2021 Honda Pilot vs 2020 Ford Explorer

2021 Honda Pilot vs. 2020 Ford Explorer

2021 Honda Pilot


2020 Ford Explorer

$32,250 MSRP*

Starting Price

$32,765 MSRP

CabinTalk® In-Car
PA System

Not Available

Advanced Rear
Entertainment System

Not Available
18.5 Cubic Feet

Cargo Space
Behind the 3rd Row

18.2 Cubic Feet
55.9 Cubic Feet

Cargo Space
Behind the 2nd Row

47.9 Cubic Feet
109.0 Cubic Feet

Cargo Space
Behind the 1st Row

87.8 Cubic Feet

Drivers looking for a 3-row crossover SUV typically want to find a model able to deliver spacious dimensions alongside plenty of family-friendly features, which explains why so many pick the Honda Pilot over the Ford Explorer. To see why the Pilot is so popular, read on to compare 2021 Honda Pilot vs. 2020 Ford Explorer on:

  • Pricing
  • Features
  • Cargo Space

Pilot vs. Explorer: Pricing

Entry-level and top-level 2021 Honda Pilot trims include:

  • 2021 Honda Pilot LX: Priced at $32,250 MSRP*
  • 2021 Honda Pilot Elite: Priced at $48,420 MSRP*

Entry-level and top-level 2020 Ford Explorer trims include:

  • 2020 Ford Explorer Standard: Priced at $32,765 MSRP
  • 2020 Ford Explorer Platinum: Priced at $58,250 MSRP

It’s smart to look at starting prices first, especially with the Ford Explorer priced higher than the Pilot as standard and close to $10,000 higher when you look at top-tier models.

Pilot vs. Explorer: Features

Think the Ford Explorer’s higher price means it offers superior features compared against the Honda Pilot? Not so – in fact, many popular Pilot amenities aren’t available with the Ford at any price, including:

  • 10.2-inch High-Resolution Advanced Rear Entertainment System: Plays from a Blu-Ray™ Player and Built-In Streaming Apps to keep everyone happy during longer drives.
  • CabinTalk® In-Car PA System: Lets you channel your voice through rear speakers, so you’ll never need to shout to be heard.

Pilot vs. Explorer: Cargo Space

  • Cargo Space Behind the 3rd Row: Up to 18.5 cubic feet in the Pilot vs. 18.2 in the Explorer.
  • Cargo Space Behind the 2nd Row: Up to 55.9 cubic feet the Pilot vs. 47.9 in the Explorer.
  • Cargo Space Behind the 1st Row: Up to 109.0 cubic feet in the Pilot vs. 87.8 in the Explorer.

Whether you’re looking to throw in the weekly groceries, bring everything you need for family vacation, or carry a couple of mountain bikes, the Pilot’s cargo dimensions are going to look more impressive than those of the Ford Explorer.

Take a Closer Look at the New Honda Pilot by Visiting Our Whittier Showroom

The Honda Pilot is available now from Ocean Honda of Whittier, and our team will be happy to provide everything from advice on finding your perfect model to first-rate servicing that can keep yours in prime condition for years to come. Simply contact us today to find out more.


*MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $1,045.00 destination charge, options and accessories. Dealers set own prices.

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