2016 Honda Pilot vs 2016 Ford Explorer

2016 Honda Pilot black


2016 Ford Explorer white


Offering a blend of space, comfort, and strength unparalleled in today’s market, the 2016 Honda Pilot offers an SUV experience perfectly suited for Casper, Glenrock, Douglas, Riverton, Lander, and Worland drivers. With its responsive, intuitive handling and smooth, stable ride, the new Pilot enables you to cruise through the gorgeous Wyoming countryside in power and style. Take a look at this side-by-side comparison between the Pilot and the 2016 Ford Explorer, and see for yourself what makes how the Pilot remains the head of its class.

Comparing Performance

Featuring a 3.5L, 24-valve, DOHC engine, the 2016 Honda Pilot offers drivers 280 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque. The relatively light Pilot makes expert use of this power, and thanks to its 111-inch wheelbase, the Pilot also achieves a stable and smooth ride. Its unit-body construction and multi-link rear suspension provide it nuance and adaptability, rounding out its expert handling for trips through the scenic American west.

The 3.5L V6 engine of the 2016 Ford Explorer offers a slightly superior 290 horsepower, but its 255 lb-ft of available torque ensures that you won’t get the full use of that power. That minimal gain in power also comes at the more noticeable loss of economy; the 17 mpg city/24 mpg highway ratings of the Explorer can’t beat the 20 mpg city*/27 mpg highway* ratings of the Pilot.

Comparing Features

Now that we have a sense of how each car performs, let’s take a look at what available features they each one gives drivers.

2016 Honda Pilot

  • Honda LaneWatch
  • Lane-keeping assist systems
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Auto high beams
  • Blind spot monitoring
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Multi-angle rearview camera

2016 Ford Explorer

  • Lane-keeping system
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Blind spot information system
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Front camera

The Best Vehicle for You

The 2016 Ford Explorer is a fine vehicle, and it no doubt offers drivers a comfortable and enjoyable ride. It doesn’t, however, realize the balance between comfort, precision, economy, and safety that that the 2016 Honda Pilot does. The Ford Explorer is very slightly more powerful, but this power comes at the cost of fuel economy, which drivers will notice with frequent stops to fill up. The Explorer also offers impressive safety features, but it doesn’t get as comprehensive of a selection as the Pilot. In the end, this fierce competition has one clear winner: the 2016 Honda Pilot.

Learn More About the 2016 Honda Pilot at Honda of Casper Today!

If you’re on the market for a new SUV in Casper or surrounding areas in Wyoming, the 2016 Honda Pilot could be the right vehicle for you. Give us a call at 307-577-9333 to schedule a test drive, or fill out our contact form online. We look forward to introducing you to your new Honda Pilot at 3801 CY Avenue in Casper, WY!

*Based on 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.