Ford Explorer vs. Honda Pilot: Which Midsize SUV Offers More for Taylor, MI Drivers?

If you thought a midsize SUV wouldn't be fun to drive, you probably haven't tried the 2022 Ford Explorer . This SUV has punchy acceleration and spry handling that make it a joy to drive on curvy roads in Taylor, MI. The 2022 Honda Pilot also has a muscular engine, but it's not quite as athletic as the Explorer. Taylor Ford has the Explorer along with other new SUVs from the Ford lineup available for sale or lease. Check out the following comparison to see how the Explorer outdoes the Honda Pilot.



You’ll never have trouble merging into traffic on I-75 with the new Ford Explorer. It gives you a choice of two strong turbocharged engines that let it get up to speed in a hurry. The available 400-horsepower V6 can get the Explorer from 0 to 60 mph in just 5.2 seconds.

The new Honda Pilot only offers one powertrain. With its 280-horsepower V6 engine, the Pilot takes 6.3 seconds to go from 0 to 60 mph.


The new Ford Explorer has accurate steering and firm brakes that keep it stable and planted around turns. Explorer ST-Line and ST trims have performance-tuned suspensions that give them athletic handling for more spirited driving in Allen Park, MI.

The new Honda Pilot handles well for a midsize SUV, but its athleticism isn't overwhelming.

Fuel Economy

Gas is expensive right now in Riverview, MI, so you’ll want to use as little fuel as possible. The new Ford Explorer gets exceptional gas mileage for a midsize SUV. When properly equipped, it gets 21 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway.

The new Honda Pilot isn’t quite as efficient as the Ford Explorer. Front-wheel drive Pilots get 20 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway.


Passenger Space

You won’t be comfortable on long trips if you don’t have enough space to relax. The new Ford Explorer has a roomy cabin with 40.7 inches of front headroom and 39.0 inches of second-row legroom.

The new Honda Pilot has just 40.1 inches of front headroom and 38.4 inches of second-row legroom.


Infotainment System

The new Ford Explorer comes with an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system that supports both Apple Carplay and Android Auto. People in Romulus, MI who want to have an Internet connection wherever they travel will like that the Explorer comes standard with a Wi-Fi hot spot.

The new Honda Pilot also comes standard with 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system and Apple Carplay and Android Auto smartphone integration. However, a Wi-Fi hot spot is only optional on the Pilot, so you’ll have to pay more to add it.


Driver-Assist Features

The new Ford Explorer comes with 12 standard driver assistance features, including a driver alert system that can monitor your level of alertness based on your driving behavior. This system can help keep Taylor, MI drivers from falling asleep at the wheel by giving an audible and visual warning in the Explorer’s instrument cluster.

The new Honda Pilot only has 10 standard advanced active safety features. It does not offer a driver alert system.

Contact Taylor Ford to Arrange a Test Drive in a 2022 Ford Explorer

The 2022 Ford Explorer is a spacious midsize SUV with powerful engines and nimble handling. It also has a wide array of family-friendly features. Taylor Ford has a variety of Explorer trims for sale in our new inventory near Allen Park. Come see us and test drive one today.

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