2020 Kia Telluride vs 2019 Honda Pilot
The class of midsize SUVs, to which both the 2020 Kia Telluride and the 2019 Honda Pilot belong, is among the largest and most competitive. It takes a lot to stand out in this crowd, but with its good looks, luxurious interior, and powerful engine, the 2020 Kia Telluride does just that. Even though it hasn't yet reached markets, the Kia Telluride is already an award-winning car. As the recipient of Cars.com's “Best in Show” award at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show, it's apparent that this SUV is something special. While both the Telluride and the Pilot can seat eight passengers, the Telluride offers more versatility. Its infotainment display screen is one of the largest on the market, and its quilted leather seats are among the softest. The Telluride also offers impressive power and towing capacities.
Big and bold defines the exterior of the 2020 Kia Telluride, which adopts the bigger and boxier SUV styling of the past. Kia's design choice is fitting for the Telluride's commanding presence and confident attitude. Despite its throwback style, however, the Telluride is far from boring. Contemporary touches such as LED lights, projector headlights, a sound-absorbing glass, and standard 18-inch wheels are just enough to give the Telluride a modern look. With the 2019 Pilot, you will have to upgrade to get LED fog lights and headlights. The Pilot lacks projector-style headlights, and an acoustic-dampening glass is only standard on select trim levels.
While the 2020 Telluride is certainly captivating at first glance, its interior is equally impressive. The cabin of the Telluride features a touchscreen display that ranges from eight inches on the base model to 10.25 inches on the highest trim. The Telluride comes standard with six USB charging ports. Split-folding seats and your choice of either a seven-passenger seating configuration with captain's chairs or three rows of seats with room for eight passengers are optional on the 2020 Telluride. Along with leather seats, a leather-wrapped wheel and mood lighting are standout features of the Telluride's interior. With the top trim of the Telluride, called the SX, you will also get dual sunroofs. In comparison, the 2019 Pilot only has one seating configuration, which is three rows of seats with bench-styling seating in the back. The back row in the Pilot is also considerably tighter and less spacious than the Telluride. The infotainment display on the Pilot is smaller too, with a standard five-inch screen on the base trim. An eight-inch display is the largest offered.
In the category of power and performance, it's hard to beat what the Telluride offers. There is one engine across the lineup, which is a hefty 3.8L, six-cylinder engine that produces up to 291 HP. With this engine, the Telluride has a towing capacity of 5,000 pounds. The engine is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission, and all-wheel drive is available. The 2019 Honda Pilot also gets a six-cylinder engine across the lineup. However, its engine doesn't produce quite as much power with a maximum output of 280 HP at 6,000 RPM. The base engine, which is standard on most of the trim levels, is a six-speed automatic.
With its impressive looks, power, and tech-savvy cabin, the 2020 Kia Telluride is a sight to behold. Inside and out, it is made to dazzle and impress at every corner. With an attractive exterior that turns heads out in town and impressive power capacity, this durable SUV is ready for anything. When the 2020 Telluride arrives at our dealership, you'll be able to test it out to see for yourself just how unique it is. You can also try out the 2019 Pilot for comparison. Call today or visit our website to learn more and inquire about taking the SUVs for a spin.
* EPA fuel economy estimates. Actual mileage will vary with options, driving conditions, driving habits, and your vehicle’s condition.