Honda Pilot

2020 Honda Pilot in Bradenton, FL

Ford Explorer

2020 Ford Explorer

2020 Honda Pilot vs. 2020 Ford Explorer in Bradenton, FL

When you're shopping for a three-row SUV, you have a lot of choices, including the Honda Pilot and the Ford Explorer - two very popular models. Both models have recently undergone redesigns, the Pilot for the 2016 model year and the Explorer even more recently for the 2020 model year. Even though it may seem wise to choose the more recently redesigned model with its new capabilities and features, it's always a good idea to dig a little deeper to see how the Pilot and the Explorer really stack up against each other.

Honda Pilot

2020 Honda Pilot in Bradenton, FL Center Console2020 Honda Pilot in Bradenton, FL Steering Column2020 Honda Pilot in Bradenton, FL Cargo Space

Ford Explorer

2020 Ford Explorer Center Console2020 Ford Explorer Steering Column2020 Ford Explorer Cargo Space

Performance

When you just look at the numbers, the Explorer seems to win out over the Pilot with a turbocharged I-4 engine that generates 300 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque and is paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission while the Pilot has a V6 that offers 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque with a 9-speed automatic transmission. However, when these two vehicles are really put to the test, the Honda Pilot takes a clear lead over the Ford Explorer. The Pilot accelerates quicker and offers a smoother drive than the Explorer, which is important for the comfort of you and your passengers. Both SUVs have similar fuel efficiency ratings.

Interior and Value Comparison

Moving inside the cabin of these two SUVs, the Pilot's advantages show up immediately on paper and in real life. As a start, the 2020 Ford Explorer is much more expensive than the 2020 Honda Pilot, with the Explorer's MSRP price tag starting where the Honda's MSRP finishes at its top trim. Though the argument can sometimes be made that a higher price equals better quality, that's simply not true in this SUV mashup. 

The Pilot uses better materials even in its base trims than the Explorer, and offers more intuitive storage, an easy, responsive infotainment center, and a quieter cabin that provides peace and quiet with every drive. The Explorer, by comparison, feels cheap, uncomfortable, and ill-designed, which is a let down given it's priciness. The infotainment center inside the 2020 Explorer is clunky, unresponsive, and not able to handle modern streaming via Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto. The Pilot offers a better vehicle at a much lower price, giving you a better value in the short and long runs.

Honda Pilot

2020 Honda Pilot in Bradenton, FL Front Seat2020 Honda Pilot in Bradenton, FL Steering Wheel

Ford Explorer

2020 Ford Explorer Front Seat2020 Ford Explorer Steering Wheel

Safety Features

Everyone wants a comprehensive driver assistance suite in their new car, but unfortunately, only the Pilot is really equipped to provide this. The 2020 Pilot offers:

  • Collision Mitigation Braking System
  • Automatic Emergency Braking
  • Road Departure Mitigation with Steering Assistance
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Lane-Keeping Assist
  • Rearview Camera
  • Automatic Headlamps

In the 2020 Explorer you'll find:

  • Automatic Headlamps
  • Rearview Camera
  • Blind Spot Monitoring with Cross-Traffic Alert
  • Lane-Keeping Assist
  • Pre-Collision System

The Pilot offers more cutting-edge safety features that will help give you peace of mind each time you get behind the wheel.

Find the Pilot at Hendrick Honda Bradenton

When you want a reliable, durable, value-packed, high-quality, three-row SUV, you should choose the 2020 Honda Pilot. This incredible SUV can be yours today when you browse our available Pilot models and find the one that's perfect for your needs, lifestyle, and budget at Hendrick Honda Bradenton.