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2018 Honda Pilot vs 2018 Ford Explorer

Are you irritated by the lack of interior space in your current car or crossover SUV? Then it is time to upgrade to something larger like the 2018 Honda Pilot or the 2018 Ford Explorer. These two stylish SUVs provide their owners with ample and versatile passenger and cargo room as well as powerful and efficient drivetrains. Deciding between two closely matched competitors like the 2018 Pilot and the 2018 Explorer can be a chore and that is why we have organized the key similarities and differences between them for you right here.

2018 Honda Pilot


2018 Ford Explorer

3.5L 24-Valve V6 Standard Engine 3.5L V6
280 HP/ 262 LB-FT Horsepower/ Torque 290 HP/ 255 LB-FT
6-Speed Automatic Standard Transmission 6-Speed Automatic
19 MPG City/ 27 MPG HWY Fuel Economy* 17 MPG City/ 24 MPG HWY
*Ratings determined by EPA. Use for comparison purposes only. Your MPGe/MPG and driving range will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, battery-pack age/condition and other factors.

Similarities & Differences

The 2018 Honda Pilot and the 2018 Ford Explorer have similar drivetrain specs and they both offer All-Wheel Drive (AWD) across all five trim levels. But, the 2018 Pilot makes a 9-Speed Automatic Transmission available to help improve fuel efficiency ratings while the 2018 Explorer only offers engine upgrades for increased power. The 2018 Honda Pilot and the 2018 Ford Explorer both employ front MacPherson Struts and a rear Multi-Link Suspension to provide their passengers with a smooth and stable ride. And  even with all the similarities under the hood, the 2018 Honda Pilot’s standard towing capacity is 3,500 pounds while the 2018 Ford Explorer’s is only 2,000 pounds.

On the interior is where the differences really start to stack up, the 2018 Honda Pilot provides more overall passenger volume as well as total cargo space than the 2018 Ford Explorer. On top of giving its occupants more space to spread out into, the 2018 Honda Pilot also packs in more standard cabin features than the 2018 Ford Explorer. Standard interior amenities of the 2018 Pilot include a 5” Color Touchscreen Display, a Multi-Angle Rearview Camera, an Illuminated Steering Wheel with Mounted Controls, a Push-Button Start, and Bluetooth Connectivity. Get a first-hand look at all the exciting specs and features of the 2018 Honda Pilot on a test drive today at Davenport Honda in Rocky Mount, NC.

Based on 2018 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.