How Does the 2019 Kia Sorento Pull Ahead of the Honda Competition in Ramsey, NJ?

Both are capable SUVs built both safe and technologically well-equipped -- ours, succeeding the celebrated Kia Borrego in 2002, and theirs, Honda Pilot, following CR-V and the last-generation Passport the same year. But in a market for mid-size crossovers that's more competitive than ever, especially here in Ramsey, NJ, it can be difficult to figure out which is right for you. Here at Liberty Kia, we've made that easy. Check out how the new Kia Sorento fares, and we think you'll agree that it comes out on top where it counts.

Kia Sorento vs. Honda Pilot

The new Sorento comes in L, LX, SX, and SX Limited trims, with V6-equipped LX and EX options to boot. Pilot appears in base LX, EX, midrange EX-L, and Touring and Elite at the top of the line. However, 2019 Sorento excels in the details.

  • You can look forward to more engine choices -- an efficient 2.4-liter inline-four and a potent 3.3-liter V6. Pilot features just one, its own V6, in a 3.5-liter capacity.
  • Sorento is more confident on the road and off the trail. At 280 horsepower, the base engine in Pilot may get the jump -- Sorento puts out 185 -- but ours regains the advantage, shelling 290 horsepower in higher trims.
  • Dynamax&#trade; All-Wheel Drive is available across the line, as is Intelligent Variable Torque Management (i-VTM4) AWD in Pilot. Both SUVs can also tow up to 5,000 pounds when equipped properly -- enough for any load from a light towable RV or pair of dirt bikes or snowmobiles to a fishing boat or even a second car. But, Sorento does it more efficiently. By EPA estimates, in its FWD base, it gets great fuel economy -- up to 22 mpg in cities like Spring Valley, NY, 29 mpg across the highway to Fair Lawn, and 25 mpg combined between Chestnut Ridge, NY and the great wide-open surrounding Mahwah. In its 2WD base, Pilot gets only approximately 19 mpg, 27, mpg, and 22 mpg respectively. Even if you got closer to Sorento in Pilot's Touring trim, you'd still only reach about 20 mpg, 27 mpg, and 23 mpg respectively.
  • Sorento is roomier, with a huge 154.2-cubic-foot interior. Pilot lags by a couple of cubic feet, offering 152.9 at base, and still only 153.1 in trims like Pilot Elite.
  • YES Essentials-treated cloth seating, a standard in lower trims, makes Sorento the more durable choice. Honda's standard cloth seats aren't as spill- or stain-resistant.
  • 7.0-inch UVO play touchscreen infotainment, a 7-inch UVO eServices system, and an 8-inch UVO eServices variant with voice-command navigation make up the entertainment and connectivity options in Sorento. Honda offers only a 5-inch LCD in its Pilot base and an 8-inch Display Audio model in higher trims. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are standard everywhere in the Sorento line, but to get it in Pilot, you need to step up to the EX trim.
  • A new Kia Sorento is more affordable to purchase or lease here in Ramsey than a Honda Pilot. Ours starts around $25,990, while theirs weighs in at a whopping $31,450 or so.

Eager to check out even more ways the new 2019 Kia Sorento bests the rest? Give our friendly sales department a call to schedule a test drive or stop by 815 Route 17 South for a visit today!


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