New Subaru Outback Vs All-New Kia Telluride - Outback Is Losing On Its Home Turf
Until recently, the Subaru Outback was the best-selling car in Denver and Colorado, but things have changed. The all-new 2020 Subaru Outback is selling well, and in short supply in the Denver metro area, but it is losing to the hot new Kia Telluride on its home turf. A new report from iSeeCars reveals the all-new Telluride is the fastest-selling new vehicle in Denver and the second-fastest in North America.
The Telluride is a three-row SUV, while the Outback has two rows of seats and fits in the mid-size wagon/SUV/ crossover segment. The Kia Telluride is about the same size as a Honda Pilot, Toyota Highlander, and does compete with the new Subaru Ascent 3-Row family hauler.
How does the Kia Telluride compare with the 2020 Subaru Outback?
The Telluride is the largest vehicle the South Korean automaker has ever made. The Outback did grow for the 2020 model change with passenger volume in the new sixth-generation wagon, increasing nearly one cubic foot, and cargo volume improved by 2.4 cubic feet. The width between the rear wheel wells increased by almost 1 inch.
Outback offers 32.5 cubic feet of cargo room behind the rear seats and 75.7 cubes with the seats folded down. The Outback offers plenty of utility for hauling extra cargo for camping and long road trips.
Cargo space in the Telluride is generous, with 21 cubic feet behind the third row and 87 cubic feet with both rows folded down.
The more adventurous Outback XT trim comes with a new 2.4-liter turbocharged engine producing 260 horsepower and 277 lb-ft of torque. The XT Boxer engine comes mated with a high-torque Lineartronic CVT automatic transmission with 8-speed manual control and steering wheel paddle shifters. A new auto-stop/start feature helps improve fuel efficiency.
EPA estimated fuel economy is 23/30 mpg city/highway and 26 combined mpg using regular unleaded fuel.
The new Telluride comes standard with a 3.8-liter V6 producing 291 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. It comes paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is optional.
EPA fuel mileage estimates come in at 19/24 city/highway mpg and 21 combined mpg with all-wheel-drive.
The all-new 2020 Subaru Outback may be losing Denver to the hot Kia Telluride, but the Outback has been around since 1995 and is now in its six-generation. The Kia Telluride is riding the wave of prestige and hype around a brand-new model that will likely soon wear off.
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Denis Flierl has invested over 30 years in the automotive industry in a consulting role working with every major car brand. He is an accredited member of the Rocky Mountain Automotive Press and the founder of Subaru Report where he covers all of the Japanese automaker's models. More stories can be found on the Torque News Subaru page. Follow Denis on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
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