2019 Ford Explorer vs Honda Pilot

The Explorer and the Pilot are two of the most-seen SUVs on the streets of Cerritos, Long Beach, and Orange County right now. There's little question that these two vehicles are both pure powerhouses filled with tons of exciting features. However, that might make the decision hard when it comes time to choose between the two.

To help you do so, the pros at Norm Reeves Ford Superstore Cerritos created this 2019 Ford Explorer vs. Honda Pilot comparison. Below, we put these two SUVs to the test, so you can make an educated decision when it's time to visit our lot.

Pilot vs Explorer - Performance

Both the Ford and Honda come standard with very similar performance components. Under the hood of these two models is the 3.5-liter V6 engine, however, there are some slight differences when it comes to power. In the 2019 Pilot, you'll receive 280 horsepower while in the Ford, you get slightly more with an HP of 290.

They also come equipped with 6-speed automatic transmissions. But like above, there are some notable changes. While you'll still get a driving experience with the Pilot, the Explorer bumps it up a bit with their 6-speed Select-Shift automatic transmission for a truly personalized drive.

Ford Explorer vs Honda Pilot - Capabilities

Although what is found under the hood might hold some similarities, when it comes to towing and hauling, the likenesses are null. The Honda Pilot can haul up to 1,500 pounds when properly equipped and comes with no extra features to assist with towing. But, this is probably due to its lower towing capacity. 

On the other hand, the Explorer can tow up to 5,000 pounds with the correct equipment and configurations. It also comes with the available towing and trailer sway control. This uses AdvanceTrac® with Roll Stability Control™ to keep you on track, even when towing large loads.

2019 Explorer vs 2019 Pilot - Interiors

Both SUVs are highly spacious and have excellent cargo areas to store your belongings. However, when it comes to convenience, one of these vehicles might leave you wanting a little more.

The Ford Explorer has the ability to seat up to seven individuals and uses their exclusive PowerFold® Third-Row Seating to accommodate both passengers and cargo. Simply press a button and these seats go flat within seconds.

The Honda Pilot can seat up to six passengers comfortably, and although you can create more cargo space by folding down the second- and third-row seats, they have to be done manually, as the PowerFold® technology is only found in Ford vehicles.

2019 Ford Explorer vs Honda Pilot - The Choice is Yours

After reading our Pilot vs. Explorer comparison, have you decided which would suit your needs better on the roads of Cerritos, Long Beach, and Orange County? At Norm Reeves Ford Superstore Cerritos, we truly think you're going to love the Explorer, and want to prove it to you. Schedule a test drive today and see what this SUV can do for you and your family.

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