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Compare the 2018 Honda Pilot vs 2018 Ford Explorer

2018 Honda Pilot 2018 Ford Explorer Versus

2018 Honda Pilot


2018 Ford Explorer

19 city / 27 hwy*

Fuel Economy

17 city / 24 hwy
3.5L V-6


3.5L V-6
262 lb-ft.


255 lb-ft.

Serving Chantilly, VA, Washington, D.C., and Ashburn, VA

The Honda Pilot and the Ford Explorer belong to a class of SUVs that prioritize exterior ruggedness, all-weather driving capability, and optimization of interior space. As a result, they have both been excellent modes of transportation for families for several years. Although it is the Explorer that is often credited with sparking America’s love affair with SUVs back in 1991, the Pilot, which did not arrive until 2000, has proven itself as one of the top-notch entries around. The 2018 model year does not bring with it any major changes on either vehicle, as the Explorer is ostensibly towards the end of its fifth generation and the Pilot recently started its third. Although either SUV is a great choice, here are three reasons why you should pick the 2018 Pilot over the 2018 Explorer.

Fuel Economy

Outstanding fuel economy is one of the 2018 Honda Pilot’s chief strengths. Although powered by a 3.5-liter V6, the Pilot can go with a 9-speed automatic transmission, which conserves energy due to the shortened distances between gears; and a front-wheel drivetrain, which funnels power to just two wheels instead of four like an all-wheel-drive system. The result is gas mileage that is maximized to 20/27 mpg. You would need to go with the comparatively small 2.3-liter EcoBoost® inline 4-cylinder engine—plus front-wheel drive—to maximize fuel economy on the 2018 Ford Explorer. But with a less efficient 6-speed automatic transmission, the Explorer falls one mpg short of the Honda’s max city fuel economy.

Maximum Seating Capacity

Nothing’s more important than safety to parents. Since you’ll be loading up your three-row SUV with kids, it may interest you to know that the Pilot also takes safety features very seriously. The Explorer’s crash avoidance systems falls short compared to the superior Honda’s collision mitigation system with warning and autobrake. A multi-angle rearview camera gives Honda the advantage during reverse maneuvers. Rather than the single view of the Explorer’s camera system, there are three views to help direct Honda Pilot drivers. Honda also provides a bigger screen on the base edition which means the driver can see more of the view. Of the two, only the Pilot can offer road departure mitigation. This system can slow the vehicle and help the driver steer it back onto the road.

Passenger and Cargo Volume

If you want as much interior space as you can possibly get, the 2018 Honda Pilot is your vehicle. You can go with a trim that offers a max passenger volume of 153.7 cubic feet, and with the second and third rows being folded down, you can maximize cargo volume to 83.8 cubic feet. On the 2018 Ford Explorer, you would get a passenger volume that’s measured at 151.5 cubic feet (2.2 less cubic feet). Plus, its maximum cargo volume is measured at 81.7 cubic feet (2.1 less cubic feet).

Ready to check out the 2018 Honda Pilot, rather than the 2018 Ford Explorer? Come on over to our dealership in Chantilly, Virginia. We have several years of experience serving residents of the Washington, D.C. metro area, and our staff has proven to be experts in customer satisfaction time and time again (as evidenced by reviews on,, and Call us today to set up a test drive today.

*Based on 2018 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.

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NHTSA Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s New Car Assessment Program ( Model tested with standard side airbags (SAB).