The 2014 Ford Explorer Safety Features Come Up Short

July 28th, 2014 by

HondaWhile we think that the 2014 Ford Explorer is a fine SUV, if you’re looking for the latest safety features, we think you can do better. The 2015 Honda Pilot is available at a Mid-Missouri Honda Dealer near you, and not only is it equipped with features like a rearview camera as standard, but it has no trouble outperforming the Explorer in NHTSA safety tests.

Let’s see how the Explorer stacks up in a side by side safety comparison.

Honda Makes Safety a Priority

Gone are the days where drivers worried about the safety of their SUVs, and that’s due in no small part to Honda ensuring that their vehicles are some of the safest on the roads—including their SUVs like the 2015 Pilot. The latest Pilot has earned great scores from the NHTSA, outscoring the 2014 Ford Explorer in important areas like the front driver crash test (Honda’s SUV earned 5 stars tot he 4 stars of the Explorer).

But safety is more than just ratings. Honda makes standard features that Ford requires drivers to upgrade for, if they are even available on the Explorer. And many of those features affect safety, including:

  • Front active head restraints
  • Second and third row head restraints
  • Brake assist
  • Rearview camera

And Honda’s new suite of standard features are centered on keeping the driver’s focus on driving while still letting them stay connected with Bluetooth HandsFreeLink, steering wheel-mounted controls, and a touchscreen infotainment interface.

This isn’t the only time the Pilot has come out ahead of the Explorer. See how the 2014 Pilot compares to Ford’s Explorer to see a history of SUV superiority at Honda.

Test Drive a Pilot to See it for Yourself

If you want to take the 2015 Honda Pilot for a test drive, to see it in action for yourself and determine whether or not it’s the right SUV for you, all you need to do is visit a Mid-Missouri Honda Dealer and let us put you behind the wheel for a test drive. We think you’ll love its powerful V6, its state-of-the-art features, and its comfortable and fun-to-drive design.


Mid-Missouri Honda Dealers includes Corwin Honda of Jefferson City, Don Wessel Honda, Frank Fletcher Honda, and Roper Honda.

Posted in 2014 Vehicles, Pilot