Kia Telluride Faces Subaru Ascent And VW Atlas In Three-Row SUV Comparo

America’s long-time big family workhorse, the minivan, has been replaced by the three-row SUV as the vehicle of choice.

When you think about it, these are currently the ultimate all-rounder vehicles money can buy. Not only do they accommodate a bunch of people and their stuff, but can also veer off the beaten path, pack plenty of tech and, most importantly, do not scream “boring family van” but “adventurous off-roader” – or that’s supposed to be the public’s perception, at least.

These three models picked by Redline Reviews are among the hottest three-row SUVs on sale today in the United States. Two of them are new (the 2020 Kia Telluride and 2019 Subaru Ascent) to the market, while the third, the 2019 VW Atlas, is definitely not old, but has been around for two years now.

Also watch: A Loaded Subaru Ascent Or A Base Luxury Compact SUV: What Would You Get?

While the design is a personal preference, the model that looks the most fresh among these three is the Kia Telluride — and not just because it’s the newest. The Ascent and the Atlas look a bit bland and predictable, whereas the Telluride sports some original design elements.

With that out of the way, there are some significant differences between them. The Atlas is the biggest of the bunch, but only offers front-wheel-drive as standard equipment. The Telluride is slightly smaller and also comes with front-wheel drive as standard. The Ascent is the only one here that, in typical Subaru fashion, offers all-wheel drive as standard. It’s also got a turbo engine, but it’s the smallest inside.

Obviously, each has its strong and weak points, but in many ways, the Kia splits the difference between the VW and the Subaru. Does that mean it’s the best of the bunch? Watch the video to find out.


  • TB

    Where’s the Honda Pilot?

    • Rocket

      Licking its wounds.

      • TB

        LOL…that’s cute 🤣

  • FordMopar

    I don’t understand the Subaru Ascent…. it’s literally the most boring and generic looking of all CUVs. Too 2000s-ish to me…. I need to look away and wake up!!

    • Zandit75

      How can you refer to these things as CUV’s? They’re not compact in any way!!
      I think the issue with the Subaru is it’s lack of individuality within the range. If I didn’t know better, I’d swear this was just an Outback.

      • salamOOn

        CUV – crossover utility vehicle. not compact.

        • JP Sawyer

          Crossovers are basically elevated enlarged versions of sedans with hatchbacks for trunks

          • Enter Ranting

            RIP Chewy!

      • Grumpy

        CUV stands for Crossover Utility Vehicle.

        • Zandit75

          Huh, well there you go! I thought CUV’s were for for the smaller vehicles!! Whoops!

          • FordMopar

            No biggie. Ha

      • FordMopar

        Yes, it’s too similar to Outback wagon at quick glance.

    • Charles

      Ascent looks like a bloated station wagon. I agree its so 90s. Kia looks hot tho. Vw is probably ok till 100k, then trade it in.

  • Super Rob

    Saw a Telluride last week at Walmart. First time I’ve seen one in person. It looked great.

  • TB

    Ahh…gotchya 👍🏼

  • Maykel

    Telluride is the only one that doesn’t look like a minivan disguising as an SUV. Now give us a PHEV.

  • The minivan is still the best design for what people need. People often don’t buy pragmatically.

  • Trey Bellamy

    The Ascent and Atlas wasn’t either. The Atlas went on sale around early Summer of 2017 and the Ascent around late Summer of 2018.

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