2022 Subaru Ascent vs. 2022 Kia Telluride


A midsize SUV is a great mix of performance, passenger space, and cargo space. You can get a vehicle that has plenty of room for kids, adults, and cargo, as well as getting a city-friendly size. This type of vehicle is road trip capable, as well as capable of a daily commute.

The 2022 Subaru Ascent and the 2022 Kia Telluride are two great options for a midsize SUV. You can learn more about both of these options in the comparison below. We will take a closer look at the performance and engine options, exterior, interior and technology, as well as the safety features. Learn more below.

Performance and Engine Options

First, let's take a look at the performance of these two vehicles. In the 2022 Subaru Ascent, you have a capable vehicle with a powerful engine. This vehicle is home to a turbocharged 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 260-horsepower. This engine is paired with a continuously variable automatic transmission. You get plenty of power from the engine in your Subaru Ascent, and this vehicle comes standard with all-wheel drive. You also get good fuel efficiency in this vehicle.

You also have the capability to do a little bit of off-roading in the 2022 Ascent. This vehicle offers you 8.7 inches of ground clearance, and you get features like hill descent control, and an X-mode traction management system.

In the 2022 Kia Telluride, you can find a 3.8-liter V6 engine. This V6 engine provides you with 291-horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. It is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The Telluride comes with standard front-wheel drive, but there is available all-wheel drive.

Both of these vehicles have capability for you. The Subaru does have standard all-wheel drive for you, which can help you in tougher road conditions. The Subaru also offers you some off-road capabilities that the Telluride does not.


The Subaru Ascent is 16.4 feet long, and it has a curb weight that ranges from 4,430 to 4,603 pounds. The exterior of this vehicle looks capable and powerful, and it can be found with some great features. Some of the exterior features made for you are the hands-free power liftgate, roof rails for storing cargo, and the LED steering responsive headlights.

The Kia Telluride is 16.4 feet long, and it has a curb weight that ranges from 4,112 to 4,482 pounds. The exterior of this vehicle has features like available 20-inch alloy wheels, available LED headlights and fog lights, available satin chrome exterior accents, and more.

Interior and Technology

We also want to look at the interior and technology of these two vehicles. On the inside of the Subaru Ascent, you can find seating for up to eight people. This vehicle can have two rear bench seats, but there are also second-row bucket seats available in all the trim levels except the base trim. This vehicle is standard with cloth upholstery, but there are optional features like heated seats and leather upholstery.

When it comes to cargo space in this SUV, you can find 17.8 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row of seating, 47.5 cubic feet of cargo space when you fold down the third row, and up to 86.5 cubic feet when you fold down the second and third row of seats. You also get a power liftgate standard to make it easier to load that cargo, and there is a storage compartment under the cargo floor.

The technology in the 2022 Ascent includes features like a standard 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system, Bluetooth, and USB ports. You also have available features like a larger 8-inch touchscreen, a premium 14-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, a navigation system, a Wi-Fi hotspot, remote start, push-button start, and proximity keyless entry.

The Kia Telluride also has seating for eight people on the base trim. There is the option of second-row captain's chairs to give you seating for seven. This vehicle comes standard with synthetic leather upholstery and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. You have to upgrade to get features like Nappa leather upholstery, heated seats, ventilated seats, and power-adjustable seats.

For cargo space, this SUV offers you 21 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row of seating and 46 cubic feet with the third row folded down, and you can get up to 87 cubic feet of cargo space with both the second and third rows of seats folded down. You also have the option to upgrade to a hands-free power liftgate.

Standard technology in the 2022 Telluride includes a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, remote start, USB ports, and a navigation system. There are also some optional upgrades like wireless device charging, a 7-inch instrument cluster display, a 10-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, a universal garage door opener, and a rear-seat entertainment system.


The Subaru Ascent has been very highly rated in terms of safety the 2022 Ascent had an NHSTA overall rating of five out of five stars. This vehicle comes standard with a lot of different safety features, including a rearview camera, rear-seat reminder, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, forward automatic emergency braking, and automatic high-beam headlights. There are some additional available features like blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, rain-sensing windshield wipers, reverse automatic emergency braking, and LED fog lights.

When it comes to safety on the Kia Telluride, this vehicle has also received five of five star safety ratings from the NHTSA. Standard safety features in the 2022 Telluride include forward collision warning, forward automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, driver attention monitoring, blind spot monitoring, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, rear cross traffic alert, rear parking sensors, and a rearview camera. There are also available safety features like automatic high-beam headlights, a head-up display, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and a surround-view parking camera system.

Both of these vehicles offer you some great safety technologies, and some great features in general. Which of these vehicles is the right option for you? You have to determine which features and capabilities are most important to you, and that can help you determine which vehicle is right for you. If you have any questions, you can reach out to us at Granite Subaru.