The Telluride handles like a dream, but there’s a lot of underrated style and creativity points here that Kia regularly misses out on. We’re here to give them a bit of that credit in our 2021 Kia Telluride vs 2020 Kia Telluride near Pittsburgh comparison review. Taylor Auto Group is a Pittsburgh area dealership that knows the value of a good Telluride. This model continuously revs up its profile year after year, competing against some of the biggest and brightest in the segment. Right now, though, it’s competing against only itself. Which Telluride is right for you? Is it the more modern and smooth 2021 Telluride?
A brand new premium package for the EX trim tacks on gorgeous LED headlamps in the signature Telluride style. As with many other models this year, the Telluride gets a longer grille, decorated with sharp points and angles that surround the blacked out portion with body color shapes. As the grilles on modern SUVs seem to get more standout, it’s nice to see the Telluride taking a cue from its most popular brethren and doing the same. As always, it’s the Nightfall appearance pack that will get the most attention from Telluride fans. It adds blacked out accents and 20-inch wheels to the artistic profile of the Telluride. The Nightfall also gets Satin Chrome exterior accents around the windows and headlamps. Crisp colors surround the blacked out features of this year’s Telluride, too. A Glacial White Pearl or Wolf Gray paint choice is certain to bring out the blacker than night features of the Telluride. The signature LED daytime running lamps also get a yellowish surround look that is just plain cool.
The interior of the 2021 model is designed to “break new ground,” and one quick glance around the cabin is all you need to take in order to see that Kia just broke a few rules to get the job done right. The large on-dash 10.25″ touchscreen infotainment system is a beast in the middle of the dash, but it’s slanted this year toward the driver. Everyone who’s ever driven with an on-dash touchscreen will tell you what a blessing this twist is. The touchscreen itself has a chrome-like surround that makes it stand out even more. Perforated Nappa leather trim seating is also available or standard on your favorite trims of Telluride. Second row riders get a real treat this year: second row dual reclining captain’s chairs. Anyone who’s ever had a difficult day in high school would tell you that these chairs make you feel welcomed and loved again after that day is over. Parents with teenagers, please do those teens a favor, and give them a good reason to look forward to coming home to the Telluride after a hard day at school. Finally, a head-up display makes the driver’s day. Your windshield is your constant source of Telluride information.
Natural aspiration is the way of the Telluride engine in 2020, and it continues over to the same format this year. The 291 horsepower V6 engine is a sweet driving experience. When you apply pressure to the gas, your Telluride is at your every command. Torque pulls in at 262 lb-ft. This year’s 8-speed automatic transmission is designed for front-wheel drive, but you are welcome to bump that up to all-wheel drive if you choose. You’ll find the all-wheel drive is much improved over 2020. It takes a great mechanical design to really win awards in this industry. The Telluride was recently named 2020 World Car of the Year by the World Car Awards. You can expect it to repeat this year thanks to continued excellence in design.
Crash test ratings are already in for the 2021 Telluride, and it’s nothing but sunshine and good news for the model. It scored a five-star crash test rating from the NHTSA. We fully expect this one to eventually grab another Top Safety Pick for the model, too, when those awards are released from the IIHS. For now, you’ll find standard features are abundant. Standard blind spot monitoring, Highway Drive Assist, and Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Avoidance Assist are all systems go in 2021. Much of the same safety features are carried over this year, but there are a few new surprises on the 2021 mode. Please make sure to ask us for a full list of safety specs.
Thank you for your interest in the 2021 and 2020 Telluride. We hope you’ll join us here soon at Taylor Auto Group near Pittsburgh for a test drive or a review of all our specials on the new Telluride. Our sales team is always ready to lend a helping hand to those of you out there who want to make smart choices on your next family SUV.