2019 Ford Explorer vs 2019 Honda Pilot

2019 Ford Explorer vs 2019 Honda Pilot

Serving as the middle ground between cramped compact crossovers and bulky SUVs, the 2019 Ford Explorer and the 2019 Honda Pilot bring a convenient blend of comfort and performance. Check out how these two vehicles measure up when they go toe-to-toe in this comparison.

The Ford Explorer comes standard with a 3.5-liter DOHC V6 engine, which delivers 290 horsepower. The Honda Pilot’s standard 3.5-liter SOHC V6 engine makes it less powerful than the Explorer. The added horsepower doesn’t come with an extra cost. In fact, the 2019 Explorer costs less with a starting MSRP of $32,365. The 2019 Pilot is about $1,000 more expensive with its starting MSRP of $33,350.

2019 Ford Explorer


2019 Honda Pilot

$32,365 Starting MSRP $33,350
290 hp Standard Horsepower 280 hp
38 in. Average Legroom 37 in.
21.0 cubic ft. Cargo Volume 18.5 cubic ft.

2019 Ford Explorer Lineup at Akins Ford near Atlanta, GA: Better Engine Performance and Interior than the 2019 Honda Pilot Lineup

While the Pilot remains limited to the one engine option, the Explorer has two more up its sleeve: the turbocharged four-cylinder engine and the twin-turbo V6. Packing up to 365 horsepower, the twin-turbo V6 leaves no question as to which model is the most powerful.

The Explorer offers more legroom than the Pilot in all three rows, providing 2 inches more front legroom, 1.1 inches more rear legroom and 1.4 inches more third-row legroom. The Explorer also features up to 1.3 inches more head room than the Pilot.

Behind the third-row seats, the Ford Explorer features a spacious cargo space that spans 21.0 cubic feet. The Honda Pilot provides just 18.5 cubic feet of space, giving it 2.5 cubic feet less space to offer. The Explorer even features a switch that will automatically fold or unfold the second- or third-row seats so you can easily adjust your cargo space as needed. This feature is not offered on the Pilot.