In comparing the Ford Explorer ST's and the Kia Telluride SX's specifications and ratings, the Ford Explorer ST has the advantage in the areas of resale value and base engine power. The Kia Telluride SX has the advantage in the areas of new vehicle base pricing, typical lower range of pricing for one- to five-year-old used cars, and fuel efficiency and interior volume. Based on this comparison of the Ford Explorer ST's and the Kia Telluride SX's specifications and ratings, the Kia Telluride SX is a better car than the Ford Explorer ST.
Ford Explorer ST vs. Kia Telluride SX Pricing
A used 2023 Ford Explorer ST ranges from $54,111 to $63,300 while a used 2023 Kia Telluride SX is priced between $48,569 to $60,219. For a new model, the Ford Explorer ST's price is between $57,119 and $63,165, with the Kia Telluride SX priced between $47,774 and $59,977.
Ford Explorer ST vs. Kia Telluride SX Resale/Retained Value
Looking at the 5-year depreciation rate for both models, the Ford Explorer ST loses 46.2 percent of its value and the Kia Telluride SX loses 47 percent of its value. This means the Ford Explorer ST retains 0.8 percentage points more of its value and has the advantage of higher resale value versus the Kia Telluride SX.
Engine Power and Fuel Efficiency Comparison
For engine performance, the Ford Explorer ST’s base engine makes 400 horsepower, and the Kia Telluride SX base engine makes 291 horsepower. The ST is rated to deliver an average of 20 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 505 miles. The SX is rated to deliver an average of 23 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 489 miles.This gives the Kia Telluride SX the advantage in fuel efficiency and the Ford Explorer ST the advantage in maximum range. Both models use regular unleaded.
Passenger Space Comparison
While both models are crossover/midsize SUVs, the Kia Telluride SX has the advantage of offering more rear leg room and cargo space. The Ford Explorer ST has the advantage in the areas of front head room, front shoulder room, front leg room, rear head room and rear shoulder room.
Safety Ratings Comparison
When comparing crash test ratings from NHTSA, both the Ford Explorer ST and the Kia Telluride SX have the same average safety rating of 5 out of 5 Stars. When comparing IIHS evaluations, the Kia Telluride SX has the better rating with a Top Safety Pick+ award compared to the Ford Explorer ST’s Top Safety Pick award.