2016 Ford Explorer vs 2016 Honda Pilot
2016 Ford Explorer 2016 Nissan Maxima
365-hp (3.5-liter turbo V6) Top Horsepower 280-hp (3.5-liter V6)
Three Engine Options One
Front- or All-Wheel Drive Drive Type Front- or All-Wheel Drive
6-speed automatic Transmission 9-speed automatic

2016 Ford Explorer vs 2016 Honda Pilot

2016 Ford Explorer grille view

Both of the vehicles in this 2016 Ford Explorer vs 2016 Honda Pilot comparison are roomy large crossover SUVs with three-rows of premium seating and elite feature options. Either one can meet the needs of a large family. But there are some significant differences, and we are going to highlight a few of them so that SUV shoppers can find the very best vehicle to fit their need and the demands of a busy family on the go.

The 2016 Ford Explorer offers a bold appearance that holds onto its SUV roots while still embracing the smooth handling and prime technology of a crossover. The 2016 Honda Pilot offers a more rounded and snub-nosed appearance. Both vehicles come standard with six-way adjustable drivers seats (which are powered and come with lumbar support in the Ford) and four-way adjustable passengers seats. The Ford comes with seven seats while the Honda Pilot can hold up to eight across all three rows. Standard upholstery on both of these crossovers is cloth, with leather available in the upper trims. The base Explorer offers some features not standard on the base Pilot, such as roof rails, LED headlights and taillights, and Ford SYNC infotainment voice controls.

Powertrain Features of the 2016 Ford Explorer

When we compare the powertrains of the 2016 Ford Explorer vs 2016 Honda Pilot, we also see some fairly significant differences. The Pilot is available with a single powertrain: a 3.5-liter V6 rated for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. This engine is mated either to a six-speed or a nine-speed automatic transmission. In contrast, the 2016 Ford Explorer is available with multiple engine options, which can allows SUV buyers the ability to customize for the power output they desire. The standard 3.5-liter V6 on the Explorer is matched to a six-speed automatic transmission and is rated for 290 horsepower and 255 pound-feet of torque. Both vehicles come standard with front-wheel drive and are available in most trim levels with all-wheel drive.

Standard with the all-wheel drive option on the Ford is the Terrain Management System, which allows drivers to select one of four driving modes, each of which is designed to optimize traction in different driving conditions such as: Normal road driving, Mud/Rut off-roading, Sand, or Grass/Gravel/Snow. The Honda Intelligent Traction Management System offers similar advantages. For more information on the 2016 Ford Explorer or this comparison, contact one of our Akins Ford sales representatives today at (866) 625-1965.

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