Compare 2021 Ford Explorer vs 2021 Kia Telluride

2021 Ford Explorer
2021 Kia Telluride

2021 Ford Explorer


2021 Kia Telluride

2.3L 4cyl Turbo


3.8L 6cyl
300 HP


291 HP
21 city / 28 hwy*

Fuel Economy

19 city / 24 hwy*

Serving Crestview , FL

Celebrating its 30th anniversary in America, the 2021 Ford Explorer lives up to high standards in terms of performance and reliability. This midsize SUV is available in five models, including the aggressive ST model. Also having a midsize platform, the 2021 Kia Telluride SUV only enters its second year on the American market. Ford Crestview will show you why the 2021 Explorer is more powerful and technologically advanced than the Kia rival.


Installed by default on the 2021 Ford Explorer base model, the 2.3 L EcoBoost engine boasts a 300-horsepower rating. Cranking out 310 pound-feet of torque, the I-4 engine takes advantage of turbocharging and the Ti-VCT mechanism. Built on the Lambda platform, the 2021 Kia Telluride's 3.8 L V6 engine can't generate more than 291 hp. Displaying the Gasoline Direct Injection label, this signature powertrain doesn't crank out more than 262 lb-ft. You could buy the Ford Explorer at Ford Crestview with the 3.0 L V6 engine, which is also assigned the EcoBoost nameplate. Maximum ratings of this twin-turbo propulsion system include 400 hp and 415 lb-ft. If you want to maximize fuel economy without sacrificing power, choose a hybrid powertrain for the 2021 Explorer. The 3.3 L V6 hybrid engine is much more powerful than the Telluride's GDI V6 engine. This Kia SUV isn't designed to tow a trailer that weighs more than 5,000 pounds. When running on the V6 turbo engine, the 2021 Ford model has a 600-pound towing advantage over its Kia competitor. Additionally, the versatile Explorer is available with a rear-wheel drive (RWD) for sporty driving. The Telluride comes standard with a FWD, and a RWD isn't on the lineup. However, both midsize SUVs offer advanced AWD systems with multiple driving modes.


The 2021 Ford Explorer offers a 10.1-inch LCD touch screen that's shaped like a portrait. Having a capacitive design, this advanced display responds to gentle taps, swipes, pinches and other gestures. Measuring 10.25 inches diagonally, the 2021 Telluride's touch screen has a wide design. The UVO Link technology is available in this Kia SUV's multimedia system. The Ford Explorer at Ford Crestview boasts the SYNC suite in the infotainment console. Every person inside this premium SUV can connect a device to the FordPass Connect 4G LTE Wi-Fi modem. You won't get as many Wi-Fi connections inside the 2021 Telluride model. At Ford Crestview, we want to highlight the 2021 Explorer's other best-in-class electronic features, like the Bang & Olufsen sound system that produces 980 watts. Designed by one of Europe's top audio brands, the 12 speakers replicate great acoustics from SiriusXM Satellite Radio or HD Radio. With direct access to Waze and SiriusXM Traffic, you will quickly adapt to traffic conditions on local freeways. Such advanced applications aren't readily available in the UVO Link suite. However, the Telluride offers several high-tech amenities that deserve recognition, like the Driver Talk and Quiet Mode.


The 2021 Ford Explorer offers the Co-Pilot 360 Assist+ package for enhanced safety on roads with lots of potential hazards. Scanning the road ahead for possible conflicts with stopped vehicles or moving pedestrians, the Automatic Emergency Braking reduces the risk of a collision with them. The AEB is powered by the next-generation Pre-Collision Assist. Similarly, the 2021 Kia Telluride has the Auto Emergency Braking from the Forward Collision Avoidance suite. Most of the vehicle's accident-prevention technologies carry the Kia Drive Wise name. At Ford Crestview, you're more than welcome to explore the 2021 Explorer's other driving aids, like the Active Park Assist 2.0. Featuring sensors that scan the vehicle's entire perimeter, this all-new parking system makes life easier for urban drivers. Additionally, this three-row Ford SUV offers the Rear View Camera with a washer that removes dirt and debris.

Contact us to set up a test drive in the 2021 Ford Explorer at Ford Crestview. You could try the base, ST and other new trims from our inventory.

*All figures are EPA estimates. Actual mileage may vary.