2018 Kia Sorento vs Honda Pilot

With so many great crossover models vying for your love, it makes sense to compare them closely to make sure you're getting the right one for you and your family. So, let's look at two outstanding and popular models by putting the 2018 Kia Sorento and the Honda Pilot together in a head-to-head comparison.

2018 Kia Sorento vs Honda Pilot

Styling: Kia Sorento

While exterior styling may be a little more important to midsize sedan buyers, looks matter to midsize crossover buyers too. The Kia Sorento won't make your jaw drop with its design aesthetic, but it also won't make you cringe either. A mainstream design that is both stylish and upscale, the Kia Sorento could be mistaken for something that costs quite a bit more.

The Honda Pilot isn't unattractive, but it's not exactly inspiring either. The Pilot could be described as elegant and sculpted, without looking too rugged or fancy--but the look is beginning to feel its age.

Power and Performance: Kia Sorento

The lineup of engines in the Sorento are tried, tested and proven. The base engine is a 2.4-liter 185 horsepower inline-four, only available in the entry level L model, so most buyers will probably opt for a model with the recently introduced turbo-four instead. That engine will get you 240 horsepower. A 290 horsepower V-6 is also available, a six-speed automatic transmission is standard, and all-wheel drive is available.

Perhaps surprisingly, the Honda Pilot only has one engine to offer buyers. That engine isn't a bad one though, a 3.5-liter direct-injected V-6 putting out 280 horsepower and 262 lb.-ft. of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard, but an excellent nine-speed auto is also available. Even so, a lack of engine choice and more available power gives this round easily to the Sorento.

Interior Space: Honda Pilot

You can find midsize crossovers with more space than the Kia Sorento, but the majority of buyers will be more than happy with what the Kia has to offer. You'll find 44.1 inches of front leg room and 39.4 inches of second-row leg room in the Sorento, and even a generous 31.7 inches in the third-row, if that's your choice. Overall passenger volume is an impressive 154.2 cu.-ft.

The Honda Pilot does have a slight advantage over the Sorento when it comes to third-row legroom with 31.9 inches, but that's a seriously negligible difference. Even though it's both longer and wider than the Sorento, the Pilot doesn't have any notable interior space advantage over the Kia other than the fact it can seat eight as opposed to seven people. By the narrowest of margins, the Pilot wins this section.

Fuel Economy: Kia Sorento

Kia hasn't yet gone down the route of fancy fuel-saving technologies such as stop/start and hybrid powertrains with the Sorento. However, thanks to its efficient four and six-cylinder engines, the Sorento actually delivers some reasonable fuel economy ratings. With the base four-cylinder and front-wheel drive, the Sorento can deliver figures of 21 mpg in the city, 28 mpg on the highway, and 24 mpg combined.

You might not be surprised here that the V-6-only Pilot can only manage ratings as good as 19 mpg in the city, 27 mpg on the highway and 22 mpg combined. Another round goes to the Kia.

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The Honda Pilot has been a mainstay in this segment for a while, but time is definitely catching up with the Honda. That means newer models are now starting to overtake the Pilot in terms of desirability, capability, performance and versatility, and the 2018 Kia Sorento is one of them. When you're looking at the overall best buy, the Kia Sorento should be your choice.

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