Honda Pilot vs. Ford Explorer
Two popular affordable SUVs on the market today are the 2016 Honda Pilot and the 2016 Ford Explorer. Though the Pilot is considered a midsize vehicle and the Explorer a large vehicle, the two are similar in terms of capability and interior features.
In this vehicle comparison, we take a closer look at how the two vehicles differ to help you make a decision between them.
Capability and Power
The engine in the 2016 Honda Pilot is an aluminum-alloy 24-valve SOHC i-VTEC V6 that produces 280 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque. It offers direct fuel injection, a Drive-by-Wire throttle system, an Eco Assist system, Variable Cylinder Management, an Active Control Engine Mount system, and Active Noise Cancellation as well as Hill Start Assist and Intelligent Traction Management.
This engine is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission but is also available with a nine-speed automatic transmission with Shift-by-Wire and paddle shifters.
A 3.5-liter V6 engine that’s paired with a six-speed SelectShift automatic transmission powers the 2016 Ford Explorer. The vehicle also offers a 2.3-liter EcoBoost I4 engine and a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine. Although the vehicle appears, on paper, to have more power than the Pilot does, it actually feels more sluggish due to its large size and heavy body.
The new 2016 Honda Pilot offers a spacious and comfortable interior that’s much larger than many of its competitors. The vehicle offers seating for up to eight passengers in three rows. With plenty of elbow room in the front, middle, and third-row seats, all of your passengers will be comfortable.
The 2016 Honda Pilot also offers tri-zone automatic climate control, a seven-speaker stereo system, Bluetooth capability, a USB port, and a rearview camera, so drives around Boca Raton, Greenacres, and Palm Beach will be comfortable and entertaining.
The vehicle also offers several upgrades, including SiriusXM Satellite radio, a 10-speaker stereo system, a rear-seat entertainment system, a navigation system, front and rear parking sensors, and a power sunroof.
The interior of the Ford Explorer is comfortable, but despite the size of the vehicle, there doesn’t seem to be any more room in the rear than in the Pilot. The vehicle also offers a third-row seat, but it only seats up to seven compared to the eight passengers you’ll fit in the Pilot. In addition, the seats are simply not as comfortable, and the rear visibility from the driver’s seat is poor.
The 2016 Honda Pilot is now available at your local Honda dealer near Palm Beach and Boca Raton, Braman Honda of Palm Beach. We’re located in Greenacres, FL, at 5200 Lake Worth Road. Our friendly and knowledgeable sales team is here Monday through Friday from 9 am until 9 pm, Saturday from 9 am until 8 pm, and Sunday from 11 am until 6 pm.
When you’re ready to test drive the 2016 Honda Pilot, give us a call at 561-203-1616 or stop by our showroom today.