Ford Explorer vs Honda Pilot

When you're seeking out the right full-size SUV for you and your family, there's no doubt that you've considered the Ford Explorer vs. Honda Pilot. Both SUVs offer an incredible amount of power and space to their passengers, but in order to determine which one is best suited for you, you'll need to understand their differences.

At Richmond Ford Lincoln, we're here to assist our friends in Richmond, Mechanicsville, and Ashland with their decision on choosing between the 2019 Ford Explorer or 2019 Honda Pilot. Our comparison will provide you with the details you need to decide!

2019 Explorer vs Pilot Power, Performance, & Engine Options

There's a true competition between the Honda Pilot vs. Ford Explorer because they're each outfitted with respective 3.5L V6 engines. Both vehicle engines even come mated to 6-speed automatic transmissions. However, the Ford Explorer offers SelectShift® with its transmission. While there is a difference in outputs, the 2019 Explorer offers two additional engines, while the Pilot engine carries over all the trim levels.

  • The 3.5L V6 in the Explorer produces 290 horsepower and the Pilot engine maxes out at 280 horsepower.
  • The available 2.3L EcoBoost® engine with the Explorer has the same output as the Pilot V6 but produces around 50 more lb-ft of torque than the Pilot.
  • The Ford Explorer, when equipped with the 3.5L EcoBoost® V6 engine, can deliver 365 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque.

Entertainment & Technology Features

The cabins of these respective SUVs offer plenty of fun and entertaining features for the ride. Each vehicle comes standard with radios, Bluetooth® pairing for audio streaming and hands-free phone use, and USB/auxiliary inputs for portable media devices to connect to the stereo. These features can be accessed through the respective display screens. However, the Ford Explorer SYNC® screen includes voice recognition, which makes it easier and more convenient to select the features.

Ford Explorer vs Honda Pilot Dimensions

The Explorer and Pilot each offer expansive cabins that include three rows of seating that can accommodate seven to eight passengers (depending on the middle-row bench or captain's chairs). In terms of cargo space, the Explorer offers 21 cubic feet behind the third row, while the Pilot only offers 16.5 cubic feet. Of course, there's some fairly significant differences in passenger space.

  • The first row of the Explorer offers 41.4 inches of headroom and 42.9 inches of legroom vs. the 40.1 inches of headroom and 40.9 inches of legroom in the Pilot.
  • The second row offers Explorer passengers 40.6 inches of headroom and 39.5 inches of legroom, while riders in the Pilot only get 40.2 inches of headroom and 38.4 inches of legroom.
  • The Explorer offers 33.3 inches of legroom in the third row, while the Pilot only includes 31.9 inches of legroom.

Making Your Decision Between the 2019 Ford Explorer vs Honda Pilot

At Richmond Ford Lincoln, we hope that our Ford Explorer vs. Honda Pilot comparison helped you get a sense of what these SUVs offer and how they differ. While you've noticed the Explorer offers more power, space, convenience, and options, you can still learn even more about the SUV and what it can truly offer your trips on the road. Drop in for a closer look or simply climb into the driver's seat!

Browse our inventory of new Ford Explorer models online to see if the SUV is right for you! Our Richmond Ford dealership is committed to helping our friends in Richmond, Mechanicsville, and Ashland find the vehicle that's perfect for them!

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