2019 Kia Sorento vs Honda Pilot

2019 Kia Sorento vs Honda Pilot

So, you’re pretty outdoorsy, rugged, even gutsy? And not just you but your growing family? You need a three-row SUV that can take you to the wild with your stuff in tow, and back again. Flashy acceleration isn’t as important as getting the job done. If that sounds like you, take a look at this comparison between the 2019 Kia Sorento and Honda Pilot. We’ll steer you in the direction of your next sport utility crossover.

Power and Acceleration: Tie

The 2019 Kia Sorento has some decent engines and pretty good numbers. The Sorento’s base engine is a 185-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder, paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. Starting at the EX trim level, you can upgrade the engine to a 3.3-liter V6 that generates 290 horsepower and pairs with an all-new eight-speed automatic transmission. The upgrade is a difference you can really feel, especially when climbing steep hills. The fastest the Sorento goes is zero to 60 in 7.1 seconds.

The 2019 Honda Pilot has only one engine option, but a good one. That engine is the 3.5-liter V6 engine that generates 280 horsepower. You can get the Pilot engine with a standard six-speed automatic transmission, or, on the upper-tier Touring and Elite trims, with a nine-speed automatic. As you can see, the Sorento’s V6 has 10 more horsepower, but the Pilot can shave almost a second off the zero to 60 race. This race is too close to call, so we’re calling this one a tie.

2019 Kia Sorento Technology

Towing: 2019 Kia Sorento

When dealing with just two-wheel drive, such as the base trims on both the Sorento and Pilot, the Kia wins out on towing capacity. The base Kia tows up to 2,000 pounds while the base Honda can do 1,500 pounds. Switch to all-wheel drive and both vehicles tow up to 5,000 pounds, when properly configured. But because you can tow more, for less with the Sorento, we’re calling this one for the Kia.

2019 Kia Sorento Passenger Space

Passenger Room: 2019 Kia Sorento

The 2019 Sorento is slightly smaller on the outside than the Pilot. But which one has more room to seat you and your family? The Sorento. The Kia has got more leg room in front and middle and almost the exact same in the third row. Of course, there’s a cargo room trade off (the Pilot has more), but if family comfort is more important, the Sorento is your vehicle.

Pricing: 2019 Kia Sorento

You might still be on the fence now. Maybe you like more cargo room, and maybe there isn’t enough of a difference in towing capacity and power to make this a decisive choice. Well, what if we told you the Kia Sorento costs more than $5,000 less. That’s right. The 2019 Sorento starts at just $25,990 while the Pilot starts at $31,450. That might have helped you make up your mind. Step inside a Kia and feel the difference.