Kia Telluride vs Honda Pilot
With the recent announcement of the all-new Kia Telluride, the three-row SUV market is getting even more competitive. Which one is right for Louisville, Elizabethtown, and Clarksville go-getters? The Kia Store compiled this 2020 Kia Telluride vs. 2019 Honda Pilot comparison to help you figure that out.
Read on as we explore the interior space, rugged performance specs, and technology available in both SUVs.
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The Kia Telluride and Honda Pilot both offer seating for seven or eight, depending on what configuration you choose for the second seat. This is a common theme in three-row SUVs across the market.
However, vehicles often differ in the amount of passenger space each row gets, and that’s true when comparing the Telluride vs. Pilot. The brand-new SUV from Kia offers a generous 178.1 cubic feet of total passenger volume, compared to only 153.1 cubic feet in the Pilot.
This difference is most noticeable for those sitting in the second row, which offers 42.4 inches of legroom in the Telluride. The second row in the Pilot is a little more cramped, with only 38.4 inches of legroom.
The Kia Telluride continues to excel when it comes to cargo space, allowing you to load 21 cubic feet of gear behind the rear seats. There’s only 16.5 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats in the Pilot. Fold the second- and third-row seats flat in both vehicles, and the Telluride still has more cargo space than the Pilot.
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At first glance, both SUVs offer rugged capability—but only one delivers on that promise.
The 2019 Honda Pilot has silver-painted bumpers that imply the ruggedness of a skid plate. Unfortunately, they don’t offer the same protection a skid plate does. Meanwhile, the 2020 Kia Telluride comes equipped with front and rear skid plates to help protect its underbelly when off-roading.
The Telluride also has a higher ground clearance, further helping it stay protected from obstacles on the trails. And while both SUVs offer a V6 engine across their lineups, the Telluride engine is more powerful. It generates an energetic 291 horsepower, while the Pilot engine maxes out at 280 horsepower.
When your rear-seat passengers finally fall asleep, the 2020 Telluride offers a peaceful cabin. Simply press a button to enable quiet mode, which focuses audio from the sound system in the first row. That way, you can continue listening to your sports game or podcast without waking up sleeping passengers. This feature is not available in the 2019 Pilot.
Both vehicles come standard with a variety of high-tech driver-assist features, like Lane Keeping Assist, Forward Collision Warning, and Smart Cruise Control. However, there are a few standout additions that are only available in the Telluride:
- Driver Attention Warning senses drowsy driving habits and nudges you to take a break
- Rear Occupant Alert makes sure you don’t forget anyone in the back seat
- Safe Exit Assist helps prevent you from opening the door into oncoming traffic
High-tech features aren’t all about convenience—they can make the drive more interesting, too. That’s what will happen when you opt for 64-color interior mood lighting in the Telluride, which adds a nice touch to the interior. The Pilot only offers one color of interior ambient lighting: blue.
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Not only does the Kia Telluride put the “utility” in Sport Utility Vehicle, but it also offers a fun drive. That’s why The Kia Store recommends this new SUV for Louisville, Elizabethtown, and Clarksville drivers. Contact us today if you want to learn more about the 2020 Kia Telluride!