Compare Pilot and Telluride SUVs

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For nearly two decades, the Honda Pilot has been one of the most popular 3-row SUVs in America. The new Kia Telluride, however, hasn’t benefited from Honda’s same long-standing history; Telluride’s infancy is on full display when it comes to the little details—literally.

Unlike the Honda Pilot, the 2020 Telluride lacks the convenient storage spaces and handy cubbies that parents, teens and tykes not only want, but need. The Pilot features an expansive multi-functional center console with a sliding-door access point to its deep storage compartment. It’s longer and a bit deeper than Kia’s flip-up version, and it doesn’t detract from the Pilot’s refined, condensed cockpit.

In the very back, Honda Pilot’s advantages shine brightly. Its hidden storage well, located beneath the cargo floor, is standard across all trims; Telluride doesn’t have a comparable storage solution. The 2020 Pilot also comes standard with 4 cargo tie-downs and helpful cargo bag hooks—both features that aren’t provided in any Telluride trim.

When it comes to road trips, the new Honda Pilot is better than the Kia Telluride for 7 simple reasons: Cup holders. Honda Pilot comes with 15 total cup holders compared to Telluride’s 8. Pilot passengers get 5 cleverly placed cup holders in the front, 6 in the middle row and 4 in the very back.


Families need more than space in this day and age. The Telluride and Pilot both feature an intercom and multi-zone audio system, but Pilot’s sheet of in-vehicle features puts it ahead of the comparably priced Telluride.

Even with rear air vents, Telluride’s dual-zone climate is no match for Pilot’s tri-zone climate control. Inside the Pilot, everyone can keep the sweat at bay during those 115-degree days in Phoenix.

Wi-Fi is also unavailable on the Telluride—a brazen, cost-cutting omission for a 2020 SUV. The Honda Pilot can be leased or purchased with a 4G Wi-Fi hotspot system; just request a quote or ask your Valley Honda Dealers about Honda Pilot packages and trim options.

Another omission from Kia Telluride’s list of features: A rear entertainment system. Rear-seat USB ports aren’t always enough to keep the kids entertained on long trips; this leaves us to believe Telluride’s engineers were single. Honda Pilot, having nearly 2 decades to perfect the art of the SUV, is available with a 10.2-inch rear entertainment system, which can stream audio apps, play DVDs or Blu-Ray™ Discs, and display other nifty on-screen effects.

Efficiency & Performance

While both the 2020 Pilot and new Kia Telluride are good on gas, Honda’s SUV wins by a hair thanks to its efficiency on the highway. The Pilot 2WD nets 27 mpg while its AWD model can achieve 26 mpg at highway speeds. The 2020 Kia Telluride isn’t as efficient on the interstate, getting just 26 mpg (FWD) and 24 mpg (AWD). Combined with a higher capacity fuel tank, Pilot can travel farther on one fill-up.

Kia Telluride’s engine offers slightly more horsepower than the Pilot (291 vs. 280 hp), but they match each other in torque, with both SUVs delivering 262 pound-foot in that department. However, Pilot’s available 9-speed automatic transmission is a better performer than Telluride’s 8-speed.


In addition to Pilot’s 15 glorious cup holders, its cabin abounds in convenience and comfort. Although the Telluride offers more passenger room than the Pilot, you wouldn’t really be able to tell considering Pilot’s rear-seat specs. The Pilot beats Telluride in rear room for hips, heads, shoulders and legs—what we call “the quadfecta.” Back-row passengers get nearly a full inch of extra space between seats and for their noggins, over 2 inches of room for shoulders, and a half-inch of extra legroom.

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Disclaimers: *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.