If you’re looking for a high-quality, affordable midsize SUV, the 2021 Kia Telluride is likely to already be on your wishlist. Practically overflowing with perks, the Telluride has received stellar marks from Edmunds‘ reviewers. It does, however, have one weak area: its fuel economy.
What you’ll get with the Kia Telluride
The 2021 Kia Telluride has a 3.8-liter V6 that makes 291 hp. While front-wheel drive is the standard, all-wheel drive is available if you so choose.
The 2021 Telluride’s base model can comfortably seat seven people. It features an 8-inch touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay capabilities as well as five USB charging ports. Additionally, the Telluride has a wealth of standard safety features: adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, forward collision mitigation, lane-keeping assist, and rear cross-traffic alert.
This SUV also has plenty of optional, near luxury-grade features at higher trim levels. Among these are heated front seats, dual sunroofs, dual-zone automatic climate control, and a 10.25-inch display with navigation.
The 2021 Telluride’s single weakness
With an overall rating of 8.4 out of 10 from Edmunds, the Kia Telluride was immensely well-received. However, the Telluride received its lowest score, a seven out of 10, in the fuel economy category.
This low rating is due to the fact that the Telluride’s estimated fuel economy is just a little below average. It gets 19 miles per gallon in the city and 25 miles per gallon on the highway, for a combined fuel economy of 21 miles per gallon. Compared to rivals such as the 2021 Honda Pilot, which has a combined fuel economy of 22 miles per gallon, the Telluride isn’t too far behind. However, it’s enough of a difference to be noteworthy.
That being said, a score of seven out of 10 is still pretty good — and this is the lowest score the Telluride received. In fact, Edmunds notes that while this SUV’s numbers are a little low, it has the advantage of taking regular gas. A few of its rivals may report better fuel economy, but they need premium gas to get those results.
This means that while the Telluride may not be the most economical, it is still a good value. It even received a value score of eight out of 10, with Edmunds stating that “the Telluride might be the best value in the class for what you get.”
Everything this SUV gets right
The Kia Telluride scored high marks in just about every category, but it did particularly well in comfort. Edmunds praises the supportive seats, incredibly soft headrests, and its quiet cabin. In fact, the Telluride’s ride is so smooth and quiet that it almost rivals that of luxury SUVs. This luxurious feeling is amplified by excellent materials, large windows, and an abundance of standard safety features.
With so many amazing features, in fact, one of the biggest strengths of the Telluride is its competitive pricing. It has an MSRP of $31,990 — not bad at all for an SUV that’s so luxurious and high-performing. In addition to this affordability, the Telluride boasts Kia’s impressive 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty.
Edmunds also notes that the 2021 Telluride offers an overall positive driving experience. It responds well, has strong brakes, and doesn’t experience much body roll on corners despite its size. It also has a stop-start feature to save fuel, which works quietly and effectively in the background.
While the Kia Telluride may not be quite as economical as some of its competitors, this is a minor flaw compared to its many, many advantages. With its comfortable seating, amazing warranty, and abundance of standard features, the Telluride is well worth a second look.