The 2021 Kia Telluride: A Technical Masterpiece!

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The 2021 Kia Telluride will make you reconsider what you are looking for in an SUV, from its 8 person seating to its smart driving features. Let us take you on a brief tour and show you why the Kia Telluride might just be your next family adventure vehicle. 

Emily MacKinnon

, Executive Assistant in
HeyAuto Showcase
Image by Kia

The 2021 Telluride comes in four trim levels:

EX, SX, SX Limited (SXL) & the SX Limited Nightsky. The base model of the Telluride comes with standard features like a colour display screen infotainment center, 18" alloy wheels, Bluetooth and USB connectivity, eight airbags (including driver's knee airbags), rearview camera slider, and all-wheel drive.

In the Kia Telluride EX there are some model highlights that this package is equipped with. Such as front parking cameras, fog lamps, power windows and locks, 18" alloy wheels, Eight Passenger seating, leather seats, heated front seats, colour display screen, infotainment system, hands-free boost gate, remote start intelligent
cruise control.
The 2021 Telluride SX alongside everything included in the EX-model comes with every feature you could imagine. Such as a piano black front grille, panoramic sunroof, 20" alloy wheels, heated and cooled front and rear seating, heads up display, infotainment center, wood grain paneling, heated steering wheel, Proximity key with push-button start and many more.

For all of you luxury lovers, there's the SX Limited Nightsky trim level of the 2021 model. This option includes a glossy panoramic sunroof, 20" alloy wheels, 360° surround-view parking camera, Black roof tails, Drive/Terrain Modes, smart cruise control, and a power sunshade for second-row windows.


The Kia Telluride has always been known to be a luxurious family car. The 2021 models are no different with all the new tech and stylings that comes along with it, with such examples of new Apple Car Play and Android auto, parking assistance sensors, standard heated side mirrors, power-adjustable pedals, push-button ignition, window shades in the rear cargo area, ten-speaker Infinity audio system, HD Radio, wireless phone charging, 360° camera monitoring system, 8" colour touchscreen infotainment center, Dual-zone automatic climate controls, rear cross-Traffic Avoidance Assist, Sliding 2nd row, captain chairs Memory function for driver's seat and outside m mirrors, Seatback storage pockets, Seat heating and cooling for all three rows of seats, and Console side-storage tray.

Front seat of the 2021 Kia Telluride

Engine and towing:

The 2021 Telluride comes with a standard 3.5L V6 GDI DOHC 24-valve DI engine paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission system that pumps out 291 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque. It has a maximum towing capacity of 5000lbs so its not just capable of seating the whole family, but is a great multipurpose all-round vehicle.



 The Kiais known not only for its luxury but also for its safety. The following are some of the safety features of the 2021 Telluride models worth mentioning:

  • Improved Blind Spot Detection
  • The Lane Keep Assist
  • It has a Forward Collision Warning
  • The Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
  •  An Electronic Stability Control
  •  A Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Seven airbags to protect you and everyone in the car if needed!
  • Anti-Lock enabled Brakes
  • A Traction Control System
  • Front Side Airbags
  •  A Digital Compass
  •  Emergency Braking Assist
  •  A Four-wheel drive system
  •  Hill Start Assist



 The 2021 Kia is a masterpiece built with an all-new, fully independent front and rear suspension system. The front axle has MacPherson struts, while the rear uses a multi-link design with coil springs. For braking power, the 2021 model comes standard with 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, brake assist, electronic brake-force distribution, brake override system, and regenerative braking technology. The 2021 model comes equipped with large 18" alloy wheels wrapped in all-season tires designed to provide maximum performance on wet or dry surfaces. 

Fuel Economy:

 The 2021 model comes with fuel-saving technology that can get you up to 12.6L/100 in the city and 9.7L/100 on the highway. In comparison other vehicles of this size roughly range from 9-14L/100 for inner City and 6-10L/100 for highway driving. It is the fact that this vehicle only has the option for the V6 engine that hits its Fuel economy.    


The Kia Telluride has some significant changes compared to the 2016 models. The dashboard layout is all-new with updated features and technology. The design is most noticeably different in the Nightsky edition with its black grille, exclusive Kia Logos and black skid plate. Along with this, there are updated vents near the windshield which gives off an elegant look. The rear end of the vehicle has not been changed much besides having a slightly more streamlined look than last year's model did.

With all of these new styles and features that come with the 2021 models, They are worth looking at if you're considering purchasing an SUV more prominent than what most would consider "regular size." If you're also looking for a luxury SUV that can do more than haul people around, then my suggestion is to purchase the 2021 model and see for yourself what it has to offer!

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About the author
Emily MacKinnon
, Executive Assistant
Originally from Nova Scotia, Emily has spent the last 9 years in sales and customer service. A jack of all trades. She hopes to be able to help educate and get people excited about their next car purchases through her expression in these blogs.

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