If you’re aiming to take family members on your adventures, third-row SUVs give you the ability to do so while maintaining the benefits of a higher ride height, and all-wheel-drive. These vehicles must be more than just tough, though. With up to 7 passengers and miles of road to travel, the ride must be soft and accommodating. It’s this delicate balancing act that marks the third-row SUV class. On the outside, they’re athletic and poisoned, on the inside soft and comfortable.
The Kia Sorento has been delivering this experience to drivers everywhere for nearly a decade. With Kia’s reliability and design abilities behind it, it’s quickly become a class favorite for drivers looking to take passengers or gear alike. Going up against the 2018 Kia Sorento is the 2018 Honda Pilot, a class veteran. Can the Honda Pilot overcome the Sorento’s lengthy list of out-of-the-gate advantages? Let’s see!
2018 Kia Sorento
2018 Honda Pilot
|24 (2.4L 4-cylinder)||Base engine combined MPG||22 (3.5L V6)|
|290 horsepower (3.3L V6)||Available horsepower||280 horsepower (3.5L V6)|
|18.7 feet||Turning radius (lower is better)||19.7 feet|
|5,000 lbs.||Maximum towing capacity||1,500 lbs.|
|5 stars||NHTSA frontal crash rating||4 stars|
|$25,900 (L FWD) / $46,300 (SXL AWD)||MSRP Base / Max||$30,900 (LX FWD) / $47,470 (Elite AWD)|
|5 years / 60,000 miles||Bumper-to-bumper limited warranty||3 years / 36,000 miles|
As you’ll see, the 2018 Kia Sorento is a crossover SUV that gives you uncommon versatility and configuration. With the 2018 Kia Sorento, you’re able to choose the vehicle that best matches your needs. Configuration options present on the Sorento and not the Pilot include the number of options and seating.
The Honda Pilot is a great crossover, but it’s not able to overcome the myriad advantages of this versatility. For instance, the Sorento’s 2.4L 4-cylinder engine is lean and efficient, giving you enough horsepower to pass confidently and accelerate quickly, but keeping its focus on its impressive 24 combined MPG.
At one step up from that, you’ll get the 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine which increases the horsepower by 60 and only knocks down the combined MPG rating by 1 to 23.
If a lot of power is your need, the 2018 Sorento has you covered with its compelling 3.3L V6 engine that outclasses the Pilot in power. This increased power means that the 2018 Sorento has a tow capacity rating over 3x as high as that of the Pilot.
You’ll be able to do more and take more with you than in the Honda Pilot.
Safety and peace of mind go hand in hand, and you’ll find both to be at their premium in the 2018 Sorento. With a higher crash-test rating by the NHTSA, lower turning radius (making fender benders less likely in crowded parking lots/streets) and a much longer warranty, the 2018 Kia Sorento is the value leader.
It’s also a lot less expensive at every comparable trim level.
When it comes down to it, the Pilot is a good vehicle, but the Sorento is just so much better. We have plenty of 2018 Sorento models to choose from, letting you test drive the available engines and select the trim level, packages and color that is most important to you. For more information about this selection or to schedule a test drive, contact us today!