2017 Honda Pilot vs. 2017 Ford Explorer

2016 Honda Pilot grey

Honda Pilot

2017 Ford Explorer Blue

Ford Explorer

Searching for a new vehicle to carry up to seven passengers? Either the 2017 Honda Pilot or the 2017 Ford Explorer might be in your future. Both include plenty of performance in the base trim, but there are some key differences you’ll want to keep in mind. To start, most models of the Pilot include seating capacity for eight people, while the Explorer maxes out at seven. Read on to find out how they compare in fuel economy and standard features!

Cost-Saving Fuel Economy

Three row SUVs don’t always have the best reputation for fuel economy. They tend to be larger and heavier than two row SUVs, but one model is working to exceed your expectations:

  • The Honda Pilot LX reaches 19 mpg city/27 mpg highway in EPA estimates with front-wheel drive and a six-speed automatic transmission*.
  • In EPA estimates, the Ford Explorer base trim offers 17 mpg city/24 mpg highway with front-wheel drive and a six-speed automatic transmission.

As you can see, the Pilot will save you money on fuel costs. Consider upgrading to an efficient nine-speed transmission in the Touring or Elite trim level for even more fuel economy.

Premium Standard Features

When you buy your next vehicle, it’s important to make sure it has plenty of high tech features. Both the Pilot and the Explorer are offered in many configurations, but let’s see how they compare in the base trim. The following features are Pilot LX exclusives:

  • Reclining Rear Seats
  • Keyless Ignition
  • Seven-Speaker Audio System with Subwoofer
  • Emergency Braking Assist

Sadly, you won’t find those in the Explorer. You can even upgrade the Pilot to a higher trim level to add a rear seat entertainment system. If you’re leaving Frankfort for a long road trip, it’ll be sure to keep your passengers happy.

Which Three-Row SUV Will You Choose?

With plenty of room for passengers, efficiency, and helpful features, families in Orland Park know where to turn. The 2017 Honda Pilot is miles ahead of the Explorer, and it even bests the competitive Chevy Traverse as well. When you’re ready to buy, check out Community Honda of Orland Park’s financing and lease options. Our team is happy to work with you to develop a customized loan package. Give us a call at 844-391-9662, and be sure to ask about our 24-Hour Test Drive program!

*Based on 2017 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.