2016 Honda Pilot 2WD LX 6AT vs 2016 Ford Explorer

2016 Honda


2016 Ford

No280 HP Yes290
Yes262 Torque No255
Yes19.5 Fuel Capacity No18.6

3/3 Winner

  • Horse Power 96% 96%
  • Torque 100% 100%
  • Fuel Capacity 100% 100%
The 2016 Ford Explorer is an example of a heavy vehicle trying to make up for its weight by simply adding more power. This hurts fuel efficiency down the road, and it ultimately has nothing to show for its extra power. The 2016 Honda Pilot has all the power that you need in a much tighter package.
Yes19 City MPG No17
Yes27 Highway MPG No24
Yes22 Combined Fuel Economy No20

3/3 Winner

  • City MPG 100% 100%
  • Highway MPG 100% 100%
  • Combined Fuel Economy 100% 100%
The 2016 Honda Pilot was made to truly explore city streets and country roads over the 2016 Ford Explorer with greater combined fuel-economy standards.
Yes 83.9 Maximum Cargo Volume  No80.7
 Yes152.9 Passenger Volume  No151.7
Yes8 Seating No7
YesStandard Armrest Storage NoNot Available

4/4 Winner

  • Tow Capacity (lbs) 100% 100%
  • Cargo Volume (cu. ft) 100% 100%
  • Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 100% 100%

Elbow Room

Inside, passenger space is vastly different, favoring the all-new Honda Pilot, where engineers were able to work their magic and increase cabin space without hindering functionality and features. The Pilot offers 171.4 cu-ft of interior passenger space. The Highlander only offers 158.7 cu-ft. This is likely due to the fact Toyota has somehow squeezed a third seat into its second row. It is already a tight squeeze, and two three-row benches is a lot for the long haul.

9/10 Winner

  • 9/10 Winner 90% 90%
U.S. News Best Cars for Families   NHTSA 5-Star Safety Ratings   2016 IIHS Top Safety Pick+   

2016 Honda Pilot is the Winner!

Just because Ford seems to think they’re tough, doesn’t mean they have anything on the 2016 Honda Pilot. Explore the true winner in this toss up of SUVs, the 2016 Honda Pilot over the 2016 Ford Explorer. Offering stronger performance, greater efficiency and more room for all your adventures.

Fuel economy estimates and driving range based on EPA test data. Your actual driving distance will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle. Based on 2014-2016 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. Complete comparison details can be found at Awards and accolade information can be found at

The 2016 Honda Pilot with Honda Sensing™ has been awarded the coveted 2016 TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) in recognition of its superior crash safety performance. Safety matters most, and the 2016 Honda Pilot earned top marks with a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). [1] Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s New Car Assessment Program ( Model tested with standard side airbags (SAB). U.S. News has recognized the 2016 Honda Pilot as the Best Car for Families in its class of 3-Row SUVs. This vehicle was recognized for its expansive standard features, spacious interior, and safety and reliability ratings. [1] View U.S. News Best Cars at