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2018 Ford Explorer 2018 Honda Pilot Versus

2018 Ford Explorer


2018 Honda Pilot

3.5L Ti-VCT V6


3.5L V6
290 hp


280 hp
42.9 in / 39.5 in / 33.3 in

Legroom (1st, 2nd, 3rd Row)

40.9 in / 38.4 in / 31.9 in

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When it comes to midsize SUVs that can seat up to seven passengers comfortably, few are as popular as the classic, iconic Ford Explorer. If you're shopping for a family vehicle this year, here's what you need to know about how the 2018 Explorer stacks up to one of its main competitors, the 2018 Honda Pilot. Both vehicles carry over from the 2017 model year with a few new changes.

Interior Tech and Features

A few top 2018 Explorer Interior features:

  • User-friendly touchscreen displays
  • Clearly labeled controls and functions
  • Intuitive operation
  • Hands-free liftgate
  • Available Wi-Fi

While the tech offerings of the 2018 Explorer and Pilot are similar to one another, reviewers say Ford's SYNC3 infotainment system is much easier to use. Honda’s system has supposedly come across frustrating sensitivity issues and confusing menus. Both SUVs include a small standard touchscreen that can be upgraded to an 8-inch version. If you prefer the option for physical controls, go with the Explorer.

Safety Features

Some of the Explorer's top Safety tech includes:

  • Inflatable safety belts in second-row outboard positions
  • MyKey system to monitor teen drivers and set speed and stereo volume limits
  • Active parking assistance

Ford offers several driver assistance features that aren't available in the Honda, including those listed above. Both SUVs can be equipped with forward collision and lane departure warning, automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, front and rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and automatic high beams and windshield wipers. Nevertheless, Ford offers more safety tech to keep you and your passengers secure and to provide a peace of mind throughout the entire ride.


Notable 2018 Ford Explorer powertrain specs:

  • 365-horsepower twin-turbo V6 available
  • 290-hp V6 standard engine
  • Available four-wheel drive with Terrain Management

If you want a powerful engine that's suitable for off-roading, the Explorer is by far the better choice. The Pilot is available with just one engine, a 280-horsepower V6. While it is available with all-wheel drive, only the Explorer has Ford's Terrain Management System, which allows you to adjust your suspension and ride quality based on four separate driving modes. You can also opt for the available Sport trim for even better handling. While the Pilot offers comfort, the Explorer is known for the power and control that takes it to the next level.

When you drive the Explorer, you'll understand why it's been the nation's best-selling SUV for more than 25 years and why Ford is the most trusted SUV brand of Reader's Digest readers. If you're ready to let the 2018 Ford Explorer into your life, visit us at J.C. Lewis Ford Statesboro for your test drive!

MSRP excludes destination, taxes, title and registration fees. Starting at MSRP refers to the base model, optional equipment not included. Pricing and offers may change at any time without notification. To get full pricing details, see your dealer.

All figures are EPA estimates. Actual mileage may vary.

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