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The Kia Telluride is one of the more popular SUVs on the market right now. While there are many available choices, is the 2021 Kia Telluride a reliable pick for you and your family? Take a look at some of the safety features and other specs that make the Telluride a reliable SUV.

Is the Kia Telluride reliable?

A white Kia Telluride sits on display at an auto show
A Kia Telluride is on display at the Chicago Auto Show | Raymond Boyd/Getty Images

Kia has been hard at work with the Telluride to ensure it is a safe and reliable car. U.S. News ranked the 2021 Telluride number three in midsize SUVs, only behind the Kia Sorento, Hyundai Santa Fe, and Hyundai Palisade.

U.S. News gave the SUV a safety rating of 9.5 out of 10. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) rated most of the crash testing “good.” This includes the side impact, rear crash, roof strength, and front crash prevention safety features.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gave the overall crash safety rating and side crash rating five stars. The frontal crash and rollover sections both ranked at four out of five stars.

The Kia Telluride has user-friendly features and room for the whole family. The seating area and cargo space both have room for whatever adventures you might throw at it, and it has room for seven or eight passengers.

Is the Kia Telluride worth the money?

That depends on what you want to spend, but we think it is worth the money. For the safety and standard infotainment features, the Telluride is a solid choice.

U.S. News gave the SUV an award for Best 3-Row SUV for Families, and it was a finalist for Best 3-Row SUV for the Money. Additionally, the SUV comes equipped with safety features like blind-spot monitoring and automatic emergency braking.

It also comes equipped with a highway driving assist system and rear cross-traffic collision avoidance assist. There are systems in place to help secure your children’s safety seats and hill-start assist control in helping prevent rollback on hills.

The starting MSRP for the 2021 Telluride LX is $32,190. The S version starts at $34,590, and the EX starts at $37,990. There is also an SX model starting at $42,490.

If you are looking for a used model, places like AutoTrader and CarMax have a few options available with low miles.

What about Kia’s warranty?


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The Telluride has a pretty good warranty. With 10-years and 1000,000 miles, it will protect you for a while. The 10-year, 100,000 miles covered the powertrain.

Also, there is a five-year, 60,000-mile limited basic warranty. A 5-year, 100,000-mile anti-perforation warranty and a 5-year, 60,000-mile roadside assistance plan also protect your new Kia.

This is definitely an added feature that some similar cars and SUVs cannot compete with. This also means that even if you find a used Telluride, it could likely have some time left on the warranty. That will keep the cost of repairs down should you need any down the line.