2017 Honda Pilot vs 2017 Ford Explorer

Drivers looking for a new three-row crossover SUV with an easily accessible third row of seating, a versatile interior and a quiet cabin will want to keep an eye on the 2017 Honda Pilot. The 2017 Pilot may be known for its practicality, but it also comes standard with a variety of performance, technology and safety features to complement just about any car shopper’s lifestyle.

But how does the 2017 Pilot compare to other vehicles in its competitive class? We’re putting it to the test with a head-to-head comparison against one of the 2017 Pilot’s top competitors: the 2017 Ford Explorer. Read on for an in-depth look at the features and specifications you can expect to find on both vehicles!

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2017 Honda Pilot LX 2WD Automatic vs 2017 Ford Explorer Base FWD
19/27/22* mpg city/highway/combined Fuel Economy Rating 27/24/20 mpg city/highway/combined
3,500 pounds Standard Towing Capacity 2,000 pounds
8 Standard Seating Capacity 7
83.9 cubic feet Maximum Cargo Volume 80.7 cubic feet

*Based on 2017 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, battery pack age/condition (hybrid only) and other factors.

The 2017 Ford Explorer comes in five trim levels:Base, XLT, Limited, Sport and Platinum. Three engine options are available: the standard 3.5-liter Ti-VCT V6 engine that makes 290 horsepower and 255 pound-feet of torque, a 2.3-liter EcoBoost® engine that delivers 280 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque, and a 3.5-liter EcoBoost® engine that generates 365 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque, which is only offered on the two most expensive trims. Standard features for all trims include the air filtration system, rear auxiliary climate control, power windows and door locks, AdvanceTrac® with Roll Stability Control™, Belt-Minder®, Traction Control and the SOS Post-Crash Alert System™. Available advanced safety features are pretty scarce with only Adaptive Cruise Control, Forward Collision Warning, and the Blind Spot Information System with Cross-Traffic Alert being offered.

The 2017 Honda Pilot also comes in five trim levels: LX, EX, EX-L, Touring and Elite. All trims come standard with a 3.5-liter V6 engine that makes 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Looking for standard performance features? The 2017 Honda Pilot has you covered. All trims come standard with features such as Variable Cylinder Management™, the Active Control Engine Mount System, Active Noise Cancellation™, Hill Start Assist and the Eco Assist™ System. Standard safety features for all trim levels include Vehicle Stability Assist™ with Traction Control, the Anti-Lock Braking System, Electronic Brake Distribution, Brake Assist, a rearview camera, the Tire Pressure Monitoring System, dual-stage front airbags, 3-point safety belts for all seating positions, three-row side curtain airbags with a rollover sensor, and child-proof rear door locks. Looking for advanced safety systems? The Elite trim comes standard with the Lane Keeping Assist System, Adaptive Cruise Control, Auto High-Beam Headlights, Blind Spot Monitoring with Cross Traffic Monitor, Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Warning, the Road Departure Mitigation System, and the Collision Mitigation Braking System.

Drivers interested in test driving the 2017 Honda Pilot are encouraged to schedule an obligation-free test drive online at Matt Castrucci Honda. Have additional questions about the vehicle before getting in the driver’s seat? Feel free to contact our team today and we’ll get all of your questions answered.

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