Face-Off: Honda Pilot vs. Kia Telluride

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

In the battle of midsized three-row SUVs, the Honda Pilot and 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 advanced safety systems come standard.

But the Kia has a much newer design than the Pilot, and that results in some key differences. These may lead shoppers to ask: 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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Honda Pilot front three-quarter view