2023 Subaru Ascent vs 2023 Kia Telluride

The Subaru Ascent was released for the 2019 model year, the new flagship model of the brand's crossover lineup. The next year, the Kia brand followed suit by unveiling its own premium midsize crossover in the form of the Telluride, its own new flagship utility vehicle. Both models have been well-received and quite popular since their release, but we thought we'd take a closer look at how exactly they compare to one another. So, check out this comparison to see the similarities and differences between the two CUVs.

Powertrain & Performance

The 2023 Ascent comes standard with a 2.4L turbocharged SUBARU BOXER engine that's capable of generating up to 260 horsepower. It doesn't have any other available engine options, and it's tethered exclusively to Subaru's high-torque Lineartronic CVT. The Kia Telluride also features just one powertrain, a 3.8L V6 Atkinson Cycle that can generate up to 291 horsepower. While that does mean a bit of extra power, it comes tethered to an 8-speed automatic transmission rather than a CVT like the Ascent.


Fuel Economy Ratings

When it comes to technical specifications that you care about, power is important, but you're probably more concerned with fuel economy ratings - especially in larger crossovers like these two. The Ascent manages to achieve up to 20 miles per gallon through the city and 26 mpg on the highway, and the Telluride actually has the exact same ratings when equipped with its front-wheel drive system. Those numbers do get bumped down to 19/24 mpg with the AWD, which the Ascent comes with standard.


Space & Capacity

Space is hugely important in utility vehicles, especially - once again - ones the size of these two. You probably wouldn't be looking at a vehicle in this segment if you didn't need space for passengers and cargo. The Ascent offers 17.8 cubic feet of space behind its rear seats and up to 75.6 cu. Ft. with the seats folded flat. Unfortunately, the Telluride does offer slightly more space, with 21 and 87 cu. ft. of space respectively. However, the Ascent more than makes up for that with tons of great content, such as EyeSight.

Find Your 2023 Subaru Ascent at Briggs Subaru of Topeka

If you think you might be interested in a 2023 Subaru Ascent of your own, be sure to reach out to us right here at Briggs Subaru of Topeka to let us know. We don't know exactly when the newest iteration of the vehicle will become available as of the time of this page's creation, but check our inventory when you're reading this and feel free to give us a call if you can't find the vehicle for which you're looking.

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