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2017 Kia Sorento vs Honda Pilot

2017 Kia Sorento vs Honda Pilot

For quiet highway cruising and enough space for your whole crew, check out the 2017 Kia Sorento and the 2017 Honda Pilot. These models offer more than road-trip-friendly space - they're also known for their smart tech features and lifesaving safety gear. If you're having trouble deciding between the two, give our comparison guide a quick once-over.

2017 Kia Sorento vs Honda Pilot

Cabin Comfort

The Kia Sorento blows the competition away with its fit and finish, including soft-touch surfaces throughout the cabin and a high-quality build that remains intact, even in the face of family-style wear and tear. Choose between seating accommodations for five or seven, both of which supply the elbow room tech junkies need to spend hours on the road texting friends.

The Pilot also impresses with its wide, supportive seats. Its style isn't as luxe, but it packs a punch for utility's sake, with big cupholders throughout the cabin. However, the transmission isn't quite as refined as what you find in the Sorento. Consequently, the ride doesn't feel as smooth and luxurious.

Passenger Safety

The Sorento's world-class crash-test scores set it apart from the competition. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the Kia Sorento a 2017 Top Safety Pick. In government crash tests, the Sorento earned a perfect five-star rating for overall protection. The Sorento is also loaded with high-tech driver aids, like the forward collision mitigation system. It includes automatic braking, bringing you to a swift stop in the face of danger.

The 2017 Honda Pilot also features a top five-star rating from the government. Its driver aids, on the other hand, can be a little too eager, warning you of danger when none seems imminent.

Technology

Technophiles should really look no further than the Sorento. This year, it introduces Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, which displays smartphone apps directly on the central touchscreen. Calls and texts are no longer a distraction from the road ahead, because vital data is directly in your line of sight.

Like the Sorento, the Pilot offers a crisp central touchscreen that's easy to figure out, even if you're not the type who likes to mess with technology. However, the Pilot's touchscreen can be a bit slow to respond to your touch, leaving you jabbing at it with increasing annoyance.

Utility

This was a close competition, but the Pilot earned our respect with its impressive towing capabilities and predictable handling. Properly equipped, this crossover tows up to 5,000 pounds, guaranteeing you and your boat a spot on the lake every weekend. In tighter urban areas, the Pilot feels stable and smooth, guiding you around corners in a safe fashion.

The Sorento pulls up a close second, with towing power to match that of the Pilot. Like the Pilot, it offers all-wheel drive, improving performance and safety on slick winter pavement. However, although it's quick to respond to driver input, the Sorento isn't quite as speedy as the Pilot.

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2017 Kia Sorento vs Honda Pilot

While both models have certain finesse, the 2017 Kia Sorento offers the best value, with tech integration, safety gear, and real-life utility options that can have you navigating the carpool lane or the weekend warrior adventure to Beltzville Lake with equal finesse.