With SUVs, there are a lot of considerations to be had to ensure your family is getting the proper fit. The interior space, power and efficiency of the performance, and how the model caters to your day-to-day activities around Mount Pocono, Tobyhanna, Scranton, Pocono Pines, and Blakeslee all come into play.

To help you learn about top competitors, we've created a 2021 Ford Explorer vs. 2022 Honda Pilot comparison.

Each of these SUVs are revered in their own right, so our Ray Price Ford staff thought a dive into the specifications of the Pilot and Explorer would be handy!


Performance Brawn: 2021 Ford Explorer vs 2022 Honda Pilot

Your SUV-whether it be the Honda Pilot or Ford Explorer-is likely going to be asked to carry a lot of valuable goods. Sometimes it's luggage, other times sporting equipment, or maybe you just have each seat filled during a long road trip.

To get you moving quickly, even when the interior is filled to the brim, the Explorer delivers some truly impressive motors-while the Pilot lags behind.

With the Pilot, a V6 motor making just 280 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque is your sole engine choice. On the other hand, the Explorer has a trio of thrilling options:

  • 2.3L 4-cylinder generating 300 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque
  • 3.0L V6 churning out 400 horsepower and 415 lb-ft of torque
  • 3.3L Hybrid revving 318 horsepower and 322 lb-ft of torque

Maximum Towing Capacity

Having a lot of horsepower and torque is well and good, but an SUV needs to be able to put all that juice into action.

With the Ford Explorer, you can easily attach a trailer to the rear of the model and be on your way. The maximum towing capacity of the Explorer reaches 5,600 pounds, a number achieved with help from that bubbling V6 motor.

With the Pilot, you won't have quite the same capability. In the AWD configuration, your Pilot garners a maximum towing capacity of just 5,000 pounds. This 5,000-pound capacity of the Pilot matches the same towing capacity of the Ford Explorer with its hybrid engine. Yet even if you stick with the base 4-cylinder motor for the Explorer, you can expect 5,300 pounds of towing capacity.


2021 Ford Explorer vs 2022 Honda Pilot: EPA-Estimated Fuel Economy

With a clear edge in strength, you might think the Honda Pilot can make up ground on the Ford Explorer by besting its fuel economy. Well, that's not quite the case.

For 2021, the Ford Explorer boasts an impressive 23 city MPG, thanks largely to the 3.3L hybrid motor it offers.

The Pilot isn't a fuel hog; it just can't keep up with the Explorer. At its best, Honda is only able to achieve 20 city MPG with the Pilot!


Customizable Drive Modes

You won't always find yourself driving on a smoothly paved road. Sometimes, snow and ice will be a factor. Other times, you may be travelling across a dirt trail on your way to a cabin in the woods. When unexpected terrains pop up, the 2021 Explorer is better equipped to handle them than the Honda Pilot.

Honda's response to differing terrains is the Intelligent Traction Management System, which comes with Normal, Snow, Mud, and Sand modes. This is a respectable quartet of options, yet the Explorer does quite a bit better with its own Terrain Management System™. With the addition of intelligent 4WD, the Explorer offers the following seven drive modes: Eco, Normal, Sport, Tow/Haul, Trail, Deep Sand/Snow, and Slippery. No environment is left unattended with the 2021 Explorer. And the Tow/Haul mode is especially handy if you do a lot of towing as it provides greater traction and stability for both your SUV and the trailer you have attached.


Safe and Easy Parking Features in the Explorer and the Pilot

By design, the Honda Pilot and Ford Explorer are larger SUVs. Having three rows of space to store people and belongings means meeting certain exterior proportions. To give you a hand behind the wheel, the 2021 Explorer has nifty driver-assistance technologies which you won't find in the Honda Pilot.

The driver-assistance system in the Ford that most people are wowed by during test drives is the Active Park Assist 2.0 technology. How does it work? Well first, it can help you find a parking spot in a crowded area. Once you've found the free space and are lined up to park either perpendicular or parallel, you simply shift to neutral and hold down the Active Park Assist button. While holding the button, your Explorer will accelerate and decelerate for you. Additionally, it will turn the wheel itself. This semi-autonomous experience continues until you're comfortably in the parking place!


Ford Explorer vs Honda Pilot: Interior Passenger and Cargo Proportions

The last important area we'll be pitting the 2021 Ford Explorer vs. the 2022 Honda Pilot is interior roominess. A 3-row SUV isn't much good if you can't fit your family comfortably during long trips. The Ford Explorer and Honda Pilot each work to deliver as much space as possible in every row, yet Ford has the edge in some key areas.

For example, the trunk space with all three rows standing favors the Explorer. Ford delivers 18.2 cubic feet of cargo room behind the third row, while the Pilot can offer as little as 16.5 cubic feet.

And if you have a taller family, the Explorer gives you more space to stretch your legs in various rows. The front seats of the Explorer provide 43 inches of legroom, besting the 40.9 inches in the Pilot. Move to the very rear seats and the 31.9 inches of legroom in the Pilot can't match the 32.2 inches found in the accommodating Explorer!


2021 Ford Explorer Outshines 2022 Honda Pilot

When you look at all aspects of performance, from capability to efficiency, it's the 2021 Ford Explorer besting the 2022 Honda Pilot.

If you're around Mount Pocono, Tobyhanna, Scranton, Pocono Pines, or Blakeslee and give Ray Price Ford a call, we can answer any questions you have or get you saddled in for a test drive!

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