As SUVs have continued to grow in popularity in recent years, more and more consumers find themselves drawn to the convenience and versatility SUVs provide. If you are in the market for a new SUV, you may have found the models and options difficult to choose from. We’ve compiled a comparison of two popular vehicles, the Honda Pilot and the Kia Telluride. We’ll explore how these two models stack up against one another in this matchup for the favorite 3-row SUV.

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1.  Seating Capacity & Passenger Comfort

The 2020 Honda Pilot has a seating capacity of up to 8 with a 3-across second row, or a 7-passenger configuration with two captain’s chairs in place of the middle bench. All passengers will enjoy best-in-class visibility, with large windows and thin roof pillars. The Pilot’s high seating position offers an exceptional view of the road.

Like the Honda Pilot, the Kia Telluride also seats 8. While the seating capacity is the same, the Telluride is less spacious for passengers, with the Honda Pilot beating out its competitor in rear legroom, headroom, and shoulder room measurements.

2.  Price

Price is one of the most essential factors that you consider when buying a vehicle. Not only does the price need to fit within your budget, you also want to be sure that you are getting the most value for your money. The Honda Pilot and the Kia Telluride have similar price ranges, with the Pilot starting slightly lower at $31,650, compared to the $31,890 starting price of the Telluride. The Pilot ranges up to $49,720, depending on aspects such as styling, features packages, and interior specifications. The Telluride, on the other hand, tops out at $43,790, also based on the above factors.

3.  Engine Performance

The 2020 Honda Pilot comes with an efficient and refined 3.5L V6 engine that generates 280 horsepower and 262-pound feet torque. Its available 9-speed automatic transmission provides smooth-shifting, high-end ride quality even when carrying to full capacity. The Pilot offers a steady ride to all within, regardless of what’s happening without, as its light steering properties and selectable terrain modes come in handy in mud, sand, and snow.

The Telluride, on the other hand, has a 3.8L V6 engine with similar 291 horsepower and 262-pound feet torque. While it maintains a slight advantage in power, Car & Driver isn’t sold, observing the Telluride’s “ride is on the firm side, with harsh pavement sometimes throwing the three-row SUV off its intended path.

4.  Cargo

The 2020 Honda Pilot is the perfect fit for carrying large loads, with a vast cargo space that comes fitted with useful interior cubbies. It also includes an adjustable cargo floor, offering the option for additional storage when needed. Passengers will enjoy the 16 cup holders spaced throughout the three rows.

The Kia Telluride also provides ample space for travelers and cargo. Unlike the 2020 Pilot, however, getting maximum space in this SUV means removing a panel in the interior of the car and storing the panel outside.

5. Technology: Pilot Bonus Feature

The Pilot offers an available back-seat entertainment system that is not offered at any trim level of the Telluride. So if you’re planning to take any family vacations with a long time in the car, give the Pilot a big edge here.

Bottom Line

If you are looking for the best comfort, handling, safety features and technology, the 2020 Honda Pilot is your best bet. To get a feel for the Honda Pilot first hand, visit our Honda dealership near Denver. Or better yet, schedule a test drive with Kuni Honda, and we will bring a new Pilot right to you. You can also get pre-approved for a car loan online to fast-track the buying process. We look forward to serving you.


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