Compare 2008 Ford Explorer vs 2009 Honda Pilot

2008 Ford Explorer
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RWD 4-Door V6 XLT
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
RWD 4-Door V6 XLT 14 20 $24,771 $26,495
RWD 4-Door V8 XLT 13 20 $25,958 $27,800
4WD 4-Door V6 XLT 13 19 $26,881 $28,815
RWD 4-Door V6 Eddie Bauer 14 20 $27,273 $29,245
4WD 4-Door V8 XLT 13 19 $28,074 $30,125
RWD 4-Door V8 Eddie Bauer 13 20 $28,465 $30,555
4WD 4-Door V6 Eddie Bauer 13 19 $29,384 $31,565
AWD 4-Door V6 Eddie Bauer 13 19 $29,384 $31,565
4WD 4-Door V8 Eddie Bauer 13 19 $30,576 $32,875
AWD 4-Door V8 Eddie Bauer 13 19 $30,576 $32,875
RWD 4-Door V6 Limited 14 20 $30,740 $33,055
RWD 4-Door V8 Limited 13 20 $31,932 $34,365
4WD 4-Door V6 Limited 13 19 $32,851 $35,375
AWD 4-Door V6 Limited 13 19 $32,851 $35,375
4WD 4-Door V8 Limited 13 19 $34,048 $36,690
AWD 4-Door V8 Limited 13 19 $34,048 $36,690
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2WD 4-Door LX
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2WD 4-Door LX 17 23 $25,101 $27,695
4WD 4-Door LX 16 22 $26,546 $29,295
2WD 4-Door EX 17 23 $27,631 $30,495
4WD 4-Door EX 16 22 $29,077 $32,095
2WD 4-Door EX-L 17 23 $30,522 $33,695
2WD 4-Door EX-L w/RES 17 23 $31,968 $35,295
4WD 4-Door EX-L 16 22 $31,968 $35,295
2WD 4-Door w/Navi Touring 17 23 $33,414 $36,895
4WD 4-Door w/RES EX-L 16 22 $33,414 $36,895
2WD 4-Door w/RES & Navi Touring 17 23 $34,860 $38,495
4WD 4-Door w/Navi Touring 16 22 $34,860 $38,495
4WD 4-Door w/RES & Navi Touring 16 22 $36,306 $40,095
Pricing
Invoice Price
$24,771
$25,101
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$26,495
$27,695
Monthly Payment Estimate
$442 / month
$462 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.2
8.0
TCC’s Bottom Line
As the perennial best-selling truck-based SUV, the Ford Explorer is still the one to beat. The 2009 Honda Pilot looks more SUV-like in its second edition, but it has the room of a minivan, along with some notable styling miscues and expensive choices to make from the options list.
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Fuel Economy
City
14 mpg 17 mpg
Highway
20 mpg 23 mpg
Vehicle
Rear Door Type
Liftgate -
EPA Classification
- 2WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Interior Dimensions
Third Head Room (in)
NA 38.2
Front Hip Room (in)
55.4 58.6
Third Shoulder Room (in)
NA 58.9
Second Leg Room (in)
36.9 38.5
Passenger Capacity
5 8
Front Head Room (in)
39.8 40.0
Second Hip Room (in)
55.5 56.9
Front Shoulder Room (in)
59.0 61.5
Third Leg Room (in)
NA 32.1
Second Head Room (in)
38.7 39.8
Third Hip Room (in)
NA 48.4
Second Shoulder Room (in)
58.9 62.2
Front Leg Room (in)
42.4 41.4
Passenger Volume (ft³)
- 153.7
Exterior Dimensions
Ground to Top of Load Floor (in)
31.4 -
Length, Overall w/rear bumper (in)
193.4 -
Side Door Opening Height (in)
NA -
Ground Clearance, Rear (in)
8.3 -
Height, Overall (in)
72.8 71.0
Step Up Height - Front (in)
- TBD - -
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
33.7 - TBD -
Overhang, Rear w/bumper (in)
44.3 -
Wheelbase (in)
113.7 109.2
Ground Clearance, Front (in)
8.3 -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
73.7 78.5
Side Door Opening Width (in)
NA -
Overhang, Front (in)
35.4 -
Step Up Height - Side (in)
- TBD - -
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Liftover Height (in)
- NA
Track Width, Rear (in)
- 67.5
Track Width, Front (in)
- 67.7
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- 8.0
Length, Overall (in)
- 190.9
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 4 (ft³)
NA -
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
44.9 NA
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
85.8 87.0
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
NA - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
NA 18.0
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Console (in)
- TBD - -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
- TBD - NA
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
45.1 47.7
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 4 (in)
NA -
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.85 x 0.39 13.1 x - TBD -
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.01 x 0.43 13.0 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System (Second Line)
NA -
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Location
Midship -
Aux Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
NA -
Aux Fuel Tank Location
NA -
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
22.5 21.0
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
38.4 - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), On Center
18.9 -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
36.8 38.6
Steering Type
Power Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Steering Ratio (:1), At Lock
NA -
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- 3.69
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
- 19.0
Tires
Rear Tire Capacity (lbs)
1700 -
Spare Tire Order Code
T52 NA
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Front
721 -
Rear Tire Size
P235/70R16 P245/65R17
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Spare
721 -
Front Tire Capacity (lbs)
1700 -
Rear Tire Order Code
T52 NA
Spare Tire Capacity (lbs)
1700 -
Front Tire Size
P235/70R16 P245/65R17
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Rear
721 -
Spare Tire Size
P235/70R16 Compact
Front Tire Order Code
T52 NA
Trailering
Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
350 350
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
350 350
Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
3500 3500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
3500 3500
Weight Information
Gross Combined Wt Rating (lbs)
8500 -
Curb Weight - Front (lbs)
2329 -
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating Cap (lbs)
6010 -
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Rear (lbs)
3340 -
Curb Weight - Rear (lbs)
2107 -
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Front (lbs)
2860 -
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
- 4319
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x 7 17 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in)
16 x 7 Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x 7 17 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
7.8 9.93
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (2nd)
NA -
Maximum Alternator Watts
1950 -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
650 - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
130 - TBD -
Engine
Fuel System
SMPI MPFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
254 @ 3700 253 @ 4800
Engine Order Code
- TBD - NA
Displacement
4.0L/245 3.5L/212
Engine Oil Cooler
NA -
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
210 @ 5100 250 @ 5700
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas V6
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
20 23
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
14 17
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
- 19
Transmission
Transfer Case Model
NA -
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.22 2.70
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
NA -
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.54 1.07
Trans Type
5 5
Trans PTO Access
NA -
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.71 0.61
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
NA -
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.07 1.89
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.29 1.61
Trans Order Code
- TBD - NA
Transfer Case Power Take Off
NA -
Trans Power Take Off
NA -
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 0.77
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
- 4.31
Summary
Body Code
NA -
Body Style
4 Door 4 Door
Vehicle Name
Ford Explorer Honda Pilot
Suspension
Axle Type - Front
Ford SLA -
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
32.0 - TBD -
Axle Capacity - Front (lbs)
3240 -
Suspension Type - Rear
Independent SLA Multi-link
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.77 1.04
Axle Ratio (:1) - Front
NA -
Spring Capacity - Rear (lbs)
2200 -
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
32.0 - TBD -
Axle Type - Rear
Ford SLA -
Suspension Type - Front
Independent SLA MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
1.34 0.91
Axle Capacity - Rear (lbs)
3600 -
Spring Capacity - Front (lbs)
2470 -
Axle Ratio (:1) - Rear
3.55 -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
- NA
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
- w/Trailing Arms
Frame
Frame Type
Ladder -
Doors
Side Door Type
NA -
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- 5

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