2017 Ford Explorer vs Honda Pilot: Easy Winner Here
The 2017 Ford Explorer and the Honda Pilot are going head to head but is it clear which one is the winner.
The Honda Pilot is able to outpace the 2017 Ford Explorer, but can the Explorer beat it in other things? The Pilot offers fresh styling and it makes the vehicle look great. The interior of it is luxurious and more so if you go for the higher priced trims. The Explorer is finished well with a new grille of mesh and LED lights. It has looks that are angular and details that are sophisticated. For the styling and looks it has to be a draw.
For performance the Honda Pilot offers the V6 3.5 litre engine giving out 280 horses, with some of the trims having the 6 speed automatic and other offering the 9 speed with all-wheel drive or front-wheel drive. The Ford Explorer offers the V6 turbocharged 4 cylinder engine and turbocharged 6 engine and the ride is firmly tuned and steering is quick. The Pilot takes the lead here.
For accommodation the Honda Pilot beats the Ford Explorer as it can carry up to eight people and the cabin offers better finishes and materials. The middle seat in the back is more comfortable and the second row bench of the Explorer tips forward towards the front. The Pilot offers a cargo floor that is flat and deep, while the storage area behind the Explorer is slimmer.
The Honda Pilot took the IIHS Tope Safety Pick+ for safety and while the Ford Explorer does perform strong, it only scored Marginal and so received an average score. Both come with rearview cameras, blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control and forward collision warning.
For features it is the Ford Explorer that comes just ahead of the Honda Pilot. Both fall in the $50,000 price tag for the top of the range, but with the Explorer you can mix and match powertrains and features better than with the Pilot. If you want lane watch side cameras in the Pilot you will have to go for the Elite version.
In our opinion it is the Honda Pilot that comes out ahead, however it has been a very tough call. The Ford Explorer is a great choice if you are looking for a crossover SUV, but the Pilot may be just that little bit better.