2021 Kia Telluride

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Key specs

Base trim shown


Body style


Combined MPG


Seating capacity

196.9” x 68.9”


Front-wheel drive



The good:

  • Cavernous interior
  • Comfort in all three rows
  • V-6 power
  • Quiet interior
  • Solid value

The bad:

  • Unimpressive audio systems
  • Over-aggressive lane keep assist
  • No power third-row seats
  • No rear entertainment option
  • Optional head-up display disappears with polarized sunglasses

4 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

  • LX


  • S


  • EX


  • SX


Wondering which trim is right for you?

Our 2021 Kia Telluride trim comparison will help you decide.

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Notable features

  • Fob-based remote start now standard
  • Three-row SUV
  • 291-hp V-6 engine
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Automatic emergency braking standard
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2021 Kia Telluride review: Our expert's take

What Is the 2021 Kia Telluride?

The Telluride is a three-row SUV with a boxy exterior design and a long list of standard equipment, including many active-safety features. There’s room for up to eight people — seven with the optional second-row captain’s chairs —  and power comes from a standard 291-horsepower, 3.8-liter V-6 engine that works with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Front- and all-wheel-drive models are available, and the Telluride competes with the Ford Explorer, Honda Pilot and Toyota Highlander

What’s New on the 2021 Kia Telluride?

Key-fob-based remote start is now standard, and a newly available Nightfall Edition appearance package adds black accents. 

What Features in the 2021 Kia Telluride Are Most Important?

Standard features include:

  • 5,000-pound maximum towing capacity
  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • 8-inch touchscreen multimedia system
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity
  • Satellite radio
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Lane keep assist
  • Adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go capability

Available features include:

  • 20-inch alloy wheels
  • Hands-free power liftgate
  • Self-leveling rear suspension
  • Second-row captain’s chairs
  • Leather-trimmed seats
  • Heated and ventilated front and middle seats
  • Heated steering wheel
  • 10.25-inch touchscreen navigation system
  • Harman Kardon premium stereo
  • Wireless device charging
  • 360-degree camera system
  • Head-up display

Should I Buy the 2021 Kia Telluride?

Big on value and even bigger on interior space and standard features, the Telluride is definitely worth considering if you’re shopping for a three-row SUV. A high-quality interior and comfortable ride are highlights, and in our recent three-row SUV comparison test, the Telluride earned a strong second-place finish. We weren’t that impressed with the Telluride’s audio systems, however, and thought the standard lane-keeping system was too aggressive. 

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 5.0
  • Interior 4.9
  • Performance 4.9
  • Value 4.8
  • Exterior 5.0
  • Reliability 4.9
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Most recent consumer reviews


Excellent Telluride

Bought this car as a retired couple to travel in. Lots of room for anything you need to carry while traveling or shopping. Also used to do day road trips with two more couples. Easy for us oldies to get in the second and third row seats, or go on outings with up to 7 people. Love the charging ports for everyone in the car. It has been a very dependable vehicle.


So loverly

Beautiful car inside an out. Solid ride, comfortable, intuitive, user friendly, passengers love it and very comfortable for everyone. I get compliments all the time. Such a great car.


Great comfort

Great comfort. Not easy to use interior controls. Too complicated to figure out how things work. User guide not user friendly. Lots of room. Very good safety equipment.

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Based on the 2021 Kia Telluride base trim.
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New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Kia
New car program benefits
60 months/60,000 miles
60 months/100,000 miles
120 months/100,000 miles
Roadside assistance
60 months/60,000 miles
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
6 years or newer/less than 80,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
12 months/12,000 miles
10 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
165-point inspection
Roadside assistance
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