SUV shoppers who are looking around for their next vehicle might find it hard to choose between the 2021 Toyota Highlander vs the 2021 Kia Telluride, two versatile and practical options within the segment. To help drivers determine if the 2021 Highlander or the 2021 Telluride is the better option for them, we’ve created a side-by-side analysis of these two SUVs. Continue reading to learn more about the differences between these two models and their available trim levels, engine performance and overall efficiency.
Drivers shopping for the 2021 Toyota Highlander can find it offered in six trims: L, LE, XLE, XSE, Limited and Platinum. The 2021 Telluride is offered in only four: LX, S, EX and SX. Because of this difference in trim level availability, many drivers find the 2021 Toyota Highlander a much easier SUV to shop for.
2021 Toyota Highlander
2021 Kia Telluride
|Six Trims||Trim Level Availability||Four Trims|
|295 hp||Standard Horsepower||291 hp|
|263 lb.-ft.||Standard Torque||262 lb.-ft.|
|20/27/23 mpg||Fuel Econom (Cty/Hwy/Combined)||19/24/21 mpg|
The 2021 Toyota Highlander comes standard with a 3.5-liter V6 engine with 295 horsepower and 263 pound-feet of torque. The 2021 Kia Telluride utilizes a 3.8-liter, V6 engine that outputs only 291 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque.
The 2021 Highlander receives 20 miles per gallon in the city, 27 miles per gallon on the highway and 23 miles per gallon in combined city/highway travel conditions. The 2021 Kia Telluride receives 19 mpg city, 24 mpg highway and 21 mpg combined.
Comfort and convenience features available for the 2021 Toyota Highlander include: An electrochromatic inside rearview mirror, front and rear door pockets, dual illuminating vanity mirrors, three-zone climate control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, cupholders in all three rows of seating, front seatback storage, an overhead storage console, electric power steering, a tilt and telescopic steering wheel, interior air filtration and more.