2018 Honda Pilot vs. 2018 Ford Explorer Comparison
2018 Honda Pilot
Starting Price: $31,875 | Price yours
Above Average: Quiet, thoughtful, versatile interior, comfortable carlike ride, fantastic resale and reliability
Below Average: Infotainment interface
Consensus: A practical, smart choice that also offers a rewarding driving experience
2018 Ford Explorer
Starting Price: $33,135 | Price yours
Above Average: Upscale interior, large options list, rugged styling
Below Average: Third-row space, somewhat off-road capable but other models are better
Consensus: Looks like a Land Rover but getting on in years. Ford continues to upgrade it with new looks and features
The Honda Pilot’s reputation for bulletproof engineering makes this eight-passenger crossover a family-friendly cruiser that still manages to retain amazing resale value. The Pilot is also KBB's Midsize SUV Best Buy of 2018. Its excellent driving characteristics and stout V6 engine offers better fuel economy than its competitor here, but still remains average for the segment. The Ford Explorer’s good looks carry over with refreshed exterior trim and an enhanced active park assist that allows the Explorer to practically park itself, and pull out of the parallel parking spot when you're ready to leave. Combined with the handsfree liftgate, it’s every Costco shopper’s dream vehicle.
Honda Pilot Advantages
Updated more recently, with an improved navigation system. Honda Collision Sensing Suite with lane departure and collision warnings, active cruise control and lane-keep assist. Third row is larger and easier to access.
Ford Explorer Advantages
Its Safe and Smart safety technology package with Adaptive Cruise, Cross Traffic Alert and Active Park Assist that parks and unparks the Explorer by itself. A handsfree liftgate. Three engine choices and five trim levels. New onboard Wi-Fi.
Available all-wheel drive on both models. These SUVs both offer V6 power, three-row seating and a quiet, comfortable ride.
Choose the Honda Pilot for 8-passenger reliability and an interior designed with thoughtful family-friendly features, or the 7-passenger Ford Explorer, with a wide array of trim levels and engine options. Both are worthy contenders.
|2018 Honda Pilot||2018 Ford Explorer|
|Engine||3.5-liter V6||3.5-liter V6|
|Horsepower||280 hp @ 6,000 rpm||290 hp @ 6,500 rpm|
|Torque||262 lb-ft @ 4,700 rpm||255 hp @ 4,000 rpm|
|Transmission||Automatic, 9-spd||Automatic, 6-spd|
|Fuel Economy||22 mpg (19 city, 27 hwy)||20 mpg (17 city, 24 hwy)|
|Also Available||Automatic, 6-spd||2.3-liter 280-hp I4; 3.5-liter, 365-hp twin-turbo V6|
|Warranty||3 years or 36,000 miles||3 years or 36,000 miles|
|NHTSA Overall Safety Rating||5 Stars||5 Stars|
|Max Seating Capacity||8 passengers||7 passengers|
|Wheelbase||111.0 inches||112.6 inches|
|Overall Length||194.5 inches||198.3 inches|
|Width||78.6 inches||90.2 inches|
|Height||69.8 inches||70.0 inches|
|Turning Diameter||39.4 feet||38.9 feet|
|Headroom, Front||39.5 inches||41.4 inches|
|Headroom, Rear||38.9 inches||37.8 inches|
|Legroom, Front||40.9 inches||42.9 inches|
|Legroom, Rear||31.9 inches||33.3 inches|
|Shoulder Room, Front||62.0 inches||61.5 inches|
|Shoulder Room, Rear||57.6 inches||50.8 inches|
|EPA Passenger Volume||151.7 cu. ft.||151.5 cu. ft.|
|EPA Cargo Volume||83.8 cu. ft.||81.7 cu. ft.|