2024 Honda Pilot vs. 2024 Kia Telluride Compared

When you’ve got to transport your family and all their stuff, a 3-row crossover SUV is the tool for the job. The Honda Pilot has been the answer for a generation. The Kia Telluride poses another solution.

Honda has built a reputation for reliability and value, while Kia has raised the bar on style and available features. The Pilot is Honda’s flagship SUV, and the Telluride serves the same function for the Kia brand.

Which 3-row SUV is best for you and your family? Let’s compare the Pilot and the Telluride to find out.

2024 Honda Pilot

The 2024 Honda Pilot returns from a 2023 makeover that marked the beginning of the SUV’s fourth generation of production. All Pilot models feature a 3.5-liter V6 gasoline engine putting out 280 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque through a 10-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive (FWD) is standard on most trim levels, with all-wheel drive (AWD) available for $2,100. Prices start at $37,090.

Honda Pilot Highlights

Torque-Vectoring AWD: Available on all trim levels but standard on TrailSport and Elite, the second generation of Honda’s i-VTM4 torque-vectoring AWD system optimizes available traction in all driving conditions and can send up to 70% of the engine’s torque to the rear axle, where it can distribute up to 100% of that torque to the left or right wheel when required. This ability can improve handling and maneuverability on slick or dry surfaces. You can get AWD on each Telluride trim, but not with torque vectoring.

Available 8-occupant flexibility: A removable second-row middle seat can be stored underneath the rear cargo floor, keeping it handy when your family makes friends. Buyers can choose a 7-passenger or 8-passenger configuration on most Telluride models, but not a flexible one.

Hit the trails: Following the trend toward adding rugged features to suburban SUVs, the Pilot’s TrailSport trim level comes with the i-VTM4 AWD system, a 7-mode drive system, hill-descent control, skid plates, roof rails, all-terrain tires on 18-inch alloy wheels, recovery points, and more off-road-friendly features. Kia matches this with its X-Line and X-Pro trim levels, though it offers fewer drive modes.

Check this week’s Fair Purchase Price or see the Pilot models for sale near you

2024 Kia Telluride

2024 Kia Telluride XPro in wolf gray with ocean in the background.

The 2024 Kia Telluride benefitted from a 2023 makeover, its first since its debut as a 2019 model. All Telluride models use a 3.8-liter V6 gasoline engine with an 8-speed automatic transmission. FWD is standard on most trim levels. You can upgrade to AWD for $2,000. Pricing starts at $35,990.

Kia Telluride Highlights

Available head-up display: View turn-by-turn navigation prompts, speed, intelligent cruise control settings, and blind-spot warnings in the upgraded 10-inch head-up display without taking your eyes off the road. A 10-inch head-up display is standard on the Pilot Elite but without the same range of capability.

Exceptional warranty: Kia protects Telluride buyers with a 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty and a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. Each is significantly longer than Honda’s equivalent. If you keep your SUV for long, protection from surprise repair bills can be an absolute comfort.

Available Digital Key: Owners with iPhone, Apple Watch, and Samsung Galaxy smart devices can use them as virtual vehicle keys to lock, unlock, and drive and can share those keys with others via text messages. Honda does not offer this capability.

Check this week’s Fair Purchase Price or see the Telluride models for sale near you


Up to 8-passenger seating and available off-road-oriented trim levels.


Most drivers would be happy with either of these two choices. The Telluride has a lower starting price, but it peaks slightly higher, with the SX Prestige X-Pro model starting at $53,185 versus the Pilot Elite’s top starting price of $52,480.

The Pilot’s four generations of production have honed the SUV into a fine family vehicle, one of the best minivan alternatives on wheels. Though the Telluride is a relatively new entry into the field, Kia did their homework. The Telluride is a stylish, tech-laden competitor.

The good news is you can’t go wrong in this comparison, where the right choice is more a matter of taste than most. Drive both, and the one that feels right is the SUV for you.


  2024 Honda Pilot  2024 Kia Telluride
Starting Price $37,090  $35,990
Popular Powertrains  
Engine 3.8-liter V6 gasoline 3.8-liter V6 gasoline
Horsepower 285 hp @ 6,100 rpm 291 hp @ 6,000 rpm
Torque 262 lb-ft  @ 5,000 rpm 262 lb-ft @ 5,200 rpm
Transmission 10-speed automatic 8-speed automatic
Fuel Economy (mpg) 19 city/27 highway/22 combined (FWD)
19/25/21 (AWD)
20 city/26 highway/22 combined (FWD)
18/24/20 (AWD)
Also Available AWD AWD
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles 5 years/60,000 miles
Powertrain Warranty 5 years/60,000 miles 10 years/100,000 miles
NHTSA Overall Safety TBD  TBD
Max Seating Capacity 8 8
Wheelbase 113.8 inches 114.2 inches
Overall Length 199.9 inches 196.9 inches
Width 78.5 inches 78.3 inches
Height 70.9 inches  68.9 inches
Turning Diameter 37.8 feet  38.8 feet
Headroom F/2nd Row/3rd Row 40.5/40.2/39.3 inches 40.9/40.2/38.1 inches
Legroom F/2nd Row/3rd Row 41.0/40.8/32.5 inches 41.4/42.4/31.4 inches
Legroom, Front TBD  TBD
Legroom, 2nd Row TBD  TBD
Shoulder Room, Front TBD  TBD
Shoulder Room, 2nd Row TBD  TBD
Cargo Volume 18.4 cubic feet   19.1 cubic feet

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