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Compare the 2020 Honda Pilot & 2020 Ford Explorer Mid-Size SUVs

Compare the 2020 Honda Pilot & 2020 Ford Explorer Mid-Size SUVs

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2020 Honda Pilot

2020 Ford Explorer


Honda Pilot

Ford Explorer

Engine & Performance

i-VTEC® V-6 engine
280 hp

2.3-liter EcoBoost engine
300 hp


@ 4700 rpm

@ 4000 rpm

Fuel Economy



Fuel Capacity



Curb Weight



Seating (Standard)



Maximum Cargo Volume

Cubic Feet

Cubic Feet


  • Available Features On The Pilot
  • Panoramic Roof
  • Heated 2nd-Row Captain's Chairs
  • Heated and Ventilated Front Seats
  • Wireless Phone Charger
  • Standard Intelligent Variable Torque Management™ All-Wheel-Drive (AWD) System
  • Perforated Leather Front and 2nd-Row Seats
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • 590-Watt Premium Audio System with 10 Speakers
  • Multi-Zone Audio
  • Automatic-Dimming, Power-Folding Side Mirrors
  • Rain-Sensing Windshield Wipers
  • Illuminated Front- and Second-Row Beverage Holders
  • LED Front-Row Map Lights
  • Available Features On The Explorer
  • Twin-Panel Moonroof
  • Leather Seating Surfaces
  • Tri-Zone Electronic Temperature Control
  • Ambient Lighting
  • Remote Start
  • Reverse Sensing System
  • Forward Sensing System
  • Wireless Charging
  • Lane Keeping System
  • B&O Sound system by Bang & Olufsen
  • Voice-Activated Navigation System

See How Honda's Three-Row SUV Stacks Up Against the Competition

When you're in search of a mid-size SUV that boasts three rows of seating, you have a number of options these days. As part of its lineup that was recently named the 2019 Best SUV Brand by U.S. News & World Report** for a fourth consecutive year, Honda offers the new Pilot SUV that gives you standard 8-passenger seating and V6 performance. The 2020 Honda Pilot is the highly refined family SUV that can do it all, from hauling passengers and cargo to towing and keeping you safe while doing it, thanks to its array of standard safety technologies.

The well-rounded and spacious 2020 Pilot goes head-to-head with the redesigned 2020 Ford Explorer, another popular option in the three-row, mid-size SUV segment. If you're considering these two models, you'll want to find out in what ways they are alike, and more importantly, how they differ.

The team at Premier Honda has created this comparison table and review to help New Orleans, Louisiana, area drivers and families determine which of these two fine SUVs is better suited to their lifestyle, preferences and budget. Read on to learn how the 2020 Ford Explorer and Honda Pilot compare!

Why Choose the 2020 Pilot?

While the 2020 Honda Pilot and new Ford Explorer each offer spacious cabins and impressive standard performance, you'll find that the Honda has some key advantages over the Ford. For one, the new Pilot comes standard-equipped with seating for up to eight passengers, while the Explorer only offers room for six as standard. A 7-passenger seating configuration is an available option in the Ford. If you think you may need to load up your new family SUV with as many as eight occupants, then the Honda is the better choice!

The Honda Pilot proves to offer a wider cabin for accommodating those up to eight occupants, as this SUV provides greater shoulder room for all three rows than what you'll find in Ford's Explorer. Total passenger volume is nearly identical between these two models, yet the Pilot's wider rows mean more seating positions available for your friends and family.

When shopping these two mid-size SUVs, you'll soon notice that the 2020 Honda Pilot is more affordable than its rival from Ford. With a starting MSRP* of $31,550, the 2020 Pilot LX 2WD is priced significantly lower than the comparably-equipped 2020 Ford Explorer XLT RWD model, at $36,675.

With the redesigned Ford Explorer's switch to a rear-wheel drive platform and availability of more powerful engines, it's certainly an option if you're seeking a sportier, more performance-oriented three-row SUV. But if practicality, comfort, refinement and seating capacity matter more than straight-line speed, you'll likely lean towards securing a 2020 Honda Pilot.

Secure Your New Honda Pilot with Competitive Lease & Finance Offers

Our dedicated Honda car dealership welcomes drivers and families from the nearby Metairie, LA, area and beyond to stop by our New Orleans showroom to fully discover the lineup of 2020 Honda Pilot SUVs for sale. From the well-appointed LX base trim to the luxurious Elite model, you'll find this three-row SUV boasts premium features like the full suite of Honda Sensing® driver-assistive technologies as standard.

Right now, you can explore our current inventory of new Honda automobiles for sale and see the latest finance and lease offers available to you. We also provide our convenient online loan application here on our website so that you can get pre-qualified for financing before your visit for a Honda test drive.

Our sales and finance associates are prepared to assist you in your upgrade to a stylish and refined new Honda automobile, so don't wait to contact us. Our full-service auto dealership can also provide comprehensive auto care down the road, including genuine Honda parts and accessories for sale plus professional maintenance and repair services.

*MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, destination charge, options and accessories. Dealers set own prices.

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