2020 Kia Telluride vs 2019 Honda Pilot

2020 Kia Telluride Quakertown PA

Kia’s new SUV leader is the 2020 Telluride. This three-row family-sized crossover is larger and more comfortable than it’s forerunner: the Kia Sorento. Designed for SUV enthusiasts who require more space and options, the Telluride has it all! Packed with standard innovative options and unsurpassed driving power, Kia promotes the 2020 Telluride as a groundbreaker in the SUV market.

In comparison, the eight-passenger 2019 Honda Pilot is a midsize SUV that is offered in five primary trim levels. We found Honda added more standard features to the Pilot than before. A comparable trim level to the base level of the Telluride is the EX, which has proven to be very popular. For 2019, Honda included many useful options, including keyless entry and ignition, temperature controlled front seats, slide-and-fold second-row seats, and many tech options the higher trim levels have.

The Telluride offers seven or eight-passenger seating, which is limited by the number of second-row captain’s chairs you order. Also, Telluride’s third-row head and leg-room are hard to beat. The first and second rows of the Honda Pilot are very roomy with enough head and legroom for your average sized passengers. And like the 2020 Telluride, the third-row seating is tight, but the Honda has lower-mounted seats that put your passengers in an awkward position.

Measuring cargo space with the third-row seating down, the Telluride has 21.0 cu. ft. where the Pilot has 16.0 cu. ft. When measuring midsized SUV’s, the Telluride’s cargo space behind the second-row is massive. And although Honda is known for its clever use of hidden compartments, there’s still more cargo space in the 2020 Kia Telluride.


2020 Kia Telluride


2019 Honda Pilot

19 / 24 / 21 mpg

MPG (city, highway, combined) 18 / 26 / 21 mpg

3.8L 6cyl 8A

Engine 3.5L 6cyl 6A

291 hp @ 6000 rpm


280 hp @ 6000 rpm

All-wheel drive

Drive-type All-wheel drive





Cargo Capacity (cubic feet)



2020 Kia Telluride: A midsize SUV leading the pack.

The Telluride’s 291 horsepower is one of the highest in the SUV market. And, like a high-performance vehicle, it also has a low base curb weight. That means greater acceleration. On the other hand, the Pilot has 280 horsepower, and a transmission offering manual control. Its handling is decent and can easily manage slippery roads with the all-wheel-drive option.

EPA estimates for the Telluride averages 20 mpg city, 26 mpg highway, and 23 mpg combined. The all-wheel-drive estimates are lower at 19 mpg city, 24 highway, and 21 combined. The Honda Pilot rolls in at 19 mpg city, 27 mpg highway, and 24 mpg combined.


2020 Kia Telluride

2019 Honda Pilot

EX 4dr SUV AWD (3.8L 6cyl 8A)

EX-L 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A)



Powerful standard V6 with more than sufficient towing power

A redesigned interior offering spacious rear seats and cargo area

Roomy interior for large families or groups

The ride is more enjoyable than previous models and handles most conditions

Plenty of standard high-tech safety features

Improved fuel economy

Bold stout exterior styling

Many storage compartments




Average fuel economy

Some of the warning systems are overly sensitive

No available powertrain upgrades

Accessing the third row is tight


The revised nine-speed transmission is not as smooth as the six-speed



We let the facts speak for themselves. The 2020 Kia Telluride is a better buy than the 2019 Honda Pilot because it simply has more space, technology, and power. Kia pushed the bar in the SUV marketplace, and Telluride is the result that makes it a top contender.






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