Kia Telluride FAQs
PUBLISHED MONDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2022
Learn more about this stylish, three-row SUV.
A three-row SUV is a sensible pick when you have a large group to taxi around but don't want to make any sacrifices when it comes to utility. And if you're looking for a three-row SUV that's as well appointed as it is fun to drive, the Kia Telluride may be worth a closer look.
Making its debut for the 2020 model year, the Kia Telluride is available in a range of trim options, with standard features on its 2021 model including smartphone integration, a suite of driver assistance features, and a zesty V6 engine. And depending on the seating configuration you find; you'll be able to accommodate 7-8 passengers in this spacious SUV.
Ready to learn more about the Kia Telluride? Check out our FAQ section below for in-depth answers to your most pressing questions about this large SUV.
Kia Telluride FAQs
Q: Is the Kia Telluride all-wheel drive?
A: All-wheel drive does not come standard on any Kia Telluride model. Front-wheel drive is standard. However, all-wheel drive is available on all 2021 Kia Telluride trims when sold as new, adding extra traction and control in adverse driving conditions.
Q: Is the Kia Telluride a hybrid?
A: As of January 2022, there is not a hybrid version of the Kia Telluride on the market. However, Kia is reportedly working on an electric version of the Telluride (known as the Concept EV9) that was seen at the 2021 Los Angeles Auto Show.
Q: How much should I pay for a Kia Telluride?
A: The exact price you should expect to pay for a Kia Telluride will depend on many factors, including mileage, trim level, model year, and any add-ons. However, a used 2020 Kia Telluride sells on CarMax for an average of $45,000.1
Meanwhile, the 2021 Kia Telluride sells for an average of $49,000 based on CarMax sales data.1
Q: What cars are similar to the Kia Telluride?
A: As a large, three-row SUV, there are several vehicles in the same class that are similar to the Kia Telluride. Some examples of the Telluride's competitors include the Hyundai Palisade, the Chevrolet Traverse, the Ford Explorer, and the Honda Pilot.
Q: Is the Kia Telluride a reliable car?
A: The reliability of a specific vehicle may vary depending on its maintenance and driving history, model year, trim, and features. According to RepairPal® reliability data, the Kia Telluride is not currently rated (as of January 2022) due to insufficient data.
However, the average RepairPal reliability rating for Kia as a brand is 4.5/5, which is considered "Excellent."2
RepairPal Reliability Ratings are based on the actual cost, frequency, and severity of unscheduled repairs and maintenance on make/model data for select 2006-2020 vehicles. The reliability of a specific vehicle may vary depending on its maintenance and driving history, model year, trim, and features.
Q: Which Kia Telluride should I buy?
A: The Kia Telluride that's right for you will depend on many factors, including your budget and which features you're looking for in a three-row SUV. If you don't need all the bells and whistles, then the 2022 Telluride base LX may fit the bill.
This base model comes with such standard equipment as simulated leather upholstery, rear climate controls, and smartphone integration. Likewise, all 2021 Telluride models come with a 3.8L V6 (291 horsepower) and a suite of driver assistance features that includes adaptive cruise control and forward-collision mitigation.
If you're looking for a Telluride with a few more features, check out the mid-range S or EX trims. The 2021 Telluride S sets itself apart with a sunroof, heated front seats, and second-row captain's chairs (which reduces seating capacity to seven). Meanwhile, the 2021 Telluride EX adds leather seating, a 10-inch touchscreen with navigation, and a wireless charging pad.
If you want the top-of-the-line model, check out the 2021 Telluride SX. This range topper comes with a premium 10-speaker sound system, dual sunroofs, and memory settings for its upgraded driver's seat.
Q: What are the different models of Kia Telluride?
A: Trim options on the Kia Telluride can vary by model year. However, the 2021 Telluride is available in four trim configurations: the base LX trim, the mid-range S and EX trims, and the range topping SX trim. All are equipped with the same V6 engine.
Q: Which is bigger: the Kia Telluride or the Chevrolet Traverse?
A: Sizing can vary by model year. However, the 2021 Traverse is bigger than the 2021 Telluride. Specifically, the 2021 Traverse measures 7.4 inches longer than the 2021 Telluride and 0.3 inches wider (not accounting for its side mirrors).
Q: Which is quieter: the Kia Telluride or the Toyota Highlander?
A: Both the 2021 Telluride and Highlander are known for their quiet cabins and smooth rides, even at highway speeds. However, according to a Consumer Reports article, the Telluride offers a "library-like" interior that is quieter than that of the Highlander.
Q: Which is better: the Ford Explorer or the Kia Telluride?
A: Whether the Ford Explorer or Kia Telluride is a better vehicle is a matter of opinion. Both offer three rows of seating, but the 2021 Telluride can seat up to eight passengers, whereas the 2021 Explorer maxes out at seating for seven.
Likewise, while the 2021 Telluride comes standard with a V6 engine across all trim levels, the 2021 Explorer's standard engine is a four-cylinder. A V6 is only included on upper trim levels.
On the other hand, the 2021 Explorer offers more trims to choose from (six compared to four on the 2021 Telluride) and is about two inches longer as well.
Q: Is the Nissan Armada bigger than the Kia Telluride?
A: While vehicle dimensions can vary by model year and generation, the 2021 Armada is larger than the 2021 Telluride. Specifically, it measures a full 12 inches longer and 1.6 inches wider (not accounting for side mirrors) than the 2021 Telluride.
Q: Is the Kia Telluride good in snow?
A: As a large sport utility vehicle, the Kia Telluride is designed to do well in the snow. However, the Telluride performs best in the snow when it is equipped with all-wheel drive. Every 2021 Telluride comes standard with front-wheel drive, though AWD was optional when sold as new.
Q: Does the Kia Telluride have a third row?
A: Yes, every Kia Telluride (as of January 2022) is equipped with a third row, allowing for a standard seating capacity of eight passengers. On models equipped with second-row captain's chairs, however, seating capacity maxes out at seven instead.
Q: Does the Kia Telluride have Wi-Fi?
A: As of January 2022, the Kia Telluride is not available with a Wi-Fi hotspot. However, all 2021 models do come equipped with such tech features as smartphone integration, an eight-inch touchscreen display, and Bluetooth® connectivity for phone and audio.
Q: Does the Kia Telluride have Apple CarPlay®?
A: Yes, every Kia Telluride since the model's debut year in 2020 has come standard with Apple CarPlay as of January 2022. This vehicle also comes with Android Auto for seamless smartphone integration that is easy to set up and use.
Q: Does the Kia Telluride have a heated steering wheel?
A: Specific features on the Telluride can vary by model year. However, the 2021 Telluride does not come standard with a heated steering wheel. It is, however, included on the Prestige Package, which was available on all Telluride SX models when sold as new.
Find a Used Kia Telluride at CarMax
With seating for up to eight people and plenty of cargo room to spare, the Kia Telluride is a great choice for many growing families. Ready to search for a used Kia Telluride near you? Check out our current inventory at CarMax to see what's available in your area.