2016 Honda Pilot vs. 2016 Ford Explorer

2016 Honda Pilot

2016 Honda Pilot
2016 Ford Explorer

2016 Ford Explorer

The 2016 Honda Pilot and the 2016 Ford Explorer are both fierce competitors in the three-row crossover sport utility vehicle segment. Which one will you go with to keep your family comfortable, safe, and entertained, for even the longest drives throughout the Elgin and Crystal Lake, IL area? You can find out which one is the better pick by reading on below!


The 2016 Honda Pilot offers eight seats while the 2016 Ford Explorer only offers seven. Think of it this way: that eighth seat could be the difference between taking two cars or taking two trips, saving you time, gas, and money.

Cargo Capacity

The 2016 Honda Pilot packs in the cargo with a massive 83.9 cubic feet of cargo space with all seats folded down. The Explorer can only fit up to 80.7 cubic feet. It might not be the biggest difference, but every little bit counts!

Passenger Volume

Like cargo space, the 2016 Honda Pilot beats the 2016 Ford Explorer when it comes to passenger space, with an impressive 152.9 cubic feet of passenger volume. The Explorer has 151.7 cubic feet. When you consider that the Pilot also offers more third row headroom, your back seat passengers will thank you.

Fuel Economy

The 2016 Honda Pilot with nine-speed automatic transmission and two-wheel drive earns an EPA rating of 20 mpg city/27 mpg highway/23 mpg combined* while the 2016 Ford Explorer doesn’t even come close with an EPA rating of 17 mpg city/24 mpg highway/20 mpg combined with its base V6 engine.


The 2016 Ford Explorer earned a “Marginal” score in the Small Front Overlap crash test in Insurance Institute for Highway Safety testing. Meanwhile, the 2016 Honda Pilot earned “Good” scores in every crash test, along with a Superior Front Crash Prevention rating.

Visit Brilliance Honda of Crystal Lake Today

Visit us at Brilliance Honda of Crystal Lake and test drive the latest 2016 Honda Pilot. We think you’ll find that it’s simply the better choice than the Ford Explorer when it comes to efficiency, safety, and versatility. We’re located at 680 W. Terra Cotta Ave. in Crystal Lake, IL, just minutes from Elgin and Schaumburg, so stop by soon!