Compare 2017 Ford Explorer vs 2017 Honda Pilot

2017 Ford Explorer
2017 Honda Pilot
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Base 4WD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Explorer Base 4WD 16 23 $32,626 $33,810
Explorer Base FWD 17 24 $30,553 $31,660
Explorer Limited 4WD 18 25 $41,853 $43,825
Explorer Limited FWD 19 27 $39,800 $41,675
Explorer Platinum 4WD 16 22 $50,839 $53,235
Explorer Sport 4WD 16 22 $43,315 $45,355
Explorer XLT 4WD 16 23 $34,308 $35,925
Explorer XLT FWD 17 24 $32,255 $33,775
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EX 2WD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Pilot EX 2WD 19 27 $30,338 $33,180
Pilot EX AWD 18 26 $31,980 $34,980
Pilot EX w/Honda Sensing 2WD 19 27 $31,250 $34,180
Pilot EX w/Honda Sensing AWD 18 26 $32,892 $35,980
Pilot EX-L 2WD 19 27 $33,462 $36,605
Pilot EX-L AWD 18 26 $35,104 $38,405
Pilot EX-L w/Honda Sensing 2WD 19 27 $34,374 $37,605
Pilot EX-L w/Honda Sensing AWD 18 26 $36,016 $39,405
Pilot EX-L w/Navigation 2WD 19 27 $34,374 $37,605
Pilot EX-L w/Navigation AWD 18 26 $36,016 $39,405
Pilot EX-L w/RES 2WD 19 27 $34,921 $38,205
Pilot EX-L w/RES AWD 18 26 $36,563 $40,005
Pilot Elite AWD 19 26 $43,144 $47,220
Pilot LX 2WD 19 27 $28,117 $30,745
Pilot LX AWD 18 26 $29,759 $32,545
Pilot Touring 2WD 20 27 $38,219 $41,820
Pilot Touring AWD 19 26 $39,860 $43,620

2017 Honda Pilot vs. 2017 Ford Explorer: Compare Cars

If you're in charge of the carpool and looking for something new, a three-row crossover SUV should be among the top vehicles on your shopping list.

Few of these big wagons have the heritage and name recognition of the Ford Explorer. But when it comes to carrying big families in the smoothest, most refined way possible, is the Explorer a better choice than the 2017 Honda Pilot?

 
Pricing
Invoice Price
$32,626
$30,338
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$33,810
$33,180
Monthly Payment Estimate
$564 / month
$553 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
6.7
7.5
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2017 Ford Explorer adds a sport appearance package and Sync 3, both of which are important to today's SUV buyers. The 2017 Honda Pilot is a capable, refined crossover SUV with all the goodness of a minivan, save for the sliding doors.
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Fuel Economy
City
16 mpg 19 mpg
Highway
23 mpg 27 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Standard Sport Utility Vehicles 4WD Small Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD
Interior Dimensions
Front Leg Room (in)
42.9 40.9
Third Head Room (in)
37.8 38.9
Front Hip Room (in)
57.3 59.1
Third Shoulder Room (in)
50.8 57.6
Second Leg Room (in)
39.5 38.4
Passenger Capacity
7 8
Front Head Room (in)
41.4 40.1
Second Hip Room (in)
56.8 57.3
Front Shoulder Room (in)
61.5 62
Third Leg Room (in)
32 31.9
Second Head Room (in)
40.6 40.2
Third Hip Room (in)
40.7 44.6
Second Shoulder Room (in)
61 62
Passenger Volume (ft³)
151.7 152.9
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in)
8.3 -
Length, Overall (in)
198.3 194.5
Height, Overall (in)
70 69.8
Track Width, Rear (in)
67 66.3
Wheelbase (in)
112.8 111
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
78.9 78.6
Track Width, Front (in)
67 66.3
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
43.8 46.8
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
80.7 83.8
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
21 16.5
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.8 13
Brake Type
4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.8 12.6
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
18.6 19.5
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
38.9 39.4
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P245/60HR18 P245/60HR18
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P245/60HR18 P245/60HR18
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
2000 NA
Maximum Trailering Capacity (lbs)
2000 NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
200 NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
200 NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
2000 NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4629 4074
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 X 7.5 18 X 8
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 X 7.5 18 X 8
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
540 -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
175 -
Engine
Displacement
3.5 L/213 3.5 L/212
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
290 @ 6500 280 @ 6000
Engine Type
Regular Unleaded V-6 Regular Unleaded V-6
Fuel System
Sequential MPI Gasoline Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
255 @ 4000 262 @ 4700
Engine Order Code
998-1 NA
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
19 22
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
23 27
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
16 19
Transmission
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.65 4.25
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.84 1.49
Trans Type
6 6
Drivetrain
Four Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 0.75
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.88 2.27
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.87 2.10
Trans Order Code
44J NA
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.41 1.06
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.74 0.56
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.48 3.36
Summary
Vehicle Name
Ford Explorer Honda Pilot
Body Style
Sport Utility Sport Utility
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
9.3 8.0
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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