Despite that certain rumors suggest possible powertrain updates, most reports claim that the 2021 Kia Telluride is about to carry on in the same way. The company’s new flagship model arrived last year. So, it seems pretty natural to see all those reports that suggest no bigger changes. Simply, this is still a very fresh model, especially if we consider its unique, premium design, which is something completely different compared to what we used to see from the Korean manufacturer.
Therefore, the 2021 Kia Telluride will offer familiar design characteristics. This is the largest vehicle Kia has ever made. It comes with a spacious, but also a pretty luxurious cabin. The list of standard features is pretty long as well. Combined with a potent V6 engine and attractive styling, this SUV seems like a perfect choice for those who are looking for a worthy alternative of premium-badged SUVs.
2021 Kia Telluride Redesign
In terms of base design characteristics, it’s not hard to notice that a lot of parts are shared with another large Korean SUV, Hyundai Palisade. The two models share most of their mechanics, as well as the size. On the other side, the 2021 Kia Telluride will carry on with exclusive styling. It doesn’t have too many things in common with the rest of Kia’s lineup. The new aesthetical approach obviously shows that the Korean manufacturer is aiming drivers that traditionally choose American SUVs. This particularly refers to those that coquette with the premium segment.
Still, the Telluride is far more than a fancy-looking SUV. Thanks to a well-designed suspension, the ride quality is great. It offers lots of comfort, but prevents too much body roll at the same time. That’s something you won’t find in many SUV at this price range. As we are talking about the second production year, it seems pretty certain that bigger changes won’t come.
This is one of the things we like most about this SUV. Not only that you may count on plenty of interior space, but the overall quality is at an impressive level as well. Just one look at the dashboard and you will notice a design approach that puts this model on par with many premium crossovers. Soft-touch surfaces are all around the cabin. A classic and a little bit conservative aesthetical approach provides the feel we usually get from conservatively-oriented models, particularly those German-made models.
As we’ve just mentioned, the cabin offers plenty of space. This SUV features the same wheelbase as Honda Pilot, but it feels even more spacious. All three rows are very generous in terms of legroom. Also, the thing we have to mention is that this is one of the rare mid-size crossovers that comes with three seats in the third row.
Another aspect where this crossover really shines is cargo capacity. You may count on impressive 21 cubic feet behind the third row, while cargo space behind the second rows is 46 cubic feet. The overall cargo volume goes up to 87 cubic feet, which puts this model among class leaders in this aspect.
Another strong point of this model is a very long list of standard equipment. All models come standard with tech goodies like an 8-inch touch screen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, a six-speaker sound system, Bluetooth, and six USB ports. Additionally, you can get things like navigations, a bigger 10.25-inch touch screen, a head-up display, wireless phone charging, a 10-speaker Harman Kardon stereo, and another USB port.
When it comes to safety features, the list of standard equipment is really impressive. All models come standard with systems like a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, a blind spot collision avoidance system, forward collision warning, brake assist, pedestrian detection, rear cross traffic alert, a driver attention monitor, adaptive cruise control. Among optional safety features, you can find things like automatic high beams, rain-sensing windshield wipers, a surround-view parking camera, highway driving assist, and blind spot monitoring.
2021 Kia Telluride Engine
While some reports suggest additions in this aspect, we believe that this aspect won’t change for the next year. This means that the 2021 Kia Telluride will continue with a single powertrain option. Of course, we are talking about a 3.8-liter V6, which delivers a pretty impressive 292 horsepower. Driving dynamics are great, while the 8-speed automatic transmission works pretty amazing as well.
When it comes to fuel economy, you may count on about 20 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. These are typical ratings for the class. When properly equipped, this SUV can tow up to 5.000 pounds.
2021 Kia Telluride Release Date and Price
We expect to see 2021 Kia Telluride this fall and we are pretty sure that bigger changes in terms of price won’t come. Therefore, base models should go around 32.000 dollars, while range-topping models will certainly go over 45.000 dollars.