2021 Kia Telluride

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2021 Kia Telluride Review

Since its debut last year, the Kia Telluride has left a lasting impression on us. This is Kia’s largest SUV, and it seats up to eight people like most three-row midsize SUVs. The 2021 Telluride, on the other hand, outperforms the competition in almost every other way. Its cabin, for example, is of luxury-like quality, and the third-row seat can comfortably accommodate people. The Telluride is very comfortable to ride in and is well-equipped with modern technology and safety measures.
It almost appears like you have an unfair advantage over other automakers because you get Kia’s fantastic warranty and affordable cost. Even so, it’ll be worthwhile to investigate the competitors. The Telluride competes against class stalwarts like the Honda Pilot and Toyota Highlander, as well as the mechanically identical Hyundai Palisade. All of these SUVs are capable. The Telluride, on the other hand, is our favorite.

How does the Telluride drive?

Driving the Telluride is a pleasurable experience. Its V6 engine is quick, while overall acceleration for a three-row SUV is ordinary. Our Telluride test vehicle accelerated from 0 to 60 mph in 7.5 seconds in Edmunds testing, which is comparable to the Honda Pilot and Hyundai Palisade. The brakes are powerful and may quickly bring the Telluride to a standstill. They’re also simple to adjust for smooth and consistent stops.
At parking-lot speeds, the steering is light, but it weights up organically in curves. When traveling around turns, the Telluride is steady and doesn’t have a lot of body roll. We particularly appreciate how smoothly and silently the engine’s fuel-saving stop-start technology operates.

How comfortable is the Telluride?

The Telluride is quite comfortable. The seats are supportive and nicely contoured, with almost pillow-like headrests. Outside noise barely makes it way inside, making for a luxury-car-quiet cabin even at freeway speeds. Engine noise is present, but it’s never unpleasant or intrusive. For a three-row SUV, the Telluride is generally smooth-riding, although it can get a little rough over uneven pavement.

The climate control system is easy to use and properly regulates temperature in all three rows. While the seat heating and ventilation aren’t the strongest on the market, it’s nice to see them available for both first- and second-row passengers.

How’s the tech?

All Tellurides come equipped with a variety of collision avoidance and mitigation technologies, as well as adaptive cruise control that works until the vehicle comes to a complete stop. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are also standard, and there are multiple USB connections strewn throughout all three rows, albeit just one of them can send data. The optional larger infotainment screen (EX and up) looks great and comes with navigation with a lot of useful features.
The head-up display and rear-seat intercom were also available in our SX test vehicle, both of which are useful. The 10-speaker sound system has also been overhauled and is fantastic. The gauge cluster’s turn-signal camera display is less remarkable. Given the conventional blind-spot monitoring system, it’s small, low-res, and mostly redundant.

How’s the interior?

The Telluride offers a very roomy and upscale-feeling cabin with easy access to all three rows. Passenger space is excellent in both the second and third rows. The space feels more open thanks in part to the abundance of large windows. Only the front-passenger knee room is a little tight.

The controls are clearly labeled and grouped logically. However, the driver has to stretch to reach the infotainment screen. Visibility is excellent thanks to plenty of large windows. The camera systems and parking sensors are helpful extras.

How’s the fuel economy?

The Telluride’s EPA-estimated fuel economy is slightly below average at 21 combined (19 city/24 highway). On the plus side, our test Telluride achieved about 23 mpg on our 115-mile mixed driving evaluation route, indicating that the EPA’s numbers are realistic. You can run the V6 on regular gas, unlike some rival SUVs that require premium gas to return their rated power and fuel economy numbers.

How’s the storage?

With both rows folded down, cargo room is ample, with 21 cubic feet behind the third row and 87 cubic feet with both rows folded down. The hatch is spacious and accommodating, and there’s also a useful underfloor storage box. With a maximum towing capability of 5,000 pounds, the Telluride is competitive in its class.
Storage of little items is a flaw: While there are various alternatives for storing tiny objects, there is significantly less room for personal items than in some competitors. Do you have little children? Child safety seats are simple to install, and car seat anchors are straightforward to locate.

Is the Telluride a good value?

For what you receive, the Telluride might be the finest value in the class. At every price point, you get a little bit more, from the driving experience to the interior to the standard and additional equipment, and in top trims, you get a near-luxury experience. Overall, we were blown away by the quality of the Telluride. Kia’s excellent 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty is also included.


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