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2017 Honda Pilot vs 2017 Ford Explorer

The 2017 Honda Pilot is a great family-friendly choice for the three-row SUV segment, with its spacious and comfortable interior, advanced multimedia technology, high-level functionality and accident preventing and mitigating safety features. The 2017 Pilot is also fun-to-drive, courtesy of its high-tech 3.5-liter, direct-injected i-VTEC V-6 engine. See how the new Pilot stacks up against the SUV competition in this 2017 Honda Pilot vs 2017 Ford Explorer comparison.

The 2017 Pilot delivers a pleasing balance of power and efficiency* with its 3.5-liter, direct-injected i-VTEC V-6 engine with Variable Cylinder Management cylinder deactivation technology. It generates an impressive 280 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque and a class-leading EPA fuel economy rating of 20 city/27 hwy for two-wheel-drive models and 19 city/26 hwy mpg for all-wheel-drive models.* In comparison, the 2017 Explorer Base generates 290 horsepower and 252 lb-ft of torque, with a fuel economy rating of 17 city/24 hwy mpg.

New Honda Pilot


2017 Honda Pilot LX VS 2017 Ford Explorer Base
262 Torque 255
19 city/27 hwy* Fuel Economy 17 city/24 hwy
83.9 cu-ft Max. Cargo Volume 80.7 cu-ft
8 Seating Capacity 7

Advantages and Benefits of the 2017 Honda Pilot

One of the biggest advantages of the Pilot over the Explorer is its interior, particularly when comparing available space and functionality. The 2017 Pilot offers a seating capacity of eight passengers, while the 2017 Explorer only offers seating for seven. Also, the Pilot possesses a larger maximum cargo volume (83.9 cu-ft vs 80.7 cu-ft). Additional functionality in the Pilot includes a center console that features a large storage compartment capable of accommodating items as large as a full-size iPad or a purse, as well as the available one-touch second-row seat on EX-L and above models, and large third-row entryway, which makes it easy to enter and exit the vehicle.

Another strength of the 2017 Pilot is on the safety front. Standard safety features for all trims include Vehicle Stability Assist with Traction Control, Multi-Angle Rearview Camera with Guidelines, Tire Pressure Monitoring System and Honda's Advanced Compatibility Engineering Body Structure. Also, with Honda Sensing, you'll benefit from a suite of technologies designed to expand the driver's situational awareness while sensing and responding to potential road hazards (Available on EX and EX-L; Standard on Touring and Elite).

Do you live in the Chicago-area? Would you like to experience the 2017 Pilot for yourself? If so, then be sure to get in touch with us at Schaumburg Honda!

2017 Honda Pilot vs 2017 Ford Explorer Performance
2017 Honda Pilot vs 2017 Ford Explorer Interior
2017 Honda Pilot vs 2017 Ford Explorer Technology
2017 Honda Pilot vs 2017 Ford Explorer Exterior Features

*Based on 2017 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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