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The Honda Pilot Suffers Another Loss To the Kia Telluride

It’s been a wild year for SUVs in 2020. The Kia Telluride and the new Ford Bronco are here to steal the show. One SUV that has been suffering, as a result, is the 2020 Honda Pilot, which just landed another second-place spot against the 2020 Kia Telluride. 

The Kia Telluride tops the Honda Pilot again

According to this list of the best SUVs of 2020, the Kia Telluride comes first, and the Honda Pilot lands in second place. The Jeep Wrangler landed in fifth place, but we will focus on the top two SUVs. 

2021 Kia Telluride Nightfall Edition driving in the city
2021 Kia Telluride Nightfall Edition | Kia

The article actually says it’s no wonder the Kia Telluride is the top SUV to buy of 2020 for a variety of reasons. The top two positive things the list mentions is the modern tech and convenient storage. 

Honda Pilot and Kia Telluride tech 

The Kia Telluride has an available 10.25” touchscreen infotainment center that can connect to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It also features a push-button start, remote start, and smart power liftgate that opens as you approach. 

The 2020 Honda Pilot driving down the countryside.
2020 Honda Pilot | Honda

Also, you get standard safety features such as automatic emergency braking and blind-spot warning. Other safety features include rear-seat alert, lane-changing assistance, pedestrian detection, rear-cross traffic alert, and more. The optional heads up display can also provide trip updates and allow you to keep your eyes on the road. 

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For comfort, there are optional heated seats in the second row, and an automatic climate-controlled system, optional wireless phone charging, USB ports in each row, and one-touch sliding and folding power seats in the second row. 

The Honda Pilot also has a touchscreen infotainment system that can connect with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The multi-angle rearview camera and power liftgate seem helpful too. 

Also, the Honda Pilot has one-touch power seats in the second row too. However, it only offers heated seats in the front row. In terms of safety, the Honda Pilot is loaded with features such as adaptive cruise control that only works over 20 mph, rear-cross traffic alert, lane-keeping assistance, and more. However, no pedestrian detection or heads up display was mentioned. 

Kia Telluride and Honda Pilot features 

The Kia Telluride is slightly larger than the Honda Pilot with up to 87 cubic feet of cargo space compared to 83.9 cubic space. Also, the Kia Telluride has a larger trunk area. Both SUVs are spacious enough for adults to sit comfortably in each row. 

An electric blue 2020 Honda Pilot parked by a lake.
2020 Honda Pilot | Honda

Despite being more substantial, the 2020 Kia Telluride is noted for having a smooth ride, quiet interior, and handling like a smaller car. The ride of the 2020 Honda Pilot is noted for being incredibly smooth as well. 

The Kia Telluride also offers a bit more power with its 3.6-liter V6 engine that pumps out 291 horsepower compared to 280 horsepower with the Honda Pilot. Both of these SUVs can tow up to 5,000 lb when properly equipped. 

2020 Kia Telluride driving at dusk
2020 Kia Telluride | Kia

Also, the base model for the Honda Pilot and Kia Telluride both start around $31k. So, it may be worth it to see what is included with each trim option before making a decision. Otherwise, according to the list that suggests the Kia Telluride is the best SUV of 2020, the Telluride is smarter, more spacious, and more comfortable to drive.