2021 Kia Telluride

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Kia Telluride highlights

Customer rating


  • Loads of passenger space, for up to eight people
  • Luxury-car level of refinement and comfort


  • Limited places to stow small items
  • Just one engine offered

Mileage (EPA estimate)

19 city, 24 highway, 21 combined

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2021 Kia Telluride competes among the top midsize SUVs

The Kia Telluride arrived in 2020 and quickly established itself as one of the midsize SUVs to beat in a competitive crowd. Sitting above the Sorento in the Kia range, the Telluride competes with the Ford Explorer, the Honda Pilot, and a lengthy list of others. Like most of its rivals, the Telluride has three rows of seating and accommodates up to eight people in the entry LX trim. The head count drops by one in the S trim and above, because two captain's chairs replace the second-row bench. Going up a level, the EX adds to the already comprehensive features of the base LX, and the SX feels positively luxurious with its extensive comfort and convenience features.

That luxury doesn't cost much either: The Telluride is competitively priced against its rivals, while its 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty is a standout in the industry. There's only one engine choice, a 291-hp 3.8-liter V6 that drives the front wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive is an option on any trim level. The Telluride is a spacious, well-equipped, and easy-to-drive midsize SUV, and it's well worth a look if you need a capable, comfortable, feature-packed family vehicle.

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What is new for the 2021 Kia Telluride?

  • Telluride trims have been upgraded with Remote Start as standard equipment this year.
  • DVD Video System features are now available as options on select trims.
  • The LX trim now comes with Power Seat(s) as standard equipment.
  • The S trim now comes with Quad Seats as standard equipment.

2021 Kia Telluride trims

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  • The base trim comes with a ton of standard features like eight-passenger seating, rear heating and air conditioning control, simulated leather upholstery, an eight-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto smartphone integration, a USB media port and five USB charging ports.


  • Upgrade to the Telluride S and you'll get 20-inch wheels, a sunroof, a power-adjustable driver's seat, heated front seats, and second-row captain's chairs (seats seven).


  • The EX trim adds leather seating, a hands-free liftgate, a power-adjustable passenger seat, ventilated front seats, second-row window sunshades, dual-zone automatic climate control, wireless charging, and a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system with navigation.


  • The top-spec SX gives you additional equipment including dual sunroofs, a larger 10.3-inch information display in the instrument cluster, an upgraded driver's seat with memory settings, and a 10-speaker Harman Kardon audio system.

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5 reasons to buy the 2021 Kia Telluride

1. Athletic exterior

Kia Telluride Review: Backseats | CarMax

With a modern exterior design, the 2021 Telluride is anything but boring. Check out the great details on the intricate grille, giving the whole vehicle an imposing look. The super cool Evonik Acrylite exterior headlights on the Avenir trim sport more than 100 individual LEDs, too. Who says you can't have form and function?

2. Latest tech

Kia Telluride Review: Dashboard | CarMax

The 2021 Kia Telluride comes standard with an eight-inch touchscreen as part of the infotainment system. You can even opt for a larger 10.25-inch system, which comes with standard Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto. This means easy access to your favorite music and navigation apps. All this on top of the available driver-assistance features makes the Telluride an impressive SUV.

3. Cool trim options

Kia Telluride Review: 3rd row | CarMax

Opt for the super cool Telluride Nightfall Edition and add a healthy dose of attitude. This package is available on AWD versions of the EX Premium and SX. It features exclusive exterior features including a gloss black exterior trim, black 20-inch alloy wheels, a black radiator grille, Nightfall Edition Logos, and more.

4. Comfort for eight

Kia Telluride Review: Front seats | CarMax

The 2021 Telluride is more than just a pretty face. With standard third-row seating at all trim levels, you can bring everyone along on your epic journey. Plus, with standard dual-zone climate control and available heated and ventilated seats, you can arrive at your destination in comfort.

5. Extra cargo capacity

Kia Telluride Review: Trunk | CarMax

Even with room for up to eight passengers, there is also a generous 87 cu-ft of space behind the front seats with the second and third rows folded down. The Telluride also features a wide rear opening, which is great for bulky objects and sports gear. You can also make use of a handy underfloor compartment for more secure storage.

Similar vehicles

If you're interested in the 2021 Kia Telluride, you should also check out these similar vehicles from Previous generation years.

Image of Hyundai Palisade

The 2020-2021 Hyundai Palisade is a family-friendly three-row crossover SUV with a robust 3.8L V6 engine that can tow an estimated 5,000 lbs., when properly equipped.

The engine pairs with a smooth-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission that effortlessly finds the right gear.

Standard features on the 2020-2021 Hyundai Palisade SE include:

  • LED headlights

  • Height-adjustable driver's seat

  • Eight-inch touchscreen display

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

4.9 out of 5

9 customer reviews

RepairPal gave the Kia Telluride an overall reliability rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Excellent. This rating ranks Kia Telluride 2nd out of 32 among Midsize SUVs.

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Kia Telluride features and specs

LX 2WD 4D Sport Utility

Standard Features

  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Automated Cruise Control
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • Cruise Control
  • Fold-Away Third Row
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Leatherette Seats
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Parking Sensors
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Air Conditioning
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear View Camera
  • Remote Start
  • Side Airbags
  • Smart Key
  • Third Row Seat
  • Traction Control
  • Full Roof Rack
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Rear Entertainment System
  • Running Boards
  • Tow Hitch

Drive Wheels

Front Wheel Drive (2WD)

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Leg room

F 41.4"/M 42.4"/R 31.4"

Head room

F 40.9"/M 40.2"/R 38.1"

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Max towing capacity

500/5000 lbs.



2021 Kia Telluride FAQ

More about the 2021 Kia Telluride

Color options

Exterior colors:

  • Black Copper

  • Dark Moss

  • Ebony Black

  • Everlasting Silver

  • Glacial White Pearl

  • Gravity Gray

  • Sangria

  • Snow White Pearl

  • Wolf Gray

Interior details

  • Standard eight-passenger seating with simulated leather and optional leather seating.

  • Available reclining dual captain's chairs for easy third-row access.

  • Dual-zone climate control is standard across all trim levels.

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