2018 Ford Explorer vs Honda Pilot

Specs at a Glance

2018 Ford Explorer

2018 Ford Explorer

Roadside Assistance

  5yr. / 60,000 mi.

Engine Power

  290hp


2018 Honda Pilot

2018 Honda Pilot

Roadside Assistance

  3yr. / 36,000 mi.

Engine Power

  280hp

2018 Ford Explorer vs 2018 Honda Pilot

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When you need a comfortable, three-row ride for your family, you deserve a true utility vehicle that’s tough enough to go the distance. The 2018 Ford Explorer remains true to its roots, providing the comfort you want and the utility you need. Here’s how it compares to the Honda Pilot.

Size and Spaciousness

Explorers and Pilots have cabins with over 150 cu.ft., but the Pilot tries to squeeze in eight people while the Explorer sticks to seven. This means more space for each passenger. The Explorer has more legroom on the second row and on the third row, where it counts the most. Second-row seats slide and recline in the Explorer, and you can cut back to six seats, adding center captain’s chairs. Furthermore, the Explorer has more rear cargo space. It measures 21 cu.ft. in the hold, making it bigger than the trunk on large sedans. By contrast, the Pilot has only 16.5 cu.ft., putting it on par with some midsize sedans. This makes a huge difference for a big family that needs seats and needs luggage space.

Performance and Maneuverability

Despite having a more spacious cabin, the Explorer has a tighter turning circle. The big rig has more powerful engine choices. While the Pilot V6 is rated for 280 horsepower, the Explorer V6 is rated for 290 horsepower. That can mean the difference when pulling into traffic or passing on the highway. Stepping up to the Ecoboost turbo, the Explorer’s engine generates 310 lb-ft of torque, much more than the Pilot’s 262 lb-ft. There’s even a third choice, a 3.5L EcoBoost V6. It produces 365 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque. If you want to tow, you’ll favor the Explorer V6. It can tow up to 5,000 pounds when properly equipped. Pilots are limited to 3,500 pounds. If you want to stray off road, you’ll be safer in the Explorer AWD. A true utility vehicle, the Explorer offers terrain management and high ground clearance to permit more exploration off the beaten path.

Safety and Convenience

Only Ford is offering parallel and perpendicular park assist. This proven system can handle parking tasks with the driver overseeing the process. It reduces the family driver’s stress and makes it possible to achieve maneuvering that is beyond the ability of a human driver. Another Ford exclusive is its 160-degree front camera. This helps the driver avoid dangers during slow frontal maneuvers. Another Ford exclusive is inflatable second-row airbags. These are a good idea for tweens and teens who deserve extra protection. Like the Pilot, the Explorer offers a lane keeper, a forward collision system with autobrake, adaptive cruise control, a blind spot monitor and automatic high beams.

You can find out more about the 2018 Ford Explorer when you visit Homer Skelton Ford. Our staff can help you with financing, bring you up to date on the latest specials, and offer you a test drive of your favorite Explorer trim.