Compare 2019 Kia Sorento to the Honda Pilot Competition in Riverside, CA

December 17th, 2018 by

As the SUV market's more fully loaded with options than ever, and both mid-size crossovers are family favorites, it can be tough to decide which is the right one for you. However, here at Riverside Kia, we've made it easy! Check out a new Kia Sorento vs. Honda Pilot head-to-head matchup sure to answer a few of your questions, right here!


For one, there are more trims to explore. 2019 Sorento, offering six, appears in L, LX, SX, and SX Limited trims, with V6 options available in LX and EX to boot. Pilot comes in five: base LX, EX, EX-L at the midrange, Touring, and Elite at the lineup's top.
Secondly, the new Sorento offers more engine choices. There's a 2.4-liter IF for efficiency and a strong 3.3-liter V6 for performance. Pilot offers but one, a 3.5-liter-capacity V6.
Pilot offers more horsepower in its base model than Sorento, 280 to 185. However, higher Sorento trims put out 290 horsepower, and Honda never regains its lead.
Both models feature optional all-wheel drive — Sorento, its Dynamax&#trade; system, and Pilot, its Intelligent Variable Torque Management (i-VTM4) system. Both also offer a 5,000-pound towing capacity when properly equipped — plenty for anything from a pair of dirt bikes to a second vehicle. But, Sorento gets there more efficiently. Its FWD base makes possible up to an EPA-estimated 22 MPG in cities, 29 MPG down highways, and 25 MPG combined. Pilot and its 2WD base get only up to 19 MPG, 27 MPG, and 22 MPG respectively. Even Pilot Touring still reaches only a respective 20 MPG, 27 MPG, and 23 MPG respectively.
With a 154.2-cubic-foot cabin, Sorento is roomier than Pilot, which offers only 152.9 cubic feet at base and still only 153.1 in its Elite trim.
The YES Essentials-treated cloth seating in Sorento is more durable than Pilot's standard cloth seats.
Sorento is better-equipped tech-wise, offering a 7.0-inch UVO play touchscreen infotainment system that becomes either a UVO eServices variant or an 8-inch system with voice-command navigation in select trims. Pilot offers only a 5-inch LCD in its base trim and an 8-inch Display Audio system in those higher.
Android Auto and Apple CarPlay come standard across the Sorento line, letting you connect and control your smartphone from the dash. To get Apple and Android compatibility in Pilot, you'll need to graduate to the EX trim.

Best of all, when you choose to purchase or lease a new 2019 Kia Sorento with us here in Riverside, you'll discover it's the more cost-effective option, around $25,990 at base when compared to a new Honda Pilot, which weighs in at $31,450 or so.

Needless to say, the new Sorento stands out, both among its peers and its Kia car and SUV siblings. You can check out the many more ways it pulls ahead of the rest, too, right here at 8100 Auto Drive. Give our friendly salespeople a call to schedule a test drive or visit our showroom today!
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