The 2019 HondaPilot and 2019 FordExplorer are two SUVs that offer versatility, power, and safety. However, when comparing these capable SUVs, you will find that the Honda Pilot suits your needs better without a doubt.
Performance & Capability
Though the Ford Explorer offers three engine options, compared to the Pilot’s one, the Pilot offers superior capability and fuel efficiency to the Explorer’s base 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine. When properly equipped, the Pilot tows a maximum of 3,500 pounds — compared to the Explorer’s 2,000 pounds.* It also offers 20 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway — compared to the Explorer’s 19 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway.**
In the midsize SUV segment, the Pilot and Explorer have spacious interiors that complement your family’s busy day-to-day schedule. The 2019 Pilot seats up to eight passengers, while the Explorer only seats seven. Along with this additional passenger volume, the Pilot provides more cargo capacity with 83.9 cubic feet — compared to the Explorer’s 80.7 cubic feet.
Each of these models come with available features like ambient lighting, 12-volt power outlets, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. The Pilot adds a hidden storage well, one-touch folding second-row seats, and a tri-zone automatic climate control to pad in more passenger comfort.
The 2019 Pilot nabbed a 2019 Top Safety Pick from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. It received an overall five-star crashworthiness score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. While the Explorer received a five-star rating from the NHTSA, it did not get recognition from the IIHS.
Accompanying better safety scores, the Honda Sensing® package comes standard with the 2019 Pilot, giving you driver-assistance features like a Collision Mitigation Braking System™, a Road Departure Mitigation System, Forward Collision Warning, and Lane Departure Warning. The Explorer only offers these types of technologies on its higher trim levels.
Take adaptability and muscle one step further when you securely strap yourself into the 2019 Honda Pilot in Kansas City. Test-drive it at Honda of Tiffany Springs.
*Maximum cargo capacity for AWD models is 5,000 lbs. Maximum towing capacity for 2WD models is 3,500 lbs. Towing requires the addition of the Honda accessory towing kit, trailer harness, and hitch ball. Please see your Honda dealer for details.
**19 city/27 highway/22 combined mpg rating for 2WD 6AT trims. 18 city/26 highway/21 combined mpg rating for AWD 6AT trims. 20 city/27 highway/23 combined mpg rating for 2WD 9AT trims. 19 city/26 highway/22 combined mpg rating for AWD 9AT trims. Based on 2019 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.