2021 Kia Telluride: Consumer Reports, KBB, and Edmunds Review Roundup

by Gabrielle DeSantis

There are a lot of opinions out there about reliable cars, SUVs, and trucks. Who has the best information? These are reviews for the 2021 Kia Telluride from trusted experts at Consumer Reports, Kelley Blue Book, and Edmunds. Overall, the critics agreed on the Kia SUV’s positive attributes, especially the long list of standard safety features.

Consumer Reports approved of the 2021 Kia Telluride

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The 2021 Kia Telluride was highly rated by Consumer Reports. The predicted reliability and predicted owner satisfaction both came in at five out of five. In the road test, the SUV scored a 97 out of 100. It came in first on the list of midsize SUVs with three rows. CR found that the design of the Telluride was well-thought-out and took the drivers and passengers into consideration.

91% of owners noted that the 2021 Kia Telluride is a car worth purchasing again. CR found that the Telluride rides smoothly, and the V6 has a solid fuel economy of 21 mpg overall. The SUV has automatic emergency braking (AEB) but not at highway speeds, which seems like an oversight. It has Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Lane Keeping Assist (LKA).

2021 Kia Telluride scores by Kelley Blue Book

Kelley Blue Book gave the 2021 Kia Telluride an expert ranking of 4.8. KBB gave the Telluride the Kelley Blue Book Best Buy Award and called it an “excellent value.” One of the recurring pieces of feedback is that the design of the Telluride is modern and luxurious.

The only con listed is that there is no hybrid option for the SUV yet. It doesn’t sound like that is coming for 2022, either. The Nightfall Edition was added to the 2021 lineup alone with a remote start option. The towing trailer harness was upgraded from a four-pin to a seven-pin.

The optional captain’s seats in the second row are a welcomed addition. With these, passengers can get in and out of the third row with ease. This does bring the overall capacity down from eight to seven passengers. No matter how buyers design the vehicle, it is sure to fit many budgets and lifestyles.

Edmunds approved of the Telluride

Edmunds calls the 2021 Kia Telluride a top-rated SUV. The company also gave the Telluride the best midsize 3-row SUV for 2021. With an expert rating of 8.4 out of 10, room for eight passengers, and a third row, drivers and experts love the Telluride. The highest scores were in the comfort and wildcard sections. The Wildcard section noted the SUV took inspiration from the Land Rover – and didn’t miss the mark.

Edmunds notes it “rides smoothly and is abundantly equipped with the latest technology and safety features.” Kia has an industry-leading warranty that consists of 10-years and 1000,000 miles of bumper-to-bumper coverage. In addition to that, there is also a 10-year, 100,000-mile powertrain warranty for some vehicles. Edmunds also noted the long list of standard safety features that Consumer Reports and Kelley Blue Book praised.

In conclusion, it seems drivers and critics agree about all that is the 2021 Kia Telluride. The SUV has a few faults but is a shining example of what new technology and design can be. The 2022 Telluride is well on its way to the market and seems only to have improved upon the 2021 version.

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