2020 Kia Sorento vs 2020 Honda Pilot - Allentown, PA



A gray 2020 Kia Sorento is angled left and a silver 2020 Honda Pilot is angled right.


SUVs are the ultimate combination of form, function, and style, giving you the ability to load up all of the friends and family you need, with plenty of space for supplies and cargo too. A midsize SUV can be the perfect choice if you are looking for a middle ground between the enormous size of a large model, and the more modest design of a compact option. Choosing the right midsize SUV is not always easy, however, since you have a lot of different models out there to pick from. But when you look at the 2020 Kia Sorento vs 2020 Honda Pilot, two popular midsize SUVs, the choice of which is right for you can quickly become pretty clear.

In terms of power, the 2020 Kia Sorento has two different engine options, so you can get just what you need, including a more powerful engine than the one that the 2020 Honda Pilot has to offer. Even if a powerful engine is not the top priority on your list, it should still very-much matter to you as it makes the Sorento incredibly fun to drive. Additionally, the Sorento’s available Dynamax all-wheel drive (AWD) is perfect if you encounter a lot of rough or slippery terrain. Inside, you can get some fantastic features in both of these SUVs. However, the Kia Sorento has more to offer, including a larger standard infotainment display and more luxurious and adjustable available front seating.

Speaking of up-front seating, the 2020 Kia Sorento also offers significantly more front-seat legroom so you and your front passenger will stay nice and comfortable. Both the 2020 Kia Sorento and the 2020 Honda Pilot have excellent safety features available, offering between the two blind-spot collision avoidance-assist, forward collision avoidance with pedestrian detection, and a lane-keeping assist system. But overall, while the 2020 Honda Pilot is a fine vehicle, it simply cannot keep up with all of the fantastic features of the Kia Sorento, but to better understand why this is true, we need to make a full comparison.

2020 Kia Sorento
2020 Honda Pilot
 Engine Options
 22/29 MPG
 Fuel Economy (city/highway)
 20/27 MPG

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No matter what kind of vehicle you are looking at getting, you want to choose one with an engine that offers you everything you need. As the beating heart of your SUV, the engine is extremely important, so be sure to choose a model with the engine that offers exactly what you want. Having more than one option can play a considerable part in getting what you need: nothing more, nothing less.

The Sorento's Engine Options

The 2020 Kia Sorento has two different engines available, so you can get the amount of power and the level of performance that is right for you. The standard engine is a 2.4L DOHC I-4 engine that offers up to 185 hp and 178 lb-ft of torque, which comes paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission. You get front-wheel drive (FWD) with this engine, standard, and it is powerful enough to handle a relatively wide range of tasks and a lot of driving conditions.

There is also a more powerful option available for the 2020 Kia Sorento, which is a 3.3L DOHC V6 engine that delivers up to 290 hp and 252 lb-ft of torque. This engine comes paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission and is available with either FWD or Dynamax AWD for incredible performance that makes it a lot of fun to drive. If you are looking for a midsize SUV with excellent performance that is a lot of fun on the road, then this is a perfect choice.

The Pilot's Single Engine

The 2020 Honda Pilot, on the other hand, has only a single engine available, though it is reasonably powerful. The Pilot comes with a 3.4L V6 engine that offers up to 280 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque. You can see that this is slightly more torque than the powerful engine in the Kia Sorento, but it is less horsepower. This engine comes with FWD standard, too, with AWD available on most models. It is a fine engine, but the lack of options can be frustrating if you want something different.




The three rows of seats in a 2020 Kia Sorento is shown from the side.

Since you are going to spend most of the time with your vehicle inside it, behind the wheel, any midsize SUV you choose should provide you with excellent comfort and technology inside. While both of these models have a lot to offer, the 2020 Kia Sorento simply has more – including 4 inches of front legroom more than the Honda Pilot. We will look at both standard and available options, so keep in mind that you might need to choose a high-end trim for some of these features.

Inside the Sorento

The 2020 Kia Sorento comes with a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment display, standard, along with Bluetooth wireless support, and remote keyless entry. Available features on the Kia Sorento include a 10-way power-adjustable front passenger seat with 2-way power lumbar, a 14-way power driver’s seat with 4-way power lumbar, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. There is an available 10-speaker Harman Kardon sound system with a subwoofer, leather trim on the seating, gearshift knob, and steering wheel, and an available wireless phone charger.

The Pilot's Interior

On the other hand, the 2020 Honda Pilot comes with a 5-inch infotainment display standard, significantly smaller than what you find in the 2020 Kia Sorento, along with Bluetooth functionality. The nicest front seating on the Honda Pilot is an available 4-way front passenger seat and an available 10-way driver’s seat with lumbar support, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror is available. There is an available 10-speaker sound system and leather-wrapped steering wheel, though most of the interior details are generally not as refined as what you can get in the Kia Sorento.


Safety Features


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Powerful engines and interior luxury are great, but nothing is more important than the safety features on your vehicle. No seat, no matter how comfortable, is more important than the ability of a car to help you avoid a collision and to protect you if the unthinkable does occur. Fortunately, both the 2020 Kia Sorento and the 2020 Honda Pilot have some excellent safety features, particularly when you look at everything available. Keep in mind that some of these features are not standard, but the extra expense of higher trims is often more than justified by the increased safety they provide.

The Sorento's Safety Features

The 2020 Kia Sorento has some of the best safety features we have ever seen thanks in large part to the impressive Kia Drive Wise package of driver-assist technology. This includes a number of available safety features such as a blind-spot collision warning, blind-spot collision avoidance-assist, and a driver attention warning that can detect when you lose focus on the road. There is also an available forward collision warning and forward collision avoidance system with pedestrian detection, a lane departure warning, lane-keeping assist, and a smart cruise control system with stop and go technology.

You can also get a rear cross-traffic collision warning and a rear cross-traffic collision-avoidance system, all as part of the Kia Drive Wise technology. Standard safety features on the 2020 Kia Sorento include dual front advanced airbags, dual front seat-mounted side airbags, and side curtain airbags. The Sorento also comes with electronic stability control, a traction control system, a brake assist system, and a hill start assist control system all standard.

Honda Pilot Safety

Although the 2020 Honda Pilot has some useful safety features of its own, it falls a bit short of what the 2020 Kia Sorento can deliver. Safety features on the Pilot include a collision mitigation braking system, road departure mitigation system, and adaptive cruise control. The Pilot can also have an available blind spot information system with a cross-traffic monitor, and dynamic guidelines are available on the rearview camera. Standard safety features include vehicle stability assist and traction control, brake assist, and side curtain airbags. That is quite the variety of safety technology, but still, not as impressive as the Sorento's offering.


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When looking at a couple of midsize SUVs, sometimes it is the little things that really make a big difference. The refined and adjustable front seats of the 2020 Kia Sorento, for example, can make a massive impact on your overall comfort during the many hours you spend driving. Combine that with lots of legroom, power, infotainment, and safety features, and the Sorento truly stands out from the crowd.

Of course, you do not have to simply take our word for it; you can come to see the 2020 Kia Sorento for yourself at Allentown Kia. Our friendly and knowledgeable salespeople are ready to answer all of your questions and work with you to make sure you get exactly the right vehicle for what you need, whether it be the Sorento or one of our other fantastic vehicles. If you have figured out the perfect model, or you are just starting out with car shopping, we are here to help. Call or visit us at Allentown Kia today, and we will make sure you drive away completely happy.