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Vehicle Comparisons:
2019 Honda Pilot vs Ford Explorer


The 2019 Honda Pilot and 2019 Ford Explorer are both known for being family-friendly SUVs that don’t sacrifice power for safety. Both vehicles are adventure-ready, but which one will be best suited to take you around the Denver, Aurora, and Centennial areas?

We’ve sought to answer that very question with this 2019 Honda Pilot vs. 2019 Ford Explorer comparison. By the time you’re done with this review, you’ll be ready to take one for a test drive and make the decision that best suits you and your family.


The 2019 Honda Pilot has a 3.5-liter V6 rated at 280 horsepower with a 6-speed automatic transmission. Its engine is capable of shouldering 5,000 pounds with its all-wheel drive configuration, giving drivers flexibility and power all in one.

With a 3.5-liter V6, 290 horsepower engine, the 2019 Ford Explorer uses more fuel for adequate power in some cases. Many drivers report that it feels sluggish on curves and while climbing hills. If you need something for daily driving adventures around town or on the highway, the Explorer is a capable vehicle that can get you from Point A to Point B.


The Pilot comes equipped with a smart-shifting 6-speed automatic transmission that tips the scale with dependable, accurate steering. With 18-inch wheels, the Pilot conceals its mass on curving roads with ease, with firm suspension and powerful handling.

All engines in the Explorer utilize a 6-speed automatic transmission. With front-wheel drive as a standard option and all-wheel drive as an available option, the Explorer also sits on 18-inch wheels and takes corners smoothly. Its formidable size can be daunting for city driving, though, especially when doing a lot of stopping and starting.


The 2019 Honda Pilot is a breath of fresh air when it comes to standard safety options. Adaptive Cruise Control, Active Lane Control, and a Collision Mitigation Braking System™ come standard, allowing even base level drivers to feel safe and in charge.

The range topping 2019 Ford Explorer comes standard with Pre-Collision Brakes, Adaptive Cruise Control and optional airbags integrated into the second row. Automatic emergency braking systems do not come standard with this vehicle.

2019 Honda Pilot vs 2019 Ford Explorer

While both vehicles have a lot to offer in terms of specs and features, the 2019 Honda Pilot crosses the finish line with performance, capability, and safety. While both are impressive and have a lot to offer, only one can be your next vehicle, and we’re confident that it can only be the Pilot. It offers better handling with standard safety options that the Explorer just doesn’t have at the same levels.

To see for yourself, we encourage drivers in Centennial, Aurora, and Denver to come see us at Mile High Honda. With our highly trained team of Honda specialists, we’re confident we can help you find exactly what you’re looking for. You don’t have to take our word for it, though. Call or contact us today and take one for a test drive!


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