Compare 2012 Ford Explorer vs 2012 Honda Pilot

2012 Ford Explorer
2012 Honda Pilot
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4WD 4-Door Base
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Explorer 4WD 4-Door Base 17 23 $28,677 $30,280
Explorer 4WD 4-Door Limited 17 23 $37,088 $39,855
Explorer 4WD 4-Door XLT 17 23 $31,847 $34,095
Explorer FWD 4-Door Base 18 25 $26,837 $28,280
Explorer FWD 4-Door Limited 18 25 $35,268 $37,855
Explorer FWD 4-Door XLT 18 25 $30,027 $32,095
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2WD 4-Door EX
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Pilot 2WD 4-Door EX 18 25 $28,778 $31,470
Pilot 2WD 4-Door EX-L 18 25 $31,743 $34,720
Pilot 2WD 4-Door EX-L w/Navi 18 25 $33,567 $36,720
Pilot 2WD 4-Door EX-L w/RES 18 25 $33,202 $36,320
Pilot 2WD 4-Door LX 18 25 $26,179 $28,620
Pilot 2WD 4-Door Touring w/RES & Navi 18 25 $35,984 $39,370
Pilot 4WD 4-Door EX 17 24 $30,238 $33,070
Pilot 4WD 4-Door EX-L 17 24 $33,202 $36,320
Pilot 4WD 4-Door EX-L w/Navi 17 24 $35,026 $38,320
Pilot 4WD 4-Door EX-L w/RES 17 24 $34,661 $37,920
Pilot 4WD 4-Door LX 17 24 $27,638 $30,220
Pilot 4WD 4-Door Touring w/RES & Navi 17 24 $37,443 $40,970
Pricing
Invoice Price
$28,677
$28,778
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$30,280
$31,470
Monthly Payment Estimate
$505 / month
$525 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.6
7.6
TCC’s Bottom Line
It's a rifle shot at the heart of the crossover market: the 2012 Ford Explorer gives any SUV loyalist a reason to leap off their very high horse. Don't let the macho-boxy look intimidate you; the Honda Pilot makes a lot of sense for large families—especially with improved mileage and a most tasteful front-end design for 2012.
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Fuel Economy
City
17 mpg 18 mpg
Highway
23 mpg 25 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Sport Utility Vehicle - 4WD 2WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Interior Dimensions
Third Shoulder Room (in)
50.8 58.9
Second Leg Room (in)
39.8 38.5
Front Head Room (in)
41.4 40.0
Passenger Volume (ft³)
151.7 153.7
Second Hip Room (in)
56.7 56.9
Front Shoulder Room (in)
61.3 61.5
Third Leg Room (in)
33.2 32.1
Second Head Room (in)
40.5 39.8
Passenger Capacity
7 8
Third Hip Room (in)
40.7 48.4
Second Shoulder Room (in)
61.0 62.2
Front Leg Room (in)
40.6 41.4
Third Head Room (in)
37.8 38.2
Front Hip Room (in)
57.3 58.6
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - NA
Track Width, Rear (in)
67.0 67.5
Wheelbase (in)
112.6 109.2
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
78.9 78.5
Track Width, Front (in)
67.0 67.7
Min Ground Clearance (in)
7.6 8.0
Length, Overall (in)
197.1 191.4
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Height, Overall (in)
70.4 72.7
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
43.8 47.7
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
- TBD - NA
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
80.7 87.0
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
21.0 18.0
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
- TBD - NA
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
- TBD - 13.0 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
- TBD - 13.1 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
18.6 21.0
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
15.8 19.0
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
38.9 37.9
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - 3.7
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P245/65R17 P235/60R18
Rear Tire Order Code
- TBD - NA
Front Tire Size
P245/65R17 P235/60R18
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
- TBD - NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
200 200
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
300 200
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
2000 2000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
2000 2000
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4732 4295
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 18 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 18 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - 9.93
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
650 - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
175 - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
255 @ 4100 253 @ 4800
Engine Order Code
998 NA
Displacement
3.5L/213 3.5L/212
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
290 @ 6500 250 @ 5700
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas V6
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
23 25
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
17 18
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
19 21
Transmission
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.84 1.07
Trans Type
6 5
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
1.00 -
Drivetrain
Four Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 0.61
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.88 1.89
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.87 1.61
Trans Order Code
44J NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.39 4.31
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.41 0.77
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/manual shift Automatic w/OD
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
NA -
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.74 NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.48 2.70
Summary
Vehicle Name
Ford Explorer Honda Pilot
Body Style
Sport Utility Vehicle 4 Door Sport Utility
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.86 1.04
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
1.26 0.91
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Multi-link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson strut MacPherson Strut
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
9.6 8.9
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
3 4
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
Overall Side Crash Rating
Side Barrier Rating
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
Rollover Rating

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