2018 Kia Sorento vs 2018 Honda Pilot Comparison

Specs at a Glance

2018 Kia Sorento

2018 Kia Sorento

Cargo Space

  38.8 cu. ft.

Front Leg Room

  44.1 in.


2018 Honda Pilot

2018 Honda Pilot

Cargo Space

  16.5 cu. ft.

Front Leg Room

  40.9 in.

2018 Kia Sorento vs 2018 Honda Pilot

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The Kia Sorento and the Honda Pilot both debuted in 2002, at a time when the crossover - a type of vehicle that blends together the main attributes of the SUV and sedan - was beginning to rise in popularity. By the 2018 model year, both vehicles were in their third production cycles and firmly established in the upper half of the midsize crossover SUV segment, even though neither one received any major changes. Although you cannot go wrong with either one, the reason why you should go with the 2018 Kia Sorento, rather than the 2018 Honda Pilot, is because it better fulfills some of the basic driver needs.

Fuel Economy

The 2018 Kia Sorento already has a reputation for providing above-average fuel efficiency with its two inline 4-cylinder (I4) engines. To maximize gas mileage, you should go with the 2.4-liter I4, which is the standard nameplate engine. Strapped to an electronically controlled 6-speed automatic transmission, this engine helps the Sorento to achieve a peak fuel economy of 21 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. On the 2018 Honda Pilot, the only engine available is a larger, 3.5-liter V6. Although it is joined to a 9-speed automatic transmission, which conserves energy due to the shortened space between gears for shifting, the Pilot ultimately provides up to 20/27 mpg, which is one less mpg in combined fuel efficiency than its Kia counterpart.

Engine Power

Plus, the 2018 Honda Pilot is not the only vehicle of the two to have a V6. You can certainly go with such a choice on the 2018 Kia Sorento. It’s a 3.3-liter V6 that produces 290 horsepower and 252 lb-ft of torque. The Pilot’s V6, on the other hand, produces 280 horsepower, which is 10 less horsepower.

Front Crash Prevention Ability

Both the 2018 Kia Sorento and the 2018 Honda Pilot are considered remarkably safe by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) - so much so that the organization gave each vehicle a TOP SAFETY PICK ranking. That’s because the Sorento and the Pilot scored the top-level “Good” rating in all of the crashworthiness test categories, the top-level “Superior” rating in front crash prevention ability, and an “Acceptable” rating in the effectiveness of their headlight illumination. However, in terms of front crash prevention ability, the Sorento is rated a bit higher than the Pilot. This is due to the result of their high-speed autobrake evaluation. In the IIHS 25 mph test, the Sorento was able to avoid a collision, which is more effective than the Pilot reducing impact speed by 12 mph.

Ready for the 2018 Kia Sorento, instead of the 2018 Honda Pilot? Come see us at our dealership in the Orlando area. One of our Kia experts will be more than happy and able to assist you with your preferred features and options in the Sorento. Call us today to set up a test drive - and eventually drive away with the Sorento of your dreams!


MPG: Based on EPA estimates. Actual mileage will vary with options, driving conditions, driving habits and your vehicle’s condition.

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