Part of the mid-size SUV category alongside the Chevrolet Traverse, Ford Explorer, Honda Pilot, Hyundai Palisade, Mazda CX-9, Subaru Ascent, Toyota Highlander and Volkswagen Atlas, the Kia Telluride adds an interesting twist to the segment.
Here are five things to know about the 2021 Kia Telluride.
A single engine
Virtually unchanged from the 2020 model year, the 2021 Telluride arrives in a single powertrain configuration. Only the addition of technology makes the difference between entry-level models and more upscale versions.
The Kia Telluride therefore remains powered by a 3.8-liter V6 engine that develops 291 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque, all paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive is standard.
The vehicle is equipped with several driving modes, including Eco, Comfort, Sport and Smart. The latter analyzes your road behavior and adapts the vehicle parameters accordingly. The Telluride is also equipped with the Snow (or all-terrain) mode which is divided into three sub-modes (snow, mud and sand) and can lock its differential.
Finally, the EX and SX versions can seat eight passengers, while the SX Limited variants can seat seven occupants. The towing capacity is 5,000 lbs.
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New for 2021, the Nocturne special edition brings several stylistic elements of its own. Among these elements, the grille with black finish, the roof rails and emblems in gloss black, as well as some black accents which surround the body.
Plus, 20-inch black-finished rims with black lug nuts and wheel caps, you guessed it, complete the aesthetic. Moreover, this version can accommodate a total of seven passengers, since the second row is equipped with captain’s seats.
As standard, the 2021 Kia Telluride offers connectivity to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as five USB ports scattered throughout the cabin. The 10.25-inch infotainment screen and an induction smartphone charger complete the package.
Consumers can opt for a 630-watt Harman / Kardon sound system, head-up display, choice of a sixth USB port as well as a larger dash display (7 inches instead of 3.5 inches). ).
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Security to spare
More and more common, driver assistance and assistance technologies are not uncommon in Telluride. From the basic model, it will be equipped with:
- Frontal Collision Avoidance Assistance (FCA);
- Driver Loss of Attention Alert (DAA);
- Active driving assistance in the middle of the road;
- Blind Spot Collision Avoidance Assistance (BCA);
- Rear Cross-Collision Avoidance Assistance (RCTCAA);
- Rear parking sensors (optional front sensors)
As an option, the vehicle can be fitted with a 360 ° camera surveillance system and a blind spot monitor. Finally, the occupants of the first row were protected by seven airbags (one for the driver’s knees, two in the front, two side curtain-type, two side in the front seats).
How much does Telluride cost?
For 2021, the Kia Telluride is available in four different versions.
The entry-level variant – EX – starts at $ 46,195. Followed by the SX ($ 51,195), the SX Limited ($ 54,695) and finally, the SX Limited Nocturne Edition ($ 57,705).
Note that the prices mentioned above are the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Prices (MSRP). To this amount are added freight and preparation costs of $ 1,895 and other related costs.
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