2021 Kia Telluride Problems and Top Complaints – Is Your Car A Lemon?

Powertrain, visibility, and electrical system issues among the top complaints received by the NHTSA from vehicle owners

2021 Kia Telluride

The 2021 Kia Telluride is advertised as a family car that offers premium features and class. The automaker says there is “no holding back” when driving this SUV. However, customers tend to agree that it contains a defective powertrain, visibility issues and a faulty electrical system.

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Problems with the Powertrain

A smooth-shifting experience is what customers want, but it’s not what they receive. It seems these SUVs create excessive vibration that is causing some major complaints.

One NHTSA review says, “There is a known issue with Tellurides and Hyundai Palisade vehicles right now with excessive vibration when speeds reach 55 mph – 70 mph. Kia Consumer Assistance and dealers are not being helpful. They road forced balanced my wheels and sent me home…I told them it’s not fixed and now they want me to take it back. There are multiple people on forum/messaging board with the same problem. Kia replaces driveshafts/AWD couplers on some which resolves the issues but ignores others. They need a TSB to fix this universally. This piecemeal approach has gotten them in trouble with NHTSA already.”

While this might not seem like a big deal, if an accident were to occur, occupants could be in a lot of trouble. NHTSA Campaign Number 21V164000 states that some affected vehicles may not detect when there is a child restraint system in the front passenger seat, thereby the air bag could inadvertently deploy and cause a further injury. It appears the air bag system is just following the tagline – no holding back – not even when it is supposed to.

Problems with the Visibility

Probably the most talked about issue has to do with the auto glass, which continues to cause the same problems as previous models.

One NHTSA complaint states, “Windshield cracked, unsure of when or where, but went from 2 inches long to whole windshield in a matter of a day or two. Can’t for the life of me figure out how it happened, noticed it in the driveway. Mileage was approximately 8k miles.”

After facing class action lawsuits on the 2020 Telluride models, it seems Kia hasn’t learned anything. It’s only a matter of time before the 2021 models end up with lawsuits attached to them too. 2020 Kia Telluride SUVs had windshields that cracked, chipped or fractured without warning, and the same continues on with the newest lineup. Kia isn’t learning the lesson, going full steam ahead with this defective manufacturing process. There’s “no holding back” the company, not even expensive penalties.

Problems with the Electrical System

With a modern SUV, owners want a seamless electrical system that operates all the bells and whistles with ease.

One Edmunds review discusses a different outcome. “After a 4 month wait to get my new Telluride I have become quickly dissatisfied.  The car is a perfect size and rides great. When the features work I love it. Unfortunately I have had it in the shop 4 time’s for the same problem. The blind spot detector doesn’t work. Currently in a loaner car. I also had an emergency when the car wouldn’t start. Lights were flashing. Called 2 dealership’s for 2 days without a return call. I called a roadside service for help.”

The problems go even deeper. Service Bulletin #TSB_ELE213 talks about trouble with the camera display that requires female coaxial cable replacements. Without the repair, intermittent issues with flickering or displaying lines on the display might occur. At this point, owners should decide to “hold back” on any future Kia purchases, knowing that the automaker doesn’t seem to care about building quality systems.

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  • William B

    Have a 2021 Telluride and has a bad vibration at 65mph or above. Had it dealer twice and after being there over 3 hours KIA Headquarters finally admitted it’s a driveshaft problem and authorized a new one. There are many other people with the same problem. BEWARE

  • mike

    2nd day with a brand new telluride and the blind spot monitor on one side of my vehicle is not working. not sure what is going on with it i have to take it back to dealership tomorrow, only 900 mile’s on it. drove 300 miles to pick it up considering there is not many out there right now.

  • Lynn B

    The next day after purchasing our Telluride all the electrical lights came on the display. It was in and out of the shop multiple times. After 6 months of haggling we finally got a full refund under the lemon law.

  • Larry B

    Shocking / some reports including car and driver say most satisfied by drivers , after reading this , not so sure … just like politics no 100% happy on anything … what do you believe ?

  • Nelms G

    My daughter has a new(less than 3000 miles) that has serious electrical issues, the most prominent issue being a repeating failure of the electric door lock/unlock system to respond to commands to operate. I believe that in light of todays lawlessness conditions, especially for young women, that this is a safety issue.

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