When shopping for a family SUV, you want a vehicle with plenty of space, technology to entertain your passengers, and innovative safety features to protect your most precious cargo. The 2017 Ford Explorer and 2017 Honda Pilot are two SUVs that check off all the right boxes for families big and small around Clifton, Montclair, and Paterson, but which one is best for your driving routines?

Wayne Ford breaks down the similarities and differences between the 2017 Ford Explorer and 2017 Honda Pilot in the following comparison. Before test driving a Honda Pilot or Ford Explorer, read our comparison to learn about each vehicle's interior, technology, and performance. 

2017 Ford Explorer vs 2017 Honda Pilot Interior

Climb inside a 2017 Ford Explorer or 2017 Honda Pilot, and you'll find a roomy cabin with three rows of seating, family-friendly accommodations, and innovative technology features.

The 2017 Ford Explorer's interior design revolves around its available SYNC® 3 infotainment touchscreen system, which puts navigation, music streaming, hands-free calling, and more at your fingertips. Ford's popular three-row SUV puts a premium on staying connected with Bluetooth®, voice recognition, and smartphone integration, which are also available with the Honda Pilot through a 7-inch touchscreen display.

Besides their innovative technology offerings, the interiors of the 2017 Ford Explorer and 2017 Honda Pilot provide plenty of storage space, boasting cargo volumes of over 80 cubic feet when their second and third rows are folded flat. However, the 2017 Ford Explorer provides between 4.5 and 5.0 more cubic feet of storage space behind its third row than the 2017 Honda Pilot, for a total of 21 cubic feet. 

2017 Ford Explorer vs 2017 Honda Pilot Performance

Whether you're running errands or carpooling before school, the 2017 Ford Explorer and 2017 Honda Pilot are engineered to deliver smooth, reliable rides. Their sturdy suspensions and potent powertrains come together to produce controlled, confident performances anywhere from the city to the mountains, each offering all-wheel drive to help maintain traction and grip when roads get unpredictable.

In standard configurations, the 2017 Ford Explorer gets a 290 horsepower 3.5L V6. Drivers can upgrade to a 3.5L EcoBoost® V6, delivering a best-in-class 365 horsepower, or a 280 horsepower 2.3L EcoBoost® for improved fuel efficiency. Each is paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission.

The 2017 Honda Pilot only offers one engine: a 280 horsepower 3.5L V6. Drivers can choose between two automatic transmissions, one with six gears and another with nine and shift-by-wire technology.

Depending on the amount of power you desire, the 2017 Ford Explorer may be a stronger choice. Some drivers may find the Honda Pilot's single engine offering limiting, especially when you take the Explorer's best-in-class horsepower rating into consideration. 

Test Drive Your 2017 Ford Explorer Today

When you take a closer look at the 2017 Honda Pilot, it's easy to see why it's such a popular vehicle around communities in Clifton, Montclair, and Paterson. However, we think the 2017 Ford Explorer is a stronger choice due to its variety of engine options, innovative technology, and spacious rear storage area.

Test drive a 2017 Ford Explorer at Wayne Ford to find out if it's the right SUV for your family.

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