2025 Ford Explorer vs. 2025 Honda Pilot Review

Picture of the 2025 Ford Explorer

2025 Ford

MSRP*: $39,625 to $57,205
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Picture of the 2025 Honda Pilot

2025 Honda

MSRP*: $39,900 to $54,280
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MPG - City Info not available 18 - 19 MPG
MPG - Hwy Info not available 23 - 27 MPG
Seating Capacity 6 - 7 seats 7 - 8 seats
Cargo Space Info not available 86.5 - 87.0 ft3
  • 300-hp, 2.3-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel)
  • 400-hp, 3.0-liter, V6 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel)
  • 285-hp, 3.5-liter, V6 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel)
Transmission Automatic Automatic
Drivetrain Four Wheel Drive, Rear Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive, Front Wheel Drive
Horsepower 300 - 400 hp 285 hp
Towing Capacity 5,000 lbs 3,500 - 5,000 lbs
Exterior Length 198.8 in 199.9 - 200.2 in
Exterior Width 78.9 in 78.5 in
Leg Room Front 42.9 - 43.0 in
Rear 38.3 - 39.0 in
Front 41.0 in
Rear 40.8 in
Head Room Front 38.9 - 40.7 in
Rear 38.2 - 40.5 in
Front 39.1 - 40.5 in
Rear 39.2 - 40.2 in

*MSRP and Invoice prices displayed are for educational purposes only, do not reflect the actual selling price of a particular vehicle, and do not include applicable gas taxes or destination charges.

Comparison Review

The Ford Explorer offers rear passengers about the same room to stretch out as the Honda Pilot, with comparable head- and legroom. The Ford Explorer will be popular with taller drivers and passengers in the front seat, due to its greater front head- and legroom than the Honda Pilot.

There are a lot of factors to consider when calculating the overall cost of a vehicle. The main consideration is Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). Whether you pick the Ford Explorer or the Honda Pilot, it's going to cost you about the same.

The Ford Explorer is about the same width as the Honda Pilot. When looking at overall length, the Ford Explorer takes up about the same amount of space in your garage as the Honda Pilot.

When considering towing capacity, the Ford Explorer is clearly the choice over the Honda Pilot for pulling heavy loads. The Ford Explorer has a little more horsepower than the Honda Pilot.

With somewhat higher torque, the Ford Explorer transmits power to its wheels a bit more effectively than the Honda Pilot.

The Ford Explorer has less seating than the Honda Pilot, making the Honda Pilot the better choice, if you need to chauffeur many passengers.