2017 Ford Explorer vs 2016 Honda Pilot

Vehicle shoppers who are looking for a reliable, spacious SUV have several outstanding options to choose from. Each model in the SUV segment has distinct elements to offer, while also sharing quite a few similarities with other vehicles in its class.

In an effort to inform prospective SUV buyers about key differences and similarities between two of the most popular vehicles in the segment, the team at Sherwood Ford has put together a 2017 Ford Explorer vs 2016 Honda Pilot comparison. After viewing, interested shoppers can then make a more well-informed decision regarding which model is right for them.

2017 Ford Explorer vs 2016 Honda Pilot
$32,014 Starting MSRP $35,590
3.5L V6, 290 horsepower Base Engine 3.5L V6, 280 horsepower
595 L Cargo Volume Behind 3rd Row 524 L
Automatic LED low-beam Standard Headlights Projector-beam halogen


In terms of performance, both the Ford Explorer and Honda Pilot base trims come with 3.5-litre V6 engines. The Explorer’s engine, however, is able to achieve slightly more horsepower than the Pilot’s engine. The 2017 Explorer and 2016 Pilot are roughly the same size, each offering plenty of space for seven or eight passengers as well as their cargo. With all seats upright, the Explorer offers a larger cargo volume than the Pilot in order to fit everyone’s gear and equipment. The Explorer also comes standard with automatic LED low-beam headlights, while the Pilot is equipped with projector-beam halogen headlights. At the end of the day, the 2017 Ford Explorer is available for a lower starting price than the 2016 Honda Pilot. Which SUV is right for you?

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2017 Ford Explorer Edmonton AB

Although the 2016 Honda Pilot is an outstanding SUV and a tough competitor, the 2017 Ford Explorer clearly stands out in more ways than one. And the elements mentioned above are only the beginning of this impressive Ford SUV. Shoppers can choose from five uniquely-equipped Explorer models--base, XLT, Limited, Sport, and Platinum--as well as three different engine options and seven different wheel designs. Standard features include three 12-volt powerpoints, MyKey, rear view camera, SYNC, and more. With higher Explorer trims, shoppers can take advantage of more advanced elements, such as Adaptive Cruise Control, Forward Collision Warning with Brake Support, Intelligent Access with Push-Button Start, Enhanced Active Park Assist, SYNC 3, and navigation capabilities, among others.

Drivers who are interested in getting behind the wheel of the 2017 Ford Explorer near Edmonton, AB can schedule a test drive with our team at Sherwood Ford.