Compared: 2024 Kia Telluride vs. 2024 Nissan Pathfinder
It's a choice of style or functionality for these family three-row midsize SUVs.
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Three-row crossover SUVs such as the Kia Telluride and Nissan Pathfinder are the minivans of the modern era, and nearly every automaker has an offering in this popular segment.
The Telluride is a head turner with near-luxury finishes. It gets a mild exterior makeover for 2024. The Pathfinder, completely redesigned for 2022, offers a rugged look and intelligent features.
The Telluride and Pathfinder Compete on Price
The 2024 Kia Telluride comes in 10 trim levels. The least-expensive 2024 Telluride, a front-wheel-drive Telluride LX, starts around $37,000. Add $2,000 for all-wheel drive. The top-of-the-line 2024 Kia Telluride SX Prestige AWD X-Pro carries a starting price of about $55,000.
Nissan offers the 2024 Pathfinder in five trim levels. The entry-level 2024 Nissan Pathfinder S starts just north of $37,000. Opting for all-wheel drive adds $2,000 to the price tag. A top-of-the-line 2024 Nissan Pathfinder Platinum rings in at around $52,000.
Kia's SUV Has a Bigger Screen and a Longer Warranty
The Kia Telluride can be optioned with a 12.3-inch center infotainment screen, while the Pathfinder tops out with a 9.0-inch center screen. Each model's upper trim levels come with a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a head-up display.
With second-row captain's chairs, the Pathfinder has a clever center storage bin you can remove whenever access to the third row takes priority. While both vehicles have an available heated second row, only the Telluride can be optioned with ventilated second-row seats — usually a luxury feature.
The Kia and Nissan three-row family SUVs offer trim levels meant for light off-roading. The Pathfinder Rock Creek is a standalone trim level, while the Telluride's X-Pro variant is available on the mid-level SX or top-level SX Prestige trim. Kia offers an off-road appearance package, the X-Line, for the Telluride's EX, SX, and SX Prestige trims.
The Pathfinder has an edge on the Telluride when it comes to towing. The 2024 Nissan Pathfinder hauls up to 6,000 pounds, while the Telluride is limited to 5,550 pounds. Only the Telluride is available with a self-leveling rear suspension.
Kia is known for its warranty, which is significantly better than most competitors. Every 2024 Kia Telluride has a five-year, 60,000-mile basic warranty and a 10-year, 100,000-mile powertrain warranty. The Pathfinder's warranty is three years, 36,000 miles of basic coverage and five years, 60,000 miles of powertrain coverage.
The Pathfinder's V6 Is More Efficient by a Narrow Margin
The 2024 Kia Telluride has a 3.8-liter V6 making 291 horsepower paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Front wheel-drive models return 20/26/22 mpg city/highway/combined, while all-wheel-drive examples rate at 18/24/20 mpg.
The 2024 Nissan Pathfinder has a V6 engine, a 284-hp 3.5-liter powerplant mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission. The base 2024 Nissan Pathfinder returns 20/27/23 mpg, while all-wheel-drive models achieve up to 21/27/23 mpg.
All vehicle pricing includes MSRP plus destination charges (set at the time of publication) and will be rounded to the nearest thousand.