Dare to Compare: The 2019 Kia Sorento vs. the 2019 Honda Pilot

2019 Kia Sorento vs 2019 Honda Pilot

If you’re shopping for the perfect SUV for your family, you can sometimes feel a bit overwhelmed with the options you have. For many, though, the option comes down to two highly contested models – the 2019 Kia Sorento and 2019 Honda Pilot. Here, we delve into the difference between the models – and why the Sorento should be the vehicle you purchase next.


Performance & Fuel Economy

At first glance, there’s no doubt that the Honda Pilot’s bigger standard engine – a 3.5-liter V6 – is more powerful than the Sorento’s standard 2.4-liter four-cylinder. After all, the Pilot’s engine gets 280 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque compared to the Sorento’s 185 horsepower and 178 lb-ft of torque. That is, until you look at the Sorento’s optional 3.3-liter V6. This engine, although still smaller in displacement, pumps up the power significantly, putting out 290 horsepower and 252 lb-ft of torque, giving the Sorento more power than its competitor.

Along with being more powerful, the Sorento also has a higher maximum towing capacity of 2,000 pounds compared to the Pilot’s 1,500 pounds. If that’s not enough for you, Kia’s SUV manages to get better fuel efficiency, coming in with 22 mpg city and 29 mpg highway compared to the Pilot’s 19 mpg city and 27 mpg highway.*

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Price & Warranty

If you’re worried about staying in your specific budget, then the 2019 Sorento is a better option for you than the Pilot. Depending on the trim level you choose, the Sorento has a lower price tag with a starting MSRP of nearly $5,000 less than the Pilot. Despite this lower price, you will still find that the Sorento is well-equipped – especially when it comes to its warranty.

When you purchase the Sorento, you automatically receive a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which provides coverage for the entire vehicle and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. This is significantly better than the Pilot’s warranty, which only offers 3-year/36,000-mile basic coverage. The Sorento’s powertrain warranty is also better, offering coverage for 10 years or 100,000 miles while the Honda only covers its powertrain for 5 years or 60,000 miles.

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The Sorento and the Pilot offer top-notch safety ratings, with both recently receiving the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s top title of Top Safety Pick+. When you delve into the actual results of the crash testing, though, the 2019 Sorento comes out on top. This SUV managed to score the highest possible rating of “Good” on every crashworthiness test, while the 2019 Pilot scored only an “Acceptable” rating on the passenger-side small overlap front test.

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So, with more power, better efficiency, lower price, longer warranty, and better crash protection for your front passenger, the 2019 Kia Sorento comes out way ahead of the Honda Pilot. Come and see this segment-leading SUV at Bert Ogden Harlingen Kia.

*Sorento: EPA fuel economy estimates. Actual mileage will vary with options, driving conditions, driving habits, and your vehicle’s condition. These estimates reflect EPA’s revised coefficients beginning with some 2017 models. Pilot: Based on 2018 EPA mileage ratings. Use or comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.