How Does the Ford Explorer Compare to the Honda Pilot?

The fully redesigned 2020 Ford Explorer is one of the most exciting, capable, and accommodating three-row SUVs on the market. Its spacious interior offers ample room for both passengers and cargo, and its standard rear-wheel-drive configuration provides for better handling and increased towing capability. The Honda Pilot is also a roomy three-row option that offers several benefits of its own. It's good competition for the Explorer, but there are a few areas in which it ultimately falls short.

  • Performance: The Explorer's turbocharged 2.3-liter engine (300 horsepower, 310 pound-feet of torque) outperforms the Pilot's standard 3.5-liter V-6 (280 horsepower, 262 pound-feet of torque). The Explorer also has two additional engine options, while the Pilot has none.

  • Fuel Economy: Despite producing more power, the Explorer's base engine (EPA-estimated 21 mpg city, 28 mpg highway) edges out the Pilot for fuel economy (EPA-estimated 19 mpg city, 27 mpg city).

  • Infotainment: The Explorer's base trim features the SYNC 3 infotainment system with an eight-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a Wi-Fi hotspot. You have to move up a trim level to get smartphone integration on the Pilot, and Wi-Fi is only available on the top trims.

  • Cargo Space: The rear seats of the Explorer fold down to provide multiple passenger/cargo configurations for up to 87.8 cubic feet of max cargo capacity. The Pilot is also spacious but falls just behind at 83.8 cubic feet.

Test Drive the 2020 Ford Explorer near Denville and Morristown, NJ

If you're looking to upgrade your family's current SUV, come see for yourself how the Ford Explorer measures up. Give us a call for more information or visit us in Randolph, NJ, where you can take one for a spin. We'll be happy to give you a tour.

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