2017 Honda Pilot VS 2017 Ford Explorer – Schaller Honda Near Hartford

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Compare The 2017 Honda Pilot to the 2017 Ford Explorer

The 2017 Honda Pilot is a great family-friendly choice for the three-row SUV segment, with its spacious and comfortable interior, advanced multimedia technology, high-level functionality and accident preventing and mitigating safety features. The 2017 Pilot is also fun-to-drive, courtesy of its high-tech 3.5-liter, direct-injected i-VTEC V-6 engine. See how the new Pilot stacks up against the SUV competition in this 2017 Honda Pilot vs 2017 Ford Explorer comparison.

The 2017 Pilot delivers a pleasing balance of power and efficiency* with its 3.5-liter, direct-injected i-VTEC V-6 engine with Variable Cylinder Management cylinder deactivation technology. It generates an impressive 280 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque and a class-leading EPA fuel economy rating of 20 city/27 hwy for two-wheel-drive models and 19 city/26 hwy mpg for all-wheel-drive models.* In comparison, the 2017 Explorer Base generates 290 horsepower and 252 lb-ft of torque, with a fuel economy rating of 17 city/24 hwy mpg.

Tow Ratings For The 2017 Honda Pilot For Sale Near Hartford

For the quick and easy answer, the 2017 Honda Pilot tows 3,500 pounds at the base trim level compared to the 2016 Ford Explorer’s capability to tow 2,000 at the base trim. Some simple math tells us that this is a 1,500 pound difference. But what does that really mean, is this an amount that can sway you one way or another? Does this amount really make a difference in what you would tow on a daily basis.

Drivers looking for a new three-row crossover SUV with an easily accessible third row of seating, a versatile interior and a quiet cabin will want to keep an eye on the 2017 Honda Pilot. The 2017 Pilot may be known for its practicality, but it also comes standard with a variety of performance, technology and safety features to complement just about any car shopper’s lifestyle.

But how does the 2017 Pilot compare to other vehicles in its competitive class? We’re putting it to the test with a head-to-head comparison against one of the 2017 Pilot’s top competitors: the 2017 Ford Explorer. Read on for an in-depth look at the features and specifications you can expect to find on both vehicles!

Drivers interested in test driving the 2017 Honda Pilot are encouraged to schedule an obligation-free test drive online at Schaller Honda. Have additional questions about the vehicle before getting in the driver’s seat? Feel free to contact our team today and we’ll get all of your questions answered.


2017 Pilot vs 2017 Explorer


The 2017 Honda Pilot also comes in five trim levels: LX, EX, EX-L, Touring and Elite.

All trims come standard with a 3.5-liter V6 engine that makes 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque.

Looking for standard performance features? The 2017 Honda Pilot has you covered. All trims come standard with features such as Variable Cylinder Management™, the Active Control Engine Mount System, Active Noise Cancellation™, Hill Start Assist and the Eco Assist™ System.

Standard safety features for all trim levels include Vehicle Stability Assist™ with Traction Control, the Anti-Lock Braking System, Electronic Brake Distribution, Brake Assist, a rearview camera, the Tire Pressure Monitoring System, dual-stage front airbags, 3-point safety belts for all seating positions, three-row side curtain airbags with a rollover sensor, and child-proof rear door locks.

Looking for advanced safety systems? The Elite trim comes standard with the Lane Keeping Assist System, Adaptive Cruise Control, Auto High-Beam Headlights, Blind Spot Monitoring with Cross Traffic Monitor, Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Warning, the Road Departure Mitigation System, and the Collision Mitigation Braking System.

The 2017 Ford Explorer comes in five trim levels: Base, XLT, Limited, Sport and Platinum.

Three engine options are available: the standard 3.5-liter Ti-VCT V6 engine that makes 290 horsepower and 255 pound-feet of torque, a 2.3-liter EcoBoost® engine that delivers 280 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque, and a 3.5-liter EcoBoost® engine that generates 365 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque, which is only offered on the two most expensive trims.

Standard features for all trims include the air filtration system, rear auxiliary climate control, power windows and door locks, AdvanceTrac® with Roll Stability Control™, Belt-Minder®, Traction Control and the SOS Post-Crash Alert System™.

Available advanced safety features are pretty scarce with only Adaptive Cruise Control, Forward Collision Warning, and the Blind Spot Information System with Cross-Traffic Alert being offered.