Have you recently found yourself comparing SUVs to see which best fits your daily routine around East Stroudsburg, Stroudsburg, and Lehigh Valley? If so, this 2020 Ford Explorer vs. Honda Pilot comparison is the resource you need. Both vehicles stand out from the crowd, leaving other competitors behind. Out of these two, which is right for your family's needs?

In this comparison, we'll be putting these models against one another to determine which SUV has a more favorable performance, infotainment system, and safety features. Afterwards, visit our team at Ray Price Stroud Ford to learn even more. With our help, you'll be cruising around Nazareth and Easton, PA, in no time at all. Let's get started!

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Performance Is Front & Center

To move your entire family around town with effortless ease and long-term reliability, the Ford Explorer and Honda Pilot both sport big, potent engines. With the Honda Pilot, you'll have a standard 3.5L V6 engine. With the Explorer, on the other hand, you'll have a standard 2.3L EcoBoost® engine. While the Explorer is equipped with a smaller engine, don't count it out just yet:

2020 Ford Explorer vs Honda Pilot Engine Specs





2.3L EcoBoost®

3.5L V6


300 HP

280 HP


310 lb-ft

262 lb-ft

As you can see, despite its smaller size, the Explorer produces more horsepower and torque than the Pilot. However, that's not all; the Explorer is offered with three additional engine configurations that allows you to customize your experience behind the wheel:

  • 3.3L V6 Hybrid with 318 horsepower and 322 lb-ft of torque
  • 3.0L EcoBoost® V6 with 365 horsepower and 380 lb-ft of torque
  • Enhanced 3.0L EcoBoost® V6 with 400 horsepower and 415 lb-ft of torque

This wide array of power and torque is only found with the Explorer since the Pilot is only offered with one engine.

In addition to more standard power and versatile engines, you'll find you can travel farther distances in the Explorer thanks to its higher fuel efficiency. With the Pilot, you'll get an EPA-estimated 19 city/27 highway MPG. With the Explorer, on the other hand, you'll have an EPA-estimated 21 city/28 highway MPG.

Adventure-Ready Capabilities

When you drive an SUV, a doorway to the world of adventure opens. These powerful vehicles come optional with all-wheel drive. With this system, you'll have enhanced traction, making it possible to tackle any terrain with ease.

Taking that one step farther, you'll also find you can equip both the Ford Explorer and Honda Pilot with available terrain systems. With Ford, this is known as the Terrain Management System™, while Honda's is known known as Intelligent Traction Management.

While there are some similarities between these systems, like the snow function, there are far more differences. One major difference is that the Pilot is only offered with four drive modes, but the Terrain Management System™ includes seven, such as tow/haul and eco mode. With the additional modes with the Explorer, you can easily fine-tune the performance to tackle whatever terrain lies ahead.

Since some of the best adventures occur when you have your favorite outdoor gear with you, both SUVs have a maximum towing capacity in the 5,000-pound range, when properly equipped. However, when examining the towing capacity of the 2020 Ford Explorer vs. Honda Pilot, you can see the Explorer has a maximum towing capacity of 5,600 pounds, while the Pilot only has a capacity of 5,000 pounds.

While 600 pounds may not seem like a lot, you'll find that with the Explorer, you can more easily tow a small trailer with all your camping gear already packed inside or load up a utility trailer with a few pieces of heavy furniture.

Explorer vs Pilot Safety Features

To protect the driver and each of the passengers as you maneuver around town or around winding backroads, the Ford Explorer and Honda Pilot have developed comprehensive safety systems complete with intuitive technology.

Some features you'll find offered with both Ford Co-Pilot360™ and Honda Sensing® include Automatic Emergency Braking with Pre-Collision Assist and the Lane-Keeping System. Unfortunately, that's where the similarities end. Luckily for you, you'll find that with the Ford Explorer, you'll also have the standard BLIS® (Blind Spot Information System) with Cross-Traffic Alert.

For Pilot drivers who want an extra sense of security with the BLIS® system, you'll have to upgrade to a higher trim.

Another safety feature you'll find on the Ford Explorer that isn't available with the Honda Pilot is the optional Active Park Assist 2.0 system. With this, you'll find that parallel or reverse perpendicular parking is as easy as finding a spot, shifting to neutral, and then holding down the system's button. You can relax while your Explorer takes care of the rest.

Thanks to this exclusive feature, you can be a champion parker, always impressing your family and friends with your ability!

Intuitive Infotainment Technology

Last but not least, we come to the infotainment systems in each of these popular SUVs. It doesn't take long to notice the Ford Explorer and Honda Pilot have spent a great deal of time crafting modern and engaging systems.

For Ford, it begins with the widely praised SYNC® 3 system, which makes accessing everything from music to apps a simple process, especially with its responsive 8-inch touchscreen display. Additionally, you'll find the Explorer also includes FordPass Connect™, SiriusXM® Satellite Radio, a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, and a Voice-Activated Navigation system.

With all these features, you can always have your favorite songs playing and know where you're going- all without ever needing to touch your phone while you travel.

The Honda Pilot also has its own infotainment setup that comes complete with SiriusXM® Radio, an advanced navigation system, and Wi-Fi hotspot capability. However, the major difference between the infotainment system of the Honda Pilot is that all these features are only available with a vehicle upgrade and don't come standard like they do with the Ford Explorer.

2020 Ford Explorer vs Honda Pilot: The Verdict

After a quick overview of important features and specs, the 2020 Ford Explorer is clearly better suited to escort drivers across the roads of East Stroudsburg, Stroudsburg, and Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania. To learn more about all the ways the Explorer will be your tour guide through Nazareth and Easton, visit us at Ray Price Stroud Ford today!

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