The Kia Telluride arrived as a strong, new three-row crossover for the 2020 model year. Heading into just its second model year, we anticipate no considerable changes to the 2021 Telluride.
2021 Kia Telluride Design
The all-new Kia Telluride is a brand-new take on the automaker’s crossover design, as it boasts a bold and almost elegant appearance with its upright position, vertical headlights, large mesh grille, and big wheels. Though this look maybe a little too striking for some purchasers, it has received glowing reviews from critics and fans of the brand name alike, so we anticipate no notable changes to the 2021 Telluride’s appearances.
2021 Kia Telluride Interior
Inside, the premium feel continues. Still, the new Telluride takes on a more car-like appearance with its low instrument panel, spread out buttons, basic 8-inch touchscreen, basic leatherette upholstery, and premium cutting and materials in greater trim levels. Buyers seeking a more exceptional ride can move into the higher-grade Telluride models and get a 10.3-inch touchscreen, leather upholstery, and more. With no changes in the works for the 2021 Telluride, we expect the cabin to carry on unchanged.
2021 Kia Telluride Engine
The present Telluride boasts a 291-horsepower 3.8-liter V6 under its hood paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. This setup ships its power to the front wheels as basic or all four wheels with optional all-wheel drive. We expect this to remain the only powertrain option in the 2021 Kia Telluride.
The Telluride is an IIHS 2019 Top Safety Pick thanks to its “Good” rankings in all crash tests, “Acceptable” headlight ranking with the LED projectors, and a “Superior” rating in the front-crash avoidance with its standard automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection. Other basic safety features include adaptive cruise control and blind-spot screens. We expect the safety equipment and rankings to roll into the 2021 Kia Telluride unchanged.
2021 Kia Telluride Price and Release Date
Kia hasn’t officially revealed the 2021 Telluride’s release date but based upon this year’s on-sale date, and we expect the new model year to hit showrooms in the spring of 2020.
Prices likewise stay unofficial for this three-row crossover, however, without any notable changes, we do not expect any significant pricing shifts relative to this year’s MSRP range of $32,785 to $44,585 (destination charges consisted of).
This model will compete with the Ford Explorer, Honda Pilot, and Hyundai Palisade.