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2018 Ford Explorer 2018 Honda Pilot Versus

2018 Ford Explorer


2018 Honda Pilot

3.5L Ti-VCT V6


3.5L V6
290 hp


280 hp
42.9 in / 39.5 in / 33.3 in

Legroom (1st, 2nd, 3rd Row)

40.9 in / 38.4 in / 31.9 in

Serving Hinesville, Fort Stewart, and Jesup, GA

In this review, we'll see how the 2018 Ford Explorer stands up to the 2018 Honda Pilot. We think you'll appreciate the spaciousness, performance and reliability that makes the Explorer a good fit for your family.


Compared to the Pilot, the Ford Explorer provides the following:

  • Longer vehicle, longer wheelbase
  • More passenger space
  • Bigger cargo hold

The Explorer is a smidgen taller and a bit wider. In fact, there's more legroom on both the second and third rows. While the Pilot seats eight with 152 cu.ft. of passenger space, the Explorer seats seven with 151 cu.ft. of passenger space. Clearly there is more room for every position in the Explorer. For those who want a big SUV but don't need seven seats, the Explorer lets you choose a six-seat layout. This adds sliding Captain's chairs that provide easier entry and extra legroom for the third row. The Pilot's holds measure 16.5 cu.ft. The Explorer holds are a generous 21 cu.ft., making them big enough for families without sacrificing seating.


The 2018 Explorer's powertrain outshines the 2018 Pilot:

  • Tighter turn circle
  • More horsepower
  • Ecoboost engine
  • Twin-turbo V6 option

Despite its longer size, the Explorer's turn circle is sharper than the Pilot's. Engine power is better with the Ford. You command 290 horsepower in the Ford versus 280 horsepower in the Honda. If you want a thrifty I-4, only Ford offers an Ecoboost turbo that provides plenty of power and torque for your daily drive. It also generates 310 lb-ft of torque, much more than the Pilot's 262 lb-ft of torque. Fuel economy is even with 27 mpg highway* for both the Ford Ecoboost and the Pilot V6. Instead of a V8 option, Ford gives you the chance to drive its twin-turbo V6. This engine kicks out 365 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque.

Luxury and Safety Features

Here are a few of the Ford Explorer's top interior features:

  • 2nd row inflatable safety belts
  • MyKey system - Teen driver accountability tech that sets speed and stereo volume limits
  • Active parking assistance

At the offset, both vehicles take safety technology very seriously. Both the Explorer and Pilot can include forward collision warnings, blind spot monitors, lane departure alerts, front and rear parking sensors and much more! However, as equally impressive as both models are, The 2018 Ford Explorer takes home the bacon when it comes to passenger security. The Explorer offers all the safety features listed in the bullet points above, whereas Honda provides none of them. Pound for pound, the Ford Explorer provides more advanced safety features.

For a chance to test drive the 2018 Ford Explorer, stop by J.C. Lewis Ford in Hinesville, GA. We've got the selection and financing you need and the friendly, helpful staff to help you make the shopping decision that’s best for you!

MSRP excludes destination, taxes, title and registration fees. Starting at MSRP refers to the base model, optional equipment not included. Pricing and offers may change at any time without notification. To get full pricing details, see your dealer.

*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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