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2019 Honda Pilot vs. 2019 Ford Explorer

The Honda Pilot is arguably the most capable crossover SUV available in the showrooms at dealerships like Meridian Honda. Because of the platform’s position in its industry segment, it has several rivals that it must compete with to attract attention from potential buyers. A comparison of the 2019 Honda Pilot vs. 2019 Ford Explorer will not only show customers what the Honda model has to offer but also just how stiff the competition is in the rest of the class. Meridian Honda customers will have six trims to examine when they’re considering the 2019 Pilot, LX, EX, EX-L, EX-L Navi/RES, Touring and Elite. The 2019 Honda Pilot has arrived at the Meridian Honda showroom. Potential buyers can schedule a test drive with the three-row crossover SUV today by calling, 601-693-4651.

For the current model year, Honda has updated a few exterior elements on the Pilot crossover SUV, made a new automatic transmission available and expanded access to the automaker’s suite of active safety systems. Honda Sensing® is standard equipment on all six trims of the 2019 Pilot which includes Collision Mitigation Braking, Road Departure Mitigation, Forward Collision Warning and Lane Departure Warning. Ford offers a similar suite of technology, but it is not available at all of the Explorer’s versions. Both the 2019 Honda Pilot and 2019 Ford Explorer offer three rows of seats. However, the current Honda Pilot is able to accommodate more cargo. When properly configured, the 2019 Pilot can offer up to 83.9 cubic-feet compared to less than 82 cubic-feet for Explorer owners.


2019 Honda Pilot LX, 2WD Vs. 2019 Ford Explorer
3.5-L, V-6 Engine 3.5-L, V-6
280/262 Horsepower/Torque 290/255
83.9 cu.-ft. Max. Cargo Volume 81.7 cu.-ft.
3,500 lbs. Towing 3,000 lbs.


Performance Specs

Every 2019 Honda Pilot available for purchase or lease at Meridian Honda uses the same engine. A 3.5-liter, V-6 engine will be under the hood making 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Every version of the 2019 Pilot uses a six-speed automatic transmission – except for the Touring and Elite trims which employ the new nine-speed automatic gear-changer. Owners of the 2019 Honda Pilot with two-wheel-drive can tow 3,500 pounds with all-wheel-drive models having a 5,000-pound towing capacity.

Ford certainly makes a lot of engine options available for the 2019 Explorer. The base powertrain is a 3.5-liter, V-6 that does make a bit more power than the 2019 Pilot; however, it has a towing capacity less than that of an entry-level Honda Pilot. Even when the 2019 Explorer is outfitted with its top engine option with more than 360 horsepower available, the Ford crossover SUV has a maximum towing capacity of 5,000 pounds.

 A front left quarter photo of the 2019 Honda Pilot parked by a lake.
A rear left quarter photo of the 2019 Pilot in motion on the road.

An interior photo of the 2019 Pilot showing the dashboard and front seats.
An interior photo of the 2019 Pilot showing one of the its seating options.