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Honda Pilot vs Ford Explorer

Honda Pilot vs. Ford Explorer

There's no question that both the 2018 Honda Pilot and Ford Explorer are reliable SUVs for drivers in Atlantic City and Egg Harbor. The team at Boardwalk Honda has put together this comparison to discuss important items in each, such as interior features and cargo space, performance, and technology features.

Both models have a lengthy list of standard features but also many convenient available features worth learning about. Read below to educate yourself about these two standout midsize vehicles.

2018 Honda Pilot vs 2018 Ford Explorer: Interior and Cargo Space

Honda Pilot vs. Ford Explorer

Right up front, it's easy to see how much space exists inside the Honda Pilot. The Pilot comes equipped with seating for eight, while the 2018 Explorer has space for just seven. The top trim of the Pilot does reduce seating to seven, but that's because there's room made for heated second-row captain's chairs, a convenient feature for those riding in the backseat not available in the Explorer.

If cargo space is important to you, both vehicles offer plenty of it. The Honda Pilot boasts 83.9 cu. ft. of cargo space with the second-row folded down, plenty of room for hiking equipment, your children's backpacks, instruments, and sports gear or a hefty load of groceries. The Explorer, while still spacious, carries just 81.7 cu. ft. of cargo volume with the second-row seats folded down, not quite up to par with the Pilot.

Pilot vs Explorer: Performance

The standard engines on both the Pilot and Explorer are powerful, offering V6 power and smooth acceleration perfect for city driving and pass-and-merge highway maneuvers. Each engine comes mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. If you're searching for sportier performance, the Honda Pilot comes equipped with a 9-speed automatic transmission on higher trims, something not found in the Ford Explorer.

The Pilot, when mated to the 6-speed automatic transmission, provides 19 MPG in the city and 27 MPG on the highway1, respectable numbers in the midsize SUV segment. While capable, the base set-up of the Explorer provides 17 MPG in the city and 24 MPG on the highway, making the Pilot a better choice for the fuel-conscious driver.


Honda Pilot vs. Ford Explorer

Once stepping inside the Pilot, you'll have the opportunity to see just how many standard features you'll come to love. With the convenience of the push-button start to get moving, 7-speaker audio system, and 5-inch display screen, the Pilot has all the intuitive tech drivers desire.

The Explorer features Ford SYNC® technology, but the standard touchscreen checks in at just 4.2 inches, and the standard audio set-up is a less-powerful 6-speaker system.

Pilot vs Explorer: The Final Verdict

In this thorough comparison, you've had the opportunity to learn about what both the Pilot and Explorer offer drivers in Atlantic City and Egg Harbor.

With seating for eight and premium cargo space along with convenient technology, the Honda Pilot is a car every driver going through the buying process should see up close. Schedule a test drive of the 2018 Pilot today!

1 Based on 2018 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.


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