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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

Advanced Rear Entertainment System

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CabinTalk® In-Car PA System

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Multi-Angle Rearview Camera

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Up to 18.5 Cubic Feet

Cargo Space Behind the 3rd Row

Up to 18.2 Cubic Feet
Up to 109.0 Cubic Feet

Cargo Space Behind the 1st Row

Up to 87.8 Cubic Feet

It doesn’t matter if you’re focusing on starting prices, onboard technology, or interior dimensions, your 2021 Honda Pilot vs. 2020 Ford Explorer comparison is almost certainly going to come out favoring the former. We’ve put together a quick look at every key way the Pilot is able to outpace and outperform the Explorer, so simply read on to compare:

  • Starting Prices 
  • Interior Features
  • Cargo Space

Pilot vs. Explorer: Starting Prices

It might be that a look at starting prices is all you need. After all, the Explorer starts higher than the Pilot as standard and almost $10,000 higher when you reach the highest trim levels.

Entry and top-level 2021 Pilot trims include:

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

Entry and top-level 2020 Explorer trims include:

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

Pilot vs. Explorer: Interior Features

The Ford Explorer’s higher starting prices don’t necessarily translate to having more features. Just a few popular Honda Pilot amenities that are entirely absent from the Ford Explorer across all trim levels include:

  • 10.2-inch High-Resolution Advanced Rear Entertainment System
  • CabinTalk® In-Car PA System
  • Multi-Angle Rearview Camera

Since they cover everything from safety to entertainment, it’s hard to justify the Explorer’s higher pricing.

Pilot vs. Explorer: Cargo Space

Drivers expect cavernous cargo dimensions from every 3-row crossover SUV, but even the Ford Explorer can feel a little cramped after you’ve become used to the Honda Pilot’s cargo dimensions.

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

You’ll Struggle to Find a 3-Row Crossover Able to Keep Pace with the Honda Pilot

The team here at our Morgan Hill, CA showroom is ready and waiting to help you navigate everything from financing options to available trims and packages. For any further advice or assistance, feel free to contact us today.


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

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