2018 Kia Sorento vs 2018 Honda Pilot Comparison

Specs at a Glance

2018 Kia Sorento

2018 Kia Sorento

Cargo Space

  38.8 cu. ft.

Front Leg Room

  44.1 in.


2018 Honda Pilot

2018 Honda Pilot

Cargo Space

  16.5 cu. ft.

Front Leg Room

  40.9 in.

2018 Kia Sorento vs 2018 Honda Pilot

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Mid-sized SUVs aren't going anywhere. In fact, they're gaining in popularity thanks to optional third row seating, fuel-efficient engines, and advanced safety features. The 2018 Kia Sorento and the 2018 Honda Pilot certainly are making their mark on the category, but which one is better?

Updated Model Trims

Consumer expectations are quite high for mid-sized SUVs. Yet, the decision-makers at Honda failed to update the 2018 Honda Pilot. In fact, virtually nothing has changed since the 2016 model except for the rise in price. Even the Honda Sensing package of advanced safety features adds $1,000 to the base model price. The 2018 Kia Sorento updated its base model this year to include a backup camera and automatic headlamps. The much sought after Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are now available on the Sorento LX model. That same model trim now has three rows of seating. The Sorento EX got upgraded to a power liftgate and a 7-inch digital gauge cluster, as well.

Performance Options

The 2018 Honda Pilot outfits all of its models with the same engine configuration, as if every driver were the same. It comes standard with a 3.5 Liter, V6 engine that generates 280 horsepower and 262 lb. ft. of torque. Auto stop/start is optional, and most models come with a six speed automatic transmission. The nine-speed transmission in the Touring and Elite models has consistently gotten poor reviews. On the other hand, the 2018 Kia Sorento delivers more options. The default powertrain is a 290 horsepower, 3.3 Liter V-6 engine paired with a six speed automatic. Additionally, you can choose a more fuel-efficient 2.0 Liter, twin-turbo four cylinder block instead.

Interior

The interior space of the 2018 Kia Sorento is airy and the space is well-managed for a three-row seater. It has an available panoramic sunroof and the third-row models benefit from 40/20/40 folding second row seats that can also recline and slide. The Sorento also boasts 44.1 inches of front legroom. The 2018 Honda Pilot feels more like a minivan than an SUV. The Elite model does away with the second row seating all together and opts for two second row captain's chairs instead. The Honda Pilot has a total passenger volume of 153.1 cubic feet while the Kia Sorento edges out with 154.2 cu.ft.

It's clear to see that the 2018 Kia Sorento has more universal appeal than the 2018 Honda Pilot. The Sorento keeps up with the latest innovations while the Honda Pilot is long overdue for a refresh. There's only one way to really know which one is best. You've got to contact Orlando Kia West and book a test drive. Our friendly staff can walk you through all the features and help you pick the right 2018 Kia Sorento today.


MPG: Based on EPA estimates. Actual mileage will vary with options, driving conditions, driving habits and your vehicle’s condition.

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