all fall apart and I can’t even imagine how much it’ll cost to repair…
I would go Highlander over the Telluride, especially if you plan to own beyond the warranty period.
We are currently not recommending any Hyundai Motor Group products, especially for purchase, due to their poor track record for quality/reliability. The new ones are just a gamble. If you have been following Scotty for any length of time, then you already know he is not a fan of them either and has been warning people of them. If there was a doubt, see below: also, the 10 year/100,000 mile warranty (which only applies to the original owner) is not what it is cracked up to be as more times than not they look for ways to get out of a warranty claim and refer to problems as “Oh, that’s normal”. Plus, some of the mechanics working on the cars have no idea what they are doing.
If you must get a Hyundai or Kia product, then just lease it and return before the warranty expires.