Justin Cupler
Automotive Editor - October 21, 2019

Model Preview

The Kia Telluride arrived as a bold, new three-row crossover for the 2020 model year. Heading into just its second model year, we expect no significant changes to the 2021 Telluride.

The all-new Kia Telluride is a brand-new take on the automaker’s crossover design, as it boasts a bold and almost luxurious look with its upright stance, vertical headlights, large mesh grille, and large wheels. Though this look may be a little too striking for some buyers, it has received glowing reviews from critics and fans of the brand alike, so we expect no notable changes to the 2021 Telluride’s looks.

Inside, the premium feel continues, but the new Telluride takes on a more car-like look with its low instrument panel, spread out buttons, standard 8-inch touchscreen, standard leatherette upholstery, and premium trimming and materials in higher trim levels. Buyers seeking a more premium ride can move into the higher-grade Telluride models and get a 10.3-inch touchscreen, leather upholstery, and more. With no changes in the works for the 2021 Telluride, we expect the cabin to carry on unchanged.

2020 Kia Telluride

The current Telluride boasts a 291-horsepower 3.8-liter V6 under its hood paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. This setup ships its power to the front wheels as standard or all four wheels with optional all-wheel drive. We expect this to remain the only powertrain option in the 2021 Kia Telluride.

The Telluride is an IIHS 2019 Top Safety Pick thanks to its “Good” ratings in all crash tests, “Acceptable” headlight rating with the LED projectors, and a “Superior” rating in the front-crash prevention with its standard automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection. Other standard safety features include adaptive cruise control and blind-spot monitors. We expect the safety equipment and ratings to roll into the 2021 Kia Telluride unchanged.

Pricing & Release Date

Kia hasn’t officially announced the 2021 Telluride’s release date, but based on this year’s on-sale date, we expect the new model year to hit showrooms in the spring of 2020.

Pricing also remains unconfirmed for this three-row crossover, but with no notable changes, we do not expect any major pricing shifts relative to this year’s MSRP range of $32,785 to $44,585 (destination fees included).

This model will compete with the Ford Explorer, Honda Pilot, and Hyundai Palisade.

Learn more about the current Telluride on sale now »

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