Compare 2021 Kia Telluride vs. 2021 Toyota Highlander

2021 Kia Telluride
2021 Toyota Highlander

2021 Kia Telluride


2021 Toyota Highlander

3.8L 6cyl


3.5L 6cyl
291 HP


295 HP
19 city / 24 hwy*

Fuel Economy

21 city / 29 hwy*

Serving Fort Walton Beach , FL

The 2021 Kia Telluride is a new vehicle on the midsize SUV scene. However, it’s already a leader in its field. The Kia Telluride at Kia of Fort Walton Beach is a top-rated midsize SUV with three rows of seats. It’s ranked #1 in its class by Edmunds, and you can now schedule it for an online test drive at our dealership. The Telluride gets high marks across all the major categories with a classy exterior appearance, a comfortable and upscale cabin, and plenty of creature comforts. It also has impressive power and handling credentials. The Kia Telluride belongs to a crowded field that includes the 2021 Toyota Highlander, which is one of its main rivals. However, the Highlander is not rated as high as the Telluride. Its interior is less spacious, which makes the Kia a better choice for longer trips, and there’s less storage space in the Toyota’s trunk.


Even if you try the base trim with a 2021 Kia Telluride online test drive at our dealership, you’ll see that it is loaded with all the features required for a comfortable and connected ride. The Kia Telluride has simulated leather upholstery on the base level. It has an eight-inch touchscreen that contains smartphone integration. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are standard, and you’ll get six USB charging ports. The base trim seats eight, but you can opt for captain’s chairs with the top trim levels. A number of safety aids are also standard with the Kia Telluride, including rear cross-traffic alert, blind-spot monitoring, and lane-keep assist. A sunroof is added to the next trim, followed by leather seats, wireless charging, and a 10.25-inch touchscreen on the third. The top SX has quilted leather seats. The Toyota Highlander doesn’t have as much passenger volume in the back rows as the Kia. You can’t get quilted leather upholstery, and a larger touchscreen isn’t added unless you get the top trim.


The Kia Telluride is powered by a 3.8L V6 engine with a power output of 291 HP. It has an eight-speed automatic transmission and standard front-wheel drive with available all-wheel drive. The Kia can tow 5,000 pounds, and it has trailer safety towing technology. The Kia Telluride has more precise handling than the Toyota Highlander, and it can reach its top power output with regular gasoline. The Toyota, in contrast, requires premium fuel to reach top power and performance credentials, which will raise costs at the gas pump.

Take an Online Test Drive

While we can tell you that the Kia Telluride is a stunning vehicle, you’ll still want to take the SUV for a spin yourself. Kia of Fort Walton Beach makes it easy to try out any trim level of the Kia that you’d like without having to deal with the hassle of crowds or lines at the dealership. Now, you have the opportunity to try out the Telluride right from your couch at home. Using your phone or computer, you can sign up instantly for a 2021 Kia Telluride online test drive. Like a regular test drive, an online test drive gives you a chance to try the Telluride’s performance and handling capabilities as you take the SUV for a spin on highways and back roads. You can try its technology and safety aids too, and ask any questions from our helpful associates, who are available to answer questions as you cruise along.

For assistance setting up a 2021 Kia Telluride online test drive, or if you’d like to learn more about the class-leading SUV, contact Kia of Fort Walton Beach today.

*All figures are EPA estimates. Actual mileage may vary.