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2021 Honda Pilot vs. 2021 Kia Sorento

The Honda Pilot ranks among the most capable member of the automaker’s crossover SUV lineup. That statement is also arguably applicable across the entire popular industry segment. For the upcoming model year, a comparison between the 2021 Honda Pilot vs. 2021 Kia Sorento will definitely help people navigating the buying cycle to find a new three-row crossover SUV. For the upcoming model year, the 2021 Pilot is available in seven trim grades, LX, EX, EX-L, Special Edition, Touring, Elite and Black Edition. Not only does the 2021 Pilot offer several important advantages over its newly redesigned 2021 Sorento rival, including base performance and interior capacity, but independent online reviews have had a lot of positive things to say about Honda crossover SUV. The team of experts praised the 2021 Pilot for its spacious and flexible interior, smooth handling over most road conditions and its clever small-item storage solutions. Customers can start the pre-ordering process today by calling 601-693-4651.

On a basic level, the 2021 Honda Pilot and 2021 Kia Sorento might seem evenly matched. Both 2021 crossover SUVs have three rows of seats. However, the 2021 Pilot can accommodate seven or eight passengers, depending on which of the several trim grades they choose to take home. Kia has only made up to seven seats available, with some of its versions having spots for just six passengers. This interior space advantage also applies to the available cargo volume in both crossover SUVs. A 2021 Pilot will have 16.5 cubic-feet cargo volume behind the third row. Folding that seat down will make up to 46.8 cubic-feet available and there is a maximum of 83.9 cubic-feet available in the 2021 Honda Pilot. The 2021 Kia Sorento offers 12.6 cubic-feet, 38.4 cubic-feet and 75.5 cubic-feet behind its third, second and first rows of seats, respectively. Additionally, the 2021 Honda Pilot offers multiple cupholders in all three rows of seats. Both crossover SUVs can be equipped with a smartphone-compatible infotainment system.


2021 Honda Pilot LX, 2WD Vs. 2021 Kia Sorento
3.5-L, V-6 Engine 2.5-L, 4-Cyl.
280/262 Horsepower/Torque 191/181
3,500 lbs. Base Towing 1,653 lbs.
83.9 cu.-ft. Max. Cargo Volume 75.5 cu.-ft.


Performance Specs

All 2021 Honda Pilot models available at the Meridian Honda showroom will use the same powertrain. A naturally aspirated 3.5-liter, V-6 engine is under the hood that is attached to a nine-speed automatic transmission. It will produce 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Buyers can choose between two- and all-wheel-drive models. Versions of the three-row Honda crossover SUV with two-wheel-drive can tow up to 3,500 pounds and buyers choosing an all-wheel-drive model will be able to tow up to 5,000 pounds.

The 2021 Kia Sorento can be equipped with one of two four-cylinder engines. Base models use a naturally aspirated power plant that will make 191 horsepower and the upgraded turbocharged engine will make 281 horsepower. The entry-level 2021 Sorento engine will be able to tow less than 2,000 pounds with upper trims offering a maximum towing capacity of 3,500 pounds when properly equipped.

A photo of the driver's cockpit in the 2021 Honda Pilot.
A photo of the front seats in the 2021 Honda Pilot.

A photo of the second row folded down in the 2021 Honda Pilot.
A photo of the cargo area in the 2021 Honda Pilot.