The Kia Telluride was introduced into Kia’s lineup as their largest family SUV in 2020 and is still made today. The Telluride has many features consumers expect from today’s SUVs, including towing. But what is the towing capacity of a 2021 Kia Telluride?
A 2021 Kia Telluride has a maximum towing capacity of 5,000 pounds.
The 2021 Kia Telluride tow capacity can vary based on a few different factors such as engine size, drivetrain, and others which we’ll cover in this guide.
There’s a bit more to know about the 2021 Kia Telluride tow capacity which we’ll cover in today’s guide.
How Much Can The 2021 Kia Telluride Tow?
The 2021 Kia Telluride has a towing capacity of 5,000 pounds.
The 2021 Kia Telluride tow capacity is affected by other factors like engine type, drivetrain, the weight of cargo and passengers, and whether your vehicle has a towing package equipped or not.
You can always reach out to your local Kia dealership for details to confirm how much your Telluride can tow.
You can check out our guide to Kia Telluride towing capacity by year if you’re looking at a different model year’s max capacity or if you want to compare different years of this vehicle.
You can also read our guide on what makes a vehicle towing capacity to learn all the aspects that go into it.
2021 Telluride Tow Capacity By Trim Level
There are several trim levels for the 2021 Telluride, and some engines are not available on certain trims, so they’ll each have different max towing limits.
Here’s the max tow capacity broken down for each trim level on the 2021 Kia Telluride:
|Kia TellurideTrim Level||Towing Capacity|
|LX||5,000 lbs / 2,267 kg|
|S||5,000 lbs / 2,267 kg|
|EX||5,000 lbs / 2,267 kg|
|SX||5,000 lbs / 2,267 kg|
Towing Capacity By Engine Size & Drivetrain
2021 Kia Telluride Engine Towing Specs
There is only engine option for the 2021 Telluride, which is a 3.8L V6 engine that makes 291 horsepower and 262 lb-feet of torque.
2021 Kia Telluride 3.8L V6 Engine Towing Capacity: 5,000 pounds
2021 Kia Telluride Drivetrain Towing Specs
The 2021 Kia Telluride comes standard with front wheel drive, with all-wheel drive available as an option.
2021 Kia Telluride FWD Tow Capacity: 5,000 pounds
2021 Kia Telluride AWD Tow Capacity: 5,000 pounds
Note that these are the max towing limits for each 2021 Kia Telluride engine. Your Kia Telluride may have a lower towing capacity based on the drivetrain, axle ratio, and if your vehicle has a towing package installed.
2021 Kia Telluride Payload Capacity
The maximum payload capacity of the 2021 Kia Telluride is 1,565 pounds.
Note that the max payload capacity of your 2021 Telluride will vary based on factors like the engine type, drivetrain and whether or not a towing package that includes other features like an engine oil cooler or transmission oil cooler is installed.
You can always contact your local dealership for extra details if you’re unsure of your vehicle’s payload capability.
2021 Kia Telluride Tow Package
The 2021 Kia Telluride does not come with a towing package automatically installed, but it is available as an add-on option.
The 2021 Telluride tow package includes a receiver hitch and a 4-pin and 7-pin wiring harness.
We definitely recommend getting the tow package if you plan on towing anything with your 2021 Telluride.
2021 Kia Telluride Towing Capacity Vs Competitors
The 2021 Kia Telluride has a maximum towing capacity of 5,000 pounds, which makes it capable of doing some heavy duty trailer towing.
This number is a little less than the Telluride’s main competitors which are the 2021 Toyota Tacoma and the 2021 Ford Ranger..
Here are some similar vehicles to the 2021 Kia Telluride and their towing capacities below:
2021 Hyundai Palisade Towing Capacity: 5,000 pounds
2021 Ford Explorer Towing Capacity: 5,600 pounds
2021 Honda Pilot Towing Capacity: 5,000 pounds
2021 Subaru Ascent Towing Capacity: 5,000 pounds
2021 Toyota Highlander Towing Capacity: 5,000 pounds
2021 VW Atlas Towing Capacity: 5,000 pounds
2021 Kia Models Towing Capacity Chart
|2021 Kia SUV Model||Towing Capacity|
|2021 Kia Telluride||5,000 pounds|
|2021 Kia Carnival||3,500 pounds|
|2021 Kia Sorento||3,500 pounds|
|2021 Kia Sportage||2,500 pounds|
|2021 Kia Seltos||2,000 pounds|
|2021 Kia Soul||2,000 pounds|
|2021 Kia Niro||1,500 pounds|
We’ve gathered all data represented here from the official 2021 Kia Telluride Owner’s Manual on Kia’s site and have checked all data thoroughly for accuracy.
Having said that, we still recommend you refer to your vehicle’s owner’s manual yourself before towing with a 2021 Kia Telluride.