Honda Pilot vs. Ford Explorer

Honda Pilot

Honda Pilot

Ford Explorer

Ford Explorer

If you’re in the market for an exceptional SUV, many models are available in today’s marketplace that are vying for your attention and your dollar. But, which among them delivers what drivers are looking for? In comparing two popular models, the Honda Pilot vs. Ford Explorer, which SUV will serve up the capability, versatility, and amenities drivers want most?

Keep reading as we examine these two popular nameplates side by side and reveal the vehicle that offers the most value for today’s discerning consumer.

Interior Space

One of the main assets that attract consumers to the SUV market is the incredible roominess. SUVs packed major space into an attractive package, avoiding a bulky or utilitarian look. In comparing the Honda Pilot and the Ford Explorer, which vehicle offers up superior spaciousness?

The Pilot offers standard seating for eight passengers, while the Explorer can only accommodate seven occupants. Passenger volume onboard the Pilot ranges between 151.7 cubic feet to 153.1 cubic feet for your family, friends, and coworkers to stretch out and get comfortable in. In contrast, the Ford Explorer delivers only 151.6 cubic feet of maximum passenger space.

In terms of cargo capacity, the Honda Pilot delivers up to 109.0 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats lowered. That’s plenty of space to fill up with luggage, gear, and groceries. The Ford Explorer, in comparison, offers just 81.7 cubic feet of cargo room with the rear seats folded.

Performance Delivery

In various performance areas, the Honda Pilot outshines the Ford Explorer. Standard fuel economy delivery is greater onboard the Pilot. The Pilot base model achieves up to an EPA-estimated 19 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway.* The Ford Explorer base trim delivers EPA-estimated fuel economy of only between 16-17 mpg in the city and between 23-24 mpg on the highway.

The Pilot also features an available 9-speed automatic transmission on the Touring and Elite trims, while the Explorer offers only a 6-speed automatic transmission. This creates a smoother ride onboard the Pilot. Standard towing capability is also higher on the Pilot, which delivers 3,500 pounds of towing power in contrast to the Explorer’s 2,000 pounds of standard towing ability.

Head Out on the Road in the Impressive Pilot

At this point, it’s clear that the 2016 Honda Pilot exceeds the 2017 Ford Explorer in many different areas. Are you ready to explore the Pilot’s many other winning qualities? Find out how it compares to the 2019 Honda Odyssey before scheduling your visit.

Stop by Tamaroff Honda or contact us today to check out the outstanding Pilot in person. A knowledgeable member of our Tamaroff Honda team will be glad to walk you through the Pilot’s various features and options and answer all your questions. Then, we can get the keys in your hand and get you out on the road for an unforgettable test drive. Find out what thousands of other drivers already have: The Honda Pilot is one of the most exceptional SUVs on the road!


*19 city/27 highway/ 22 combined mpg rating for 2WD 6 AT models. 18 city/ 26 highway/ 21 combined mpg rating for AWD 6AT models. 20 city/ 27 highway/ 23 combined mpg rating for 2WD 9 AT models. 19 city/ 26 highway/ 22 combined mpg rating for AWD 9AT models. Based on 2016 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.