2018 Kia Sorento vs 2018 Honda Pilot Comparison

Specs at a Glance

2018 Kia Sorento

2018 Kia Sorento

Basic Warranty

  5 yr./ 60000 mi.

Drivetime Warranty

  10 yr./ 100000 mi.


2018 Honda Pilot

2018 Honda Pilot

Basic Warranty

  3 yr./ 36000 mi.

Drivetime Warranty

  5 yr./ 60000 mi.

2018 Kia Sorento vs 2018 Honda Pilot

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Midsized crossover SUVs are gaining in popularity every year, edging out midsized sedans. USA Today reported that in 2017 mid-size SUVs and crossovers gained 1.4 percentage points in market share, rising to 12.8%. Two dominant vehicles responsible for that boom are the 2018 Kia Sorento and the 2018 Honda Pilot.

Both the Kia Sorento and the Honda Pilot offer comprehensive safety features and enough technology to keep all passengers entertained for the long haul. Yet, the 2018 Kia Sorento comes with luxurious interior amenities and loads of optional equipment. There are more differences, too. So let’s take a closer look at how the Sorento and the Pilot matchup head-to-head.

Style

These two vehicles are going in completely different directions stylistically. The Honda Pilot just isn’t distinctive enough to compete with the sculpted lines of the Sorento. The Pilot looks more crossover than SUV and has borrowed lines from the Chevy Traverse and Hyundai Santa Fe. Now, the 2018 Kia Sorento on the other hand, has a more premium style. It has unique cube-shaped accent lights in the front fascia, a sporty rear spoiler and updated headlamps for 2018. Another key style amenity is the panoramic sunroof. Both the Sorento and the Pilot offer it, but you can only get it on the top-of-the-line Honda Pilot. For the Kia Sorento, the panoramic sunroof is available on the EX 2.0T, EX V6, SX and SX Limited.

Safety

Most midsized SUVs offer the same type of advanced safety features. The only difference is which model trims you’ll find them on and how much you’ll have to pay to get them. The Honda Pilot has blind spot detection technology, but its only available on the Elite model trims at top cost. You’ll be delighted to find that blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control and a host of other safety features start on the mid-level 2018 Kia Sorento. Another set of quality indicators are crash tests and safety ratings. The Honda Pilot scored well, earning a Top Safety Pick from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The Kia Sorento scored even better. Thanks to updated headlamps and a sophisticated forward-collision-braking system, the Sorento earned the highest honor – a Top Safety Pick+ status.

Performance Capabilities

The performance expectations of a midsized SUV are quite high these days. It needs to deliver power when needed, have confident handling, and fuel efficiency. That’s going to be a challenge for the 2018 Honda Pilot because it only has one powertrain option – a 3.5 Liter, direct injection V6 that comes with either a 6 speed or 9 speed automatic transmission. The 2018 Kia Sorento has three different engine configurations. There’s a turbo-charged four cylinder engine on the EX model trim. The base model L and LX models get a 2.4 Liter I-4 block with impressive fuel economy. Also, there’s a beefy 3.3 Liter V6 that gets more horsepower than the Honda Pilot.

Both the Kia Sorento and the Honda Pilot are excellent midsized SUVs. They’re actually quite similar except for the quality materials, amount of value and options packed into the 2018 Kia Sorento. It’s got upscale styling, more standard safety features, and performance capabilities to suit different driving needs. Just get behind the wheel of one and you’ll get a clearer perspective on which vehicle is better. In fact, you can book a test drive in the all new 2018 Kia Sorento by contacting your local Kia dealer today.