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Comparison between the 2022 Kia Telluride and the 2022 Honda Pilot

ByElla E. Kidwell

Feb 7, 2022

The 2022 Kia Telluride and the 2022 Honda Pilot offer two different approaches to the 3-row SUV. Here’s how they compare.

Kia Sorento 2022

2022 Kia Telluride starting price: $33,090 | Price yours Where See listings near you

Above average: Many places; V6 power as standard; all-wheel drive available; well equipped; seats for seven or eight passengers; long warranty.

Below average: No hybrid option.

Consensus: Spacious, affordable, well-equipped and well-mannered, the 2022 Kia Telluride has a lot to offer.

2022 Honda Pilot

Honda Pilot Elite 20222022 Honda Pilot starting price: $37,580 | Price yours Where See listings near you

Above average: Seats up to eight; standard V6 engine; high resale value.

Below average: A single powertrain; the design is starting to age.

Consensus: The 2022 Honda Pilot continues to be a spacious and comfortable 3-row SUV from a trusted brand and has been a segment favorite for three generations. For 2022, it adds a new entry-level model to replace the discontinued EX and LX trims, and a new off-road-oriented TrailSport model.

Telluride vs. Pilot: Three-Row Showdown

Kia Telluride

Seating up to eight passengers (or seven in higher trims), the 2022 Kia Telluride offers plenty of room for passengers and cargo. It is the sister vehicle of the Hyundai Palisade and shares the same platform. While the Palisade may be slightly more expensive than the Telluride, the Kia offers everything from mainstream chic to value-added luxury.

The Telluride is so good it won our 2021 Best Buy and Best 3-Row Midsize SUV awards for the past year. For 2022 it gets a larger infotainment screen and additional standard features to go along with standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Ride quality is comfortable and nimble for a large SUV, and standard adaptive cruise control with Highway Driving Assist makes it easy to manage long drives. The system reads road signs and adjusts the speed if necessary. If you need to do a bit of off-roading, the Telluride can handle it thanks to its 8-inch ground clearance and optional all-wheel-drive (AWD).

Inside there is enough space for adults, even in the third row. Seating is easy to get to whether you have the captain’s chair or the standard bench seat, and the seats are stacked stadium-style so everyone in the back can see the road ahead.

The Telluride has an impressive level of standard safety systems. These features include forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist and adaptive cruise control with stop and go. Blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, driver attention warning, rear occupant alert and safe exit assist are also included.

Honda driver

The Honda Pilot seats seven or eight people in its three rows, with second-row captain’s seats limited to the top trims. Passenger accommodations are spacious, and cargo space ranges from 16.5 cubic feet behind the third row to 82.1 to 83.9 cubic feet with all seats folded down.

A 3.5-liter V6 developing 280 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque paired with a 9-speed automatic transmission. Smooth and sufficiently powerful, this V6 tows up to 5,000 pounds with all-wheel drive (AWD). Fuel economy is quite good, with combined EPA estimates of 23 mpg (FWD) and 22 mpg (AWD).

The Pilot is capable and comfortable, while handling is secured in part thanks to the torque-vectoring technology of the available all-wheel-drive (AWD) system. Forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane-keep assist and adaptive cruise control are standard.

This year Honda also added the TrailSport trim, which is just a trim level for now but could become a more off-road oriented sub-brand for Honda. The 2022 Pilot EX-L version, which is a higher version than the base model, is well equipped with features such as leather seats, power sunroof, hands-free power tailgate, 8-inch screen audio system , Apple CarPlay/Android Auto integration, and LED headlights.

While Honda dropped the EX and LX for 2022, it added a new, cheaper model, the Sport. The new base model comes with heated and power-adjustable front seats, 3-zone climate control, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, among other amenities. At the top of the range, the Black Edition is available in black or white pearlescent paint to go with black rims and exterior trim.

Similarities

A choice of engine; 3 row seats; available all-wheel drive; NHTSA 5 star safety ratings.

Advantages of the 2022 Kia Telluride

Long warranty; V6 power as standard; more interior space; lower base price.

Advantages of the 2022 Honda Pilot

Solid resale and reliability; standard V6 engine; lower starting price; can accommodate up to eight passengers.

Which is good for me?

The 2022 Kia Telluride offers plenty of space, bold styling and solid fuel economy at an affordable price.

The 2022 Honda Pilot offers seating for up to eight, plenty of power from its standard V6 engine, and smooth gear changes from its 9-speed automatic transmission. Honda also has a proven track record of quality and high resale value.

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Kia Sorento 2022 2022 Honda Pilot
Popular powertrains
Motor 3.8 liter V6 3.5 liter V6
Powerful 291 hp at 6,000 rpm 280 hp at 6000 rpm
Couple 262 lb-ft at 5,200 262 lb-ft at 4,700 rpm
Transmission 8-speed automatic 9-speed automatic
fuel economy 23 mpg (20 city/26 highway) 23 mpg (20 city/27 highway)
Also available all-wheel drive all-wheel drive
Specifications
Basic warranty 5 years/60,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
Powertrain Warranty 10 years/100,000 miles 5 years/60,000 miles
NHTSA Global Safety 5 stars 5 stars
Maximum seating capacity 8 8
Wheelbase 114.2 inches 111.0 inches
Total length 196.9 inches 196.5 inches
Width 78.3 inches 78.6 inches
Height 68.9 inches 70.6 inches
Turning diameter 38.8 feet 39.4 feet
Headroom, front 40.9 inches 40.1 inches
Headroom, rear 40.2 inches 40.2 inches
Head room, 3rd row 38.1 inches 38.9 inches
Leg room, front 41.4 inches 40.9 inches
Leg room, rear 42.4 inches 38.4 inches
3rd Row Leg Room 31.4 inches 31.9 inches
Shoulder room, front 61.6 inches 62.0 inches
Shoulder Room, Rear 61.2 inches 62.0 inches
Shoulder room, 3rd row 55.3 inches 57.6 inches
EPA passenger volume 178.1 cubic feet 152.9 cubic feet
EPA cargo volume 87.0 cubic feet 83.9 cubic feet