It's a bargain, even fully equipped.
To say that the 2020 Kia Telluride is a success would be a massive understatement. Kia can't build enough of them to meet demand, and now the model is ready to continue into its second full year on sale with a 2021 update. Don't worry, Kia hasn't messed with a winning formula, so the 2021 Telluride is pretty much the same as last year's model. The most significant changes include an increase from four-pin to seven-pin on the tow hitch, a remote engine start button, LED headlights on the EX Premium Package, and some new paint choices.
Four trim levels remain, including LX, S, EX, and SX. Pricing starts at $31,990 for the LX, $34,390 for the S, $37,390 for the EX, and $42,190 for the SX. Optioning AWD adds around $2,000 to all trim levels. A new Nightfall Edition appearance package joins the lineup and now has a price tag.
As a reminder, the Nightfall Edition Package is only available on the top SX trim. It adds special 20-inch black wheels, black front grille, black front, and rear skid plates, black badging, black window surrounds, LED fog lights, low profile roof rails, and a few other unique touches. Kia priced the Nightfall Edition Package at $1,295, which seems like a fair value for more attitude on your Telluride. As before, power comes from a 3.8-liter V6 engine mated to an eight-speed automatic producing 291 horsepower.
Kia says the Nightfall Edition will be available in the second half of 2020, meaning they should be arriving at dealers imminently. If you opt for every single option available, including AWD and a $1,500 rear-seat entertainment system that Kia says is "coming soon," you can price a 2021 Telluride up to $53,505. But considering how much equipment you get on the fully-loaded SX, the Telluride remains a three-row bargain crossover.