Head to head comparison of a 2019 Kia Sorento and a 2019 Honda Pilot

For the very best midsize SUV, it's essential to take a look at both the 2019 Kia Sorento and the 2019 Honda Pilot to find the model that fits your needs. Both SUVs have some similarities, but there are some clear-cut differences you must be aware of. At Phil Long Kia in Colorado Springs, we've researched the Kia Sorento vs. Honda Pilot so you can make an informed decision.

2019 Kia Sorento

Rear side exterior of a 2019 Kia Sorento parked in a driveway


The 2019 Kia Sorento starts at just below $26k. There are several other trims to choose from, but you can get behind the wheel of the top-of-the-line SX Limited for just around $45,000.

Fuel Economy

It's hard to compete with the Kia Sorento fuel economy. The base engine delivers 22/29 mpg while the V6 only drops performance by three mpg.


Front side exterior of a 2019 Kia Sorento driving down a street

The 2019 Kia Sorento comes with six available trim options. The base model Kia Sorento L comes with a four-cylinder 185-horsepower motor, six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive. Standard features include Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a USB port, Bluetooth, a rearview camera, six-speaker sound system and UVO infotainment system with a seven-inch touch screen. The LX adds some USB ports, rear cross traffic alert and blind spot monitoring.

The LX V6 comes with a V6 engine and some other functions. A Kia Sorento EX gives you access a V6 as well as leather upholstery, push-button start, heated front seats, a hands-free power liftgate, adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking and forward collision warning. With a Kia Sorento SX, you gain a panoramic sunroof and then there's the Sorento SX Limited which features every bell and whistle available.

Exterior Dimensions

The 2019 Kia Sorento measures 189″ L x 74″ W x 66-67″ H and weighs 3,810 to 4,343 lbs. It also features up to 5,000 pounds of towing capacity.

Interior Dimensions

Interior view of the cargo room in a 2019 Kia Sorento

The 2019 Kia Sorento does offer 11 cubic feet of room when you are using the seats. That's enough to hold about eight shopping bags. The maximum capacity extends to 73 cubic feet when the rear rows are folded.

Leasing Options

If you find that the winner between a 2019 Kia Sorento vs. Honda Pilot is the Kia Sorento; then it's time to check out some lease deals. For a small amount of money, you can get behind the wheel of this family SUV today.

2019 Honda Pilot

Rear exterior view of a white 2019 Honda Pilot


The base model of a 2019 Honda Pilot costs far more than the Sorento at just about $31,500. Upgrading to the top of the line model will run you around $48k.

Fuel Economy

You aren't going to get as good of gas mileage with the Honda Pilot. It only features 19/27 mpg which only a slight difference but quickly adds up over time.


Front side exterior view of a 2019 Honda Pilot

The Pilot also comes with a choice of six trims. Every one features the V6 engine that produces 280 horsepower. The base LX trim comes standard with front-wheel drive, push-button start, two USB ports, Bluetooth, a five-inch display and seven-speaker sound system. The Honda Pilot EX adds a power-adjustable driver's seat, heated front seats, one-touch second-row seats, control remote start and HondaLink infotainment system with an eight-inch touch screen.

Upgrading to the Honda Pilot EX-L adds a power liftgate, leather upholstery, a power-adjustable passenger seat and moonroof. Next is the Honda Pilot Touring with a nine-speed automatic, hands-free power liftgate and ten-speaker sound system. At the top of the lineup is the Honda Pilot Elite with AWD, heated second-row captain's chairs, wireless phone charging and ventilated front seats.

Exterior Dimensions

The 2019 Honda Pilot measures 197″ L x 79″ W x 71″ H and weighs 4,036 to 4,319 lbs, but it only features a towing capacity of up to 3,500 pounds.

Interior Dimensions

Interior view of the cargo space in a 2019 Honda Pilot

There is more than 16 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats in a Pilot. When the back seats are folded, you gain access to 84 cubic feet instead.

Leasing Options

If you want to drive the Honda Pilot, you will want to check out the lease deals to save even more. Leasing is such a great option vs buying. Payments are lower and you can upgrade to a newer model.

Sorento vs Pilot: Winner?

The truth is, it all depends on what your family needs. At this time, if you want to save money and still have access to a long list of standard features, then the 2019 Kia Sorento is right for you. In our comparison between the 2019 Kia Sorento vs. Honda Pilot, we hope you found the answers you needed. Test drive any of our 2019 Kia Models including the all-new 2019 Kia Sorento for yourself at Phil Long Kia in Colorado Springs, CO. We think you will be pleased with what this vehicle can do.

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