Kia Sorento Goes Head-to-Head with the Honda Competition in Pendleton, SC: Which SUV is Right for You?

One, ours, has been going the extra mile across diverse western South Carolina terrain and through foul South Atlantic-state weather since 2002, the successor to the celebrated Kia Borrego. The other, Honda Pilot, appeared to acclaim the same year, following the early CR-V and last-generation Passport. Both are mid-size crossover SUVs built both capable and safe and well-equipped for the Pendleton-area trek. But only one can come out on top, and that's the Kia Sorento. Check out just a few of the ways it does here at Kia of Anderson!


Kia Sorento vs. Honda Pilot 

The new Sorento squares up in a trim line ranging from base L and LX through the luxurious SX and SX Limited, with workhorse LX V6 and EX V6 options in the mix. The new Pilot comes in base LX and EX, a midrange EX-L trim, and its own top tier, comprised of Touring and Elite. Look into the details, and you'll see where Sorento excels.

For one, you'll find more engine choices. Sorento features a 2.4-liter I4 and a 3.3-liter V6. Pilot features only one, a 3.5-liter V6.
Secondly, Sorento is the more confident and powerful-feeling drive. The base 280 horsepower in Pilot may pull ahead of Sorento and its 185 horsepower at base, but Sorento regains the edge at 290 horsepower in higher trims.

Next, Dynamax All-Wheel Drive is available throughout the Sorento line, just as Intelligent Variable Torque Management (i-VTM4) AWD is an option in Pilot. Plus, both can tow up to 5,000 pounds in AWD when properly equipped -- enough capacity for anything from a towable RV or pair of recreational vehicles to a second car. However, when it comes to doing it more efficiently, Sorento takes the lead.


Count on an EPA-estimated fuel economy of up to 22 mpg in cities like Greenville, 29 mpg across the US-76 East highway to Anderson, SC, and 25 mpg combined between Clemson and the surrounding great wide-open. That's at base and in FWD. Honda Pilot gets only up to 19 mpg, 27, mpg, and 22 mpg respectively, in its base and in 2WD. To get closer with Pilot, you'd need to reach the Touring trim, and even then, you'll still only get a respective 20 mpg, 27 mpg, and 23 mpg.

The Sorento is also the roomier choice, with an enormous 154.2 cubic feet of space for you and your passengers to relax for the ride. Pilot falls behind, with 152.9 cubic feet at base, and still only 153.1 cubic feet in the Elite trim.
Ours is also the more durable option, offering YES Essentials-treated cloth seating right from the get-go in lower trims. It's more spill- and stain-resistant than Honda's standard cloth.

Three infotainment options appear for keeping you in control and connected on the go: a 7.0-inch UVO play touchscreen, a 7-inch UVO eServices variant, and an 8-inch UVO eServices system with voice-command navigation, the ability to receive SiriusXM Traffic updates, and an HD Radio. That's compared to Honda's two: a 5-inch LCD in the base, and an 8-inch Display Audio system with a with a step up. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay come standard throughout the Sorento lineup, but to get Apple and Android smartphone compatibility in Pilot, you have to graduate to the EX trim.

Consider purchasing or to lease a new Kia Sorento with us here in Pendleton, and you'll discover it's the more affordable option, starting at around $25,990. A new Honda Pilot, on the other hand, will cost you a whopping $31,450 or so from the start.
Ready to learn even more ways our new Kia SUV stacks up against the competition? Give our friendly sales specialists a call at (833) 269-8094 or stop by 5281 Highway 76, and we'll schedule a test drive you're sure to remember!

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