2021 Honda Pilot vs 2020 Ford Explorer

Maroon 2021 Honda Pilot Elite and red 2020 Ford Explorer

The 2021 Honda Pilot has arrived here at Battison Honda and has brought with it an exciting array of updates and new features. The Pilot has been a longstanding fan favorite among local Oklahoma City families here at Battison Honda and now with the latest model in stock, its popularity has continued to shine.

This 2021 Honda Pilot vs 2020 Ford Explorer comparison is here to give shoppers an idea of what to expect out of the 2021 Pilot. Continue reading to see what the 2021 Honda Pilot lineup has to offer or click the link below to view our current lineup of in-stock Pilot models at Battison Honda.

2021 Honda Pilot LX


2020 Ford Explorer

3.5-liter V6 Engine Base Engine 2.3-liter EcoBoost Engine
8 passengers Seating Capacity 7 passengers
Honda Sensing® Safety Suite N/A
Standard Push Button Start Standard

Key Differences – 2021 Honda Pilot vs 2020 Ford Explorer

For the 2021 model year, the Honda Pilot has brought in a new Special Edition trim level. This model brings premium features found in the Pilot EX-L trim along with additional exciting options and features. Inside the Pilot Special Edition shoppers will find leather seats, a power driver’s seat with memory settings, second-row sunshades, 20-inch black wheels, roof rails, a foot-activated hands-free access power tailgate, and more.

The 2021 Honda Pilot comes fitted with a 3.5-liter V6 engine with push-button start in each trim level. This engine setup paired with the standard 9-speed automatic transmission delivers 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. The competing 2020 Ford Explorer is powered by a 2.3-liter engine paired to a 10-speed automatic transmission.

Drivers will find that the 2021 Honda Pilot offers ample space for passengers and cargo with its three rows of seating and 16.5 cubic feet of standard cargo space. When the three-passenger third-row bench seat is folded down this Honda SUV’s cargo space opens up to 46.8 cubic feet. If even more space is needed drivers can fold down both rear rows of seating to open the cargo area up to 83.9 cubic feet of maximum cargo space. The competing 2020 Explorer offers a similar amount of cargo space as the Honda Pilot but offers just seven seats for passengers compared to the eight seats in the Pilot.

For additional information on the 2021 Honda Pilot or available models here at Battison Honda, contact a member of our team today.