Ford Explorer vs Honda Pilot

ford explorer vs honda pilotWhen considering the perfect vehicle for an off-road adventure, you want something that offers both rugged performance and tremendous safety. While the 2017 Ford Explorer and 2017 Honda Pilot may seem to offer these elements, only one has the power to satisfy all your needs.

In this 2017 Ford Explorer vs. Honda Pilot comparison, our team at Ray Price Stroud Ford looks at the features we know our customers in the Stroudsburg, Lehigh Valley, and Nazareth areas care most about.

To start, let's look at performance.

Performance Specifications

With a 3.5L twin independent variable camshaft timing V6 engine able to achieve up to 290 horsepower, it's no wonder that the 2017 Ford Explorer can tow 5,000 pounds of cargo. All that weight might be daunting to some vehicles, but the Explorer manages to do so with finesse thanks to Trailer Sway Control.

Available Intelligent 4-wheel drive (4WD) will monitor your SUV's acceleration rates and steering wheel angles to determine what road conditions are like. Intelligent 4WD will then send the necessary amount of torque to your tires to prevent wheel slippage. A Terrain Management System™ is also available so drivers can manually input surface conditions to alter their traction control.

The 2017 Honda Pilot also includes a traction control system. However, it's not nearly as intuitive as the Terrain Management System™ or Intelligent 4WD in the Explorer. Towing capacity is reduced to only 3,500 pounds, which may be due to the Pilot's weaker 6-cylinder engine.

Ford Explorer vs Honda Pilot: Safety

Though the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave 5-Star Overall Safety ratings to both the 2017 Ford Explorer and 2017 Honda Pilot, the Pilot earned a lower mark in the frontal crash category. The Explorer, on the other hand, withstands front-end collisions with far more resiliency. It includes an SOS Post-Crash Alert System that responds to collisions intelligently. As soon as airbags are deployed, SOS will repeatedly sound the horn and flash lights to ensure that your vehicle is located as soon as possible.

Hill Descent Control™ is equipped in the Explorer so the anti-lock brakes automatically engage when you're driving down loose, slippery terrain. If the vehicle detects rapid acceleration, it automatically applies brake force to slow you down. AdvanceTrac® with Roll Stability is also included to increase vehicle control in poor weather conditions.

The Honda Pilot includes Vehicle Stability Assist™ as well but lacks many of the other features that grant the Explorer such vast traction control. Like its competitor, the Pilot does include a rearview camera and daytime running lights for added safety, but it lacks any post-crash protection measures.

Comfort & Convenience

ford explorer vs honda pilotThe Ford Explorer includes several technology features that add to the SUV's convenience and comfort. Ford's SYNC® technology, for example, is included so drivers can use voice commands to control music, make Bluetooth® phone calls, and access other features without taking their hands off the wheel. SYNC® is MP3 and USB compatible and sounds excellent when played through the 6-speaker audio system.

If you're taking your Explorer on a road trip, you'll have 21 cubic feet of space to store your cargo as well as an abundance of passenger space. Front occupants won't feel cramped with 42.9 inches of legroom and 41.4 inches of headroom. And a manual tilt and telescoping steering column gives drivers more room for personal preference.

With the 16 cubic feet of cargo space in the Honda Pilot, passengers may find they have to share their space with luggage. And with only 40.9 inches of legroom and 40.1 inches of headroom, passenger space has already been reduced from that of the sizeable Explorer. MP3 capability is included, but the Pilot doesn't come with a USB interface or SYNC® technology.

Ford Explorer vs Honda Pilot Review

While the 2017 Honda Pilot may be a fairly roomy vehicle, its middling safety features and performance specs do nothing to push the bounds of comfort and intuition like the 2017 Ford Explorer. But don't just take our word for it - see for yourself.

If you're a driver in the Stroudsburg, Lehigh Valley, or Nazareth area, contact Ray Price Stroud Ford today to schedule your test drive!

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