2019 Ford Explorer vs Honda Pilot

If you're on the hunt for an SUV that's performance-ready, spacious, comfortable, and packed with the latest features, you have a few great options to choose from including the 2019 Ford Explorer and the 2019 Honda Pilot.

With so much to enjoy in either vehicle, how will shoppers in Mechanicsburg, Harrisburg, and Carlisle choose between them? We at Fred Beans Ford of Mechanicsburg hope to help you do just that with this detailed overview. Read ahead to see which model comes out on top!

Explorer vs Pilot: Performance

The 2019 Ford Explorer offers up three performance-ready engines in its powertrain lineup including a standard 290-horsepower 3.5L Ti-VCT V6 engine. Swap this engine out for either of the Explorer's available EcoBoost® engines like the 3.5L EcoBoost® engine which offers best-in-class 365 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque.

The 2019 Honda Pilot, on the other hand, offers just one engine in its powertrain lineup. This engine will max out at 280 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque. With this kind of power, you'll only be able to tow up to 1,500 pounds of trailer weight while the Explorer can tow as much as 5,000 pounds of trailer weight.

Explorer vs Pilot: Interior Space

Both the 2019 Ford Explorer and the 2019 Honda Pilot offer three rows of seats and more than 80 total cubic feet of cargo space. However, you'll find that the Explorer does a better job of catering to passengers of all sizes with the following dimensions:




Front Headroom

41.4 inches

40.1 inches

Second-Row Headroom

40.6 inches

40.2 inches

Front Legroom

42.9 inches

40.9 inches

Second-Row Legroom

39.5 inches

38.4 inches

On top of all the space you'll have for your passengers, the Explorer also provides you with 21 spacious cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row of seats. In the Pilot, you'll get just 16.5 cubic feet.

Explorer vs Pilot: Features

As 2019 models, both the Ford Explorer and the Honda Pilot sport some of the most highly sought-after features on the market. Both models offer multi-zone climate control systems, heated front seats, and hands-free power liftgates.

The latter feature allows you to access the rear compartment of the vehicle without having to get your keys out or even use your hands at all. Simply swipe your foot under the rear bumper of either the Explorer or the Pilot and the liftgate will rise on its own.

The Explorer takes convenience one step further, though, by offering a built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi® hotspot. You won't find a connectability feature like this in the Pilot.

2019 Ford Explorer vs 2019 Honda Pilot: Which One?

As you can see, the 2019 Ford Explorer comes out on top in every way. Now that you have a better idea of what the Explorer has to offer, it's time to get behind the wheel and experience it for yourself. Shoppers in Mechanicsburg, Harrisburg, and Carlisle can schedule a test drive by giving us a call at Fred Beans Ford of Mechanicsburg!

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