2020 Kia Telluride vs. 2020 Honda Pilot Comparison | Kelley Blue Book
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2020 Kia Telluride vs. 2020 Honda Pilot Comparison

Eight passenger SUVs may seem big and unwieldy, but both the 2020 Kia Telluride and the 2020 Honda Pilot offer driving dynamics that make them comfortable and enjoyable to drive.

2020 Kia Telluride

2020 Kia Telluride

2020 Kia Telluride Starting Price: $32,735 | Price Yours

Above Average: A sleek SUV with room for eight, quiet and loaded with safety technology, the Telluride is a great road trip vehicle.

Below Average: Small third row, cargo space is somewhat lacking, and the glovebox is rather small.

Consensus: The 2020 Kia Telluride is a good bet for a reliable, comfortable, and spacious 8-passenger SUV.

2020 Honda Pilot

2020 Honda Pilot

2020 Honda Pilot Starting Price: $34,245 | Price Yours

Above Average: Standard safety equipment, roomy, good resale, standard V6 engine.

Below Average: Design is getting a bit long in the tooth, lower trims offer a 6- instead of 9-speed automatic.

Consensus: The 2020 Honda Pilot can seat eight passengers, and still offer plenty of cargo space, plus it has some off-road features that make it relatively capable should you venture off the pavement.

2020 Kia Telluride vs. 2020 Honda Pilot: The Battle of the Big Boys

Kia Telluride

The Kia Telluride is a brand new 7- or 8-passenger vehicle from the Korean automaker Kia. It was built expressly for the U.S. market, and it offers both front-wheel drive (as standard) and all-wheel drive. It is rated to tow 5,000 pounds (though the tow hitch is only available on the EX and SX trims) and has an all-new design that’s packed with modern comfort and safety amenities. On the road, the Telluride is smooth and comfortable, with a variety of driving modes in the AWD version, it can handle all kinds of weather, too. Inside the Telluride gets a variety of high-quality materials that exude luxury. A suite of safety and convenience tech comes as standard on the base model Telluride, too.

Honda Pilot

The 2020 Honda Pilot offers roomy versatility and plenty of power, as well as some pretty solid off-road chops. With seating for up to eight, it also gets a strong but refined V6 engine that makes 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. The Pilot can handle a variety of terrains thanks to the selectable terrain modes, which include Snow, Mud and Sand, and an improved torque-vectoring all-wheel drive system that helps improve the handling of the midsize 3-row vehicle. The Honda also comes with the automaker’s suite of safety equipment called Honda Sensing. It includes active safety features and driver-assistance features that are amongst the best in the class. But, to get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, you’ll need to step up to the EX trim.


Functional SUVs that are fully-capable family haulers.

2020 Kia Telluride Advantages

A comfortable ride, fantastic warranty, and amenity-packed feature list.

2020 Honda Pilot Advantages

Great reliability, space for eight passengers.

Final Recommendation

The Pilot benefits from Honda’s reputation for quality and high resale values making it a solid choice among 3-row crossover SUVs. The Kia is the new kid on the block, boasting fresher styling. All-new, it remains to be seen how well it holds its market value.

Ready to buy a Honda Pilot or a Kia Telluride? Shop now for one on sale at a dealership near you.

2020 Kia Telluride 2020 Honda Pilot
Popular Powertrains
Engine 3.8-liter V6 3.5-liter V6
Horsepower 291 hp @ 6000 rpm 280 hp @6,000 rpm
Torque 262 lb-ft @ 5200 262 lb-ft @4700 RPM
Transmission 8-spd automatic 6-spd automatic
Fuel Economy 23 mpg ( 20 city/26 hwy) 22 mpg (19 city/27 hwy)
Warranty 5 years/60,000 miles 5 years/60,000 miles
NHTSA Overall Safety Rating n/a 5 stars
Max Seating Capacity 8 8
Wheelbase 114.2 inches 111.0 inches
Overall Length 196.9 inches 196.5 inches
Width 78.3 inches 78.6 inches
Height 68.9 inches 70.6 inches
Turning Diameter 38.8 feet 39.4 feet
Headroom, Front 40.9 inches 40.1 inches
Headroom, Rear 38.1 inches 40.2 inches
Legroom, Front 44.1 inches 40.9 inches
Legroom, Rear 31.4 inches 38.4 inches
Shoulder Room, Front 61.6 inches 62.0 inches
Shoulder Room, Rear 55.3 inches 62.0 inches
EPA Passenger Volume 157.1 cu. ft. 152.9 cu. ft.
EPA Cargo Volume 87.0 cu. ft. 83.9 cu. ft.

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