The Telluride was introduced to the public in 2020 and quickly gained popularity. With seating for seven or eight, it is ideal for the modern family. The Telluride shows off a strong V6 engine, a long list of standard features, and enough space to be truly comfortable. For these reasons, it is considered by many to be the three-row midsize SUV to beat.
What's New for 2021?
A brand-new Nightfall Edition package is available for 2021. It will give the Telluride a more sophisticated look with black exterior accents as well as black wheels. Also included in the package is a striking black grille. The trailer-towing wiring harness also sees an upgrade this year. Otherwise, this vehicle remains unchanged.
There are a total of four different versions of the 2021 Telluride. They all have a 3.8L V6 engine making 291-horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque powering them. The eight-speed automatic, also standard, does a good job of keeping the ride smooth and the drive fun. Front-wheel drive is standard on all four trims. All four of them can also be upgraded to all-wheel drive.
A properly equipped Telluride can tow up to 5,000 pounds. To achieve this, both the EX and SX trims can add the Towing package, which gives the vehicle a Class III trailer hitch. Also included in this package is an impressive self-leveling rear suspension.
When equipped with front-wheel drive, the Telluride gives drivers 20mpg in the city and 26mpg on the highway. As for the all-wheel-drive models, they drop down to 19mpg city and 24mpg highway. Both sets of numbers are considered good for the vehicle class. The gas tank for the Telluride holds up to 18.8 gallons, making it easy to sail by the pumps for long stretches of time.
Advanced safety features have become the norm for Kia. That is why it is no surprise that the Telluride has an incredibly long list of standard driver aids. It starts out with some of the more common ones, such as lane-keep assist, forward-collision warning, and automatic emergency braking. Drivers also get some of the more sophisticated features that are typically reserved for higher trims, like adaptive cruise control, rear parking sensors, and a blind-spot monitor.
The top-of-the-line SX trim adds even more standard safety tech. This model gets automatic high beams and a surround-view parking system. It also adds front parking sensors. Exclusive for this trim level is the Prestige package, which adds extra upgrades like rain-sensing windshield wipers and a head-up display.
All four of the Telluride trims offer good value. The entry-level model is known as the LX. It has plenty of desirable features, such as keyless entry, push-button start, and synthetic leather upholstery. This trim comes with second and third-row bench seats, making its total seating capacity eight.
Trim two, known as the S, adds power-adjustment for the driver's seat, heated front seats, and a sunroof. This model swaps out the bench seat in the second-row for a couple of captain's chairs, bringing the seating capacity down to seven.
The third option is called the EX. Here the Telluride gets genuine leather upholstery as well as ventilation for the front seats. The front passenger gets power-adjustment and there is even a hands-free power liftgate. For whatever reason, this trim level goes back to the second-row bench seat and room for up to eight.
Finally, there is the SX. Drivers mainly get technology upgrades when they go with this route. This more luxurious trim level also gains a panoramic sunroof. The second-row captain's chairs come back for the SX.
Kia definitely knows how to appeal to the modern driver. The entry-level trim is equipped with an 8-inch touchscreen as well as smartphone integration. Drivers can use either Android Auto or Apple CarPlay to easily sync their Telluride with their smartphone. Both satellite and HD radio come standard, as well as a six-speaker audio system. The entry-level model also boasts five USB ports.
Both the EX and SX trims go up to a 10.25-inch touchscreen. These are also the two trims that get equipped with a wireless charging pad. The SX trim gets even fancier with its 10-speaker premium audio system from Harman Kardon.
With its impressive list of standard safety and tech, not to mention impressive performance, it is easy to see why the 2021 Kia Telluride will be so popular. This is one that drivers definitely will not want to miss.
Formula for Calculating Dealer Cost:
Total Dealer Cost - Rebate and Incentive + Taxes / Licensing Fees = True Dealer Cost. (You can get rebates and incentives here)
Note: All Kia Telluride MSRP, invoice and dealer cost dollar figures above are approximate amounts. Prices are subject to change without notice.
A note about rebates: Most rebates are subtracted from the "on the road" figure. In most cases, you can have the rebate if you are arranging your own financing or you are paying cash. If you decide to use the manufacturer’s low interest financing, you do not usually get the rebate. Ask your dealer for details.