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2018 Kia Sorento Vs. 2018 Honda Pilot

2018 kia sorento and 2018 honda pilot split screen side by side view

Third-row SUVs provide you with all the comfort and convenience of a large truck-based SUV in a more efficient and agile unibody package. More than that, they blend the high versatility of a minivan with the all-weather, multi-terrain capabilities of a crossover. To put it simply, they’re among the best and most sensible options for drivers. Vehicles in this class need to provide drivers with confident performance and enough infotainment features to keep all 7 or 8 seats entertained/distracted.

Within this class, two vehicles have risen to the top as examples of technological innovation, performance and generosity with standard features. The 2018 Kia Sorento is an extravagantly-engineered and meticulously-styled third-row SUV that gives passengers comfort, convenience and entertainment in any seat. In the other corner, we have the 2018 Honda Pilot, a competent third-row crossover from Japanese automotive giants, Honda. Let’s see how they measure up!

2018 Kia Sorento


2018 Honda Pilot

3 Engine options 1
Yes Smartphone integration Yes
290 horsepower (3.3L V6) Max power 280 horsepower (3.5L V6)
5,000 lbs. Maximum trailer weight 1,500 lbs.
4x12V Base power outlets 2x12V
Top Safety Pick IIHS safety award Top Safety Pick
$25,900 (L FWD) / $46,300 (SXL AWD) MSRP (base/fully-equipped) $30,900 (LX FWD) / $47,470 (Elite AWD)
5 years/60,000 miles Limited bumper-to-bumper warranty 3 years/36,000 miles

Kia Sorento Advantages Vs. Honda Pilot

The 2018 Kia Sorento enjoys several advantages over the similarly-sized Honda Pilot. The Sorento’s price point at every trim level is lower than that of a similarly-specced and featured Honda Pilot. Despite this, the Sorento gives drivers and passengers more for less.

The Sorento excels in offering many of the amenities of a larger truck-based SUV at the price point and with the comfort and handling of a small crossover. Drivers can expect to tow up to 5,000 lbs. in their Kia Sorento when properly equipped. Although Honda Pilot drivers will get to tow a little bit, the 1,500 lbs. towing capacity doesn’t even come close.

Both vehicles deliver safe rides, with the Sorento and the Pilot earning Top Safety Pick awards from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The Sorento provides a greater infotainment experience, offering drivers and passengers 4 12V power outlets so everybody can plug in their phones, tablets or other low wattage devices, making road trips fly by.

While the 2018 Kia Sorento allows drivers to choose between a highly-efficient 2.4L 4-cylinder, 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder or powerful 3.3L V6, Pilot drivers are stuck with only the 3.5L V6 engine as an option. Kia is a brand that listens to drivers.

Looking at the big picture, the 2018 Kia Sorento is a vehicle that more completely espouses the number one value a third-row crossover should have – versatility. Its ability to tow more than three times that of the Pilot, choice between three engines and multiple seating configurations make it a quintessential crossover for individuals, couples and families alike.

For more information on the 2018 Kia Sorento or to schedule a test drive, contact us today!