2024 Honda Pilot vs. Kia Telluride vs Hyundai Palisade

Honda Pilot vs Kia Telluride vs Hyundai Palisade

Navigating the crowded field of midsize SUVs in order to find the one that’s best suited for your lifestyle can seem like a challenge at first. Rapid growth within this segment has caused more manufacturers to field entrants, providing buyers with more choices than ever before. Whether you’re searching for a roomy interior, capable performance, or innovative technology – a midsize SUV is a perfect tool for drivers all over the country.

In an effort to prove how the Honda Pilot sets the standard for its class, our team at Germain Honda of Dublin has created this informative comparison. You’ll see precisely how the Pilot stacks up against two of its biggest rivals – the Kia Telluride and Hyundai Palisade. Eager to see which model takes home the victory? Let’s get started!

Honda Pilot vs Kia Telluride

Honda Pilot
Kia Telluride
2024 Honda Pilot Sport FWD VS 2024 Kia Telluride EX FWD
$39,600 ✓ MSRP* (excluding destination charges) $41,590
27 ✓ Highway MPG** 26
10 ✓ Transmission Speeds 8
13.8 inches / 13 inches Brake Rotor Size (front/rear) 13.4 inches / 12 inches
Standard ✓ Tire Fill Assistant Not Available
40-20-40 split folding ✓ Fold Rear Seats 60-40 split folding
7 ✓ Number of Speakers 6
Standard ✓ Active Noise Cancellation Not Available
18.9 feet ✓ Turning Radius 19.4 feet
38.9 / 31.9 inches ✓ Third Row Headroom/Legroom 38.1 / 31.4 inches

First up to compete against the Honda Pilot is the Kia Telluride. For fairness, we’ve selected equivalent trim levels for both models. Right from the start, the Pilot boasts a significant $1,990 price advantage over the rival Telluride (excluding destination charges)*. The value only grows as we continue down the list of advantages that you’ll enjoy by driving a Honda Pilot.

Although they feature nearly identical performance specs, the Pilot has the edge in terms of highway fuel economy as compared to the Telluride. A large factor in this advantage is its more sophisticated 9-speed automatic transmission. Another bonus is its larger 20-inch alloy wheels, helping you make a memorable first impression upon your arrival. Its standard Tire Fill Assistant, a Pilot-exclusive feature, takes the guesswork out of adding air to your tires by providing a helping hand as you achieve the correct tire pressure.

On top of the already striking good looks of the Honda Pilot, you’ll also benefit from standard LED headlights and fog lights integrated directly into the front fascia. Conversely, the Kia Telluride EX only includes inferior halogen headlights that have reduced longevity and visibility. Greater third row headroom and leg room allow your passengers to stretch out and get comfortable. Rounding out the list of advantages for the Pilot over the Telluride is the fact that its turning radius is half a foot shorter than the Telluride.

Honda Pilot vs Hyundai Palisade

Honda Pilot
Hyundai Palisade
2024 Honda Pilot Sport AWD VS 2024 Hyundai Palisade SEL AWD
$41,700* MSRP* (excluding destination charges) $41,150
10 ✓ Transmission Speeds 8
20 inches ✓ Wheel Size 18 inches
8 ✓ Seating Capacity 7
40-20-40 ✓ Rear Seat Folding N/A
48.5 cubic feet ✓ Cargo Space Behind 2nd Row 45.8 cubic feet
7 ✓ Number of Speakers 6
Standard ✓ Keyfob-Activated Window Controls Not Available
Standard, LED ✓ Front Fog Lights Requires Higher Trim
Standard ✓ Active Noise Cancellation Not Available

For our next comparison, we look at the Hyundai Palisade, and as you can see, the pricing is nearly identical. Of course, identical pricing isn’t the same as identical value, so it’s necessary to take a look at what that price actually gets you on each vehicle. The two vehicles also have nearly identical power outputs, but we can see the difference emerge when we look at the transmissions. The Pilot boasts a more sophisticated 10-speed automatic transmission, and that means smoother power delivery and better low-end torque. On top of that, the Pilot’s 20-inch wheels let you look better while enjoying that low-end torque.

The larger and more versatile interior on the Pilot is hard to miss, with more seating, more cargo space, and a 40-20-40 folding rear seat. You get more and better equipment on the Pilot too, with a standard 7-speaker stereo that also allows for active noise cancellation. Keyfob-activated window controls are another feature on the Pilot that you won’t find on the Palisade. And while you can get the Hyundai with front fog lights, they’re only available on the higher trims. Clearly, the Pilot gives you a lot more for that nearly identical price.

Honda Pilot

Winner – Honda Pilot

Now that we’ve crunched the numbers, the clear favorite of this thorough SUV model comparison is the Honda Pilot. Both the Kia Telluride and Hyundai Palisade are simply unable to compete with the outstanding innovation, performance, value, and versatility included as standard across the entire Honda Pilot model range. Ready to see for yourself all that the Pilot has to offer? Visit us at Germain Honda of Dublin and browse our extensive selection of the latest Pilot models today!

*MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $1,375 destination charge, and accessories. Dealer prices may vary. MSRP does not include $455 charge for premium colors.

****19 city/27 highway/22 combined mpg rating for 2WD trims. 19 city/25 highway/21 combined mpg rating for non-TrailSport AWD trims. 18 city/23 highway/20 combined mpg rating for TrailSport. Based on 2024 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.