Compare the Ford Explorer vs Honda Pilot

How Does The Ford Explorer Stand Up Against the Honda Pilot?

For over 100 years now Ford has produced some of the finest vehicles on the market. Ever since 1903, Ford has been synonymous with quality, and the 2018 Ford Explorer shows what a century of experience can do. Ford brings together comfort, capability, and power into one quality ride. While it does face some competition from the Honda Pilot, the Ford Explorer is the superior vehicle many times over. Here are just a few of the ways that Ford pulls ahead.

Ford Explorer vs Honda Pilot


  • Both the 2018 Ford Explorer and the 2018 Honda Pilot received a five-star overall safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. However, the 2018 Ford Explorer received a five-star frontal crash rating; the 2018 Honda Pilot received only four stars.
  • Blind-spot monitoring is available on all but the lowest trim level of the 2018 Ford Explorer. Blind-spot monitoring is only available on the highest trim level of the 2018 Honda Pilot.
  • Standard Ford MyKey lets you program vehicle parameters for different keys, making it great for parents with teen drivers. Ford MyKey lets you limit a vehicle's maximum speed, mute the audio system if the driver isn't wearing their seatbelt, limit the maximum audio volume and more. Ford helps you keep an eye on your child even when you're not in the vehicle.
  • The standard rearview camera in the 2018 Ford Explorer features a washer, so you don't have to worry about the lens getting dirty.

Power and Performance

  • Under the hood of the 2018 Ford Explorer is a standard 3.5-liter V6 engine, which produces 290 horsepower and 255 pound-feet of torque. The 2018 Honda Pilot is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine, which gives out 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque.
  • The most powerful engine in the 2018 Ford Explorer is a turbocharged 3.5-liter V6, which provides 365 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque. Drivers looking for serious power know to choose Ford.


  • The 2018 Honda Pilot does not have a physical volume knob, forcing you to rely on the touchscreen to change the volume of your music. The 2018 Ford Explorer keeps its volume knob. Ford knows "if it ain't broke, don't fix it."
  • Audiophiles will be interested in the available 12-speaker Sony sound system on the 2018 Ford Explorer. The 2018 Honda Pilot only has an available 10-speaker system.

Comfort and Capability

  • The 2018 Ford Explorer has 21 cubic feet of cargo space. The 2018 Honda Pilot only has 16.5 cubic feet of cargo space. Ford helps you haul your gear around town.
  • The 2018 Ford Explorer has more font head room and front leg room than the 2018 Honda Pilot, making it a great choice for taller drivers.
  • The 2018 Ford Explorer comes standard with an 8-way power adjustable front seat. That feature costs extra on the 2018 Honda Pilot.

See the Why the Ford Explorer Is a Top Pick over the Honda Pilot in Tallmadge

There's no denying that Honda can make a quality vehicle, but they just can't match up with what Ford has to offer. There's a good reason that Ford has been around so long; they simply know how to make a vehicle better than anyone else. If you'd like to see for yourself what the 2018 Ford Explorer can do, we're here to help. Give us a call at (888) 710-6134 and we'll help you schedule a test drive, or come pay us a visit here in Tallmadge, OH to set one up in person. We can't wait to meet you.


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