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2021 Honda Pilot vs 2020 Ford Explorer

2021 Honda Pilot vs. 2020 Ford Explorer

Our 2021 Honda Pilot vs. Ford Explorer comparison has been designed to help you choose between two of the industry’s most popular 3-row crossover SUVs. You’ll find spacious accommodations, powerful engines, and top-tier features available with both, but only one can end up on your drive.

With that in mind, let’s see how they match up on:

  • Pricing
  • Interior Space
  • Features

Pilot vs. Explorer: Pricing

Entry-level and premium 2021 Honda Pilot trim levels include:

  • 2021 Honda Pilot LX: Priced at $32,250 MSRP*
  • 2021 Honda Pilot Elite: Priced at $48,420 MSRP*

Entry-level and premium 2020 Ford Explorer trim levels include:

  • 2020 Ford Explorer Standard: Priced at $32,765 MSRP
  • 2020 Ford Explorer Platinum: Priced at $58,250 MSRP

Whether you’re looking at an entry-level trim or a top of the line model, the Ford Explorer is going to start higher than the Honda Pilot.

Pilot vs. Explorer: Interior Space

The Ford Explorer can only take up to seven passengers to the Honda Pilot’s eight, making the Pilot a better choice for growing families or those who like to accommodate all their friends.

The Pilot also consistently offers a little more cargo space:

  • Cargo Space Behind the 3rd Row: Up to 18.5 cubic feet in the Pilot vs. 18.2 in the Explorer.
  • Cargo Space Behind the 2ndRow: Up to 55.9 cubic feet in the Pilot vs. 47.9 in the Explorer.
  • Cargo Space Behind the 1st Row: Up to 109.0 cubic feet in the Pilot vs. 87.8 in the Explorer.

Pilot vs. Explorer: Features

You’ll find that only the Honda Pilot comes with the peace of mind offered by Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) as standard. It also supplies several innovative features that aren’t available with the Ford Explorer at any price, including:

  • Advanced Rear Entertainment System: Plays from Blu-Ray™ Player and Built-In Streaming Apps onto a 10.2-inch High-Resolution Screen.
  • CabinTalk® In-Car PA System: Picks up your voice with a microphone fitted up front and directs it through rear speakers.

Come Check Out the Honda Pilot at Victory Honda of Ontario Near Canandaigua, NY

We’re here to help whether you want to take advantage of new vehicle specials or arrange a test drive in the Honda Pilot. For any further assistance, simply get in touch today.


MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $1,045.00 destination charge, options and accessories. Dealers set own prices.

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