2019 Kia Sorento vs 2019 Honda Pilot
There are a seemingly endless number of options if you happen to be shopping in the SUV segment, which makes it easy to feel overwhelmed while you’re doing research. Typically, though, many find themselves trying to choose between two specific models — the 2019 Kia Sorento and 2019 Honda Pilot. Here, we’ve put together a comparison of these two models to help you better understand the difference between them.
Performance & Capabilities
When it comes to standard engines, the 2019 Pilot offers a more powerful option — a 3.5-liter V6. While this engine puts out more power than the Sorento’s standard 2.4-liter four-cylinder, it doesn’t do justice against the Sorento’s available 3.3-liter V6. This available engine increases the Sorento’s power significantly, putting out 290 horsepower and 252 lb-ft of torque compared to the Pilot’s 280 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque, making Kia’s SUV more powerful than its competitor.
If that power difference isn’t enough to turn your head towards the Sorento, this SUV also has a higher maximum towing capacity of 2,000 pounds. The Pilot can only tow 1,500 pounds, which limits what you can bring along with you on your next adventure.
Price & Warranty
Staying on budget can be difficult, especially if you want plenty of bells and whistles on your new SUV. With the 2019 Sorento, it’s easier to get the features you’re looking for without breaking the bank. That’s because the Sorento has a lower price tag, starting with an MSRP of nearly $5,000 less than the Pilot. Though it has a lower price, it still manages to offer a range of standard features that you would normally see on a much more expensive vehicle.
Both the Sorento and the Pilot have recently received the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s top title of 2019 Top Safety Pick+, which means they’re leaders in their class in safety.1 Though they both have this designation, when you look at the details of the crash-test results, the Sorento still manages to show that it’s superior to the Pilot. That’s because Kia’s SUV managed to score the highest possible rating of “Good” on each test.2 Honda’s SUV scored only an “Acceptable” rating on the passenger-side small overlap front test.3
Stop by Bert Ogden Mission Kia to test-drive the 2019 Sorento for yourself; you’re sure to fall in love with its well-rounded qualities.
1The 2019 Pilot has been awarded the coveted 2019 TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating from the Insurance Institute for highway Safety (IIHS) in recognition of its crash safety performance.