2020 Kia Telluride vs 2019 Honda Pilot

Split screen images of the 2020 Kia Telluride and 2019 Honda Pilot

With the arrival of the 2020 Kia Telluride expected any day, we are pairing the newest Kia SUV up against other popular three-row SUV options that drivers will see at their local dealership this spring to see which models deserve shopper’s attention. First up? The 2019 Honda Pilot.

While the 2019 Honda Pilot offers a slightly lower starting price tag, it’s sorely lacking a lot of the extras that the new 2020 Kia Telluride provides. Both lineups have seating for large families, connectivity features, and available active safety, but so do most of the other competing three-row SUVs. When you compare space for passengers and cargo and performance, the 2020 Kia Telluride simply can’t be beat – not by the 2019 Pilot or other competitors.

2020 Kia Telluride


2019 Honda Pilot

$31,690 Starting MSRP $31,450
7-8 Passengers Seating Capacity 7-8 Passengers
5,000 pounds Max Towing Capacity 3,500 pounds
3.8-Liter V6 Base Engine 3.5-Liter V6

Performance Specs and Passenger Space

Shoppers interested in the 2020 Kia Telluride are going to get more power for their buck compared to the 2019 Honda Pilot. The 2019 Pilot comes standard with a 3.5L V6 engine rated at 280 horsepower. It’s far less powerful than the base 3.8-liter V6 engine pumping out 291 horsepower on 2020 Telluride models.

The 2020 Telluride also has a leg up when it comes to towing capacity. Base 2019 Honda Pilot models offer towing for up to 3,500 pounds on base models and up to 5,000 for costlier models equipped with all-wheel drive. The 2020 Kia Telluride offers the same 5,000-pound max towing capacity on all base models.

If you plan on using your three-row SUV mainly for family hauling, you may be more concerned with the amount of interior space more so than power. The 2020 Kia Telluride also takes the win here with 25.2 cubic feet of extra space for passengers in the cabin compared to the 2019 Honda Pilot and 5.0 cubic feet of extra space in the back for cargo too.

The 2020 Kia Telluride hasn’t even arrived yet and it’s already at the top of its class. Follow the Moritz Kia online inventory pages to see when 2020 Kia Telluride models arrive at the dealership or contact our team and let them know you are interested!