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2021 Ford Explorer vs Honda Pilot

Both the Ford Explorer and the Honda Pilot offer palpable performance, comforting amenities, and plenty of safety features. But how do you know which one has exactly what you want?To help drivers throughout Wilmington, New Castle, and Newark, DE, decide, we at Sheridan Ford have created the following head-to-head comparison of the 2021 Ford Explorer vs. Honda Pilot. As you read, feel free to reach out to us with any questions!

Ford Explorer vs Honda Pilot: Towing, Efficiency, & Performance

Ford Explorer Towing

These versatile SUVs offer fun-fueling towing capacities to help elevate all your family vacations while also providing reliable gas mileage. However, the Ford model offers a bit more than its Honda competitor in both categories:


2021 Ford Explorer

2021 Honda Pilot

Maximum Towing Capacity

5,600 pounds

5,000 pounds

Standard EPA-Estimated Fuel Economy

27 city/29 highway MPG

20 city/27 highway MPG


To maximize traction and control no matter what the conditions, each model offers its own traction management system. The version in the Honda Pilot features modes like Normal, Snow, Sand, and more. The 2021 Ford Explorer offers all those modes, plus:

  • Sport
  • Trail
  • Slippery
  • Tow/Haul
  • Eco

On top of that, the available 12.3-inch digital cluster in the Ford Explorer displays 3D animated graphics for every drive mode, so you can stay better attuned to your SUV. The Honda Pilot does not offer a comparable feature to this one.

Ford Explorer Tech
Ford Explorer

2021 Ford Explorer vs 2021 Honda Pilot: Comfort & Technology

For seamless connectivity and convenience as you move, each of these versatile SUVs offers enlarged displays as well as Wi-Fi capability. However, you’ll find a bit more in the Ford Explorer:

2021 Ford Explorer

2021 Honda Pilot


Available 10.1-inch LCD capacitive

portrait touchscreen

Available 8-inch touchscreen

4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot




Perforated, leather-trimmed seats are also available in both the Ford Explorer and the Honda Pilot. These premium seats keep you cool when temperatures rise, optimizing your comfort as you travel.

The 2021 Ford Explorer takes your comfort and relaxation a step higher, though. With its available multi-contour seats with Active Motion® technology, you can switch among five massage modes for a spa-like experience on command.

Ford Explorer vs Honda Pilot: Safety & Driver Assistance

Ford Explorer Safety
When it comes to helping keep you and your loved ones safe, both the 2021 Ford Explorer and the Honda Pilot offer plenty of safety features to boost your awareness, too. Some of the available features include:

  • Lane-Keeping System
  • Forward sensing system
  • Reverse sensing system
  • And more!

Features like these can act like your own personal sonar system by providing audible and visual alerts about your surroundings.

One feature only offered by the 2021 Ford Explorer is MyKey®. This available feature lets you configure your vehicle’s safety settings, such as the maximum speed, radio volume limit, and more to help you teach the new driver in your life.

Another system you’ll only find available in the Ford Explorer is Active Park Assist 2.0. This intelligent system actually parks for you. Simply shift into Neutral gear and hold down the button! Unfortunately, the 2021 Honda Pilot does not offer a comparable option.

Pick Your Ride: 2021 Ford Explorer or Honda Pilot?

At Sheridan Ford, we believe you and your family will love exploring Wilmington, New Castle, and Newark, DE—and beyond—with the help of the Ford Explorer. To find out for sure if this could be the SUV for you, contact us to schedule your 2021 Ford Explorer test drive today!

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