Compare 2021 Ford Explorer vs 2021 Honda Pilot

2021 Ford Explorer
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Base 4WD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Explorer Base 4WD 20 27 $33,878 $34,925
Explorer Base RWD 21 28 $31,938 $32,925
Explorer King Ranch 4WD 18 24 $52,416 $54,600
Explorer King Ranch RWD 18 24 $50,496 $52,600
Explorer Limited 4WD 20 27 $45,365 $47,255
Explorer Limited RWD 21 28 $43,445 $45,255
Explorer Platinum 4WD 23 26 $51,202 $53,335
Explorer Platinum RWD 18 24 $50,621 $52,730
Explorer ST 4WD 18 24 $47,040 $49,000
Explorer Timberline 4WD 19 23 $44,174 $46,015
Explorer XLT 4WD 20 27 $35,592 $37,075
Explorer XLT RWD 21 28 $33,672 $35,075
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Black Edition AWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Pilot Black Edition AWD 19 26 $45,880 $50,220
Pilot EX 2WD 20 27 $32,208 $35,230
Pilot EX AWD 19 26 $34,032 $37,230
Pilot EX-L 2WD 20 27 $35,336 $38,660
Pilot EX-L AWD 19 26 $37,161 $40,660
Pilot Elite AWD 19 26 $44,512 $48,720
Pilot LX 2WD 20 27 $29,763 $32,550
Pilot LX AWD 19 26 $31,588 $34,550
Pilot Special Edition 2WD 20 27 $35,884 $39,260
Pilot Special Edition AWD 19 26 $37,708 $41,260
Pilot Touring 7-Passenger 2WD 20 27 $39,769 $43,520
Pilot Touring 7-Passenger AWD 19 26 $41,593 $45,520
Pilot Touring 8-Passenger 2WD 20 27 $39,496 $43,220
Pilot Touring 8-Passenger AWD 19 26 $41,320 $45,220
Pricing
Invoice Price
$33,878
$45,880
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$34,925
$50,220
Monthly Payment Estimate
$582 / month
$837 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.0
6.3
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2021 Ford Explorer is recognizable, but new. It should be on every family SUV shopper’s list. The 2021 Honda Pilot does a solid impression of a minivan, minus the cultural baggage.
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Fuel Economy
City
20 mpg 19 mpg
Highway
27 mpg 26 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Standard SUV 4WD Small SUV 4WD
Interior Dimensions
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
Second Hip Room (in)
59.1 57.3
Front Shoulder Room (in)
61.8 62
Exterior Dimensions
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
Wheelbase (in)
119.1 111
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
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
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
17.9 19.5
Steering
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
- 39.4
Tires
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
Spare 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 4321
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
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
23 22
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
27 26
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
20 19
Transmission
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 Drive
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
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.27 0.81
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 0.70
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.71 4.71
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
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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