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Edmunds compares Jeep Grand Cherokee L and Kia Telluride

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Jeep’s Grand Cherokee has long been a solid choice for buyers looking for a premium, rugged SUV. Now there’s something new: the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L. It kicks off the complete model redesign and launches a third row seat, something the Grand Cherokee never had.

The third row seat adds versatility, but it also pits this L version against a dynamic set of competing models. Among the best, the 2021 Kia Telluride. Launched just a few years ago, the Telluride has impressed Edmunds experts with its spacious interior, well-appointed cabin and competitive price. Which SUV is the best buy? Edmunds compared them to find out.

COMFORT AND INTERIOR

Both of these SUVs have a smooth ride quality and well-padded seats. And unlike many rivals, the Telluride and Grand Cherokee L offer plenty of legroom and headroom in all three rows. This means that even 6ft players will have no problem sitting comfortably in the back.

There are, however, a few minor differences. The interior of the Kia is noticeably quieter when you’re cruising at highway speeds, and its seats keep you more in place when cornering. The Telluride also has a storage space advantage, offering 21 cubic feet of storage behind its third row seat compared to the 17.2 cubic feet of the Grand Cherokee L.

Winner: Kia Telluride

PERFORMANCE

Every SUV comes standard with a performance V6 engine. In the case of the Kia, it’s a 3.8-liter engine that produces 291 horsepower. The 3.6-liter Jeep engine produces an almost identical output of 293 horsepower. However, the Telluride weighs almost 700 pounds less than the Grand Cherokee, which helps it accelerate faster than the Jeep. Edmunds tests reveal the Telluride goes from zero to 60 mph in 7.5 seconds, compared to 8.6 seconds for the Grand Cherokee L. That’s enough of a difference to notice when accelerating quickly to enter. on a freeway or overtaking a slow moving vehicle.

But the Grand Cherokee L has three advantages with an all-new sheet metal. The first is an available 5.7-liter V8, which produces 357 horsepower. In addition, the Jeep can tow more. While the Telluride peaks at 5,000 pounds, the Grand Cherokee L’s V6 can pull up to 6,200 pounds. Opting for the V8 increases the towing capacity to 7,200 pounds. Finally, the Jeep is one of the few off-road-oriented vehicles in this category, with additions available such as hill descent control and an advanced traction management system.

Winner: Jeep Grand Cherokee L

TECHNOLOGY

We believe Jeep’s Uconnect 5 infotainment system has one of the most intuitive touchscreen interfaces on the market. The number buttons are quite large, and the generous screen size means there is a lot of virtual space to work with. Not to be outdone, the Kia has an equally easy-to-use system with crisp and clear graphics.

The two SUVs are also fairly balanced in terms of the power and clarity of their premium audio systems, the breadth of driver aids and advanced safety features, and smartphone integration. The two are on such a level playing field that we see this as a dead end.

Winner: tie

VALUE

The rear-wheel-drive Jeep Grand Cherokee L starts at $ 40,085, including destination and handling charges. You get what you pay for, with desirable features like a power tailgate, heated front seats, and adaptive cruise control, all standard. A fully loaded Summit Reserve V6 will set you back $ 65,430 or $ 68,725 if you go for the V8. The Grand Cherokee L has plenty of features across the lineup to support the hefty price tag, but the quality of the interior materials is a bit of a letdown.

Telluride is much cheaper; it costs $ 34,015 in its base form and reaches $ 51,805 with each major radio button checked. Kia lacks some of the luxurious features you can get on the Jeep, such as massage seats or four-zone air conditioning. But unless you consider this top-of-the-line Grand Cherokee L, you’ll generally find that the Telluride offers a similar offering of features at a significantly lower price. Its interior also gives off a more premium feel once you start to take a close look at the fit and finish of the materials.

Winner: Kia Telluride

EDMUNDS SAYS: The Kia Telluride and Jeep Grand Cherokee L are two of the hottest three-row SUVs on the market, but only one can win the crown in a direct comparison. While the Grand Cherokee L certainly has some appealing attributes, the Telluride wins out with its well-balanced nature and superior value.

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This story was provided to The Associated Press by the Edmunds automotive site.

Cameron Rogers is news editor at Edmunds. Twitter

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