2019 Ford Explorer vs 2019 Honda Pilot
2019 Ford Explorer 2019 Honda Pilot
Max. Towing Capacity
  5,000 lbs. 3,500 lbs.
Ground Clearance
  7.8 in. 7.3 in.
Cargo Space
  21.0 cu. ft. 16.5 cu. ft.

2019 Ford Explorer vs 2019 Honda Pilot

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The class of mid-size SUVs, to which both the 2019 Ford Explorer and the Honda Pilot belong, is one of the most popular and competitive. Consumers are consistently gravitating towards SUVs over other types of cars. You might think that automakers would sit back and let their vehicles sell themselves. While some do, others aren't complacent. Two plausible vehicles this year are the Ford Explorer and the Honda Pilot. The Ford Explorer stands out for its impressive size, well-equipped interior, ample cargo space, and power. While the 2019 Honda Pilot is also a good car, its interior is not quite as impressive as the Ford's in terms of comfort and amenities. It's exterior also lacks the head-turning style of the Explorer. If you had to choose one over the other for space and comfort to take on long road trips and adventures, the Ford Explorer would get the advantage.

Power and Performance

One area where the 2019 Ford Explorer excels is power and performance. This year's Explorer comes with two engine options. The standard engine is a 3.5L, six-cylinder engine. You can also upgrade to a more capable 2.3L four-cylinder engine with an EcoBoost mode that conserves fuel when the Explorer is not in top performance mode. You'll always feel poised and in control with the car's handling system, which features hill start assist, an electronic power steering assist capacity, trailer sway control, and independent suspension systems in the front and back. Other available handling features, including hill descent control, terrain management, and intelligent four-wheel drive, add to the Explorer's capability both on and off-road. The 2019 Ford Explorer comes standard with 18-inch wheels. The Honda Pilot also comes with hill start assist, but it does not offer hill descent control. This SUV also lacks the trailer sway control feature that you'll find in the Explorer. While the 2019 Explorer gives you several engine options, the Honda Pilot has just one single engine available in 2019.

Interior Amenities

Inside, the 2019 Ford Explorer stands out for its modern technology and conveniences. This SUV comes standard with climate control and an air filter in the cabin. It also has Ford's own SYNC multimedia system that brings you the convenience of connectivity on demand. There are also four 12V charging outlets throughout the cabin, which is more than you'll find in most other SUVs. The front and rear floor mats are carpeted for comfort, and there are reading lights in all three rows. The front row features a center console with interior storage and a comfortable armrest. Steering wheel-mounted controls, a keyless entry, and a rear-view camera are other notable highlights of the 2019 Explorer. The 2019 Honda Pilot, in contrast, comes with a smaller five-inch display screen. It also comes with just one USB charging port on the base model and three on the upper-level trims. At most, it has two 12V power outlets.


From any angle, the 2019 Ford Explorer turns heads with its modern, innovative exterior. LED lights in front and back enhance its looks and visibility. The exterior is accented with black door handles, black bumpers in front and back, and a body-colored spoiler. The front grille features chrome accents, and the exhaust tips are dual chrome. The Explorer's heated mirrors, which are power-folding, have integrated blind-spot monitors. The Honda Pilot only has LED lights in the front. It also offers heated side mirrors, but they don't have integrated blind-spot monitoring. Both cars are available in eight colors.

When it comes down to the details, the 2019 Ford Explorer takes the lead over the Honda Pilot. But you still probably want to compare both for yourself. Therefore, we encourage you to call or contact us online to set up a test drive and find your favorite SUV.