Ford Explorer vs Honda Pilot

In the world of midsize SUVs, there may not exist two other vehicles that rank as high in terms of comfort, reliability, and innovation like the 2018 Ford Explorer and Honda Pilot. They're both spacious without feeling bulky, and their top-of-the line infotainment systems and powerful towing capacities make them great options for an active family always on-the-go.

Our team at Fuller Ford is here to help drivers in the Cincinnati, Newport, and Covington region decide which of these two vehicles is going to be the right choice for them. We'll compare areas like: performance and power, interior design, available tech features, and safety to help you make an informed decision. Read on to learn more.

Explorer vs Pilot: Performance and Power

The 2018 Ford Explorer comes standard with a 3.5-liter Ti-VCT V6 engine with 290 horsepower and 255 lb-ft of torque. There's also options for a 2.3-liter EcoBoost® I-4 and a 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost® engine, as well.  The Honda Pilot, on the other hand, comes standard with a 3.5-liter V6 engine with 280 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque.

They each also include a 6-speed automatic transmission system with front-wheel-drive and an available four-wheel-drive option. The 2018 Explorer has a leaner design to it, which you can definitely feel in its handling. In terms of towing, the Pilot pulls in an impressive 3,500-pound max towing capacity, while the Explorer hauls a whopping 5,000-pound max towing capacity.

2018 Ford Explorer vs Honda Pilot: Interior Design and Available Tech

Loads of available cargo space can be found in both models along with ample head- and legroom in the passenger seating areas.  The Explorer boasts 80.7 cubic feet of cargo space to the Pilot's 83.9 cubic feet. The Explorer and Pilot also come with standard 60/40 split-fold flat bench seats for their second row and a 50/50 split-fold bench seat for their third.

The Explorer offers a bevy of ways to keep your entire family comfortable and connected. The steering wheel comes standard with audio controls that link to the built-in infotainment system's SYNC® Connect entertainment and Wi-Fi Hotspot. Also, with multiple power points conveniently placed throughout the cabin, the entire family can easily connect to all their favorite streaming services. The Pilot offers similar entertainment features, mainly on their higher trims, that include features like Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™, along with Honda HD Digital Traffic Real-Time Display.

Available Safety Features

Honda's Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) with Traction Control comes standard on all trim levels along with a Honda LaneWatch™ right side and back-up camera. The Explorer offers AdvanceTrac® with Roll Stability Control™, a Safety Canopy® System, and a SOS Post-Crash Alert System™ that automatically sounds your car's horn and emergency flashers, making you easily visible to emergency first responders.  

2018 Ford Explorer vs Honda Pilot: Which Will You Choose?

As our handy comparison has shown, both midsize SUVs are well-built and equipped with lots of amazing features to keep your family comfortable, entertained, and above-all, safe on the road. However, we believe that drivers near Cincinnati, Newport, and Covington will like what the 2018 Ford Explorer has to offer.

To see for yourself, schedule a personal test drive and see for yourself how this SUV can make a great addition to your lifestyle. Contact us today!

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