2023 Kia Telluride vs. 2023 Nissan Pathfinder Comparison

You have tons of options when shopping for a midsize 3-row SUV, a list that includes the Kia Telluride and the recently redesigned Nissan Pathfinder. These SUVs have many similarities but some important differences you should know about.

Let’s take a closer look at the Telluride and the Pathfinder and find the right SUV for you.

2023 Kia Telluride

2023 Kia Telluride

The Kia Telluride boasts a roomy 3-row interior, robust V6 engine, and impressive list of standard features all at an affordable price. We estimate the pricing to start at about $36,000.

Kia Telluride Highlights

More interior space: The Kia Telluride has more passenger and cargo space than the Nissan Pathfinder. Compared to the Nissan, the Kia has an extra 3.4 inches of third-row legroom and 4.4 more cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row. If you’re looking for a lot of space in a midsize SUV, you’ll like the vast cabin in the Telluride.

Advanced standard tech: An impressive list of standard tech features in the Telluride includes a 10.25-inch infotainment system with navigation, remote start, and tons of safety tech, including the Highway Driving Assist semi-autonomous driving system.

Excellent warranty: The Kia Telluride provides peace of mind with a 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty and a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. By comparison, the Nissan Pathfinder is backed by a 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty and a 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty.

Check this week’s Fair Purchase Price or see the Telluride models for sale near you

2023 Nissan Pathfinder

2023 Nissan Pathfinder Rock Creek

The recently redesigned Nissan Pathfinder is a practical, family-friendly SUV with a rugged attitude, especially with the new Rock Creek model. We estimate the price to start at about $35,000.

Nissan Pathfinder Highlights

Varied model range: The Nissan Pathfinder has a lot of variety in its model range. The lower trims provide good value, the range-topping Platinum trim offers a luxury-like collection of features, and the rugged new Rock Creek trim boasts all-terrain tires, an off-road suspension, and a surround-view monitor with off-road mode.

Better AWD fuel economy: The Pathfinder and the Telluride have the same fuel economy rating with front-wheel drive (FWD), but when you add all-wheel drive (AWD), the Nissan is more fuel-efficient. The Pathfinder with AWD gets a combined fuel economy rating of 23 mpg, while the AWD-equipped Telluride gets 21 mpg.

Towing muscle: The Nissan Pathfinder has one of the best tow ratings in its class. When properly equipped, the Pathfinder can tow up to 6,000 pounds adding to its versatility for active families. The Telluride has a max tow rating of 5,500 pounds.

Check this week’s Fair Purchase Price or see the Pathfinder models for sale near you


Standard V6, similar performance, comparable pricing, standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay


These are both excellent family SUVs, and you can’t go wrong with either. The Nissan Pathfinder has more towing capacity and slightly better AWD fuel economy, but the Telluride has more standard features, a longer warranty, and a roomier interior. Which is right for you depends on what you’re looking for in a 3-row SUV.

2023 Kia Telluride 2023 Nissan Pathfinder
Estimated Starting Price $36,000 $35,000
Popular Powertrains
Engine 3.8-liter V6 3.5-liter V6
Horsepower 291 hp @ 6,000 rpm 284 hp @ 6,400 rpm
Torque 262 lb-ft @ 5,200 rpm 259 lb-ft @ 4,800 rpm
Transmission 8-speed automatic 9-speed automatic
Fuel Economy 20 city/26 highway/23 combined mpg 21 city/26 highway/23 combined mpg
Also Available AWD AWD
Basic Warranty 5 years/60,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
Powertrain Warranty 10 years/100,000 miles 5 years/60,000 miles
NHTSA Overall Safety 5 stars TBD
Max Seating Capacity 8 8
Wheelbase 114.2 inches 114.2 inches
Overall Length 196.9 inches 197.7 inches
Width 78.3 inches 77.9 inches
Height 68.9 inches 70.9 inches
Turning Diameter 38.8 feet 38.7 feet
Headroom, 1st row 39.5 inches 42.3 inches
Headroom, 2nd row 38.8 inches 39.6 inches
Headroom, 3rd row 37.8 inches 37.8 inches
Legroom, 1st row 41.4 inches 44.3 inches
Legroom, 2nd row 42.4 inches 35.5 inches
Legroom, 3rd row 31.4 inches 28.0 inches
Shoulder room, 1st row 61.6 inches 60.8 inches
Shoulder room, 2nd row 59.9 inches 59.6 inches
Shoulder room, 3rd row 55.3 inches 58.4 inches
Cargo volume 21.0/46.0/87.0 cubic feet 16.6/45.0/80.5 cubic feet
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