2022 Subaru Ascent vs Kia Telluride Comparison

For many drivers, having more space is a priority, which is why large SUV models like the Subaru Ascent and Kia Telluride are so popular. Both SUVs have plenty of space for cargo and passengers as well as advanced features and strong capability. But which model has the most comprehensive value to meet your needs? In this comparison page, you'll see for yourself as we break down the specs and features of both the 2022 Subaru Ascent and 2022 Kia Telluride side-by-side.

Researching new vehicles can quickly become a big project, so we want to make things a little easier by doing the heavy lifting and gathering important information for you. Below, we examine the key features and specs about the 2022 Subaru Ascent and 2022 Kia Telluride and compare them directly. Which model has a larger cargo space? Which SUV has a greater towing capacity? What technology features are standard? The answers to those questions and more are available below.

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2022 Subaru Ascent VS Kia Telluride: Exterior & Interior

The 2022 Subaru Ascent and Kia Telluride are both spacious SUVs featuring sharp designs and versatile interiors. There are some key differences, however. The Subaru Ascent has a taller ground clearance than the Kia Telluride, 8.7" against 8.0". And, the 2022 Ascent has more advanced standard features like the LED Steering Responsive Headlights. The 2022 Telluride has LED headlights, but they don't move with the steering like the LED headlights of the 2022 Ascent.

Inside, both models can seat up to eight passengers or seven passengers if you prefer second-row captain's chairs. But, when it comes to climate control, the Subaru Ascent comes standard with tri-zone automatic climate control instead of only dual-zone like the Kia Telluride, so your passengers are comfortable no matter where they sit inside the 2022 Ascent. When it comes to cargo space, it's a virtual tie with the 2022 Ascent having a max cargo volume of 86.5 cubic feet while the 2022 Telluride has 87 cubic feet.


front interior profile of 2022 subaru ascent including steering wheel and infotainment display with apps

2022 Subaru Ascent VS Kia Telluride: Technology

In the technology department, the 2022 Ascent and 2022 Telluride are actually quite similar. Both come standard with popular features like Apple CarPlay™ & Android Auto™ for smartphone integration, Bluetooth® technology for hands-free phone use, and a free trial for SiriusXM Satellite Radio. The Subaru Ascent and Kia Telluride also come with a touchscreen display for infotainment functions. Only the 2022 Ascent, however, offers 4G LTE Wi-Fi, standard on all but the entry-level model, so you and your passengers can stay connected on the road. The 2022 Telluride does not offer any Wi-Fi hotspot on any of its trim models. And, although both SUVs offer available Harman Kardon premium sound systems, the Subaru Ascent system comes with 14 speakers instead of 10 like with the Kia Telluride.

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2022 Subaru Ascent VS Kia Telluride: Performance

Performance and capability separate the good large SUV models from the great ones, and both the 2022 Ascent and 2022 Telluride are plenty capable. The Subaru Ascent comes standard with a 2.4-liter turbocharged engine making 260 horsepower and 277 lb/ft of torque. The 2022 Telluride has a standard 3.8-liter V6 that generates 291 horsepower and 262 lb/ft of torque. Both models have a maximum towing capacity of 5,000 pounds, but only the Subaru Ascent comes standard with the Trailer Stability Assist feature, so it's not only strong but smart as well. And, while the 2022 Telluride offers All-Wheel Drive as an available drivetrain, the 2022 Ascent comes standard with Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive at no extra cost to you. Both models have power, but the Subaru Ascent separates itself with its added technology and standard AWD drivetrain.


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2022 Subaru Ascent VS Kia Telluride: Safety

A powerful engine and slick tech features may grab the most attention, but safety is always the most critical category for any vehicle. The 2022 Ascent and 2022 Telluride are both engineered with world-class safety, evidenced by each model receiving a five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA. However, the NHTSA gave the Kia Telluride only four stars in the frontal crash test, which the Subaru Ascent earned a perfect five-star score in. Both SUVs also come standard with numerous driver-assist features like pre-collision braking, lane departure warning, and advanced adaptive cruise control standard to make your commute easier and safer. There are, however, a few safety advantages that come with a new Subaru Ascent.

Automatic high beams are standard on every new Subaru Ascent, but you'll need to shell out some serious money and upgrade the new Kia Telluride to the top-of-the-line model to find this feature as standard. What's more, every new Subaru Ascent also comes standard with steering-responsive headlights, which is a feature that you simply won't find on the three-row SUV from Kia.

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2022 Subaru Ascent VS Kia Telluride: Price & Value

These two SUVs have a lot to offer and this is a closely-contested comparison. Lastly, we'll look at the starting prices of these two impressive SUVs. The 2022 Subaru Ascent, living up the Subaru reputation of offering affordable prices with generous standard features, has a starting MSRP of only $32,295. To get the 2022 Kia Telluride, you'll have to pay a bit more with its starting MSRP of $32,790. Taking into account the size, standard features, safety and performance that the Subaru Ascent offers at a lower price than the Kia Telluride, it's clear which model has the better value for you and your family.

Give us a call at Byers Airport Subaru to learn more about the 2022 Subaru Ascent and schedule a test drive. Our dealership is conveniently located at 401 N. Hamilton Road in Columbus, Ohio.

2022 Subaru Ascent2022 Kia Telluride
$32,295Starting MSRP*$32,790
2.4-Liter Turbocharged SUBARU BOXER H4Standard Engine3.8-Liter Lambda V6
260 HP / 277 lb/ftPerformance Output (Horsepower / Torque)291 HP / 262 lb/ft
Symmetric All-Wheel DriveStandard DrivetrainFront-Wheel Drive
27 MPG / 21 MPGStandard Fuel Economy (Highway / City)26 MPG / 23 MPG
8 PassengersSeating Capacity8 Passengers
47.5 / 86.5 Cubic FeetCargo Capacity (Behind 2nd Row / 3rd Row)46.0 / 87.0 Cubic Feet
5,000 poundsMax Towing Capacity 5,000 pounds
Available4G LTE Wi-FiNot Available
5/5 StarsNHTSA Overall Safety Score5/5 Stars

*Manufacturer's suggested retail price does not include destination and delivery charges, tax, title and registration fees. Destination and delivery includes handling and inland freight fees and may vary in some states. Prices, specifications, options, features and models subject to change without notice.