2018 Kia Sorento vs Honda Pilot

When it comes to small crossover SUVs, the Kia Sorento and the Honda Pilot are well-known and well-respected entries in the market. Both offer outstanding performance, technology and safety features. Drivers across the Harrisburg and Mechanicsburg regions are always debating on which one of these two outstanding vehicles is better for their day-to-day needs.

Overall, which vehicle is the ideal selection in terms of comfort, performance, fuel economy and more? Check out this direct comparison between the 2018 Kia Sorento vs Honda Pilot to find out, and where you can go to test drive the winner.

Kia Sorento vs Honda Pilot

The 2018 Kia Sorento and the new Honda Pilot are both powerful, high-performing small crossover SUVs and both deserve the title of best crossover on the roads. Whichever car you buy, you'll be happy. The Sorento offers full app integration via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, with a solid package of safety features and options like shifter paddles.

The Honda Pilot also offers smartphone app integration, a new feature as of 2017, but only on those models that choose an 8-inch touchscreen.

Technology and Features

At the base level, the Honda Pilot gives you cruise control, 5-inch central display screen, seven speaker sound system, rearview camera, bluetooth, Auxiliary audio port and a USB port. The base level of Kia Sorento gives you bluetooth, Satellite Radio, USB ports and Auxiliary audio ports.

The LX trim at the second level gives you rearview camera, touchscreen interface, dual USB ports, and the Uvo eServices with smartphone app integration, parking sensors, power driver seat, heated front seats, auto-dim mirror, dual-zone automatic climate control, and other options. While this is a step up from the Sorento's base, the LX level is comparable in every way to the base trim of the Honda Pilot, providing more features at a similar buy-in level.


The Kia and Honda both also perform high. The Sorento has a range of engine choices, topping out at 290 horsepower, whereas the Pilot has a max horsepower of 280. Both vehicles can tow up to 5,000 lbs. The Sorento has 154.2 cubic feet of passenger volume while the Pilot has 153.1 cubic feet of passenger space. The Sorento has available surround view camera and available autonomous emergency braking, features not available in the Honda Pilot.

The EPA-estimated fuel efficiency for the Sorento is 21 miles per gallon in the city and 28 miles per gallon on the highway. The Pilot, by comparison, has an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 19 miles per gallon in the city and 27 miles per gallon on the highway.

Test Drive the Sorento at Fred Beans Kia of Mechanicsburg

Overall, in the area of performance, technology, space and comfort, the 2018 Kia Sorento wins out over the Honda Pilot. If you'd like to test drive the new Kia Sorento and see for yourself, you should stop by Fred Beans Kia of Mechanicsburg. Give us a call or come into our showroom and check out our inventory to take a test drive today!

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