Comparing the 2020 Kia Telluride and 2020 Honda Pilot

2020 Kia Telluride for saleWhich is better, the 2020 Kia Telluride or the 2020 Honda Pilot? Now the 2020 Kia Telluride is for sale in Kansas City, people are keen to see whether it’s a better option than the Honda Pilot.

The all-new 2020 Kia Telluride is a mid-size SUV that’s absolutely packed with features. It has the most interior room in its class, easily beating the Honda Pilot. The handling and power are perfectly tuned, and there are cool features like a head-up display and a 10.25-inch touchscreen.

The Honda Pilot has been around for longer, and it’s one of the most popular options in the class. It performs pretty well, but its styling is about 5 years behind the times and it lacks many features that come as standard on modern SUVs like the 2020 Kia Telluride for sale in Kansas City. Perhaps the biggest weakness of the Honda Pilot is its thirsty engine, only capable of getting 19 miles to the gallon in the city.

Does the Kia Telluride Perform Better than the Honda Pilot?

The engines on the Telluride and Pilot are comparable in size and output with the Telluride offering a 3.8L 291 HP motor paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission and 4-wheel-drive as standard (all-wheel-drive optional).

The Pilot offers a 3.5L 280 HP motor with a standard 6-speed automatic transmission with front-wheel-drive standard on base models (all-wheel-drive is optional on base models).

The major difference between the models is in towing capacity where the Telluride boasts a 5,000-lbs. towing capacity with the Pilot having a more modest towing capacity of 3500 lbs., according to manufacturer’s specs.

On upper models, the features of the 2020 Kia Telluride and the 2020 Honda Pilot compare favorably in terms of performance, except for the towing capacity and the additional features on the Telluride. The Telluride offers a self-leveling suspension that enhances the handling of the vehicle.

Ride-wise, the reviews on both vehicles are very similar with both offering adequate power, comparable road-handling and smooth rides, but the better suspension and towing of the 2020 Kia Telluride for sale in Olathe cannot be overlooked, especially considering the Kansas City, Lee’s Summit, Shawnee, Lawrence, and Overland Park roads.

Is the Kia Telluride Safer than the Honda Pilot?

The 2020 Kia Telluride for sale in Kansas and Missouri has a drowsy driver warning system, a blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert, automatic emergency braking, and lane-keeping assist as standard on even its base models, while you have to move up to more expensive models to get the blind spot monitor and rear cross-traffic alert on the Honda Pilot.

While both models are attractive and offer similar features on base models such as 18-inch alloy wheels and automatic headlights, the Telluride has design styling that most reviewers believe to be the best in the vehicle class.

When you move up to the higher-level models, the Telluride has some features that the Pilot simply does not. These features include fog lights, dual sunroofs, front parking sensors, an upgraded driver information display, interior, a surround-view parking camera system as well as a blind-spot camera system, automatic high beams, and a low-level automated highway driving system.

These features make the Telluride a truly luxurious model that is unrivaled in this class.

Which Has the Better Interior?

Both the Telluride and Pilot offer 3 rows of seating standard on base models and seat up to 8 people. The Pilot’s access to third-row seating is rather narrow, limiting the comfort for larger people attempting to utilize the third row.

Bluetooth, five USB charge ports, an 8-inch touchscreen, a rearview camera, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a six-speaker stereo with satellite radio and USB input are standard on the base model Telluride, while you have to move up in model and pricing levels on the Pilot to get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto features.

Most reviewers agree that the appointments on the Telluride have been put together with a little more luxury, creativity, and thought. Reviews show that the top-level models of the Telluride offer a full range of luxury features and styling that the Pilot can’t quite match.

On the upper-level models, the Telluride has some features that are really useful such as the driver voice amplifier for the rear seats and a quiet mode that kills the speakers to the rear seats.

The upper-level Telluride models also give you a 10-speaker Harman Kardon surround-sound system, ambient lighting, and driver-seat memory functions. The Pilot does not offer all of these features even on the highest price models.

Is the 2020 Kia Telluride Good Value for Money?

The vehicles offer competitive pricing on their model offerings, with each trim level almost the same price as the relevant competitor level.

When one makes the comparison on the prices of these models consider that the Telluride offers many more features at that price point. When you move into the S to EX level (where the Telluride is $440 cheaper than the Pilot) the value of the Telluride becomes apparent. At the upper end of the spectrum, the Telluride is $870 cheaper than the Pilot but with better features.

When fully decked out the 2020 Kia Telluride price is also a bit lower than the Pilot and the vehicle offers more luxury and considerably more features. In fact, it compares favorably with many top of the line luxury vehicles.


At the end of the day, when you consider all of the factors the new offering from Kia, the Telluride is superior value compared to the Pilot, offering comparable performance, quality, appointments, and ride with a lot more bang for your buck. The price of the Kia is generally lower, and the cost of ownership will continue to be better as the engine is more efficient than the Honda Pilot’s engine.

For a test drive of the new 2020 Kia Telluride, visit Olathe Kia.

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