2022 Chevy Traverse vs Kia Telluride

September 2nd, 2022 by

Midsize SUVs can offer a spacious and luxurious means of transporting the whole family around without having to go the minivan route. Three-rows of seats, plenty of cargo room, and a lot going on under the hood make both the 2022 Chevrolet Traverse and the 2022 Kia Telluride excellent choices for your new vehicle. Several different trim options are available for each, such as the LS, LT, RS, Premier, and High Country for the Traverse and the LX, S, EX, and SX for the Telluride, which will give you plenty of options. So, which would make the best fit for your lifestyle?

Quick Specs Comparison

  • MSRP Price: Chevy Traverse starting at $33,700 – Kia Telluride starting at $33,390
  • Seating Capacity: Chevy Traverse offers seating for 8 – Kia Telluride offers seating for 8
  • MPG: Chevy Traverse estimated 18/27 cty/hwy – Kia Telluride estimated 20/26 cty/hwy
  • Engine: Chevy Traverse has a 3.6L V6 – Kia Telluride has a 3.8L V6
  • Horsepower: Chevy Traverse provides 310 hp – Kia Telluride provides 291 hp
  • Cargo Space: Chevy Traverse holds 98.2 cubic feet – Kia Telluride holds 87 cubic feet
  • Towing Capacity: Chevy Traverse maximum towing capacity is 5,000 lbs. – Kia Telluride maximum towing capacity is 5,000 lbs.

Similarities and Differences

2022 Chevy Traverse on the Road

When looking at the similarities, both the Chevy Traverse and the Kia Telluride are nice and roomy with plenty of comfortable seating for up to 8 passengers and lots of cargo space. They each offer the same 5,000 lbs. of towing possibility and an option for all-wheel drive. They also offer driver assist technologies to help with keeping everyone safe.

However, when you look deeper you see there are a lot of differences between the two SUVs. The Chevrolet Traverse offers a more powerful engine to get around with ease. It is also the larger of the two, providing better legroom for passengers in the back seats as well as space for more cargo. Meanwhile the Kia Telluride has a lot of flashy technology features.

Trims Available for the Chevy Traverse


Starting at an MSRP of $33,700, the LS is the baseline trim option for the Traverse. It offers all the benefits of the Chevy Safety Assist technology such as automatic emergency braking, forward collision alert, front pedestrian braking, lane keep assist with lane departure warning, and more. A rear view camera is also standard. The Traverse gives you an easy-to-use 7-inch color infotainment system with touchscreen and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connection capabilities.

Each of the models of the Traverse also provide plenty of USB ports, cupholders, and tri-zone climate controls with individual settings to keep everyone comfortable.


The LT trim starts at an MSRP of $36,200 for the standard cloth trim or you can upgrade to the Leather edition which adds leather upholstery as well as heated front seats, a power rear liftgate, and more. Both the cloth and leather additions offer upgrades from the LS. Here you have the option of having the second row seating be captain’s chairs rather than the bench seat. Additionally, there are upgrades in the driver seat controls including lumbar support, rear park assist, wireless phone charging, and more.


At the RS trim, Chevy kicks things up a notch. With a starting MSRP of $44,200 you get a lot of extra tech and luxury. A Bose premium 10-speaker sound system and lots of visual accents adorn the RS. The infotainment system is bumped up to an 8 inch diagonal HD color touchscreen and includes a navigation system. Also, the whole experience of driving is made a little easier with HD surround vision, a rear camera mirror, and adaptive cruise control.


The Premier trim has a starting MSRP of $46,600 and increases the diagonal color driver information center from 4.2 inches to 8 inches with an enhanced customizable display. Additionally, the Premier trim has a hands-free power rear liftgate with a projection to show where to trigger it, as well as memory settings for the power driver seat, outside mirrors, and the power steering column.

The option to make your Traverse into the Redline Edition with a dual skyscape 2-panel power sunroof, black and red accents, and more is available at this Premier trim.

High Country

At the most exquisite trim option, the High Country starts at an MSRP of $51,200 and offers a lot of accent details to both the interior and exterior. The dual skyscape 2-panel power sunroof is standard on this trim and includes a power rear sunscreen. The High Country is equipped with a heavy-duty cooling system to help your engine dissipate heat, as well as hitch guidance technology and trailering equipment. Stowing cargo is easier too with a power 60/40 split-folding third row bench seat.

Trims Available for the Kia Telluride


Starting at $33,390, the LX trim of the Kia Telluride offers a lot of safety features such as blind-spot collision-avoidance assist-rear, rear cross-traffic collision-avoidance assist, forward collision-avoidance assist, and more. The LX is equipped with a 10.25-inch touchscreen that offers navigation with a Kia Connect subscription.


The S trim starts at a $35,890 MSRP and provides you with some additional luxuries. A power sunroof, power driver’s seat, heated front seats, and a wireless phone charger all are standard on this model. The 2nd row bench seats are exchanged for captain’s chairs, which offer more comfortable seating but also reduce the number of passengers from 8 to 7.


The EX trim is available in more colors than the previous LX and S models and starts at an MSRP of $38,390. The EX provides ventilated front seats in addition to heated seats and gives you a smart power liftgate. The second row seating can either be the bench seat or can be upgraded to captain’s chairs. Additional features are added such as an auto-dimming interior rear view mirror, leather seat trim, and integrated 2nd-row window sunshades.


The top-of-the-line SX trim comes in at a starting MSRP of $43,290. It provides an extra layer of indulgence with features such as a Harman Kardon stereo, front and rear sunroofs, LED headlights and fog lamps, and a 12-way power driver’s seat. It also has some extra driver assist technology equipped, such as the blind-spot view monitor and surround view monitor. Many additional options are available at an extra cost, such as a heated steering wheel, premium Nappa leather seat trim, a head-up driver display, and automatic rain-sensing windshield wipers.

So…Chevy Traverse or the Kia Telluride?

While both the 2022 Chevy Traverse and the 2022 Kia Telluride are exceptional midsize SUVs, which one you choose is a decision not to be taken lightly. Both vehicles offer a lot of space. However, the Traverse has a little more legroom as well as a larger cargo area. The Traverse also provides a more powerful engine. Both are pretty comparable in price and offer a safe and comfortable drive. The Traverse offers more trims and options for upgrading and customizing your vehicle than the Telluride. We prefer the Traverse! Burlington Chevy can help you find yours today.

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