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Kia’s Popular Telluride SUV Gets Modest Price Bump

The Kia Telluride has been a breakout hit, with many shoppers reporting a waiting list for the three-row SUV that’s been on sale for more than a year now.

Kia knows its SUV is the one to have, and it has upped prices for the 2021 model year accordingly. The good news: those price hikes are fairly modest at just $200 for most trim levels, and $300 for the range-topping Telluride SX. And even with the price increase, the Telluride remains competitively priced against its rivals.

The cheapest 2021 Telluride is the LX, at $33,415 with front-wheel drive — and including a mandatory $1,225 destination charge, which incidentally is up $55 as well. Adding all-wheel drive bumps the price up by another $1,900 to $2,000, depending on the trim level.

All in, a loaded-up Telluride SX with all the trimmings now runs just over $50,000. That money buys an exceptionally well-equipped SUV, so it’s easy to see why Kia has had no problem finding homes for its SUV.

But here’s a secret: The Telluride is a kissing cousin to the Hyundai Palisade, which differs only in styling and the way some of its options and features are allotted between trim levels. The Palisade starts at $33,710, though it’s easier to find in dealers than the Telluride.

See Kia Telluride models for sale near you.

Andrew Ganz
Andrew Ganz
Andrew Ganz is an author specializing in helping in-market consumers get the most bang for their buck -- and the best car, while they're at it. When not virtually shopping for new and used cars, Andrew can probably be found under the hood of a vintage classic that's rapidly losing fluids.

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