2022 Honda Pilot vs. 2022 Kia Sorento Comparison
The stalwart Honda Pilot and smaller Kia Sorento are popular choices for families seeking a 3-row midsize SUV. For those deciding between the two, there are significant differences to know about. Let’s compare the Honda Pilot and Kia Sorento to find the right SUV for you.
2022 Honda Pilot
The Honda Pilot is a highly adept 3-row SUV that does just about everything well. The Pilot has a decades-long reputation for reliability, quality, and resale value. It has max seating for eight passengers, or seven if you opt for the second-row captain’s chairs. Pricing starts at $38,080.
Honda Pilot Highlights
Standard V6 engine: The Pilot offers the choice of exactly one engine, but it’s a good one. Under the hood of every 2022 Pilot is Honda’s tried and true 3.5-liter V6. It makes an ample 280 horsepower and tows up to 5,000 pounds.
Interior space: In addition to having more room overall in the cabin, the Honda Pilot can seat up to eight passengers, whereas the Kia Sorento maxes out at seven.
Superior resale value: Like most Honda models, the Pilot benefits from historically high resale values. When it comes time to sell or trade, Pilot owners are likely to get back a bigger percentage of their original outlay than Sorento buyers.
2022 Kia Sorento
The Kia Sorento is on the smaller side of the spectrum for its class of SUVs. This makes it a great alternative for those needing the flexibility of three rows of seats but in a slightly smaller and more affordable package. The Sorento seats up to seven passengers, or six on models equipped with second-row captain’s seats. Pricing starts at $29,590.
Kia Sorento Highlights
Choice of powertrains: Whereas the Honda Pilot offers only one choice under the hood, the Sorento has several, including two hybrids. There’s a base but adequate 4-cylinder, a zippy turbocharged model, a gas-electric hybrid, or a plug-in hybrid.
Exceptional warranty: As with every new Kia, the Sorento comes with a basic warranty of 5 years or 60,000 miles, and a powertrain warranty that covers 10 years or 100,000 miles.
Lower starting price: While the Sorento is smaller than a Pilot and has a less-powerful engine, it costs significantly less, starting at nearly $8,500 below a Honda Pilot. If your family doesn’t need the extra power and room, why pay for it?
Three-row seating, available second-row captain’s seats.
The roomier and reputable Honda Pilot is a regular on our annual list of the best family cars. The Sorento is a smaller, lower-priced alternative to more traditionally proportioned midsize 3-row SUVs like the Pilot and Kia’s own Telluride. Which SUV is right for you depends on your priorities.
|2022 Honda Pilot||2022 Kia Sorento
|Engine||3.5-liter V6||2.5-liter 4-cylinder|
|Horsepower||280 hp @ 6,000 rpm||191 hp @ 6,100 rpm|
|Torque||262 lb-ft @ 4,700 rpm||181 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm|
|Transmission||9-speed automatic||8-speed automatic|
|Fuel Economy||20 city/27 highway/23 combined mpg||24 city/29 highway/26 combined mpg|
|Max Towing||5,000 pounds||3,500 pounds|
|Also Available||AWD||2.5-liter turbo 4-cylinder; hybrid; plug-in hybrid; 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||5 stars||4 stars|
|Max Seating Capacity||8||7|
|Wheelbase||111.0 inches||110.8 inches|
|Overall Length||196.5 inches||189.0 inches|
|Width||78.6 inches||74.8 inches|
|Height||70.6 inches||66.7 inches|
|Turning Diameter||39.4 feet||37.9 feet|
|Headroom, 1st Row||40.1 inches||40.3 inches|
|Headroom, 2nd Row||40.2 inches||39.1 inches|
|Headroom, 3rd Row||38.9 inches||36.8 inches|
|Legroom, 1st Row||40.9 inches||41.4 inches|
|Legroom, 2nd Row||38.4 inches||41.7 inches|
|Legroom, 3rd Row||31.9 inches||29.6 inches|
|Shoulder Room, 1st Row||62.0 inches||59.1 inches|
|Shoulder Room, 2nd Row||62.0 inches||58.1 inches|
|Shoulder Room, 3rd Row||57.6 inches||53.0 inches|
|Passenger Volume||152.9 cubic feet||105.3 cubic feet|
|Cargo Volume||16.5/46.8/83.9 cubic feet||12.6/45.0/75.5 cubic feet|