2016 Honda Pilot
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The 2016 Honda Pilot and the 2015 Ford Explorer should both be on your short list if you’re shopping for a three-row crossover utility vehicle this year in the Frankfort and Orland Park, IL area. Both offer up-to-date technology, efficient and powerful engines, and a smart design that can accommodate your family and more. You can find out which one will be the better pick below!

Interior Volume

The 2016 Honda Pilot has eight seats while the 2015 Ford Explorer only offers seven. That middle seat might not be a deal breaker for some of you, but it’s not hard to imagine a situation where you’ll regret having that one extra spot.

Fold the rear two rows down and the 2016 Honda Pilot again offers more space; it will carry up to 83.9 cubic feet of cargo. The Explorer can only fit up to 80.7 cubic – again, not a huge difference, unless it’s the golf bag that you’ll have to leave behind!

Finally, it might not be a surprise, but the Pilot also offers more passenger space, with more headroom in back, more front row legroom, and more hiproom and shoulder room in all three rows. The Pilot also offers 152.9 cubic feet of passenger volume versus the 151.7 cubic feet in the Explorer.

Fuel Economy

When it comes to efficiency, the contest isn’t even close. The 2016 Honda Pilot earns an EPA estimate of up to 20 mpg city/27 mpg highway/23 mpg combined* with a nine-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive. The 2015 Ford Explorer is rated at 17 mpg city/24 mpg highway/20 mpg combined in its base configuration.


The 2015 Ford Explorer fell short when it comes to safety ratings – it earned a “Marginal” score in the Small Overlap Front crash test in Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) ratings. The 2016 Honda Pilot received a best possible “Good” score in that test and every other one conducted by the IIHS, earning a Top Safety Pick+ ranking from that organization.

Visit Community Honda of Orland Park and Drive the Pilot

Find your 2016 Honda Pilot here at Community Honda of Orland Park. We’re located at 8340 W. 159th St. in Orland Park, IL, and we’re your local Frankfort and Orland Park area Honda dealer. See for yourself why the latest Pilot is the clear winner over the 2015 Ford Explorer!


*Based on 2016 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.