Face-Off: 2021 Honda Pilot vs. 2021 Kia Telluride

A well-established three-row SUV competitor takes on a formidable newcomer

Honda pilot and Kia Telluride Photo: Honda, John Powers/Consumer Reports

In the battle of midsized three-row SUVs, the 2021 Honda Pilot and 2021 Kia Telluride are worthy competitors.

These two don’t deviate much from the standard SUV formula. They’re very close in size, weight, and cargo capacity. They have roomy cabins, use six-cylinder engines, and a number of active safety systems come standard.

But the Kia has a much newer design than the Pilot, and that results in some key differences. So which one performs better? Which is more enjoyable to drive? Which is easier to live with?


To answer those questions, we take an in-depth look at these SUVs, compare how they fare in CR’s testing, and determine which one is the clear-cut winner.

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