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2020 Honda Pilot vs. 2020 Kia Telluride

The selection of new Honda crossover SUVs available at the Meridian Honda showroom offers several options in various options with a wide array of capabilities. Of those models, the Honda Pilot ranks among the automaker’s most capable vehicle platforms. Potential 2020 Pilot buyers can choose among seven trim grades, LX, EX, EX-L, EX-L Navi/RES, Touring, Elite and the new Black Edition. For the upcoming model year, a comparison between the 2020 Honda Pilot vs. 2019 Kia Telluride both illustrates why the Pilot has been such a strong in-class contender while also showing customers how much research there is to do. The 2020 Honda Pilot is more than competitive in the most important metrics to buyers, including performance, towing capability and passenger capacity. Meridian Honda customers can schedule a test drive with the 2020 Pilot today by calling, 601-693-4651.

Anyone in the shopping process for a high-capacity crossover SUV will almost certainly come across the 2020 Honda Pilot and 2020 Kia Telluride in their search. Both models come with three rows of seating and each model offers options to accommodate seven or eight passengers. Most trims of the 2020 Pilot will hold eight riders. The Touring trim can come with seven or eight seats, with the Elite and Black Edition versions offer just seven spots for passengers. Customers choosing either the 2020 Honda Pilot or 2020 Kia Telluride will have comparable cargo volume dimensions. However, independent online reviews have praised the 2020 Pilot for going the extra mile to provide several ‘clever storage compartments’ that help owners keep things organized. Conversely, those same reviewers have noted that the 2020 Telluride lacks those same small-item storage conveniences.


2020 Honda Pilot LX, 2WD Vs. 2020 Kia Telluride
3.5-L, V-6 Engine 3.8-L, V-6
280/262 Horsepower/Torque 291/262
8 Passenger Capacity 8
3,500 lbs. Towing 5,000 lbs.


Performance Specs

All models of the 2020 Honda Pilot use the same engine. Under the hood of the latest Pilot model is a naturally aspirated 3.5-liter, V-6 engine making 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Buyers choosing the LX, EX, EX-L, EX-L Navi/RES use a six-speed automatic transmission. The Touring, Elite and Black Edition employ a nine-speed automatic gear-changer. Additionally, the LX, EX, EX-L, EX-L Navi/RES and Touring trims can be equipped with front- or all-wheel-drive; Elite and Black Edition versions use the Honda all-wheel-drive system. Models with front-wheel-drive can tow 3,500 pounds and all-wheel-drive versions can pull 5,000 pounds.

The 2020 Telluride has many of the same performance specifications as the 2020 Pilot. While the Kia crossover SUV does make slightly more horsepower, it has the same maximum towing capacity as the 2020 Honda Pilot.

An interior photo of the driver's cockpit in the 2020 Honda Pilot.
A photo of the front seats in the 2020 Honda Pilot.

An interior photo of one of the cargo configurations in the 2020 Honda Pilot.
A photo of the 2020 Honda Pilot parked on a hill.