Kia Telluride vs. Honda Pilot
Kia Telluride
Honda Pilot
At a Glance: Kia Telluride vs. Honda Pilot

Two popular models you'll see on the road today are the Kia Telluride and the Honda Pilot, but which one is the better fit for your lifestyle?

The Car Town KIA team is all about supporting drivers in Nicholasville, Lexington, and Frankfort while they're shopping for their next on-road companion. Because research is a valuable aspect of deciding which model you'll choose as your next set of wheels, we've put together this Kia Telluride vs. Honda Pilot comparison.



178.1 cu. ft. | 158.4 cu. ft.
Telluride vs Pilot


12.3 inches | 7 inches
Telluride vs Pilot


291 HP | 285 HP
Telluride vs Pilot
See the Difference for Yourself
Select a category below to learn more about how the Kia Telluride compares to the Honda Pilot.
Kia Telluride

Both the Kia Telluride and the Honda Pilot certainly have what it takes to get from Point A to Point B. This fact is clearly seen in the engine specs for each one. However, only the Kia Telluride goes the extra mile to provide the performance you seek.

Performance Capabilities

The Kia Telluride comes standard with a 3.8L V6 engine, while the Honda Pilot offers a similar one. However, you’ll find better output with the Kia.

  • Kia Telluride engine output: 291 horsepower
  • Honda Pilot engine output: 285 horsepower

As for torque, these models are identical with 262 lb-ft of torque.

All-Terrain Capabilities

The Kia Telluride doesn't stop there when it comes to offering exciting and capable drives. It comes standard with four drive modes: Comfort, Eco, Sport, and Smart. You can fine-tune your ride whenever you wish, letting you fit the occasion on the fly.

Plus, you’ll be able to travel farther with the Kia. It has an EPA-estimated 20 city/26 highway MPG rating, while the Honda Pilot only offers an EPA-estimated 19 city/27 highway MPG.*

Kia Telluride

If it's important that everyone on board experience a comfortable ride no matter where they're seated, the advantage goes to the Kia Telluride once again. Both models have room for eight passengers, but the Kia will allow more people to stretch out.

Interior Measurements

While both models are spacious, the Kia Telluride cabin will enhance the ride for everyone. See some of their interior measurements below:

Interior Measurements Comparison
Kia Telluride Honda Pilot
Headroom (1st/2nd/3rd row) 40.9/40.2/38.1 in. 40.5/40.2/39.3 in.
Legroom (1st/2nd/3rd row) 41.4/42.4/31.4 in. 41/40.8/32.5 in.
Hip Room (1st/2nd/3rd row) 58.9/58/43.7 in. 58.4/57.4/44.6 in.

When it comes to total passenger volume, the difference is easy to see. The Kia Telluride gives you and your riders a massive 178.1 cubic feet to stretch out in, whereas the Honda Pilot only has 158.4 cubic feet.

Cargo Volume

Just as you may expect, the sizable difference in passenger volume carries over to cargo volume as well. The base trunk area, where you'll put your weekly groceries and luggage, can be extended throughout the cabin with a simple folding of the rear seats. While both models have 87 cubic feet of maximum cargo volume behind the first row, you’ll have more room in the Kia when all three rows are in use.

The Kia Telluride offers 21 cubic feet behind the third row, while the Honda Pilot only has 18.6 cubic feet. Whether you're stowing bags from a shopping trip or loading in bulky furniture for your next big move, the Kia Telluride offers more space. You'll be ready for whatever life throws at you thanks to this spacious and versatile interior.



Kia Telluride

Whether you’re carpooling to happy hour or taking the kids on a family vacation, getting to your destination safely is always the number one priority. With these large models, you’ll have peace of mind as you drive.

Keep an Eye on the Kids

As we move on to the topic of safety, the Kia Telluride continues to come out on top. One of the features responsible for this is the Rear Occupant Alert with Ultrasonic Sensors.

This standard aspect of the Kia Telluride reminds you to check the rear seating area for unattended passengers once you've arrived at your destination.

More Safety Features

Safe Exit Assist also comes standard in the Kia Telluride. It uses radar to warn your passengers that another motorist is approaching to prevent them from exiting too soon. While the Honda Pilot has Rear Seat Reminder, it doesn’t have anything quite like the Safe Exit Assist.

The Verdict
Kia Telluride

The Kia Telluride uses such impressive elements as its full-bodied performance potential, comfortable interior, and first-rate standard safety features to provide an overall enhanced driving experience. While the Pilot comes close, it just doesn't stand up to the various offerings you'll find in the Kia Telluride.

Ready to get hands-on experience with this Kia SUV? If you're in Nicholasville, Lexington, or Frankfort, contact the team at Car Town KIA today to take the Kia Telluride for a test drive.

All of the tools you need to move forward with experiencing a new 2023 Telluride for yourself are conveniently available right here online.

*EPA fuel economy estimates. Actual mileage will vary with options, driving conditions, driving habits, and your vehicle’s condition.