2021 Kia Telluride Prices, Reviews, and Pictures

Overview

The 2021 Kia Telluride three-row crossover is great for families. It also looks expensive. For its success, the largest Kia model has been awarded a spot on the 10Best list and an Editors’ Choice award. This is due to Kia’s ability deliver a luxurious experience and popular features at a low price. The Telluride is a mid-size SUV that makes no compromises and excels in every category. Although the standard V-6 engine could be more efficient and its driving performance would be better, it is undoubtedly more capable of moving people and their stuff than any other SUV in its class. The 2021 Telluride is unrivaled in luxury and utility. It will make you feel more wealthy than your bank accounts might suggest.

What’s new for 2021?

Kia has reduced the number of changes to the Telluride 2021 update. The biggest change is the Nightfall appearance package. It now has a sleek, sinister look thanks to the blacked-out grille and 20-inch wheels. It’s not available on the two highest trim levels with all-wheel drive. Other enhancements to the Telluride include a seven pin trailer harness (previously, a four-pin connection), and a key fob that adds an “On” button for remote-start. As part of the Premium package, the EX trim level receives LED headlights. Select models also have new colors, including Sangria and Black Copper.

Pricing and Which One To Buy

Telluride is so great value, we would even consider the SX model. The Telluride comes standard with a 12-way power driver’s seat, black-painted 20 inch rims and blind-spot monitoring. Harman/Kardon’s audio system, front- and rear sunroofs, second-row captain’s seats, and Harman/Kardon’s audio system are also included. For an additional $1900, those who desire all-wheel drive may add the extra sense of security. The SX Prestige package adds a head-up display and heated and ventilated second row seats. Nappa leather upholstery is also available. To maximize the ute’s ability to tow, the tow package’s hitch is a great addition. The rear suspension has a self-leveling system.

Engine, Transmission, & Performance

Every Telluride has a naturally aspirated V-6 engine that produces 291 horsepower and 262 pounds of torque. The engine is paired with an eight-speed auto transmission, which feeds the front wheels using the standard format. All-wheel drive is available across the board. Our top-of the-line Telluride SX was able to reach 60 mph in just 7.1 seconds. The big Kia was not as responsive to throttle inputs at lower speeds than its turbocharged counterparts. The Telluride’s ride is firm, and the SUV can be thrown off-track by rough pavement. There is also a self-leveling rear air suspension. The brakes are superb and the steering feels solid with a good feel. Telluride has 8.0 inches of ground clearance, which is ideal for off-road adventures. It can also tow up to 5500 pounds.

Fuel Economy and Real World MPG

The Telluride only comes with a V-6 engine, unlike many other three-row SUVs. According to the EPA, the front-drive model is the most economical with ratings of 20 mpg city and 26 mpg highway. The all-wheel-drive models are rated at 19 mpg in the city and 24 on the highway. These figures are slightly higher than V-6-powered rivals such as the Volkswagen Atlas or the Honda Pilot, but still lower than V-6-powered vehicles like the Volkswagen Atlas. On our 75-mph highway fuel economy route, the Telluride all-wheel-drive returned 24 mpg which is close to its government rating. During our real-world test, the Pilot earned 27 mpg and the Atlas got 24 mpg.

Interior, Comfort, & Cargo

No matter what people think about Telluride’s bold exterior, the interior is unmistakably elegant and comfortable. The materials and build quality are excellent. There are many desirable features. The SX trim is the most luxurious, featuring the best options such as driver’s seat memory settings and heated and ventilated rear seating, a head-up screen, premium headliner and nappa leather upholstery. The Telluride’s cabin is larger than the seven-passenger Sorento by several inches, and is especially spacious for those who are in the wayback seats. With the optional captain’s chair, there is enough space for seven or eight people with the second-row bench seat. We were able to fit four carry on suitcases behind the third row, and 35 total carry-ons. Both back rows are folded flat.

Connectivity and Infotainment

The Telluride’s entry-level model boasts an impressive infotainment system with an 8.0-inch touchscreen and popular content, including Apple CarPlay or Android Auto capabilities. There are also many power points. All other models have the same equipment, as well as a standard 10.3 inch touchscreen. A Harman Kardon 10-speaker audio system, a 110-volt power converter, and wireless smartphone charging are also available. Driver Talk is available on the EX- and SX trims. The driver’s voice can be amplified through the speakers in the back rows. This allows the driver to communicate better with unruly or inattentive passengers.

 

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