2017 Honda Pilot vs 2017 Ford Explorer

Are you looking for an SUV? Perhaps you are stuck between models like the Honda Pilot or the Ford Explorer. Garden State Honda will see how these two models stack up with this 2017 Honda Pilot vs 2017 Ford Explorer comparison. To keep things on an even keel, we will be comparing the 2017 Honda Pilot LX trim to the 2017 Ford Explorer Base trim. We will also be using the front-wheel drive version of both vehicles, though both do have all-wheel drive options. The trims we have chosen are both base model trims, and they will work nicely as a baseline comparison between the two brands.

In our side-by-side comparison image, you can see both models feature an entirely different design aesthetic. Which one is more attractive really comes down to personal opinion. If you want to see how they compare with numbers and facts, then see the chart below and keep reading. Otherwise you can view our new Honda Pilot inventory in Clifton, NJ by clicking the link below.

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2017 Honda Pilot LX VS 2017 Ford Explorer Base
19 City / 27 Highway* Fuel Economy 17 City / 24 Highway
83.9 Cubic-Feet Cargo Capacity 80.7 Cubic-Feet
3,500 Pounds Max Towing Capacity 2,000 Pounds
262 Pound-Feet Torque 255 Pound-Feet

How the 2017 Honda Pilot compares to the competition

We can see right off the bat that there is a big difference in EPA estimated fuel economy.* Fuel economy matters a great deal when you are talking about vehicles this large. On top of that, the Honda Pilot also has a bigger fuel tank with 19.5 gallons when compared to the Ford Explorer’s 18.6 gallons. This means that according to EPA estimates, you will be able go farther per gallon and per tank.*

Both vehicles have a 3.5-liter V6, and though the Ford Explorer Base model manages a slightly higher horsepower figure, what you really want from an SUV is torque, and that’s where the Honda Pilot LX shines. With more torque, not only will you have a more spirited driving experience, but you get more towing capacity. This is why the Pilot LX can tow 1,500 more pounds than the Ford Explorer Base.

The 2017 Honda Pilot LX doesn’t seem to make any sacrifices when compared to the Ford Explorer Base, and that is even apparent when it comes to cargo room. Not only can the Pilot fit more stuff, but it can also fit more people to. The LX can be equipped to seat 8, whereas the Explorer can only seat 7 no matter how it is equipped.

Remember this is just the 2017 Honda Pilot LX. There are also other Honda Pilot trim levels that offer even more features along with all-wheel drive. If you live in the Clifton, NJ area, then Garden State Honda can help you find the right 2017 Honda Pilot model today, or you can browse our inventory online right now. We are always happy to help.

*19 city/27 highway/22 combined mpg rating for 2WD 6AT models. 18 city/26 highway/21 combined mpg rating for AWD 6AT models. 20 city/27 highway/23 combined mpg rating for 2WD 9AT models. 19 city/26 highway/22 combined mpg rating for AWD 9AT models. Based on 2017 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.

2017 Honda Pilot steering wheel and gauge cluster
2017 Honda Pilot second row seats beige
2017 Honda Pilot silver side view
2017 Honda Pilot grille and Honda emblem

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