Compare 2021 Kia Telluride vs. 2021 Honda Pilot

2021 Kia Telluride
2021 Honda Pilot

2021 Kia Telluride


2021 Honda Pilot

19 city / 24 hwy*

Fuel Economy

20 city / 27 hwy*
291 HP


280 HP
3.8L 6 cyl


3.5L 6 cyl

Serving Fort Walton Beach , FL

The 2021 Kia Telluride is the #1 choice in its class of midsize SUVs, which is an impressive feat for any vehicle, but especially one that just entered the market the year before. The Kia Telluride at Kia Fort Walton Beach is now available to try whenever you want to take it for a spin. When you schedule an appointment for a drive, you can see all the great new features that accompany the Telluride in 2021, including a snazzy new Nightfall Edition package that gives the Telluride a sharp and shadowy look with black trim and black wheels. There’s now a seven-pin trailer towing harness to more easily accommodate your adventures, and drivers now have the convenience of a remote start mechanism added to the key fob so the engine can be started from a distance. The Kia Telluride is part of one of the most competitive classes of vehicles in the auto industry. One SUV that it competes against is the 2021 Honda Pilot. The Pilot is ranked #3 among midsize SUVs. It doesn’t have quite the same power capabilities as the Kia Telluride, and the Telluride has a more spacious and plush interior. While the Telluride’s safety features and technology are intuitive and easy to use, they can be a bit frustrating and distracting on the Pilot.

Interior Design

At Kia Fort Walton Beach, you’ll get to see the glamorous interior of the Telluride, no matter which trim level of the 2021 Kia Telluride you choose to take for a test drive. The first Kia Telluride trim level seats eight people, but you can get seating for seven with captain’s chairs starting with the next trim in line. Simulated leather seats are standard to start, while leather and premium leather seats are added on the higher-end trims. A dual-pane sunroof, wireless device charger, and climate-controlled seats in the first two rows are also available. The Honda Pilot has cloth seats to start with. Leather seats aren’t offered until the upper trim levels. Captain’s chairs are only available on two Pilot trim levels, and the third row of seats doesn’t have as much space as the third row in the Telluride.

Safety and Technology

The Kia Telluride at Kia Fort Walton Beach won awards for its safety and technology features in 2020, and the 2021 Telluride has even more to offer. The base infotainment system has an eight-inch display, while a larger 10.25-inch display is available on the top trim levels. With the Honda Pilot you will only get a five-inch display to start with, and an eight-inch display is the largest available upgrade. The Kia Telluride has more standard safety features, including adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert. The Honda Pilot does not get rear cross-traffic alert or blind-spot monitoring as part of its standard safety package.

Performance and Handling

When you compare the Kia Telluride at Kia Fort Walton Beach against the Honda Pilot, you’ll see that the Kia is the stronger and more capable of the two vehicles. The four trims of the Kia Telluride share one engine, which is a V6 powered by gasoline. The Telluride’s engine is a 3.8L V6. Its maximum power output is 291 HP along with about 262 LB-FT in torque. The Telluride at Kia Fort Walton Beach is available with all-wheel drive, and it tows up to 5,000 pounds. The Honda Pilot also has a single engine for all trims, but its engine produces less power than the Telluride’s with a maximum power output of 280 HP. While the Telluride gets 5,000 pounds in towing capacity with all trims, the Honda Pilot is limited to 3,500 in towing power with front-wheel drive.

If you’re eager to get behind the wheel of the 2021 Kia Telluride, contact the friendly and accommodating staff at Kia Fort Walton Beach today to set up a test drive at your convenience.

*All figures are EPA estimates. Actual mileage may vary.