The Ford Explorer and the Honda Pilot: How Do They Compare?

Here at our dealership, we receive a lot of questions about how vehicles are different from one another. This is understandable, as most vehicle manufacturers will fully support the products they put out. Based on their word alone, it's hard to know what to believe! We decided to look at two popular SUV models that draw a lot of comparisons: the Honda Pilot and the Ford Explorer. While these two vehicles are quite similar in many ways, they have their differences. Let's explore.

The 2020 Honda Pilot

Explorer: Safety

Ford's Co-Pilot360 technology has taken over the game. We're never shy about recommending any model with this technology implemented, and the Ford Explorer gets the benefit of Co-Pilot360 from the get-go. With Blind Spot Information System technology, you're going to know your blind spots are covered. Today's modern mid-size SUVs need technology like this. The Explorer is a master at making most of this technology passive so that it doesn't require any input from you.

The 2020 Ford Explorer

Pilot: Safety

The Pilot comes with the Honda Sensing suite of advanced safety features that is now standard for all trims. The Blind-Spot Monitoring System alerts the driver if a vehicle is lurking in the blind spots and beeps if the turn signal is activated in that direction. The Honda Sensing package includes forward collision mitigation with auto braking and road departure intervention. It is standard on all trim levels. This Honda Model's Parking Sensors indicates how close the vehicle is to objects with visual and audible alerts.

Explorer: Trim Levels

Trim levels on the Explorer include:

  • Base
  • XLT
  • Limited
  • Limited Hybrid
  • ST
  • Platinum

Pilot: Trim Levels

The 2020 Honda Pilot has four trims:

  • LX
  • Sport
  • EX
  • EX-L
  • Touring
  • Elite

Explorer: Technology

The Explorer has an infotainment system that's easy to figure. An up to 8-inch touchscreen Sync 3 system is available. Then there are excellent camera angles available to assist you in parking and general maneuvers. This year's Explorer also gets a 4G hotspot for an excellent connectivity setup that really lets Northville drivers take tech with them on the go. Higher trims benefit from the wireless device charging tech that Ford is keen to add on all its higher-end models these days. You have got a rich diversity of technology here with no downside. It's all affordably priced as well.

Pilot: Technology

The Pilot's Infotainment system is easy to use and doesn't suffer from lag issues or distracting graphics. With a smart, intuitive design, the system has everything laid out for Waterford, PA drivers on its dashboard and doesn't require much time to figure out.

Explorer: Performance

The Explorer has a higher-performing engine that offers more horsepower and overall torque. Once Fairview, PA drivers get these cars on the road, it's no contest. The new 2020 Ford Explorer rides, handles, and accommodates passengers much better than the competition. It is dynamically superior to similar crossovers, and the hybrid offers unexpected benefits that extend beyond fuel economy.

A two-engine lineup greets drivers in the new Explorer. Featuring an upgraded 10-speed automatic transmission and your choice of engines:

  • 2.3-Liter EcoBoost (300 horsepower/310 pound-feet of torque)
  • 3.0-Liter EcoBoost V6 (365 horsepower/380 pound-feet of torque)

There's nothing quite as exciting as seeing any mid-size model with 300 horsepower at its disposal. And with the 10-speed auto transmission, the Explorer is a wizard at giving you seamless handling experience. You don't even feel the transitions. They just are.

Pilot: Performance

The Pilot delivers adequate acceleration that feels more responsive and manageable than the Explorers. The Pilot also gets better gas mileage and has overall more efficiency than the Explorer.

Find Out More and Get Behind the Wheel

There's plenty more we could talk about for each of these vehicles, but hopefully this information get's you on the right start for discovering which of these great SUVs if for you. The next step is to get inside and imagine youselve driving around the roads in North East, Fairview. Check out our current inventory of Ford Explorer SUVs and Used Honda SUVs, and then make a plan to come by our come by our dealership and get behind the weheel of one or both! We hope to see you sometime in the future!


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