Trucks & SUVs

The 2021 Honda Pilot Barely Lost to the Kia Telluride and Hyundai Palisade

For shoppers looking at midsize SUV models with a third row, the 2021 Kia Telluride and the 2021 Hyundai Palisade are viable options that often grace the top spot in their class. But the 2021 Honda Pilot barely lost to these popular crossovers on Edmunds‘ top three midsize SUVs with three rows of seating.

The Kia Telluride and Hyundai Palisade are new SUVs in their class that bring a lot to the table. In fact, the Telluride sits in the top spot as an Edmunds “top rated” model. The Palisade ranks just below its corporate cousin in second place. The Honda Pilot is a little more dated than these other options, but it’s still a great midsize SUV.

Is the 2021 Honda Pilot a good SUV?

The 2021 Honda Pilot is a good midsize SUV. A powerful V6 engine and high quality cabin are exactly what we’ve come to expect from most Honda models. That said, many critics agree that it feels dated compared to some of its more modern competitors.

An electric blue 2021 Honda Pilot on the track.
2021 Honda Pilot Elite | Honda

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The top spot evades the 2021 Honda Pilot. However, it ranks No. 3 in Edmunds ratings for SUVs in this class. With a price range between $32,250 – $49,920, it’s an obvious opponent for the Kia Telluride and Hyundai Palisade. Plus, it’s been around a lot longer. Buyers have more history of this model to draw from when research potential problems and issues.

The 2021 Hyundai Palisade is a luxurious bargain

With “America’s Best Warranty” and a hefty list of standard features, it’s no surprise we keep seeing the 2021 Hyundai Palisade in the first or second spot of various rankings. The cabin is upscale and comfortable. The new Hyundai Palisade Caligraphy takes things up a level, rivaling luxury brands for its fine appointments.

A black 2021 Hyundai Palisade parked on display
The 2021 Hyundai Palisade on display | Photo via Hyundai

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This midsize SUV has a price range from $32,525 – $47,750. It offers a number of trim levels with a model that’s just right for pretty much anyone looking at SUVs with similar pricing. If budget luxury and a soothingly sweet warranty pique your interest, the 2021 Hyundai Palisade should be on your list of SUVs to test out.

The 2021 Kia Telluride is Edmunds’ ‘top rated’ midsize SUV

Unsurprisingly, the 2021 Kia Telluride tops the list. In fact, this midsize SUV keeps topping list after list. Since its World Car of the Year Award win last year, it’s risen to peak after peak of victory in the automotive industry. While it may not be the most popular, it’s definitely one of the most popular 2021 crossover SUV options to date.

A silver 2021 Kia Telluride in the desert
2021 Kia Telluride | Kia

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This new SUV offering from Kia has a price range of $31,990 – $44,090. That also makes it the cheapest on this list––if only by a bit. The 2021 Kia Telluride also comes with a plush 10-year limited warranty. It’s also packed full of standard features. It’s a recommended model virtually across the board.

Shopping for a midsize SUV

A dark-colored 2021 Honda Pilot Elite overlooks mountains
2021 Honda Pilot Elite | American Honda Motor Co., Inc.

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If you are shopping for a midsize SUV, these three are great examples to try out. They each have their own strengths and weakness, but it’s ultimately up to the buyer to decide which one they like best. And, while some say it’s a little behind the times, the 2021 Honda Pilot barely lost to the 2021 Kia Telluride and 2021 Hyundai Palisade in the Edmunds rankings.