2020 Honda Pilot vs. 2020 Kia Telluride Comparison

With 3 rows of seats, excellent NHTSA safety ratings and myriad convenient features, the 2020 Honda Pilot and its rival Kia Telluride are excellent 8-passenger SUVs. While both are mega-popular right now, when your family’s comfort is on the line, Honda’s 3-row SUV takes the proverbial cake. Here are the top 5 reasons why parents should choose the new 2020 Honda Pilot over the Kia Telluride.

Clever Cargo & Storage Solutions

Telluride’s dual-level cargo hatch is no match for the cleverly deployed batch of snatch-and-latch features inside the SUV with a Honda badge. Pilot’s hidden storage well, located underneath the cargo floor, is expansive and easy to access in a pinch. Pilot also comes standard with cargo bag hooks and 4 tie-down D-rings – features of which aren’t included in the Kia SUV.

Even though Kia’s SUV has ample cargo space overall, Telluride’s small-item storage is below the class average. Its center console is a bit too teensy for larger smart devices, as is its storage bin underneath the center stack. Honda Pilot’s multi-functional center storage console is deeper and more accessible.

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Larger families will also find an issue with Telluride’s beverage holders; while the 2020 Honda Pilot features up to 15 cup holders, the Telluride only musters up 6 cup holders in its 7-passenger configuration. Guess the 7th rider will have to hold that drink like some sort of Neanderthal.

More Room in the Third Row

The 2020 Honda Pilot is a better SUV for passengers in the very back row. Pilot’s third row offers 38.9 inches of headroom, 44.6 inches of hip room, 31.9 inches of legroom, and 57.6 inches of shoulder room. Those specs beat Telluride’s across the board; Kia’s SUV only provides 38.1 inches of headroom, 43.7 inches of hip room, 31.4 inches of legroom, and an unimpressive 55.3 inches of shoulder room.

If you’ve got growing tweens intermingling with toddlers and infants, the rear bench in the new Honda Pilot will be much more comfortable than Kia Telluride’s seats.

Better Fuel Economy

Even a seemingly negligible bump in fuel efficiency can have a positive impact on your money clip. Thanks to Honda’s CVT, the 2020 Pilot gives you that little upswing.

Married to the standard 6-speed automatic transmission, the 2020 Honda Pilot (2WD) returns 19 city/27 highway mpg*, while its AWD counterpart returns 18/26 mpg, respectively*. Honda Pilot Touring models with 2WD and 9-speed transmissions can achieve 20 city/27 highway mpg*. All-wheel-drive Pilot SUVs with 9-speed transmissions get 19 city/26 highway mpg*.

The 2020 Telluride, by comparison, is less effective at burning unleaded calories. With its 8-speed transmission – that’s the only available option across all 4 Telluride trims – FWD Telluride models only return 26 mpg on the highway, while AWD versions squeak out just 24 mpg on the highway. That 8.3% difference in fuel economy puts Pilot ahead of Telluride where it matters most: Your bank account.

Rear Seat Entertainment

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Whether an oversight on Kia’s part or a cost-cutting move, the 2020 Telluride does not come with a rear entertainment system – at all. An Advanced Rear Entertainment System is standard on all Honda Pilot Touring, Elite and Black Edition trims. This system features a high-resolution 10.2-inch screen with Blu-ray™ Player and built-in streaming applications.

As an added perk, Honda’s nifty CabinTalk system – Telluride offers a comparable yet less advanced Driver Talk feature – allows parents to announce arrivals through the vehicle’s Multi-Zone speakers and any plugged-in headset.


“Entertainment comes in various forms,” you say. There are only so many games you can play on a road trip. With a smart device and Pilot’s optional Wi-Fi Hotspot*, every passenger will have the cure for boredom in the palm of their hands. Wi-Fi compatibility, which comes standard with 2020 Pilot Black Edition, Touring and Elite trims, is not available on any version of the Kia Telluride. Check and mate.

Come check out the 2020 Honda Pilot at your Miami Valley Honda Dealers. We have Honda dealerships throughout the Dayton, OH, area, including Tipp City, Beavercreek, Springfield and even Richmond, IN. And each of those dealerships has the best Honda Pilot trim to suit your every need. Bring your family in for a test drive today.

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*19 city/27 highway/22 combined mpg rating for 2WD 6AT trims. 18 city/26 highway/21 combined mpg rating for AWD 6AT trims. 20 city/27 highway/23 combined mpg rating for 2WD 9AT trims. 19 city/26 highway/22 combined mpg rating for AWD 9AT trims. Based on 2020 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors. *Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi Direct are registered trademarks of Wi-Fi Alliance®. Requires AT&T data plan.