Compare 2020 Ford Explorer vs 2020 Honda Pilot

2020 Ford Explorer
2020 Honda Pilot
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Base 4WD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Explorer Base 4WD 20 27 $33,721 $34,765
Explorer Base RWD 21 28 $31,781 $32,765
Explorer Limited 4WD 20 27 $48,366 $50,380
Explorer Limited RWD 21 28 $46,446 $48,380
Explorer Platinum 4WD 18 24 $55,920 $58,250
Explorer ST 4WD 18 24 $52,551 $54,740
Explorer XLT 4WD 20 27 $37,369 $38,925
Explorer XLT RWD 21 28 $35,449 $36,925
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Black Edition AWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Pilot Black Edition AWD 19 26 $45,424 $49,720
Pilot EX 2WD 19 27 $31,569 $34,530
Pilot EX AWD 18 26 $33,394 $36,530
Pilot EX-L 2WD 19 27 $34,698 $37,960
Pilot EX-L AWD 18 26 $36,522 $39,960
Pilot EX-L w/Navi & RES 2WD 19 27 $36,522 $39,960
Pilot EX-L w/Navi & RES AWD 18 26 $38,346 $41,960
Pilot Elite AWD 19 26 $44,056 $48,220
Pilot LX 2WD 19 27 $28,943 $31,650
Pilot LX AWD 18 26 $30,767 $33,650
Pilot Touring 7-Passenger 2WD 20 27 $39,313 $43,020
Pilot Touring 7-Passenger AWD 19 26 $41,137 $45,020
Pilot Touring 8-Passenger 2WD 20 27 $39,039 $42,720
Pilot Touring 8-Passenger AWD 19 26 $40,864 $44,720

2020 Honda Pilot vs. 2020 Ford Explorer: Compare Crossover SUVs

Three-row crossover SUVs are having their day in the sun. These family haulers provide the spaciousness and safety of a minivan with the style and performance of something less...egg-shaped. 

Two of the bestselling three-row SUVs, the 2020 Honda Pilot and 2020 Ford Explorer, go about their family business a bit differently. What the Pilot lacks in style it makes up for in roominess and top safety ratings. Overhauled for 2020, the Explorer added new powertrains, including hybrid and ST performance models, but still provides a comfy ride in a more stylish package. 


 
Pricing
Invoice Price
$33,721
$45,424
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$34,765
$49,720
Monthly Payment Estimate
$579 / month
$829 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.0
6.3
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2020 Ford Explorer rediscovers its capable, outdoorsy side without becoming trucklike in any other respect. The 2020 Honda Pilot is a three-row family crossover at the top of its class.
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Fuel Economy
City
20 mpg 19 mpg
Highway
27 mpg 26 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Standard Sport Utility Vehicles 4WD Small Sport Utility Vehicles 4WD
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in)
59.1 57.3
Front Shoulder Room (in)
61.8 62
Third Leg Room (in)
32.2 31.9
Passenger Volume (ft³)
152.7 153.1
Second Head Room (in)
40.5 40.9
Third Hip Room (in)
40.9 44.6
Second Shoulder Room (in)
61.9 62
Front Leg Room (in)
43 40.9
Third Head Room (in)
38.9 38.9
Passenger Capacity
7 7
Front Hip Room (in)
59.2 59.1
Third Shoulder Room (in)
54.6 57.6
Second Leg Room (in)
39 38.4
Front Head Room (in)
40.7 39.5
Exterior Dimensions
Wheelbase (in)
119.1 111
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
78.9 78.6
Track Width, Front (in)
66.9 66.3
Min Ground Clearance (in)
8.2 -
Length, Overall (in)
198.8 196.5
Liftover Height (in)
32.8 -
Height, Overall (in)
70.2 70.6
Track Width, Rear (in)
66.9 66.3
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
32.8 -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
83.9 -
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
87.8 82.1
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
20.8 -
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
18.2 16
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
48.1 -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
49.8 -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
47.9 46
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
59 -
Brakes
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)
12.6 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)
13.6 12.6
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
19.2 19.5
Steering
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
- 39.4
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P255/65HR18 P245/50HR20
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P255/65HR18 P245/50HR20
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
5000 3500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
5300 3500
Maximum Trailering Capacity (lbs)
5300 3500
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
500 350
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
530 350
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4345 4319
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 X 7.5 20 X 8
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 X 7.5 20 X 8
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
310 @ 3500 262 @ 4700
Engine Order Code
99H NA
Displacement
2.3 L/140 3.5 L/212
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
300 @ 5500 280 @ 6000
Engine Type
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4 Regular Unleaded V-6
Fuel System
Gasoline Direct Injection Gasoline Direct Injection
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
20 19
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
23 22
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
27 26
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.27 0.81
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 0.70
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.71 4.71
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.58 4.33
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
2.15 1.91
Trans Type
10 9
Drivetrain
Four Wheel Drive All Wheel
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.52 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
4.88 3.83
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.85 0.58
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
3.00 2.84
Trans Order Code
44T NA
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.77 1.38
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD
Summary
Vehicle Name
Ford Explorer Honda Pilot
Body Style
Sport Utility Sport Utility
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Strut
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
7.7 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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2020 Ford Explorer
  • 2020 Explorer still in good supply
  • $3,000 factory rebate + $3,000 trade-in bonus
  • Lease from $279 for 36 months
  • New 0% APR for 72 months
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2020 Honda Pilot
  • 2021 Pilot arriving now
  • Up to $1,750 off
  • Financing: 0.9% APR
  • Lease: From $319/mo.

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