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2024 Kia Telluride vs. 2024 Kia Sportage | East Hartford, CT

If you’re searching for a modern-day marvel of an SUV, consider either the 2024 Kia Telluride or 2024 Kia Sportage. While both offer advanced technologies and sophisticated aesthetics, a key difference is that the Telluride is a three-row SUV, and the Sportage has two rows of seating. So keep that in mind when deciding between the two — do you require more passenger and cargo space, or is a compact style suitable for you? Decide by reading through this 2024 Kia Telluride vs. Kia Sportage comparison crafted by the team at Kia of East Hartford. You can also check out our Sportage review and Telluride review for more information.

Come see these Kia SUVs for yourself at our East Hartford, CT, dealership today! You can take a look at our new Sportage inventory and new Telluride inventory to find your favorite from among our stock. Next, be sure to take a look at our Sportage lease and Telluride lease. Any questions you have can be directed to our team by phone at (860) 291-7000 or through our online form.

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2024 Kia Telluride vs. 2024 Kia Sportage

2024 Kia Telluride vs. Sportage Engines & Performance

Whether you choose the 2024 Kia Telluride or Sportage, you’ll find a powerful engine under the hood, plus a standard eight-speed automatic transmission. Both models also offer the option of front-wheel drive (FWD) or all-wheel drive (AWD). Looking to tow? The Telluride offers the better towing capacity of the two — 5,000 pounds. View engine specs in the accompanying table.

Telluride 2024 Kia Model Sportage
3.8L V6 Engine 2.5L I4
291 HP Horsepower 187 HP
262 lb.-ft. Torque 178 lb.-ft.
20 / 26 Max. MPG (City/Hwy) 25 / 33
5,000 lbs. Towing Capacity 2,500 lbs.
FWD / AWD Drivetrain FWD / AWD
Eight-speed automatic Transmission Eight-speed automatic

2024 Kia Telluride vs. Sportage Interior Design & Technology

Comfort is a must for those long road trips, and both the 2024 Kia Sportage and Telluride more than deliver. Both offer heated and ventilated front seats, and the Telluride also offers heated and ventilated second-row seats, so your lucky second-row passengers can experience that luxury too. While both SUVs also offer dual-zone automatic climate control, the Telluride adds rear passenger auto climate control so everyone can stay comfortable. You’ll find a difference in the sunroofs — the Sportage has one panoramic sunroof, and the Telluride has dual sunroofs. Interior features available on both SUVs include:

  • Smart Key 
  • Push-button start
  • Power windows with driver and front passenger one-touch auto-up/down
  • Day/night rearview mirror
  • Dual-zone auto climate control 
  • Ten-way power driver's seat with two-way power lumbar adjustment and memory settings
  • Eight-way power front passenger’s seat
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • LED interior lighting

Entertain your loved ones in style in either the 2024 Kia Sportage or Telluride. The Telluride is standard with a 12.3-inch infotainment touchscreen, while that same feature is optional on the Sportage. The Sportage is instead standard with an 8-inch touchscreen. The audiophiles in your family will also appreciate the available Harman Kardon® premium audio systems available on both SUVs. Stay on top of vehicle alerts with the 12.3-inch instrument display offered on these two Kia SUVs. Driver assist features available on both SUVs include:


  • 8-in. or 12.3-in. touchscreen display with navigation 
  • Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™
  • Harman Kardon speakers
  • SiriusXM® Satellite Radio
  • Kia Connect 
  • Wireless phone charger
  • 12.3-in. instrument display
2024 Kia Telluride interior front dashboard

2024 Kia Telluride

2024 Kia Sportage interior seating

2024 Kia Sportage

2024 Kia Telluride vs. Sportage Size & Cargo Capacity

Ultimately, the 2024 Kia Telluride is the more spacious of the two SUVs, with up to 87 cubic feet of cargo volume. However, the 2024 Kia Sportage offers quite a lot of cargo space, too — 74.1 cubic feet behind the front seats, which is ample space for furniture or large boxes. Both offer 60/40 split-folding second-row seats, but the Telluride has more options for seating configurations because it can be built to seat either seven or eight passengers. So some Telluride models have 50/50 split-folding seats instead. You’ll also find 60/40 split-folding and reclining third-row seats on the Telluride. Interior dimensions for both SUVs include:

Telluride 2024 Kia Model Sportage
Seven or eight Passenger Capacity Five
87 cu.-ft. Max. Cargo Space 74.1 cu.-ft.
46 / 21 cu.-ft. Cargo Space Behind Second/Third Row 39.6 / – cu.-ft.
40.9 / 40.2 / 38.1 in. Headroom (First/Second/Third) 39.6 / 39.4 in.
41.4 / 42.4 / 31.4 in. Legroom (First/Second/Third) 41.4 / 41.3 in.

2024 Kia Telluride vs. Sportage Safety Features

Most of the driver assistance features available on the 2024 Kia Sportage and Telluride are virtually indistinguishable, with a couple of exceptions. The Telluride is the only one that offers a 10-inch head-up display for a clear view of key vehicle information right on your windshield. You’ll also find that they each offer slightly different blind spot detection features — the Sportage has parallel exit blind-spot collision-avoidance assist, and the Telluride has parallel exit blind-spot collision warning. Both come with Kia Drive Wise technologies, which include:

  • Blind spot view monitor 
  • Forward collision avoidance assist with pedestrian, cyclist, and junction turning detection 
  • Rear cross-traffic collision avoidance assist 
  • Park distance warning - front and rear 
  • Parking collision avoidance assist - reverse 
  • Surround view monitor 
  • Navigation-based smart cruise control with stop and go - curve 
2024 Kia Telluride driving fast on a wet road

2024 Kia Telluride

2024 Kia Sportage parked by desert rocks

2024 Kia Sportage

2023 Kia Sportage vs. Telluride | East Hartford, CT

Kia has a variety of SUV models available, with two popular options being the 2023 Kia Sportage and 2023 Kia Telluride. Both are crafted with premium materials and are loaded with innovative amenities — so, what are the differences? Our team at Kia of East Hartford in East Hartford, CT, put together the following comparison guide to help with your research.

Browse through our vast inventory of new Kia models to find your favorite. If you’d like to schedule a test drive with the Sportage or Telluride — or both — then give us a call at (860) 291-7000 or send us a message. Once you’ve picked your favorite SUV, pair it with one of our finance and lease offers.

2023 Kia Sportage vs. Telluride Exterior Design

Sleek styling is standard on both the 2023 Kia Sportage and Kia Telluride. The Telluride sports a rectangular profile, while the Sportage has a more curved profile with distinct body contour lines. Both models have a wide selection of earthy colors to choose from, but only the Sportage offers a two-tone paint job on select models.

Some available shared exterior features include:

  • X-Line body styling (X-Line trims)
  • Roof rails
  • LED headlights, daytime running lights, tail lights, and fog lights
  • Heated, power-adjustable side view mirrors with LED turn signal
  • Smart power tailgate
  • Sunroof options
    • Single or dual sunroof (Telluride)
    • Panoramic sunroof (Sportage)

2023 Kia Sportage vs. Telluride Interior Design & Technology

Enjoy a relaxing, well-appointed cabin regardless if you choose the 2023 Kia Sportage or 2023 Kia Telluride. They share many desirable features — like a power-adjustable driver’s seat and smartphone connectivity — but there are a few key differences. While both models offer SynTex upholstery, only the Telluride offers leather or Nappa leather upholstery, in addition to heated and ventilated second-row seats. The Telluride also offers an auto-dimming or full digital rear view mirror, neither of which are available in the Sportage.

Available 2023 Kia Sportage and 2023 Kia Telluride interior features include:

  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Heated, leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Harman Kardon® premium audio system 
  • 12.3-in. driver information display 
  • Wireless phone charger
  • 12.3-in. infotainment touchscreen display 
  • Apple CarPlay® / Android Auto™
  • SiriusXM® Satellite Radio
  • Navigation

2023 Kia Sportage vs. Telluride Engine Specs & Fuel Economy

The 2023 Kia Sportage and 2023 Kia Telluride are both powered by durable and potent engines that offer great performance and handling. If you’re interested in a fuel-efficient model, choose the Sportage, as it includes hybrid and plug-in hybrid options. Do you plan to tow items, such as a trailer or a small boat? Pick the Telluride, as it offers a maximum towing capacity of 5,500 pounds when properly equipped, whereas the Sportage can only tow up to 1,653 pounds.

Learn more in the accompanying table.


Engine: 2.5L I4
Horsepower: 187 HP
Torque: 178 lb.-ft.
Drivetrain: FWD or AWD
Fuel Economy (city/hwy): 25 / 32 MPG


Engine: 1.6L hybrid turbo I4
Horsepower: 227 HP
Torque: 258 lb.-ft.
Drivetrain: FWD or AWD
Fuel Economy (city/hwy): 42 / 44 MPG


Engine: 1.6L turbo plug-in hybrid I4
Horsepower: 261 HP
Torque: 258 lb.-ft.
Drivetrain: AWD
Fuel Economy: 84 combined MPGe


Engine: 3.8L V6
Horsepower: 291 HP
Torque: 262 lb.-ft.
Drivetrain: FWD or AWD
Fuel Economy (city/hwy): 20 / 26

2023 Kia Sportage vs. Telluride Size & Cargo Space

The greatest difference between the Sportage and the Telluride is size. The Telluride is over a foot longer than the Sportage and can be equipped with seven or eight passenger seating. That makes the Kia Telluride fall into the mid-size SUV segment, whereas the five-passenger Kia Sportage is a crossover SUV. If you have a larger family or prefer greater cargo capacities, opt for the Telluride; if not, you’ll find the Kia Sportage to have plentiful space.

Cargo Volume (behind first/second/third row) 74.1 cu.‑ft. / 39.6 cu.‑ft. / – 87 cu.‑ft. / 46 cu.‑ft. / 21 cu.‑ft.
Headroom (first/second/third row) 39.6 in. / 39.4 in. / – 40.9 in. / 40.2 in. / 38.1 in.
Legroom (first/second/third row) 41.4 in. / 41.3 in. / – 41.4 in. / 42.4 in. / 31.4 in.

2023 Kia Sportage vs. Telluride Safety Options & Features

Safety is the utmost priority across all Kia models, which is why the Sportage and Telluride both come standard with the suite of driver assistance features known as Kia Drive Wise. These technologies are activated during common traffic situations and help keep you alert and confident while you drive. Available exclusively on the Telluride is a 10-inch head-up display so that you can keep your eyes on the road while simultaneously seeing key information.

Available 2023 Kia Sportage and Kia Telluride safety features include:

  • Kia Drive Wise
    • Forward collision avoidance assist 
    • Lane following assist
    • Lane keeping assist
    • Lane departure warning
    • Driver attention warning with leading vehicle departure alert
    • Park distance warning
  • Rear cross-traffic collision avoidance assist
  • Blind-spot collision avoidance assist
  • Blind-spot view monitor
  • Rear view monitor or surround view monitor 
  • Highway driving assist
  • Smart cruise control