2021 Kia Telluride vs 2021 Toyota Highlander

Silver 2021 Kia Telluride on Desert Trail vs Gray 2021 Toyota Highlander on a City Street at Night

Are you looking for a fun-to-drive family hauler that is perfect for weekend road trips or neighborhood carpools? The 2021 Kia Telluride is a fan favorite at Concord Kia that will check all the boxes for the family on the go. Find out how the Kia Telluride stacks up against a premier competitor in the class with this in-depth 2021 Kia Telluride vs 2021 Toyota Highlander comparison.

Families who have fallen in love with the rugged exterior and spacious interior of the 2021 Kia Telluride will have four trim levels to choose from – LX, S, EX and SX – with a starting price of $31,990. Entry-level Kia Telluride SUVs make room for eight passengers with a second-row bench seat that can be replaced with luxurious second-row Captain’s Chairs – to make room for seven. The Toyota Highlander is a key competitor in the midsize class with a higher price tag that starts at $34,810.

2021 Kia Telluride


2021 Toyota Highlander

$31,990 Base MSRP $34,810
291-Horsepower 3.8-Liter V-6 Base Engine 295-Horsepower 3.5-Liter V-6
7 - 8 Passengers Passenger Space 7 - 8 Passengers
21 - 87 Cubic Feet Cargo Space 16 - 84.3 Cubic Feet

Differences Between the 2021 Kia Telluride and 2021 Toyota Highlander

Built for family adventures, the Kia Telluride will stand out in this 2021 Kia Telluride vs 2021 Toyota Highlander comparison. A bold exterior lets drivers know that the Kia Telluride is ready for adventure and with an impressive 21 cubic feet of storage space behind the rear seats, the Kia Telluride is capable of handling sports gear, camping equipment and luggage. With the rear seats laid flat, the Kia Telluride will handle 87 cubic feet of cargo space.

Under the hood, the 2021 Kia Telluride will feature a 291-horsepower 3.8-liter V-6 engine that is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Armed with this power combination, the Kia Telluride will make 20 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. Available Torque Vectoring Control AWD and AWD Drive Modes will upgrade performance and still make 19 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway. When equipped for towing, the Kia Telluride will tow up to 5,000 pounds of cargo. Toyota Highlander models are available with a 295-horsepower 3.5-liter V-6 and a 243-horsepower 2.5-liter Toyota Hybrid Drive.

Base Kia Telluride LX models come well equipped with an 8-inch Kia UVO touchscreen infotainment system, SOFINO synthetic leather upholstery, Kia Drive Wise technology, one-touch sliding second-row seats, reverse parking sensors, smart key with push-button start and more. Available upgrades to the Kia Telluride equipment list will vary by trim level and will include a power sunroof, six USB ports, remote start, a Smart Power Liftgate™, heated and cooled front seats, leather interior, a wireless phone charger and a 10.25-inch Kia UVO touchscreen display.

Schedule a test drive in the 2021 Kia Telluride today at Concord Kia!