Head to head view of a 2019 Ford explorer compared to the 2019 Honda Pilot 
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Many people looking for a new SUV are focused on comparing the 2019 Ford Explorer to the 2019 Honda Pilot. In this in-depth analysis, we will determine whether the Honda Pilot or Ford Explorer will better fit your needs. At Bowen Scarff in Kent, WA, we believe in making educated decisions which is why we've outlined a complete breakdown of the aspects that are important to you. Let's compare the Ford Explorer and Honda Pilot head to head.

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Price Comparison

The first aspect to consider is the price of a Ford Explorer vs. a Honda Pilot. To do that, we must compare Honda Pilot and Ford Explorer base prices, broken down by trim level.

Ford Explorer Price

Honda Pilot Price

XLT - $36,675

LX - $31,450

Limited - $48,130

EX - $34,330

ST $54,640

EX-L - $37,760

Platinum - $58,250

Touring - $42,520


Elite - $48,020


MPG Comparison

The next aspect to consider when comparing the Explorer to the Pilot is the fuel economy ratings.

Ford Explorer MPG

Honda Pilot MPG

XLT - 17/24/20 or 16/22/18 with AWD

LX, EX & EX-L - 19/27/22 or 18/26/21 with AWD

Limited - 19/27/22 or 18/25/21 with AWD

Touring - 20/27/23 or 19/26/22 with AWD

ST & Platinum - 16/22/18

Elite - 19/26/22



You will want to consider how reliable both vehicles are as you compare the SUVs. By examining the reliability of the Explorer vs. the Pilot, you can determine what is best for your family.


Ford Explorer Reliability

Honda Pilot Reliability

J.D. Power Rating



# Safety Recalls from NHTSA




3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty, 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain

3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty, 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain

Safety Ratings

While you determine what's ideal for your family, you must examine each SUV's safety ratings. To do this, you must compare the Honda Pilot to Ford Explorer rankings from the IIHS and NHTSA.


Ford Explorer Safety Rating

Honda Pilot Safety Rating





"Good" in moderate overlap front and side, roof strength plus head restraints and seats

"Good" in small overlap front driver-side, moderate overlap front, and side, roof strength plus head restraints and seats


Interior Comparison

Comparison view of the 2019 Ford Explorer interior to the 2019 Honda Pilot interior 

As we move this comparison of the Ford Explorer and Honda Pilot SUV models along, you can't neglect to look at the interiors. Let's examine the Ford Explorer standard features and options side by side the Honda Pilot.


Ford Explorer Interior

Honda Pilot Interior

Passenger room



Cargo space

21 cubic feet/81.7 with seats down

16 cubic feet/84 with seats down

Standard features

USB port, Bluetooth, 4.2-inch display screen

Bluetooth, two USB ports, 5-inch display screen, seven-speaker audio system

Standard safety features

Rearview camera, MyKey

Rearview camera, forward collision warning, automatic high beams, collision mitigation braking, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, road departure mitigation plus adaptive cruise control


Exterior Comparison

The last thing to consider as we evaluate the Ford Explorer vs. Honda Pilot is the exterior. While both models offer access to 8 color options, the shades vary. Let's examine each of the exterior colors in greater depth.

Ford Explorer Exterior Colors

Honda Pilot Exterior Colors

Ruby Red, Ingot Silver, Magnetic, White Platinum, Oxford White, Blue, Agate Black, and Burgundy Velvet

Obsidian Blue, Steel Sapphire, Lunar Silver, Crystal Black, Modern Steel, Black Forest, Deep Scarlet, and White Diamond


Ford Explorer vs. Honda Pilot: Explorer Beats the Competition

Now that the comparison is complete, you can act on the results of the 2019 Ford Explorer vs. Honda Pilot challenge. After evaluating the Ford Explorer and Honda Pilot, it's clear to see why America's families continue to choose the 7-passenger Ford SUV.  We have an entire inventory of the new Ford Explorers waiting for you. Once you get behind the wheel for a test drive, you will understand the value of this comparison. Stop by our Ford dealership near Seattle today to check out all of the 2019 Ford Explorer deals happening for a limited time.

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