2019 Honda Pilot vs 2020 Kia Telluride

June 7th, 2019 by

2019 Pilot vs 2020 Telluride

When shopping for a new car, one of the first things a buyer does is compare the vehicle they are considering to other vehicles of the same style and class. For the 2019 Honda Pilot, one of the biggest competitors is the 2020 Kia Telluride. The Telluride may look comparable, but the Pilot goes above and beyond to ensure you have a comfortable and safe commute.

2019 Honda Pilot
(LX, EX, EX-L, EX-L Navi/RES, Touring, and Elite)
2020 Kia Telluride
(LX, S, EX, and SX)
Max Cargo 109.2 cubic feet1 87.0 cubic feet
Performance 4-mode Intelligent Traction Management System is on Pilot EX AWD models and above Telluride AWD models can offer only a snow mode
Comfort & Convenience Pilot EX-L Navi/RES and above can entertain rear-cabin passengers thanks to the RES Telluride offers no rear entertainment system
CabinControl empowers passengers on Pilot EX and above Nothing similar is available on any Telluride
Honda’s HD Digital Traffic service never costs an extra penny on navi-equipped models Kia navi-model buyers must subscribe to an extra-cost navigation service after the trial period ends
Pilot Touring and Elite come with a mobile hotspot feature2 Mobile hotspot capability is not available on any Telluride
Rain-sensing windshield wipers add convenience on Pilot Elite standard Telluride only makes rain-sensing windshield wipers available with the $2,000 SX Prestige package—and only on the Ebony Black SX AWD model
Tire Fill Assist makes keeping proper tire pressure easy on every Pilot There’s no similar item like Tire Fill Assist available on Telluride
All leather-trimmed Pilot models come with the highly convenient driver-seat memory system Only the top-of-the-line Telluride SX has a similar feature
Safety & Driver-Assistive Every Pilot offers a multi-angle rearview camera3 Telluride’s camera offers only one angle
Auto high-beam headlights are standard on every Pilot Only the Telluride SX trim has them
The Road Departure Mitigation System (RDM) is standard on every Pilot trim4 Telluride offers nothing similar to Road Departure Mitigation

The Verdict: Honda Pilot exceeds the Kia Telluride in a variety of ways that owners will appreciate on a daily basis.

The Honda Pilot offers:

  • More maximum cargo space
  • A more capable traction-management system
  • Many more advanced technology features available
  • Greater comfort and convenience
  • More safety and driver-assistive technology

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See also: 2019 Honda Pilot Research Page
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1Based on SAE J1100 cargo volume measurement standard plus, where applicable, floor space between seating rows and seats in their forward-most and upright position.
2Requires AT&T data plan.
3Always visually confirm that it is safe to drive before backing up; the rearview camera display does not provide complete information about all conditions and objects at the rear of your vehicle.
4Road Departure Mitigation only alerts drivers when lane drift is detected without a turn signal in use and can apply mild steering torque to assist driver in maintaining proper lane position and/or brake pressure to slow the vehicle’s departure from a detected lane. RDM may not detect all lane markings or lane departures; accuracy will vary based on weather, speed and road condition. System operation affected by extreme interior heat. Driver remains responsible for safely operating vehicle and avoiding collisions.
5For more information, visit Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com. Kelley Blue Book is a registered trademark of Kelley Blue Book Co., Inc