2019 Honda Pilot vs 2019 Ford Explorer

2019 Honda Pilot exterior front fascia and driver side parked in empty stadium vs 2019 Ford Explorer exterior back fascia and passenger side on beach

Finding the right SUV can be a daunting challenge. Thankfully, there are some solid choices here in Oklahoma City. If you are looking for your next family vehicle you can find it in the 2019 Honda Pilot. But how does this exciting vehicle hold up against a rivaling model? We compare it to the 2019 Ford Explorer to find out! Check out the comparison table below to see which vehicle you might be more interested in pursuing. For this comparison we are going to look at the base trim of both models. This way we can keep things fair, and you know the specs and features only get better as you advance up to the top trim!

When you think Ford, you probably think of the solid power and performance it will bring you. However, this isn’t the case between these two vehicles. While the 2019 Ford Explorer Base trim does indeed have more horsepower than the 2019 Honda Pilot LX, the Honda model has more torque. This means neither vehicle really has the advantage of power over the other. But let’s take a closer look at where one vehicle does have the advantage over the other.

2019 Honda Pilot LX


2019 Ford Explorer Base

280 hp & 262 lb.-ft. Horsepower & Torque 290 hp & 255 lb.-ft.
19 mpg city / 27 mpg highway / 22 mpg combined EPA-Estimated Fuel Economy* 17 mpg / 24 mpg highway / 20 mpg combined
Standard Keyless Ignition Not available on Base trim
Standard Adaptive Cruise Control Not available on Base trim

Advantages of the 2019 Honda Pilot

While both models are pretty much tied when it comes to horsepower and torque, the 2019 Honda Pilot LX can potentially get more miles to the gallon*. It receives and EPA-Estimated Fuel Economy* of 19 miles per gallon in the city and 27 mpg on the highway, bringing it to a combined 22 mpg. This is slightly more than the 17 mpg city, 24 mpg highway, and 20 mpg combined of the Ford Explorer Base.

Likewise, you can also potentially find yourself with more technology features in the 2019 Honda Pilot LX. It has convenient technologies such as a keyless ignition and safety technologies like Adaptive Cruise Control, both of which are standard in the Pilot LX. You cannot get these technologies in the Explorer Base, so you’d have to move up a trim if you wanted these features in the Explorer.

This is only a short analysis on two complex vehicles. If you are looking for more information, or if you would like to take the 2019 Honda Pilot for a test drive, please don’t hesitate to contact your friendly Battison Honda! We are located right here in Oklahoma City and we would love to help you find your future vehicle!

*Based on 2019 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, battery - package/condition, and other factors.

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