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Honda Pilot vs Ford Explorer

Family friendly SUVs like the Honda Pilot and Ford Explorer are designed to keep everyone safer, offer plenty of fun features, and have room for the whole family and all your cargo. So, which one is right for you?

To help drivers in Peoria, Glendale, and Sun City decide, Arrowhead Honda looks at both SUVs in this Honda Pilot vs. Ford Explorer comparison.  Contact us today to schedule a test drive!

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When it comes to the Honda Pilot vs. Ford Explorer, the Honda Pilot is designed to protect all three rows of seats with an Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) Body Structure. This intelligently designed frame can absorb force from a collision and direct it away from the seating area.

The Ford Explorer also has a strong body and frame, but it doesn’t use physics to keep your passengers safe from a crash like the ACE™ Body Structure.

Inside, you’ll have six airbags keeping you safe, including Three Row Side Curtain Airbags with a Rollover Sensor. On top of that, there’s lots of technology that helps prevent accidents. The standard Honda Sensing® system looks out for your SUV with driver assistance features like:

  • • Collision Mitigation Braking System™
  • • Road Departure Mitigation System
  • • Lane Keeping Assist System
  • • Adaptive Cruise Control

While the Ford Explorer offers many of the safety features, they are only available on the higher trim levels. None of them come standard like Honda Sensing®.

With its scientifically designed frame, advanced airbag system, and suite of driver assistance features, the Honda Pilot has been named a 2019 TOP SAFETY PICK by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) [i]. The Ford Explorer did not receive the same high safety rating from IIHS.

Passenger & Cargo Room

When it comes to the inside of the Honda Pilot vs. Ford Explorer, the interior of the Honda Pilot has room for up to eight people. You’ll have a choice between a bench seat in the middle or two comfortable Captain’s chairs. In either setup you and your family can enjoy 152.9 cubic feet of passenger room.

The Ford Explorer can only seat up to seven people. While it also features Captain’s chairs in the middle row, it doesn’t have the option to go with a bench seat instead. The cabin is also a little tighter with just 151.5 cubic feet of passenger room.

The Pilot also gives you more when it comes to cargo room. While both SUVs feature folding seats in the 2nd and 3rd rows, the Honda allows you to do more with it.

 Honda PilotFord Explorer
Cargo Volume Behind 2nd Row46.8 cubic feet43.9 cubic feet
Cargo Volume Behind 1st Row83.9 cubic feet81.7 cubic feet

Infotainment System

The Honda Pilot features a user-friendly infotainment system on your dashboard. The base trim has a 5-inch LCD screen that’s Bluetooth® compatible for hands-free calls and audio streaming. Every trim after that has a standard 8-inch touchscreen that’s equipped with the following features:

  • • Apple CarPlay™
  • • Android Auto™
  • • SiriusXM® Radio
  • • HD Radio™
  • • SMS Text Message Function

The Ford Explorer also offers an 8-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay™, and Android Auto™ with its Ford SYNC® 3 system. However, its not available until you go up several trim levels. The standard system is just a 4.2-inch monitor with AM/FM radio.

Test Drive a Honda Pilot

We hope you found our car comparison of the Honda Pilot vs. Ford Explorer to be useful.  Visit Arrowhead Honda to test drive the safe and comfortable Honda Pilot. It provides drivers in Phoenix, West Valley, and Surprise with lots of features, so you can give your family a fun and capable drive. To learn more about this Honda Pilot vs. Ford Explorer comparison, contact us or visit our dealership.

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[i] The 2019 Pilot has been awarded the coveted 2019 TOP SAFETY PICK rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) in recognition of its crash-safety performance.

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