Now that you've decided to purchase a large SUV, such as the 2020 Ford Explorer or the 2021 Honda Pilot, discover which model can improve the drives you take through Geneva, Canandaigua, and Rochester, NY. Take the Friendly Ford tour through each vehicle to learn about their standard and available features and decide which SUV attracts you the most.

Quick Facts Table

Ford Explorer

Honda Pilot

Front Legroom

43 inches

40.9 inches


Available 10.1-inch

Available 8-inch

Blind Spot Info System



Max Towing Capacity

5,600 pounds

5,000 pounds

Explorer vs Pilot Cabin Comfort

Your first stop on the tour lands in the cabin of both SUVs. To enhance comfort in the Ford Explorer, you can select the available multicontour seats with Active Motion®, which grant you massage privileges. The Honda Pilot doesn't carry a similar option.

While you enjoy your automotive masseuse, you can stretch out with 43 inches of legroom in the front seat of the Explorer. In the Pilot, the legroom measures in at 40.9 inches.  

Before you take off on your next adventure in the Explorer, adjust your navigation requirements, tune in to your favorite tunes, and review a few text messages through the available 10.1-inch LCD capacitive portrait touchscreen. Your music will sound crystal-clear with the optional B&O Sound System by Bang & Olufsen, set up with 14 speakers. With standard FordPass Connect™ with 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, up to 10 devices can connect at one time.  

In the Pilot, you can make calls, discover what route you're taking, and turn on your radio from the available 8-inch display audio. Listen to your music, coming from the optional premium audio system with 10 speakers. A Wi-Fi hotspot capability is available, and it connects up to seven devices.

From the standard power liftgate, you can access a maximum 87.8 cubic feet of cargo space in the Ford Explorer. An available power tailgate allows you to stow 83.9 cubic feet in the trunk of the Honda Pilot.

Ford Explorer vs Honda Pilot Safety

Both the Explorer and the Pilot offer plenty of comparable safety features, which can build confidence during any drive. One system that the Ford carries standard, which the Honda does not, is the BLIS® (Blind Spot Information System) with Cross-Traffic Alert. The Explorer also comes standard with Trailer Sway Control. A comparable system isn't available on the Pilot.

Ford also offers some braking, steering, and parking devices that increases your maneuverability on the road. These available systems include:  

  • Active Park Assist 2.0
  • Evasive Steering Assist
  • Reverse Brake Assist

Extra systems, such as these driver-assistant technologies, can make a good ride even greater.

Ford Explorer vs Honda Pilot Performance

Choose from three Ford engines to make a customized ride for yourself. These motors include:  

  • 2.3L EcoBoost® 4-cylinder engine
  • Available 3.0L EcoBoost® V6 engine
  • Available 3.3L Hybrid engine

On the Ford Explorer ST trim, the 3.0L engine produces 400 horsepower and 415 lb-ft of torque. When properly equipped, this Ford Explorer engine can tow up to 5,600 pounds.

The Honda Pilot only has one standard 3.5L V6 engine, which produces 280 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque. The Pilot can tow a maximum of 5,000 pounds when properly equipped.

With Ford's available Intelligent 4WD with Terrain Management System™, you can adjust your driving style to match the conditions you face. Seven Selectable Drive Modes include normal, trail, deep snow/sand, slippery, sport, tow/haul, and eco. Honda provides the Intelligent Traction Management with three modes: snow, mud, and sand.  

2020 Ford Explorer vs 2021 Honda Pilot: Which SUV Will It Be?

With many SUVs on the market, including the 2020 Ford Explorer and the 2021 Honda Pilot, you need to know which model works best for your lifestyle. With more engine options, standard features, and legroom to stretch out in, we believe the Ford Explorer is the better option for drivers in Geneva, Canandaigua, and Rochester. Tour this SUV and take a test drive at Friendly Ford.

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