Which 2021 Kia Telluride Trim Does Edmunds Recommend?

Since its arrival on the market, the Kia Telluride has been one of the most talked-about new third-row seat SUVs. With this new vehicle, Kia seemed to find a recipe for success, and it is pretty simple: make a great car with plenty of features and options and offer it at a reasonable price. Combine that with unique but modern styling, comfort, and a touch of luxury, and you’ve got yourself a well-rounded and highly desirable SUV. In fact, Kia took it a step further, offering a variety of trim levels to fit the needs and wants of even more owners, but which 2021 Kia Telluride trim is worth your money?

How much does the 2021 Kia Telluride cost?

The price for the 2021 Kia Telluride ranges pretty significantly depending on trim level and options. To start things off with the base model, the LX, you can expect to see prices around $34,120 which compete well price-wise against other just as capable large SUVs. For a touch more luxury, drivers can upgrade to the second to lowest trim, the S, and still stay under that $40,000 cap. Next up is the EX, the second-highest trim level option that costs about $43,680, or you can take it all the way home with the top trim level option for $48,920 with the SX.

Of course, there are still some options that can be added on as well that increases the price of the trim levels each option is available with, but if you’re looking for the standard version of each trim, the prices can range pretty drastically — but, still remain affordable compared to other high-end SUV options.

2021 Kia Telluride driving
2021 Kia Telluride | Kia

What trim of Kia Telluride should you buy?

Edmunds does a great job with breaking down the differences between trim levels for their tested cars, and it is no different for the Kia Telluride. They also aren’t shy in helping buyers pick out the option that they think offers the best value, and for the 2021 Kia Telluride, there isn’t a direct answer. The site doesn’t discourage buyers from picking the reasonably priced base model option, and after all, it does offer plenty of driving aids and features to make it worth the price. But, they do mention a reason to upgrade things just a bit to the EX trim.

The front end of a dark colored kia telluride
Kia Telluride | Sean Proctor/Bloomberg, Getty Images

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The Kia Telluride EX

Edmunds explains that, while the base model LX is just fine for many drivers, the EX trim offers enough to make it worth buying too. The EX offers a number of different features that the LX doesn’t, such as keyless entry and a power liftgate. Second-row window sunshades are a big plus, as well as ventilated seats, but these differences might not be worth it to some drivers, so really, the site leaves a lot of it up to the discretion of the buyer.

Really, that’s not very helpful, especially for drivers who want a black-and-white answer, but then again, when it comes to car buying, things do tend to get a bit personal with what each driver values and wants to spend money on.

The 2021 Kia Telluride parked in dirt
2021 Kia Telluride | Kia

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Overall, it seems like each trim level of the 2021 Kia Telluride offers enough to make price differences justifiable while still keeping things relatively basic in the base model and upgrading for drivers looking for a little bit more.