2019 Ford Explorer vs Honda Pilot

At Fred Beans Ford of West Chester, we want you to drive an SUV that's as adventurous as you are. So, we put the 2019 Ford Explorer and 2019 Honda Pilot head-to-head in this comparison to help drivers in the Newtown Square, Glen Mills, and Malvern areas find the right vehicle for their needs. Read ahead to learn more!

Explorer vs Pilot: Performance

2019 Ford Explorer

2019 Honda Pilot

Number of Engines



Base Engine

3.5-L V6 engine

3.5-L V6 engine

Based Level Horsepower

290 horsepower

280 horsepower

Highest Available Horsepower

Best-in-class1 365 horsepower

280 horsepower

Base Level Torque

255 lb-ft of torque

262 lb-ft of torque

Highest Available Torque

350 lb-ft of torque

262 lb-ft of torque


Explorer vs Pilot: Interior Space

The Explorer and Pilot each feature a roomy cargo area, perfect for everyday adventures or hitting the open road. Both feature a 40/60 split, flat-folding second row for versatile cargo space. The Honda Pilot also offers a manual 40/60 split in the third row. The Ford Explorer, however, automates the experience with the available PowerFold® third-row seat.

With this feature, the third row folds flat, or at a 50/50 split, at the touch of a button, for increased cargo space without any increased effort. Unfortunately, you won't find a feature like this in the Pilot.

When loading the cargo area, both the Pilot and Explorer offer automatic tailgates. The tailgate in the Pilot operates at the touch of a button in all but the highest trim level, while the tailgate in the Explorer is completely hands-free. It opens with a foot sensor, so you can easily load up, even if your hands are full. To access this kind of capability in the Pilot, you'll have to upgrade to the priciest trim.

Explorer vs Pilot: Safety Features

Both the 2019 Ford Explorer and the 2019 Honda Pilot employ features that aim to keep drivers safe in all weather and traffic conditions. The newly redesigned Explorer exterior features front and rear LED lights, as does the Pilot. These lights improve vision while driving at night and in the fog.

The Ford Explorer, however, steps up its all-weather game with available auto high-beam headlamps and Rain-Sensing Wipers. These available high-tech wipers sense the amount of rain on the windshield and adjust the speed of the blades to combat the weather conditions.

When sharing the road, both the Explorer and Pilot utilize available blind spot detection systems to monitor moving vehicles in the driver's blind spots. They also both include lane-assist features to keep drivers on their intended path of travel.

The standard multi-angle rear-view cameras and available cross-traffic monitors in the Ford Explorer and Honda Pilot make backing out of parking spaces easy. The available enhanced active park assist feature in the 2019 Ford Explorer makes getting into the space even easier.

Enhanced active park assist utilizes twelve ultrasonic sensors to scan for parking and helps drivers back into perpendicular spots or parallel park. All you have to do is shift, accelerate, and brake. The vehicle does the rest.

The rearview camera in the 2019 Honda Pilot allows for improved visibility when reversing, but this feature does not provide drivers with any automatic assistance when locating or entering a parking spot.

2019 Ford Explorer vs 2019 Honda Pilot: Which One?

As you can see, the 2019 Ford Explorer comes out on top when it comes to performance, interior space, and safety. Now that you've had a taste of what the Explorer has to offer, it's time to get behind the wheel for a test drive. Shoppers in the areas of West Chester, Glen Mills, and Malvern can schedule a test drive today by giving us a call at Fred Beans Ford of West Chester!

1 Classes are: Small Hybrid Vehicles (C-MAX Hybrid); Subcompact Cars (Fiesta); High-Performance Subcompact Cars (Fiesta ST); Small Sedans and Hatchbacks (Focus); High-Performance Small Cars (Focus ST); Small Electric Vehicles (Focus Electric); Midsize Sedans (Fusion); Midsize Plug-In Hybrid Sedans (Fusion Energi); Full-Size Sedans (Taurus); 300+ HP Sports Cars (Mustang); Small Utilities (Flex and Explorer); Extended Utilities (Expedition); Full-Size Pickups under 8,500 lbs. GVWR, Non-Hybrid (F-150); Full-Size Pickups over 8,500 lbs. GVWR (Super Duty); Full-Size Cargo Vans (Transit/E-Series); Small Cargo Vans (Transit Connect); 6-7 Classic Conventional Cabs (Medium Duty) based on Ford segmentation.

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