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 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 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
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.
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.
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|
|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.|