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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 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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