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2021 Kia Telluride

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2021 LX 4dr Front-Wheel Drive
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Price:   -  From $32,190
2021 LX 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $34,190
2021 S 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $34,590
2021 S 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $36,590
2021 EX 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $37,590
2021 EX 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $39,590
2021 SX 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $42,490
2021 SX 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $44,390
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3.8 (Good)

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What's New

Now in its second year, the 2021 Kia Telluride gains a Nightfall Edition. The new special edition features stealth-black trim for a more aggressive look.

The rest of the lineup sees minimal changes outside of the usual trim shuffling, the most notable being the addition of a remote start button on the key fob.

Choosing Your Kia Telluride

The Kia Telluride is available in four trims: LX, S, EX, and SX. Pricing starts at $33,160 including destination for the base model and reaches $43,360 for the SX.

Engine Choices

The Telluride comes with a 3.8-liter V6 engine that develops 291 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Power is routed to the front wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive is available for $2,000 across the lineup ($1,900 on the SX).

The Telluride achieves 20 miles per gallon city, 26 mpg highway, and 23 combined, according to the EPA. Choose AWD, and the numbers drop to 19/24/21 mpg (city/highway/combined).

This SUV has a 5,000-pound tow rating when equipped with the available Tow Package ($795).

Passenger and Cargo Capacity

The Kia Telluride is three-row utility vehicle that seats eight in its standard configuration. The seats are covered in imitation leather on the lower trims and wrapped in real hides at the top trim.

The first two rows offer roomy and well-padded seats, while the third row is best left to children. In the second row, captain’s chairs replace the bench seat in the S and SX trims, thereby reducing passenger capacity to seven.

When it comes to cargo space, the Telluride offers a standard 21 cubic feet. Fold down the third row and space expands to 46 cubes. With the second and third rows folded, cargo capacity measures 87 cubic feet.

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Safety Features

Kia supplies the Telluride with a generous list of standard driver assistance safety features. These include adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, lane keeping assist, lane departure warning, rear parking sensors, and a driver attention monitor. The Telluride’s list of standard safety features is unmatched by most competitors, excluding the Toyota Highlander.

A few safety features are exclusive to the SX trim: a surround-view camera system, front parking sensors, a blind-spot monitor, and automatic high beams.


Kia equips the Telluride with an 8-inch touchscreen display, Bluetooth, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone compatibility, Sir Eyes Free, five USB ports, and a six-speaker audio system.

Moving up to the EX trim brings a 10.25-inch touchsreen, another USB port, and a wireless charger. The range-topping SX gets a 10-speaker Harman Kardon audio system.

A rear-entertainment system is a $1,500 upgrade across the model line. A head-up display is an option on the SX only.

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LX - From $33,160

The standard LX comes with automatic projector-beam headlights, 18-inch alloy wheels, remote start, keyless entry, push-button start, a tilt-and-telescopic steering column, and seats wrapped in imitation leather.

The second row features a 60/40 split fold-down bench seat. The third row also has a 60/40 split-fold down bench seat; this one comes with a reclining feature.

S - From $35,560

Kia equips the S trim with 20-inch alloy wheels, roof rails, and a sunroof. Additionally, this model features a 10-way power driver’s seat with lumbar support, heated front seats, and second-row captain’s chairs.

EX - From $38,560

The EX adds multiple upgrades, including 18-inch machine-finished alloy wheels, LED taillgihts, and a power liftgate. This trim also includes the 10.25-inch touchscreen, a wireless phone charger, an additional USB port, leather upholstery, woodgrain trim, dual-zone climate control, ventilated front seats, and second-row window shades.

An available EX Nightfall Edition ($1,295) includes a special grille, wheels, roof rails, badging, and moulding embellishments, as well as fog lights. Also available is an EX Premium Package ($1,695) with LED headlights, 20-inch machine-finished wheels, and seven-seat passenger capacity with the second-row captain’s chairs replacing the standard bench seat.

SX - From $43,360

The top-of-the-line SX pulls out all the stops with chrome exterior embellishments, LED headlights, fog lights, black 20-inch alloy wheels, and a dual-panel sunroof. Inside, the SX features stainless-steel door sill scuff trim and stainless-steel pedals, an upgraded instrument panel, ambient lighting, a 12-way power driver's seat with memory settings, a Harman Kardon audio system, a 7-inch gauge cluster, and the remaining available safety features.

The Nightfall Package is also available here. A Prestige Package ($2,300) adds features not available anywhere else, including automatic rain-sensing windshield wipers, a 110-volt power inverter, upgraded leather seats, a premium headliner, a head-up display, and heated and ventilated second-row seats.

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CarsDirect Tip

We think the EX offers the best value in the 2021 Kia Telluride lineup, as it includes many of the features families want. The two package upgrades allow for customization, but the standard 18-inch wheels supply a better ride than the available 20-inch wheels. All told, you’ll get a family SUV for under $40,000 that comes better equipped than competing models that cost more.

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Expert Review

  • Stand-out design
  • Great cargo room
  • Loads of standard tech
  • Turbo rivals are quicker
  • Looks may be too bold for some
  • Behind on towing capacity
Expert Rating
3.8 (Good)

Our expert ratings are based on seven comprehensive criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value.

You can interpret our ratings in the following way:

: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.

: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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Stand out without paying big. In a class of vanilla styling, the 2021 Kia Telluride stands out with its bold design and sharp interior. In its second year, Kia keeps things mostly the same, except for adding the black-accented Nightfall Edition.

Despite a unique design and features bordering luxurious on higher trims, the Telluride’s MSRP range of $33,160 to $43,360 including destination is about average in the three-row midsize crossover SUV segment, allowing buyers to separate from the crowd without an astronomical price tag.

Unique looks, roomy cabin. The Kia Telluride not only has a unique name, it has a unique look in the three-row crossover space. Instead of the usual soft-lined look, the Telluride is almost a downsized Chevrolet Tahoe or Ford Expedition. It boasts an upright look with plenty of chunky styling to make it stand out in the crowd.

If that’s not enough, its squarish headlights with orange surrounds and bold tiger nose grille will surely get your attention.

The only problem is many crossover buyers aren’t seeking this bold SUV look. If they were, well, they’d buy an SUV. This leaves a portion of crossover customers turning a collective nose up at the Telluride’s design.

Buyers looking for something more on the traditional three-row crossover styling may prefer the Nissan Pathfinder, Honda Pilot, or Subaru Ascent. The only rival the Telluride has in unique styling is the Toyota Highlander.

Inside, the Telluride is as spacious as any competitor, but it pulls ahead with 21 cubic feet of cargo room behind the third row. This beats the Pilot (16.5 cubic feet), Ascent (18), Highlander (16), and Ford Explorer (18.2) easily. And with 87 cubes of space with both back rows lowered, the Telluride beats the Pilot by 7 cubic feet, the Ascent by 1, and the Highlander by 3. Only the Explorer at 87.7 cubic feet beats the Kia.

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All the safety and advanced tech you need. The Telluride leaves very few stones unturned in the tech department, whether it’s for entertainment or safety. On the entertainment side, the Telluride comes standard with an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and more.

Buyers can upgrade to a 10.25-inch touchscreen, wireless smartphone charging, a Harmon Kardon audio system, a head-up display, and more.

The Telluride’s standard equipment is a perfect match with the Hyundai Palisade, Highlander, and Explorer, but other competitors lag in certain areas. For example, the Ascent has standard smartphone integration but only a 6.5-inch standard touchscreen. Pulling up the rear is the Pilot with its non-touch 5-inch standard infotainment system that also lacks Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

The Telluride also has plenty of safety tech, including standard automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, and lane keeping assist. This is pretty common among its competitors, but the Pilot lags again with blind-spot monitoring in EX and higher trims only.

The Telluride’s optional safety gear is equally impressive and includes front parking sensors, automatic high-beam headlights, and a surround-view camera system in the SX trim.

Smooth V6 power, but lacks turbo punch. While the three-row crossover class is migrating toward turbocharged engines, Kia chose to stick with a 291-horsepower, 3.8-liter V6. This larger-displacement engine delivers smooth performance, but it falls behind the Explorer’s 300-hp turbo-four, 365-hp turbo V6, and 400-hp ST model.

Despite a power advantage, the Telluride falls 500 pounds behind the 5,000-pound towing capacity of the Pilot and Ascent. It’s also 800 pounds behind the four-cylinder Explorer and 1,100 pounds behind all V6 Explorers in towing capacity.

Final thoughts. The 2021 Kia Telluride offers great value across all trim levels, making it an excellent choice for families on a budget who aren’t willing to sacrifice features. The Telluride proves its value when lined up against the Pilot LX, which costs $200 more than the Kia and has only the most basic standard tech features.

The biggest hurdle for the Telluride is convincing crossover shoppers to forgo the car-like designs that made the segment popular and moving to a more upright design. This could be a tough sell to more established crossover buyers who’ll prefer the familiar shape the Pilot, Ascent, or Mazda CX-9 offer.

The Telluride is superior in most cargo-hauling measurements, but the Explorer trumps it by 0.7 cubic feet with both back rows lowered.

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Specs & Features

Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
3.8L V-6 / 291 HP / 262 ft.lbs.
8-spd Sportmatic w/OD
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
20 / 26 / 23 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
3.8L V-6 / 291 HP / 262 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
20 / 26 / 23 Mpg
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Steel
Fuel Tank
18.8 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
87.0 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
157 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
196.9 "
Exterior Width
78.3 "
Exterior Height
68.9 "
Front Headroom
40.9 "
Rear Headroom
40.2 "
Front Legroom
41.4 "
Rear Legroom
42.4 "
Front Shoulder Room
61.6 "
Rear Shoulder Room
61.2 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
4,112 Lbs.
Wheel Base
114 "
Turning Radius
19.4 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
18.0 " Silver Aluminum
Clearcoat Monotone / Pearlcoat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote Heated
Front Body-colored
Grille Moldings
Rear Spoiler
Stainless Steel
Interior Features
Passenger Capacity
Seat Trim
Sofino Leatherette
Front Seat Type
Heated Front Seats
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
Front Armrests
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
60-40 Split-bench
Radio & Infotainment
Siriusxm Am/fm/satellite, Clock, Seek-scan / Clock
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
Day-night / Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Front And Rear
Tinted Windows
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Forward Collision-avoidance Assist (fca) Forward Collision Mitigation
Blind Spot Sensor
Blind Spot
Lane Departure Warning
Lane Change Assist Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Lane Following Assist (lfa) Hands-on Steering Assist
Pedestrian Detection
Forward Collision-avoidance Assist-ped Front Pedestrian Detection Prevention
Driver Attention Alert
Driver Attention Warning (daw) Driver Attention
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Parking Distance Warning Rear
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Major Components Months
120 Months / 100,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
60 Months / 100,000 Miles
Accessories Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles

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