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.