2015 Honda Pilot vs. 2015 Ford Explorer

2015 Honda Pilot

2015 Honda Pilot
2015 Ford Explorer Front

2015 Ford Explorer

The 2015 Honda Pilot and the 2015 Ford Explorer are both leading crossover SUVs that could serve your family for years to come. With that in mind, you want to make sure that you get the vehicle that will best suit your needs. If you’re considering these two vehicles here in the Schaumburg or Elgin, IL area, read on for a detailed comparison.

Seating and Passenger Volume

The 2015 Honda Pilot offers eight seats while the 2015 Ford Explorer only offers seven. That second row middle seat might not seem like much, but what happens when you come up one seatbelt short?

Likewise, it shouldn’t be a surprise that the Honda Pilot offers more overall room in the cabin with a total of 153.7 cubic feet of passenger volume. The Ford Explorer offers 151.7 cubic feet. With this extra space, you can expect the Pilot to provide more headroom, legroom, shoulder room, and hiproom in most seats.

Cargo Capacity

When you’re packing cargo rather than passengers the 2015 Honda Pilot can do more. It offers up to 87 cubic feet while the 2015 Ford Explorer only gives you up to 80.7 cubic feet. Golf bag? Groceries? Pet carrier? That 6.3 cubic feet could make a big difference.

Tow Capacity

The 2015 Honda Pilot with all-wheel drive can pull up to 4,500 pounds when properly equipped. The 2015 Ford Explorer with its base engine will only tow up to 2,000 pounds. The Honda also comes with a trailer hitch standard, while the Explorer doesn’t.

Fuel Economy

Both base models come with V6 engines but the 2015 Honda Pilot with automatic transmission is rated by the EPA at 18 mpg city/25 mpg highway/21 mpg combined while the 2015 Ford Explorer with automatic transmission is only rated at 17 mpg city/24 mpg highway/20 mpg combined*.


The 2015 Honda Pilot gives you important features like three rows of head restraints and a rearview camera. Those features don’t come standard on the 2015 Ford Explorer. When it comes to crash test safety the Pilot pulls ahead with a 5-star front driver crash test rating from the NHTSA. The Explorer is rated at 4-stars in that test.

Visit us Today

If you’re in the market for a new or used vehicle for your family in the Schaumburg or Elgin area, make sure you visit us at Brilliance Honda of Crystal Lake and test drive the 2015 Honda Pilot. We’re confident you’ll want to take this capable SUV home, so come visit us today!

*Based on 2015 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.