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2021 Honda Pilot vs. 2020 Ford Explorer

2021 Honda Pilot vs. 2020 Ford Explorer
2021 Honda Pilot LX


2020 Ford Explorer Base

Starting MSRP

109 cubic feet

Cargo Space

87.8 cubic feet
152.9 cubic feet

Passenger Volume

152.7 cubic feet
For up to 8


For up to 7

Driver Assist
Safety Features


Rearview Camera


The 2021 Honda Pilot and 2020 Ford Explorer: Which is the best choice to upgrade your Waterbury driving experience? While both of these midsize SUVs offer a variety of features to keep you comfortable, connected, and safe, the new Pilot offers a roomier interior and more advanced safety features at a more budget-friendly price. Learn more in this Pilot vs. Ford Explorer comparison from Honda of Watertown.



Honda Pilot vs. Ford Explorer: Interior Space

One of the reasons why Southbury drivers opt for a midsize SUV is their spacious cabins that can accommodate the whole family while providing plenty of cargo room to carry everything you need when you’re out and about. Looking specifically at the Pilot dimensions vs. Ford Explorer dimensions, you’ll find that there are some important differences between the two in terms of seating capacity and overall space for passengers and cargo.

Honda Pilot LX Interior

  • Seating for up to 8
  • Maximum passenger volume of 152.9 cubic feet
  • Maximum cargo volume of 109 cubic feet

Ford Explorer Base Interior

  • Seating for up to 7
  • Maximum passenger volume of 152.7 cubic feet
  • Maximum cargo volume of 87.8 cubic feet

Honda Pilot vs. Ford Explorer: Safety Features

Torrington families will want an SUV that is equipped with the latest advanced safety features to keep everyone secure. While the Pilot and Explorer both come with an array of airbags and features such as traction control and anti-lock brakes, the Pilot ups the ante with the Honda Sensing® safety suite. All 2021 Honda Pilot trim levels come standard with Honda Sensing®, while you’ll have to move to a more expensive upper trim model to get similar safety systems on the Explorer. The Honda Sensing® safety and driver assist systems include:

  • Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™)*
  • Road Departure Mitigation System (RDM)*
  • Forward Collision Warning (FCW)*
  • Lane Departure Warning (LDW)*
  • Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS)*
  • Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)*

Honda Pilot vs. Ford Explorer: Price

For many Watertown drivers, the final decision when choosing a new SUV will be based upon the sticker price. Both the Explorer and Pilot start with an affordable MSRP, but the Honda still comes in with a starting price that is $545 less than the Ford.

  • 2021 Honda PIlot LX Price: Starts with an MSRP of $32,250*
  • 2020 Ford Explorer Price: Starts with an MSRP of $32,795

Test Drive the Honda Pilot Today at Honda of Watertown

Explore the available 2021 Honda Pilot colors and learn about the Pilot MPG ratings, then browse our current Pilot lease deals to find the offer that will best suit your budget. If you’d like to continue your research, check out our Pilot vs. Acura MDX comparison. If you have any questions or would like more information, please don’t hesitate to contact us.


*MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $1120 destination charge and accessories. Dealer prices may vary. MSRP does not include $395 charge for select premium colors. $395 charge only applies to 2021 models.

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