Mid-Size SUV Comparison: 2021 Kia Telluride LX Vs. EX

Mid-Size SUV Comparison: 2021 Kia Telluride LX Vs. 2021 Kia Telluride EX

If you're shopping the 2021 Kia Telluride, you may be wondering how its trim models compare. For 2021, the new Telluride arrives in four distinct trim levels. Here at Kingdom Kia, we've taken a moment to make a side-by-side comparison of two popular trim models: the 2021 Kia Telluride LX and Telluride EX models. After you review the standard features and available options on these two vehicles, we hope you'll schedule your test drive in each vehicle so you can see how they compare for yourself.

Before we pit these two sport utility vehicles against one another, let's review what makes the 2021 Kia Telluride such a popular choice for drivers and families.

Kia's 2021 Telluride is the ideal mid-size SUV in many ways. First, it boasts a highly versatile and flexible interior that accommodates up to eight passengers, an EPA-estimated 87 cubic feet of cargo volume, and 178.1 cubic-feet of total passenger volume. Its standard powertrain is a 3.8-liter Lambda DOHC 24-valve V6 with dual continuously variable valve timing to produce 291 horsepower and 262 pound-foot of torque. This engine motivates the entire trim model lineup, so whether you opt for the Telluride LX or EX, you'll have 3,778 cc of displacement and an electronically controlled 8-speed automatic transmission with Sportmatic™ sports shifter.

When it comes to fuel economy, both the Telluride LX and Telluride EX deliver an EPA-estimated 20/26/23 MPG (City/Highway/Combined) in the FWD models. Drivers who opt for the AWD Telluride can expect an EPA-estimated 19/24/21 MPG (City/Highway/Combined). The towing capacity for both trim models is up to 5,000-pounds. The Telluride EX offers an available tow hitch, in case you have large watercraft to tow down the highway with confidence.

The full 2021 Kia Telluride trim lineup offers an array of advanced safety systems. Notable highlights on the Telluride LX and EX include auto emergency braking with pedestrian detection, forward collision warning, and blind-spot detection with collision avoidance assist rear. Other notable driver-assist features include lane-keeping assist, lane departure warning, lane following assist, and driver attention warning. If you want your new Telluride to come with highway driving assist, you'll want to opt for the new Telluride EX.

Comparing the New Telluride LX & Kia Telluride EX

The 2021 Kia Telluride LX and Kia Telluride EX are similar in many ways. Each offers a roomy interior for up to eight passengers and ample cargo capacity. Both come well-equipped with modern technologies, such as large touchscreen displays, smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™, and a six-speaker audio system. Now that we've seen how the Telluride LX and EX are similar let's see how they differ.

When it comes to interior color options, the Telluride EX gives you two color options, while the LX only has one. The Telluride LX does not have roof rails, while the Telluride EX comes standard with roof rails, making its height 69.3-inches. The EX also distinguishes itself with a standard sunroof. The Telluride LX comes standard with the UVO link while the EX gives you a UVO link with enhanced navigation features. Other standard features on the EX include Driver Talk, Quiet Mode, and a larger 10.25-inch touchscreen display. The Telluride LX gives you five USB charging ports. The Telluride EX gives you six USB charging ports and a wireless phone charger for your compatible device.

When it comes to the starting MSRP*, the 2021 Telluride LX and 2021 Telluride EX offer incredible value. The 2021 Telluride LX starts at $31,990* while the Telluride EX has a $37,390 starting MSRP*. Both vehicles come standard with Kia's industry-leading, 10-year/100,000-mile warranty program, so you know your investment is protected.

To help with your decision, we've put together a side-by-side comparison of the Kia Telluride LX and Kia Telluride EX, their pricing, specifications, and available features:

2021 Kia Telluride LX
2021 Kia Telluride EX
$31,990* Base Price MSRP* $37,390*
291 hp @ 6,000 rpm Standard Horsepower 291 hp @ 6,000 rpm
262 @ 5,200 rpm Standard Torque (lb-ft) 262 @ 5,200 rpm
20/26/23 EPA MPG Estimates (FWD) (City/Highway/Combined) 20/26/23
8 passengers Standard Seating Capacity 8 passengers
4,112/4,211 Curb Weight: (FWD) 8-Passenger minimum/maximum (pounds) 4,112/4,211
Features On The Kia Telluride LX
Available Features
Features On The Kia Telluride EX
  • 18-inch Alloy Wheels, Painted Finish
  • UVO link
  • 8.0-inch Touch-Screen Display
  • Android Auto™
  • Apple CarPlay®
  • Rear View Monitor w/ Dynamic Parking Guidance
  • Smart Cruise Control w/ Stop and Go (SCC)
  • Bluetooth® Wireless Technology Hands-Free Connectivity
  • 5 USB Charger Ports
  • Day/Night Interior Rearview Mirror
  • Sofino Synthetic Leather Seat Trim
  • Rear Combination Lights, LED
  • Low Profile Roof Rails, Silver Finish
  • 18-inch Alloy Wheels, Machined Finish
  • UVO link with enhanced navigation features
  • Driver Talk
  • Quiet Mode
  • 10.25-inch Touch-Screen Display
  • Wireless Phone Charger
  • 6 USB Charger Ports
  • Dual-Zone Automatic Temperature Control w/ Auto De-Fog System
  • Rear Passenger Automatic Temperature Control
  • Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror
  • Integrated 2nd-Row Window Sunshades
  • Leather Seat Trim
  • 10-Way Power Adjustable Driver's Seat, w/ 2-Way Power Lumbar Support
  • Heated Front Seats
  • Ventilated Front Seats
  • Leather Gearshift Knob
  • Woodgrain Interior Accents
  • Highway Driving Assist (HDA)

Experience the New Telluride LX at our Rolla, MO, Kia Dealership

Now that you know how the new Telluride LX and Telluride EX compare, you'll be ready to take one home to your garage. When it's time to buy, you'll want to decide if it makes more sense to lease or finance. An easy place to start, is with our free credit application that carries no obligation. Once you are pre-approved for Kia financing, our finance department can help you decide how much you should put down on a new car.

If you have any questions about how these new Kia SUVs compare and stack up against the competition, please reach out to our Kia specialists. Our team is here to answer all of your questions and create a tailored car-buying plan that meets your needs.

Kingdom Kia is your dedicated Kia dealer in Rolla, Missouri. As your full-service car dealership, we offer affordable oil changes, quick brake jobs, lease and loan offers on new cars, and money-saving discounts on auto parts. Count on us for all of your automotive needs near Jefferson City, Missouri.

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*Starting MSRP is manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) for base model trim. MSRP excludes destination and handling charges, taxes, title, license, options, and dealer charges. Actual prices set by dealer and may vary.

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