Compare the 2024 Kia Telluride in Las Cruces, NM to the Dodge Durango

January 16th, 2024 by

Are you shopping for a new midsize SUV? With the amount of competition in the midsize SUV market today, choosing the one you want can become a challenge. The 2024 Kia Telluride in Las Cruces, NM made a splash in 2020 at its launch and is still a top choice, but how does it compare to older favorites? We at Viva CJDRF are especially fond of the time-tested Dodge Durango, so let’s look at these two models side by side to discover which one is right for you and your family.


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2024 Kia Telluride in Las Cruces, NM vs. Dodge Durango: Power and Performance

Check under the hoods of the Telluride and the Durango, and you’ll see that both entry-level models have similar engines. The Kia Telluride LX has a 3.8-liter V6 with 291 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque, while the Dodge Durango SXT packs the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 that delivers 295 hp and 260 lb-ft. However, for those drivers who want more go-power, the Dodge Durango has three more robust engine options. One is a 5.7-liter HEMI V8 producing 360 hp, another is a 6.4-liter HEMI (392) V8 with 475 horsepower, and finally, there’s the Supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI V8 in the Durango SRT Hellcat models that is capable of up to a thrilling 710 horsepower! If you like getting up to speed quickly, the latter two engines can do 0-60 in 4.4 and 3.5 seconds, respectively. As for the Telluride, all trims have the same engine as the base LX.  

Of course, fuel economy will decrease with a bigger engine, but the V6 models rate closely, with the Telluride rating 20/26 MPG city/highway and the Durango earning 19/26 MPG city/highway. These ratings are about average for SUVs of this size. 


Telluride vs. Durango: Towing

If you need to haul ATVs or jet skis, the Telluride can accommodate a maximum of 5,000 pounds across the lineup. The Durango gives you options, with three different towing levels, but even the base model can tow up to 6,200 pounds. As engine size increases with trim levels, so does towing capacity, allowing you to pull heavier loads of up to 7,400 pounds with different configurations, then finally up to the best-in-class 8,700 pounds maximum towing capacity with the V8s.



The 2024 Kia Telluride in Las Cruces, NM is a dependable SUV, but because it’s only been around since 2020, we don’t know how it will fare in the long haul. Dodge, on the other hand, has a proven track record for reliability and durability. When you buy a Dodge, you know you’re investing in a vehicle that’s built to last, so if a time comes when you want to sell, the Dodge Durango retains its value better than the Kia. And if you enjoy keeping your vehicle as long as possible, the quality of Dodge engineering ensures longevity, allowing you years of optimal performance. 


Visit Viva Las Cruces

While the Telluride and the Durango are comparable midsize SUVs, the Durango pulls ahead in performance, towing, and reliability. Find out just how good it feels behind the wheel of the Dodge Durango by visiting our showroom and scheduling a test drive. See us at Viva Las Cruces Dodge Ram Jeep Fiat Chrysler, 860 N. Telshor Blvd, Las Cruces, NM 88011.

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