Most Pilot and Telluride models have a middle-row bench seat and can seat eight, though the priciest models have captain's chairs and can seat seven. Both are impressively roomy, but the Kia, partially because of its slightly larger windows, comes across as the airier SUV. The Telluride's interior is also made from richer materials and is a little more interesting to look at.
Pricing and TechnologyThe Pilot and the Telluride hold similar amounts of cargo with their rear seats folded. The biggest difference comes when the third row is up and in use. Here, the Kia holds a clear advantage (21 cubic feet versus 16.5 cubic feet) that amounts to 27% more space.
Driving and WarrantyThe Pilot LX starts at $32,495 with destination charges included. The base Telluride LX costs $32,735. The Kia's slightly higher base price includes the extra safety gear plus Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and more USB ports. You have to move up to the EX trim level to get those on the Honda.
The Kia's price advantage becomes obvious if you want leather and navigation. You'll pay $38,135 for a Telluride EX but $40,805 for a Pilot EX-L with navigation. You do get a rear-seat entertainment system with that Honda, though. Kia maintains its pricing advantage at the top, too. The priciest Telluride SX with the Prestige package costs $46,535. A Pilot Elite is $49,065.
All-wheel drive (AWD) is generally an option. It costs you $1,900 on the Pilot and $2,000 on the Telluride. The Kia's slightly higher cost is justified because you get an AWD lock feature that can enhance traction on unpaved surfaces.
For those concerned with long-term coverage, Kia also offers a superior warranty. The Pilot comes with three years/36,000 miles of basic coverage and five years/60,000 miles of drivetrain coverage. Kia provides five years/60,000 miles of basic coverage and 10 years/100,000 miles of powertrain coverage.