Kia has become one of the most dominant automakers in the world. The 2023 Kia Telluride and 2023 Hyundai Palisade just debuted this week, and the best just keeps getting better. The hard part is knowing which is the best SUV for your family.
How to find the best SUV for your family?
Every family is different. It goes without saying that families need different things from their SUVs. Although these two SUVs come from the same parent company and are quite similar, they still offer different features and styles.
But with such a crowded segment, choosing the best SUV family can get pretty overwhelming. Luckily for anyone trying to decide between the new 2023 Kia Telluride and the 2023 Hyundai Palisade, they’re shooting at a pretty big target.
What’s new for the 2023 Kia Telluride?
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The Kia Telluride won Edmund’s top-rated SUV three years in a row, which also represents the model’s entire run. To say the Telluride is a dominant force in the crowded SUV segment is probably still an understatement.
The 2023 Kia Telluride is going down the “don’t fix it if it ain’t broke” path. However, Kia is tweaking a few details that should further strengthen its hold on the top three-row SUV spot.
Kia started by updating the nose of the Telluride. The headlights have been reworked with a new twin-bar design, and the air dam under the grille is slightly larger but better hidden than before. The rear also got a little trim around the ears. The taillights didn’t get the same changes, but Kia tweaked them slightly from the previous model.
The biggest difference is the addition of new off-road models called X-Line and X-Pro. The X-Line improves off-roading slightly by adding a touch of height to the suspension and an updated traction control system. It also comes with special 20-inch wheels, a roof rack and a model-specific grille. The X-Pro has all the same features as the X-Line, except the 20-inch wheels shrink to 18-inches with more aggressive A/T rubber. X-Pro models also get a 110-volt inverter in the cargo area. These new models also increase the maximum towing capacity from 5,000 lbs. to 5,500 lbs.
What’s new for the 2023 Hyundai Palisade?
Another new three-row SUV from Korea made its debut in 2020, the Hyundai Palisade. Although the Palisade was a corporate cousin of the Kia Telluride, it did not enjoy the same success as the Telluride.
After three years, it looks like the 2023 Hyundai Palisade is ready to become the competitive three-row it was meant to be. Even though it wasn’t as popular as the Kia, it still scored a phenomenal 88/100 on Consumer Reports. Still, this new version seems ready to compete with its cousin.
Like the Telluride, Hyundai’s largest family SUV gets a new front fascia giving the Hyundai Palisade a more premium and premium look. Its new grille is loud and shiny like a mouth full of silver teeth. If the grille is jagged, the newly integrated running lights act as a kind of animal markings that make the animals look imposing. The headlights were also modified to fit the new bumper and new position lights. The sides and rear remained unchanged.
Another update for the 2023 Hyundai Palisade is a new model called Palisade XRT. Hyundai has yet to release photos of the XRT, but said it will mirror styling cues from the Santa Fe and Tucson XRT.
As we saw with the Santa Fe and Tucson, the Palisade XRT will come with a darker grille, dark lower door garnishes, dark 20-inch wheels, a black roof rack and black leatherette seats inside.
Do the Kia Telluride and Hyundai Palisade share an engine?
There are many updates for these two models, but the engines remain the same. The 2023 Kia Telluride and the 2023 Hyundai Palisade have the same 3.6-liter V6 developing 291 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque.
One of the biggest performance differences between the newly updated models is the Telluride’s towing capacity. Granted, it’s only 500 pounds more, but that 500 pounds can mean a lot to families who plan to camp or boat at any frequency.
What’s the best three-row SUV for your family?
The Kia Telluride will likely remain the top dog. Like previous Tellurides, the 2023 model adds only small changes to an already near-perfect SUV. It’s not exciting or particularly adorable, but it’s reliable, safe, comfortable and just high-end enough to draw people in.
The 2023 Hyundai Palisade will undoubtedly be the best yet. However, it still seems like he’s been dragging the Telluride around like a little brother. It’s a great SUV with lots of great features, but it doesn’t clear the way; it follows him.
The Hyundai Motor Co. has become one of the most dominant automakers in the world. The 2023 Kia Telluride and 2023 Hyundai Palisade just debuted this week, and the best just keeps getting better. The hard part is knowing which is the best SUV for your family.
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