Ford Explorer vs Honda Pilot

Drivers in the market for a full-size SUV are almost always torn between the Ford Explorer vs. Honda Pilot. Both SUVs offer a lot to their respective drivers and passengers. However, it's their differences that make the decision a little easier. At Richmond Ford West, we're here to help our friends in Glen Allen, Ashland, and Short Pump learn more about these two SUVS, what they offer, and how they're different.

Keep reading our 2019 Ford Explorer vs. Honda Pilot comparison to see which of these popular SUVs is right for you!

Ford Explorer vs Honda Pilot Specs

Part of why the 2019 Ford Explorer and 2019 Honda Pilot are in constant competition is because they're packed with similar features and abilities. Each vehicle includes a 3.5L V6 engine that are close in their respective outputs. However, the Ford Explorer offers two additional engine options, while the Pilot carries its entry-level engine all the way to the highest trim level.

  • Both the Ford Explorer and Honda Pilot include a 3.5L V6 engine.
  • The Ford Explorer's base engine produces 290 horsepower, which is greater than the Honda Pilot's 280 horsepower.
  • The Ford Explorer offers more engine options than the Honda Pilot with an available 2.3L EcoBoost® 4-cylinder engine and a 3.5L EcoBoost® V6 engine. Both engines are turbocharged.

Cabin Space & Cargo Capacity

The Explorer and Pilot are each equipped with three rows of seating that can accommodate seven to  eight passengers. However, the Ford Explorer offers more cargo and interior room than the Honda Pilot. In terms of cargo space, the Ford Explorer offers 21 cubic feet behind the third row, while the Honda Pilot only includes 16.5 cubic feet of cargo space. Of course, their respective rear seats can be folded to expand the overall cargo area. The difference in passenger space between these SUVs is even greater.

  • Both the 2019 Ford Explorer and 2019 Honda Pilot offer seating for eight passengers.
  • The Explorer offers more cargo space, with 21 cubic feet available vs. the Honda Pilot's 16.5 cubic feet.
  • The Explorer offers more legroom, with 42.9 inches in the front, 39.5 inches in the middle, and 33.3 inches in the rear vs. the 2019 Honda Pilot, which only includes 40.9 inches of legroom in the front, 38.4 inches in the middle, and 31.9 inches in the rear.
  • Passengers in the front row of the Ford Explorer get more headroom with 41.4 inches vs. 40.1 inches of front-row headroom in the Pilot.

Media & Technology Features

The Honda Pilot and Ford Explorer each include dashboard-mounted displays that drivers can use to select their media options. Each vehicle includes and AM/FM radio, USB and auxiliary input for portable media players, and even Bluetooth® that not only allows you to stream audio through the sound systems, but to conduct hands-free phone calls from the road. However, the main advantage is with the Explorer and the SYNC® system, which includes voice-recognition that makes selecting your media easier, convenient, and safer.

2019 Ford Explorer vs Honda Pilot: Making Your Decision

At Richmond Ford West, we hope that this Ford Explorer vs. Honda Pilot comparison showed you what these SUVs bring to the table and how they differ. Even though you're aware of the numerous advantages that the Explorer holds over the Pilot, you may find that you need more details to move forward. You can always drop by and see us for a closer look or for some time behind the wheel!

Browse our inventory of Ford Explorer models today at Richmond Ford West! We're here to help our friends in Glen Allen, Ashland, and Short Pump for when it's time to find the right car!


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