2019 Ford Explorer vs. 2019 Honda Pilot

May 30th, 2019 by

The Ford Explorer and the Honda Pilot are SUVs that can offer drivers versatility inside the cabin and capability on the road. But when compared side by side, which one gives drivers more? We compare the entry-level 2019 Ford Explorer Base with the 2019 Honda Pilot LX and the winner is clear. The Honda Pilot offers a better fuel economy, a larger cabin for passengers and cargo, and also comes at a more affordable price point. Edmunds.com says “even among its all-star midsize SUV rivals, the Pilot got high marks.”


Priced at a more affordable price point while offering an interior jam-packed with comfort and tech amenities, the Pilot offers drivers a better bang for your buck. Even when comparably equipped with the Ford Explorer, the Pilot still comes at a lower price point.


  • 2019 Honda Pilot LX – $31,450 MSRP*
  • 2019 Ford Explorer Base – $32,365 MSRP

Comparably Equipped Price

  • 2019 Honda Pilot LX – $32,495 MSRP*
  • 2019 Ford Explorer Base – $33,460 MSRP

Resale Value

Not only is the Pilot more affordable than the Ford Explorer, but it also holds on to more of its value over time. Choosing a vehicle with a high residual value is smart whether you’re planning on leasing or trading in for a newer model in the years to come.

ALG Residual Value after 36 months

  • 2019 Honda Pilot – 56%
  • 2019 Ford Explorer – 42%
ALG Residual Value After 60 Months

  • 2019 Honda Pilot – 39%
  • 2019 Ford Explorer – 27%


In terms of fuel efficiency, the Honda Pilot again has the Ford Explorer beat. Drivers of the Pilot will be able to drive longer, uninterrupted stretches on long journeys with less frequent fill ups. The Ford Explorer, on the other hand, will drink up more fuel more quickly.

  • 2019 Honda Pilot – 19 city / 27 highway / 22 combined mpg**
  • 2019 Ford Explorer – 17 city / 24 highway / 20 combined mpg

Cargo Space

For drivers and families that need their SUV to haul and transport cargo—whether it’s bags of groceries or sports equipment for the weekend tournament—the Pilot has more space than the Ford Explorer with rear seats that can fold flat to accommodate more room when you need it.

The Pilot is also ready to tow heavier loads, with the standard front-wheel drive Pilot able to tow up to 3,500 lbs. compared to the Explorer which can only tow 2,000 lbs. Drivers who need to tow even more, can equip the Pilot with all-wheel drive, which can tow 5,000 lbs.

Cargo Space

2019 Honda Pilot AWD Interior Cargo Space

  • 83.9 cubic feet in the 2019 Honda Pilot
  • 80.7 cubic feet in the 2019 Ford Explorer

Towing Capacity

  • 3,500 lbs. on the standard 2019 Honda Pilot
  • 2,000 lbs. on the standard 2019 Ford Explorer

We Did All the Hard Work For You, Now You Just Get to Test Drive At Your Mid-Missouri Honda Dealer

Find out more about how the 2019 Honda Pilot outshines the competition by contacting us and exploring current offers. Climb behind the wheel when you visit your nearest Mid-Missouri Honda Dealer and take a test drive today.

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

**Based on 2019 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.