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2018 Honda Pilot vs 2018 Ford Explorer

2018 Honda Pilot in Maroon vs 2018 Ford Explorer in Blue

Family SUVs have evolved to meet the needs of modern families with thoughtful conveniences, smart safety systems, and advanced connectivity features. The capable and stylish 2018 Honda Pilot is no exception. See how it stacks up against the competition with this 2018 Honda Pilot vs 2018 Ford Explorer comparison. 

To keep things simple, we compared the base trims of each model--the Pilot LX and the Explorer. The Pilot sports a larger engine that delivers more torque for hauling gear on family road trips, but both engines achieve 280 horsepower. The Pilot and Explorer are both capable of towing up to 5,000 pounds, but the Pilot can carry a bit more cargo with three more cubic feet of cargo space. Which SUV is the right choice for you and your family? 

2018 Honda Pilot LX


2018 Ford Explorer

3.5L V6 & 6-speed automatic Engine & Transmission 2.3L I-4 & 6-speed automatic
280 horsepower & 262 lb-ft torque Horsepower & Torque 280 horsepower & 255 lb-ft torque
16.5 cu. ft. - 83.9 cu. ft. Cargo Volume 21 cu. ft. - 80.7 cu. ft.
3,500 lbs (2WD) - 5,000 lbs (AWD) Towing Capacity 2,000 lbs - 5,000 lbs

2018 Honda Pilot Standard Features

The 2018 Honda Pilot offers a spacious, sophisticated cabin filled with features and amenities to keep everyone in the family happy. From advanced infotainment systems to heated front seats, the 2018 Pilot will feel like a second home. The base model offers plenty of standard features that cover the basic needs of modern families, while higher-level models add upgrades in technology, safety, and comfort. 

Key standard features on the 2018 Honda Pilot include the following:

  • Push-Button Start
  • 5" Color LCD Screen
  • Bluetooth® Wireless Technology
  • Multi-Angle Rearview Camera
  • Multi-Functional Center Console Storage
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Brake Assist
  • ...and more!