The 2020 GMC Yukon Vs the KIA Telluride – the valedictorian Vs the dropout
It’s really a case of the respectable Vs the funky child-man that hasn’t found their way in life even at the age of 40.
We’re talking about the 2020 GMC Yukon and the KIA Telluride. Read on to see which one’s the winner and which one’s the loser of this fight.
In the first corner, we have the Yukon, a premium, executive-looking SUV that commands your respect the second you lay eyes on it. It’s a car that will boost the social status of its owners just by simply being there. Robust, sharp, and with a timeless charm, the Yukon is fit for royalty.
The Telluride, however, is the exact opposite. Cartoonish in its design, it’s a case of simply trying too hard. The yellow-orange color of the front LED headlights alone is highly down putting as it makes the car look like a toy. A very polarizing aesthetic to say the least that will draw in toddlers, not adults. The problem with that is that toddlers aren’t known for shedding tens of thousands of dollars to buy SUVs...
Under the hood, the ridiculous difference between the two is even more evident. If the Telluride comes with a single-engine choice, a measly 3.8-liter V-6 that will produce 291-horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque, the Yukon lets future owners choose between two powertrains.
The first is the standard engine, a 5.3-liter V-8 that will belt out a whopping 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque. That’s already 64 horsepower and 121 pound-feet of torque above what the Telluride can offer.
But the available upgrade on the Yukon turns things into a bloodbath – a massive 6.2-liter V-8 that will churn out 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. Now we’re 129 horsepower and 158 pound-feet of torque above Telluride’s capabilities, enough extra strength to power a sedan.
Toy car versus a proper SUV.
The only segment where the two cars can compare is interior quality and standard features. To be fair, the KIA rises to the occasion on this one as it comes with an 8.0-inch touchscreen, both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, 5 USB ports, Bluetooth audio streaming, synthetic leather upholstery, some active safety tech, power features, and keyless ignition.
For its part, the Yukon SLE, the model’s base trim, offers 18-inch bright machined aluminum wheels, a 9-speaker Bose premium sound system, a rear vision camera, a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, leather-appointed front bucket seats, an 8.0-inch color touch with both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, Sirius XM satellite radio, front and rear park assist, tri-zone automatic climate control, and the Teen Driver technology.
If you’re in the market for a full-sized SUV, the GMC Yukon must be high on your shortlist. You can check this amazing car in all trim levels and most available colors here at Northwest Hills Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac in Torrington, CT . Visit us today and our dedicated sales team can even arrange for you to take the 2020 GMC Yukon out for a test drive.