2021 Kia Telluride

MSRP range: $32,190 - $44,390
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2021 Kia Telluride Review

  • Plush ride and well-shaped seats offer all-day comfort
  • Spacious interior for large families
  • Lots of standard tech and safety features for the money
  • Less small-item storage in cabin than in some competitors
  • A Nightfall Edition package that adds black-painted wheels and trim
  • Upgraded trailer-towing wiring harness (now a seven-pin)
  • Remote engine start button has been added to the key fob
  • Part of the first Telluride generation introduced for 2020

The Kia Telluride has deeply impressed us since its debut just last year. This is Kia's biggest SUV and, like most three-row midsize SUVs, it seats up to eight passengers. Yet in just about every other aspect, the 2021 Telluride does things a little better than the rest. Its cabin is luxury-like in its quality, for instance, and the third-row seat can comfortably fit adults. The Telluride also rides smoothly and is abundantly equipped with the latest technology and safety features.

That you get Kia's great warranty and competitive pricing almost seems like an unfair advantage over other automakers. Granted, it'll still be worth your while to check out the competition. In addition to the mechanically similar Hyundai Palisade, the Telluride is up against class stalwarts such as the Honda Pilot and Toyota Highlander. All are capable SUVs. But the Telluride is our favorite.

What's it like to live with?

At Edmunds we've been testing a 2020 Telluride SX V6 AWD as part of our long-term test fleet. It's proved to be comfortable, capable and a dependable family hauler, and, if anything, our fondness for the Telluride has only grown after several thousand miles behind the wheel. Check out Telluride 20,000-mile long-term test to learn more about what it's like to own and live with.

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The Telluride is an impressive three-row SUV. It boasts a quiet and upscale cabin, impressive tech, extensive standard features, adult-friendly third-row seating, and a satisfying driving experience. It has a few minor weaknesses, but overall this Kia is a great pick for a three-row crossover SUV.
The Telluride is a satisfying SUV to drive. Its V6 engine is responsive, though outright acceleration is ultimately average for a three-row SUV. In Edmunds testing, our Telluride test vehicle sprinted from 0 to 60 mph in 7.5 seconds, which is similar to the acceleration of the Honda Pilot and Hyundai Palisade. The brakes are strong and can bring the Telluride to a halt in a hurry. They're also easy to modulate for consistent and smooth stops.

The steering is light at parking-lot speeds and weights up naturally in turns. The Telluride is stable when going around turns and doesn't exhibit excessive body roll. We also like that the engine's fuel-saving stop-start feature works smoothly and quietly.
The Telluride is quite comfortable. The seats are supportive and nicely contoured, with almost pillow-like headrests. Outside noise barely makes it way inside, making for a luxury-car-quiet cabin even at freeway speeds. Engine noise is present, but it's never unpleasant or intrusive. For a three-row SUV, the Telluride is generally smooth-riding, although it can get a little rough over uneven pavement.

The climate control system is easy to use and properly regulates temperature in all three rows. While the seat heating and ventilation aren't the strongest on the market, it's nice to see them available for both first- and second-row passengers.
The Telluride offers a very roomy and upscale-feeling cabin with easy access to all three rows. Passenger space is excellent in both the second and third rows. The space feels more open thanks in part to the abundance of large windows. Only front-passenger knee room is a little tight.

The controls are clearly labeled and grouped logically. However, the driver has to stretch to reach the infotainment screen. Visibility is excellent thanks to plenty of large windows. The camera systems and parking sensors are helpful extras.
All Tellurides come with numerous collision avoidance and mitigation systems as well as adaptive cruise control that operates down to a stop. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto also come standard, and numerous USB ports are spread across all three rows, although only one can transmit data. The optional wider infotainment screen (EX and up) looks sharp, and it comes with navigation that offers several useful features.

Our SX test vehicle also had the head-up display and rear-seat intercom features; both are useful. The upgraded 10-speaker sound system is also excellent. The turn-signal camera display in the gauge cluster is less impressive. It's small, low-res and mostly redundant given the regular blind-spot monitoring system.
Cargo space is generous, with 21 cubic feet behind the third row and 87 cubes with both rows folded down. The hatch opening is wide and accommodating, and there's also a useful underfloor compartment, too. With 5,000 pounds of max towing capacity, the Telluride matches class leaders.

Small-item storage is a weakness: While there are several options for organizing small items, there's much less space for personal effects than in some competitors. Got small children? Child safety seats fit easily, and the car seat anchors are easy to find.
The Telluride's EPA-estimated fuel economy is slightly below average at 21 combined (19 city/24 highway). On the plus side, our test Telluride achieved about 23 mpg on our 115-mile mixed driving evaluation route, indicating that the EPA's numbers are realistic. You can run the V6 on regular gas, unlike some rival SUVs that require premium gas to return their rated power and fuel economy numbers.
The Telluride might be the best value in the class for what you get. From the driving experience to the interior to the standard and available features, at every price point you just get a little bit extra, and in top trims you get a near-luxury experience. Overall, we are very impressed with the quality of the Telluride. You also get Kia's impressive 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty.
It seems like Kia went hard for a "baby Land Rover" feel, and it nailed it without the Telluride coming across as a knockoff. It's bargain luxury in a good way, and the Telluride's space, design and driving experience are a step above competitors.

Which Telluride does Edmunds recommend?

You'll be just fine if you go for the base Telluride LX. It's a great budget trim that includes plenty of standard features, including all the latest safety features and tech, such as an 8-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Want more? The EX model adds more convenience features such as keyless entry and a power liftgate while remaining relatively affordable.

Kia Telluride models

The 2021 Kia Telluride is available in four trim levels: LX, S, EX and SX. Each comes standard with a 3.8-liter V6 (291 horsepower, 262 lb-ft of torque) paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard, though all-wheel drive is optional on all four trims. Highlighted features include:

LX
Starts you off with:

  • 18-inch wheels
  • Eight-passenger seating
  • Rear heating and air conditioning controls
  • Simulated leather upholstery
  • An 8-inch touchscreen
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration
  • A six-speaker audio system
  • One USB media port and five USB charging ports

All Tellurides also come with these standard safety features:

  • Adaptive cruise control (maintains a driver-set distance between the Telluride and the car in front)
  • Blind-spot monitoring (alerts you if a vehicle in the next lane is in your blind spot)
  • Forward collision mitigation (warns you of an impending collision and applies the brakes in certain scenarios)
  • Lane keeping assist (steers the car back into its lane if it begins to drift over the lane marker)
  • Rear cross-traffic alert (warns you if a vehicle behind you is about to cross your vehicle's path while in reverse)

S
The midlevel S trim builds on the base LX, adding:

  • 20-inch wheels
  • A sunroof
  • Roof rails
  • A power-adjustable driver's seat
  • Heated front seats
  • Second-row captain's chairs (seating for seven)

EX
The EX trim reverts back to the second-row bench and 18-inch wheels but adds even more features, including:

  • Hands-free liftgate
  • Leather seating
  • A power-adjustable passenger seat
  • Ventilated front seats
  • Second-row window sunshades
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • A 10.25-inch touchscreen display with navigation
  • A wireless phone charger

You can add the EX Premium package to get:

  • 20-inch wheels
  • Second-row captain's chairs
  • LED headlights

SX
The top-level SX includes all of the LX's standard and optional features listed above plus:

  • Dual sunroofs
  • Bigger information display in the instrument cluster
  • Upgraded driver's seat with memory settings
  • A 10-speaker Harman Kardon audio system

An optional SX Prestige package tops it all off with:

  • Premium leather upholstery
  • Automatic windshield wipers
  • Heated and ventilated second-row seats

An optional Towing package available for the EX and SX includes:

  • Self-leveling rear suspension
  • Tow hitch with trailer wiring harness connector

Finally, the new Nightfall package for the EX and SX adds:

  • Unique black-painted 20-inch wheels
  • Revised black-painted exterior trim

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2021 Kia Telluride.

Average user rating: 4.6 stars
34 total reviews
5 star reviews: 79%
4 star reviews: 9%
3 star reviews: 2%
2 star reviews: 6%
1 star reviews: 4%

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  • safety
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  • handling & steering
  • road noise
  • dashboard
  • technology
  • spaciousness
  • cup holders
  • sound system
  • value
  • reliability & manufacturing quality
  • wheels & tires
  • electrical system
  • lights
  • maintenance & parts
  • climate control
  • visibility
  • off-roading
  • warranty
  • doors
  • fuel efficiency
  • towing
  • engine

Most helpful consumer reviews

4/5 stars, Decent SUV but not for $5k they immediately added
Bostondrive,
S 4dr SUV (3.8L 6cyl 8A)
SUV drove very well and lots of new updates (looked at the mid range). Once we sat down to discuss the sticker price we were informed the Kia Dealership would be adding $5000 to the sticker price because “it’s popular” and that’s what we could start negotiating from ($42,820). It’s a great deal for the maker at the sticker price but not at starting above sticker.
5/5 stars, FABULOUS
Adam,
S 4dr SUV (3.8L 6cyl 8A)
Don't let the dealers markup your vehicle, they are inflating the price as much as $10,000 if you aren't careful. Don't be afraid to shop around and walk out in you need too.
5/5 stars, Nice design, but they stick you with 20" rims
Billsnature,
SX 4dr SUV AWD (3.8L 6cyl 8A)
I went back and forth between Telluride and Hyundai Palisade. I liked the price and extra features in the Palisade, but just couldn't warm up to the styling. Went with Telluride and it looks more like a real SUV and I was more confident that it wouldn't have wind noise issue that seem to be common in Palisade, and it came with better tires, but still on 20" rims. My biggest issue is that if you want more of the luxury features, they force you to take the crappy 20" wheels with low profile tires. Low profile tires do not belong on an SUV! Even in the Nightfall edition, you still can't get 18" wheels and the better tire profile. Both wheel/tire combos are the same width and same rolling diameter so it would be easy for them to offer a slightly more "off-road" package with an 18" wheel and a more M/S tire like Jeep does in the Grand Cherokee, but NO! You must take the low profile tires which are prone to getting bent rims and flat tires if you take them even a few feet off road. The Telluride is a very nice design and seems like it could be more off road capable that the Honda Pilot or Toyota Highlander, but sadly Kia hamstrung it with the same fashion choices that the others have by forcing 20" wheels and low profile tires with anything beyond the basic trim. The driver assist features are much better in function and implementation that the Honda or Toyota competitive products.
5/5 stars, Exceptional !
Vic,
EX 4dr SUV (3.8L 6cyl 8A)
Started looking at mid-size SUV's as the lease on my Infinity QX50 was ending. After checking with Edmunds I first looked at the Honda Passport, test drove it and liked it. But when I test drove the Telluride I couldn't believe how quiet and comfortable it was. Its tech and safety features rock! I know some are upset with the "market adjustment", what some in the auto industry call a bump sticker. I took that into consideration when I decided to trade in our late model corvette, which we loved as a week-end driver, but it wasn't practical. When the Kia dealership offered more than $11k higher than any previous trade-in offer the decision was easy and the increased trade-in amount more than offset the bump sticker. I traded the 'vette against a EX 2 wheel drive Telluride in white (we live in FL) with the premium package. In addition to the bumper to bumper 5 year and 10 year 100k mile powertrain warranty the dealership extended the latter to lifetime, for free. How can anyone beat that? We've been more pleased with it than any previous new car (about 12+) that we've ever leased or owned. If you're in the market for a mid sized (closer to full size) SUV you should include the Telluride in your search...drive it and you'll be hooked.

2021 Kia Telluride videos

[MUSIC PLAYING] ELANA SCHERR: Got a big family? Starting a band? Do you just need a car that's big enough to nap in? I know that I do. Look, I am not going to judge your reasons for needing a lot of seats and a lot of room. But I can suggest that you look for a three row SUV to find it. It just so happens that Kia has two three row SUVs. The new and popular Telluride, and the redesigned for 2021 Sorento. Choose your fighter. Oh, no, wait. That's my job to like, tell you which one is better. Only in this case, it isn't really about which is the better car. These two SUVs aren't direct comparisons, and they share many of the same features. So it's more about which is the better car for your family, and that I think I can help you with. Let's take a closer look. Do you like this video? Do you want more like it? Hit subscribe. And if you would be interested in a cash offer for your car, visit us at edmunds.com/sellmycar. Is there something on my head? It's an automotive cliche to call a vehicle "handsome." And what do we mean by that anyway? What, it's like, got a good jawline and pretty eyes? Well, yeah, kind of. I mean, the Telluride does sort of have leading man looks, with a tall, strong profile, a fashionable grille-- mid-century modern. So hip. And wide-set stacked LED headlights. Pretty eyes. SPEAKER 2: It's not that handsome! ELANA SCHERR: Don't be jealous. The Sorento isn't quite as big and macho, but it's redesign gave it a similar profile to the Telluride. Now, I don't like the front end quite as much, but I actually like the side view even more. I like the cut line, and I like the flared fenders. Point is, all this stuff is subjective. These are both very pretty cars. Both of our Kias here are top of the line trim levels. That's pretty simple for the Telluride, which only offers four trims, all with the same drive train. This is a Telluride SX all-wheel drive. Sorento has more to choose from. Six different trim levels, and plus there's the X-Line off-road package. This is a Sorento SX Prestige X-Line. If you're shopping these two, bear in mind that both start in the $30,000 range and can be optioned-- like our test cars here-- well into the $40,000s. As makes sense for the larger flagship, the Telluride is always a little more expensive than a similarly equipped Sorento. Which means that if you don't need the extra room in the Telluride, you can spend your money on upgraded options in the Sorento, which offers a lot of extras-- from sunroofs, to smoked silver trims. Now that you've been properly introduced let's take a closer look to see if there are more differences between these two than just exterior design. Picking the right car for you is more than just figuring out what options you need. I mean, it is similar to picking clothing that you want to wear. It's, does the style represent you? And, does it fit you? One thing that I really like about the Sorento is that for somebody my size-- I'm like 5 feet 3 inches-ish-- it just is a very comfortable seating position. I can see out very easily. The footrest works. The pedals are in the right place. And the armrests are in the right place. It seems like a small thing, but in the Telluride, as I will show you, I kind of have to stretch to fit into the armrest. I've found that in other vehicles too. Ford's trucks tend to just be too big for me. So Sorento, perfect size for someone my size. So the current fashion trend in automotive interiors is a lot of texture and a lot of different materials. I mean, similar to fashion trends in clothing. And you definitely notice that as soon as you get into the Sorento. You open the door and the seats have texture. I mean, in this trim level they're leather too. But even in the lower trim levels there's kind of a pattern to them. There's metal trim. There's wood trim. There's piano black, which is terrible. It is not Kia's fault that piano black sucks. It sucks in any car that uses it. It looks really nice right now, but as soon as I touch it, it just gets like all smeary. Rant over. Overall, there's just a lot of interesting things happening. It's very well laid out. Like, if I want to use the tuner knob I can reach it without really having to stretch out of my driver's seat, which is nice. And if I don't want to use the tuner knob there are controls on the steering wheel, as well. We've got a large touch screen. It's easy to use. You can figure out where everything is, even if you have never been in a Kia before. Kia's infotainment system is just pretty straight forward. Also, if you're stressed out, you can put on some calm sea waves. Put on the vented seats here. It's like cool, like a breeze. It's like being at the ocean. Of course there's Bluetooth, and Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay as well. So you don't have to listen to the sounds of nature. Now talking about phone connectivity, we've got-- in this nice little console here-- three USB ports and a charging pad. That's an option. So there's plenty of places to put your phone. It's all nice and neat. You can tuck it away, not leave it tangled all over the console. And then you could actually use your cup holders for holding beverages. And if like me you tend to put your sunglasses in your cup holders, there's a nice little sunglass cubby right there too. And there's another cubby here that's like good for maybe the key fob, or some change, or some snacks. Basically, what I'm saying is, this is a good layout. I am comfortable. I think it looks nice. And I can get to everything. It's smart. Well done. All right. Getting into the Telluride straight from the Sorento makes me feel like Alice in Wonderland. Like, the world looks basically the same, only now it's all so much bigger. Did I get smaller? Did the world get bigger? The world got bigger. You're going to see a lot of the same materials that I liked in Sorento. So it's got wood trim, brushed metal, the piano black-- OK, I didn't like that. There's less of it in the Telluride. Screen's in about the same place. The buttons for the screen run along the center here, instead of being on the sides. Which I like better aesthetically, but it doesn't really matter from like a usability standpoint. You're going to see all of the same things that you liked in the Sorento. You've got Apple CarPlay. You've got Android Auto. You've got some stuff for parents who might need to interrupt kids in the back. You've got Driver Talk. You got Quiet Mode if you want to listen to music, you don't want it playing through the back speakers. That kind of thing. So they're thinking-- they're thinking about you. Down in the console you've got the piano black that I don't like. You've got the layout that I do. This console is very low compared to the Sorento. So if you didn't like feeling kind of surrounded by the interior, you've got a lot more space in the Telluride. In fact you have so much space that like-- as I was complaining about-- I can just barely use the armrests. I'm like-- So if you are bigger than me you will like this car more. If you're the same size as me you will like the Sorento more. Cubbies and connections-- they're all very similar to the Sorento. So it's got a charging pad up here. You've got USB ports. It's got the little cover, so you can cover it. It's got little cubby. Cup holders. No sunglass holder, though. It thought that was really clever. They have one up in the top-- more traditional. And then you've got a console, and some extra cup holders in the back that you can share with the second row. The Telluride makes choosing an engine easy, because there's only one-- a V6 and an 8 speed, no matter which trim you choose. The V6 makes more horsepower than any of the Sorento's engine options-- 291 horses and 262 pound feet of torque. But it's also in a bigger, heavier vehicle. And you can feel the extra weight around corners and when you're slowing down at high speeds. On the plus side of a bigger, heavier vehicle you feel less road interference. So it is a smooth, quiet ride. Sorento offers several engine options, plus some hybrid choices. The turbo 4-cylinder in this SX Prestige makes 281 horses and 311 pound feet of torque. That's kind of a lot. The Sorento feels nimble and quick, and the engine is responsive. I'm willing to say, "sporty". When it comes to which of these two SUVs is the quicker, you don't need to be a drag racer to recognize that the lighter, smaller Sorento with the turbo engine is going to leave the Telluride in the dust. You know, if that stuff matters to you. If it's towing that matters though, the Telluride can hook up to more. The Sorento's tow rating has been downgraded with the new smaller engine, and is only 3,500 pounds now, as opposed to the Telluride's 5,000. On the other hand, the smaller engine and lesser weight of the Sorento means better fuel mileage. In these all-wheel drive models, that means 26 MPG combined, compared to the Telluride's 21. So towing and hauling-- Telluride. Quickly zipping past the gas pump-- Sorento. [MUSIC PLAYING] Now it seems like a no-brainer that the Telluride is going to beat out the Sorento for third row comfort, but let's take a look at them anyway. This is the Telluride. As you can see, I've got plenty of leg room even when the seat is all the way back. The seats are also quite comfortable. Like, they're actually soft. And the seating position is good. I'm not sitting all bolt upright. There's an armrest. I've got two cup holders. A charging port. And then two things that are very important when it comes to third rail comfort. A large window helps with not feeling claustrophobic. Not getting carsick. And you can control the AC or the heating. You've got your own vent back here. That's actually pretty unusual, and it's really nice. All right. Now we're in the Sorento. You will not be surprised to hear that there is less leg room back here, and there's less sort of shoulder and hip room. I mean, the Telluride had a whole center seat that we don't have here in the Sorento. However, for a short trip this would be OK. You get a cup holder. A place to put a cell phone. In this trim you've even got charging ports. Notice though, that you've got like, a tiny little window, and there's no air conditioning vent for me to control. Yeah, I'm hot, I'm sweaty, claustrophobic. I would rather be in the Telluride. Luckily, it's easy to get out. In the beginning of this video I joked about finding the best car for napping. I wasn't really joking. [MUSIC PLAYING] With all the seats down the Sorento offers an impressive 75.5 cubic feet of space, which is enough for a snooze. If you're taller, or you toss and turn, you may prefer the Telluride with 87 cubic feet. Either way, both vehicles are big when all the seats are down. When all the seats are up there's more room in the Telluride behind the third row. Although neither is big enough to carry six people and six people's worth of luggage. Maybe you need one for the peeps and one for the stuff. [MUSIC PLAYING] Both the Telluride and the Sorento showcase Kia's move towards design and technology. They're smart. They're good looking. Either would look great in your driveway. In the end, the difference between them comes down to size. How big are your kids? How big is your garage? How big is your checkbook? For larger families the Telluride offers a superior third row experience. For city dwellers the Sorento is nimble and easy to park. It's also a lot of fun to drive. As is often the case when facing a difficult decision I find myself wondering, why not vote? [MUSIC PLAYING]

2021 Kia Sorento vs. Telluride: Which Kia 3-Row SUV Reigns Supreme? | Pricing, Driving, Cargo & More

Features & Specs

Base MSRP
$32,190
MPG & Fuel
20 City / 26 Hwy / 23 Combined
Fuel Tank Capacity: 18.8 gal. capacity
Seating
8 seats
Drivetrain
Type: front wheel drive
Transmission: 8-speed automatic
Engine
V6 cylinder
Horsepower: 291 hp @ 6000 rpm
Torque: 262 lb-ft @ 5200 rpm
Basic Warranty
5 yr./ 60000 mi.
Dimensions
Length: 196.9 in. / Height: 68.9 in. / Width: 78.3 in.
Curb Weight: 4211 lbs.
Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place: 21.0 cu.ft.
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Safety

Our experts’ favorite Telluride safety features:

Blind-Spot View Monitor
Displays a live-camera view of blind spots when the turn signal is activated.
Safe Exit Assist
Warns if a vehicle or bicyclist is approaching your parked car and locks the doors to prevent you from opening them into traffic.
Forward Collision Avoidance
Warns if a front collision is imminent and applies the brakes if the driver doesn't respond in time.

NHTSA Overall Rating 5 out of 5 stars

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.

Frontal Barrier Crash RatingRating
Overall4 / 5
Driver4 / 5
Passenger4 / 5
Side Crash RatingRating
Overall5 / 5
Side Barrier RatingRating
Overall5 / 5
Driver5 / 5
Passenger5 / 5
Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsRating
Front Seat5 / 5
Back Seat5 / 5
RolloverRating
Rollover4 / 5
Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
Risk Of Rollover15.5%

IIHS Rating

The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.

Side Impact Test
Good
Roof Strength Test
Good
Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
Good
IIHS Small Overlap Front TestNot Tested
Moderate Overlap Front Test
Good


Kia Telluride vs. the competition

2021 Kia Telluride

2021 Kia Telluride

2020 Hyundai Palisade

2020 Hyundai Palisade

Kia Telluride vs. Hyundai Palisade

The Telluride and Palisade are nearly identical underneath the sheet metal. They share the same engine, transmission and optional all-wheel-drive system. Many of the technology features are similar, too. As such, picking one can come down to your preferences about such things as styling or getting the best deal.

Compare Kia Telluride & Hyundai Palisade features 

Kia Telluride vs. Honda Pilot

Both are great midsize three-row SUVs. The Pilot has more storage bins, pockets and cubbies for your personal items, while the Telluride counters with a few more standard features and more refined operation of some of its advanced driver safety features.

Compare Kia Telluride & Honda Pilot features 

Kia Telluride vs. Volkswagen Atlas

The Atlas shines when it comes to interior space. The spec sheet indicates that it's no larger than the Telluride, but the space has a more open and usable feel to it. It also has a smooth ride, secure handling and easy-to-use controls. But the Telluride is quicker and has a more refined and upscale interior.

Compare Kia Telluride & Volkswagen Atlas features 

FAQ

Is the Kia Telluride a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 2021 Telluride both on the road and at the track, giving it a 8.4 out of 10. You probably care about Kia Telluride fuel economy, so it's important to know that the Telluride gets an EPA-estimated 21 mpg to 23 mpg, depending on the configuration. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the Telluride has 21.0 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Kia Telluride. Learn more

What's new in the 2021 Kia Telluride?

According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2021 Kia Telluride:

  • A Nightfall Edition package that adds black-painted wheels and trim
  • Upgraded trailer-towing wiring harness (now a seven-pin)
  • Remote engine start button has been added to the key fob
  • Part of the first Telluride generation introduced for 2020
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Is the Kia Telluride reliable?

To determine whether the Kia Telluride is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the Telluride. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the Telluride's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

Is the 2021 Kia Telluride a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2021 Kia Telluride is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2021 Telluride and gave it a 8.4 out of 10. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2021 Telluride is a good car for you. Learn more

How much should I pay for a 2021 Kia Telluride?

The least-expensive 2021 Kia Telluride is the 2021 Kia Telluride LX 4dr SUV (3.8L 6cyl 8A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $32,190.

Other versions include:

  • SX 4dr SUV AWD (3.8L 6cyl 8A) which starts at $44,390
  • EX 4dr SUV AWD (3.8L 6cyl 8A) which starts at $39,590
  • S 4dr SUV AWD (3.8L 6cyl 8A) which starts at $36,590
  • S 4dr SUV (3.8L 6cyl 8A) which starts at $34,590
  • EX 4dr SUV (3.8L 6cyl 8A) which starts at $37,590
  • LX 4dr SUV (3.8L 6cyl 8A) which starts at $32,190
  • SX 4dr SUV (3.8L 6cyl 8A) which starts at $42,490
  • LX 4dr SUV AWD (3.8L 6cyl 8A) which starts at $34,190
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What are the different models of Kia Telluride?

If you're interested in the Kia Telluride, the next question is, which Telluride model is right for you? Telluride variants include SX 4dr SUV AWD (3.8L 6cyl 8A), EX 4dr SUV AWD (3.8L 6cyl 8A), S 4dr SUV AWD (3.8L 6cyl 8A), and S 4dr SUV (3.8L 6cyl 8A). For a full list of Telluride models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

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2021 Kia Telluride Overview

The 2021 Kia Telluride is offered in the following submodels: Telluride SUV. Available styles include SX 4dr SUV AWD (3.8L 6cyl 8A), EX 4dr SUV AWD (3.8L 6cyl 8A), S 4dr SUV AWD (3.8L 6cyl 8A), S 4dr SUV (3.8L 6cyl 8A), EX 4dr SUV (3.8L 6cyl 8A), LX 4dr SUV (3.8L 6cyl 8A), SX 4dr SUV (3.8L 6cyl 8A), and LX 4dr SUV AWD (3.8L 6cyl 8A).

What do people think of the 2021 Kia Telluride?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2021 Kia Telluride and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2021 Telluride 4.6 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2021 Telluride.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2021 Kia Telluride and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2021 Telluride featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Our Review Process

This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

What's a good price for a New 2021 Kia Telluride?

2021 Kia Telluride LX 4dr SUV (3.8L 6cyl 8A)

Available Inventory:

We are showing 7 2021 Kia Telluride LX 4dr SUV (3.8L 6cyl 8A) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

2021 Kia Telluride S 4dr SUV AWD (3.8L 6cyl 8A)

Available Inventory:

We are showing 6 2021 Kia Telluride S 4dr SUV AWD (3.8L 6cyl 8A) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

2021 Kia Telluride EX 4dr SUV AWD (3.8L 6cyl 8A)

Available Inventory:

We are showing 22 2021 Kia Telluride EX 4dr SUV AWD (3.8L 6cyl 8A) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

2021 Kia Telluride SX 4dr SUV AWD (3.8L 6cyl 8A)

Available Inventory:

We are showing 10 2021 Kia Telluride SX 4dr SUV AWD (3.8L 6cyl 8A) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

Which 2021 Kia Tellurides are available in my area?

Shop Edmunds' car, SUV, and truck listings of over 6 million vehicles to find a cheap new, used, or certified pre-owned (CPO) 2021 Kia Telluride for sale near. There are currently 43 new 2021 Tellurides listed for sale in your area, with list prices as low as $35,625 and mileage as low as 0 miles. Simply research the type of car you're interested in and then select a car from our massive database to find cheap vehicles for sale near you. Once you have identified a used vehicle you're interested in, check the AutoCheck vehicle history reports, read dealer reviews, and find out what other owners paid for the 2021 Kia Telluride.

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Why trust Edmunds?

Edmunds has deep data on over 6 million new, used, and certified pre-owned vehicles, including rich, trim-level features and specs information like: MSRP, average price paid, warranty information (basic, drivetrain, and maintenance), features (upholstery, bluetooth, navigation, heated seating, cooled seating, cruise control, parking assistance, keyless ignition, satellite radio, folding rears seats ,run flat tires, wheel type, tire size, wheel tire, sunroof, etc.), vehicle specifications (engine cylinder count, drivetrain, engine power, engine torque, engine displacement, transmission), fuel economy (city, highway, combined, fuel capacity, range), vehicle dimensions (length, width, seating capacity, cargo space), car safety, true cost to own. Edmunds also provides tools to allow shopper to compare vehicles to similar models of their choosing by warranty, interior features, exterior features, specifications, fuel economy, vehicle dimensions, consumer rating, edmunds rating, and color.

Should I lease or buy a 2021 Kia Telluride?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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