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2016 Honda Pilot Vs 2016 Ford Explorer near Fort Pierce, FL

Serving Vero Beach, Port St. Lucie, Sebastian, Palm Bay & Fellsmere

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Are you in the market for a mid-size SUV that is spacious, versatile, and surprisingly fuel-efficient? Then you must see the Honda Pilot! Honda's popular family SUV has gotten even better with the recent release of its latest version, the 2016 Pilot. Vatland Honda proudly serves residents near Ft. Pierce, Port St. Lucie, Sebastian, and Palm Bay & Fellsmere as one of the area's go-to Honda dealerships. We invite nearby drivers to visit our Vero Beach, FL showroom to test drive the stylish new Honda Pilot. You can shop our inventory of Pilots and other Honda vehicles right here on our website; then, stop by our dealership location to speak with one of our helpful sales team members.

While here on the Vatland Honda website, you can not only shop our current inventory, but also research Honda vehicles and compare them to the competition. To see how the 2016 Honda Pilot stacks up against the Ford Explorer, continue reading below!

Starting Price and Standard Features

If you are looking to get into a shiny new mid-size SUV at the lowest price possible, then you should consider the 2016 Honda Pilot over the Ford Explorer. With a starting MSRP that is about $1,000 less than the Explorer, the 2016 Pilot provides great value to drivers and families. For the starting price of $30,145, the Pilot comes equipped with such desirable features as a Multi-Angle Rearview Camera, 18-inch alloy wheels, a 280-hp 3.5-liter V6 engine, and 8-passenger seating. Even if you decide that you want a fully-loaded Pilot model, like the 2016 Pilot AWD Elite, you will still save thousands over a comparably-equipped Ford Explorer; the 2016 Pilot AWD Elite starts at a price of $46,570, while the range-topping Explorer Platinum 4WD model retails for a whopping $52,970.

Standard Fuel Economy

When it comes to standard fuel economy, the 2016 Honda Pilot is a way's ahead of Ford's Explorer. Both SUVs come standard with 3.5-liter V6 engines, but the Pilot's is significantly more fuel efficient, with an EPA-estimated fuel economy rating of 19 city/27 highway/22 combined mpg. Compare that to the Explorer's EPA-estimated rating of 17 city/24 highway/20 combined mpg, and you will notice that the Pilot bests Ford's SUV by an average of two mpg! Considering these two popular sport utes produce about the same output, that difference in efficiency is quite startling. The 2016 Pilot can travel further on a tank of gas too, not only because of its superior fuel economy but also since its fuel capacity is one gallon greater than the Ford's. If you want to bypass the gas pump on a regular basis, then get into a fuel-efficient 2016 Honda Pilot!

Standard Power and Performance

All 2016 Honda Pilot SUVs are outfitted with a 3.5-liter V6 engine, developing a powerful 280 hp and 262 lb.-ft. of torque. You can have your Pilot equipped with either 2WD or an advanced all-wheel drive system (AWD); either way, you will find that your new Honda SUV features stunning performance and all-weather stability. Ford's Explorer also comes equipped with a 3.5-liter V6 as standard, and like the Pilot, can be equipped with either 2WD, or have power sent to all four wheels. Horsepower and torque ratings for these two mid-size SUV rivals are nearly identical, but that does not mean that the performance capabilities of the Explorer base model live up to what the Pilot has to offer. Honda's Pilot weighs in at over 400 pounds lighter than the Explorer, meaning that the similar power output only seems similar on paper. Out on the road, the Pilot will feel more powerful as it has a lot less weight to move. If you want performance and fuel efficiency in your mid-size SUV, the choice is clear: the 2016 Honda Pilot.

Towing Capacity

If you are in the market for a new mid-size SUV, then chances are you plan on doing some towing at some point. Whether it involves towing your weekend toys or a moving trailer, one thing is for sure: the 2016 Honda Pilot can handle it! With a maximum towing capacity of 3,500 pounds, the Pilot's capabilities far succeed the Explorer's standard 2,000-pound limit.

Passenger Space and Cargo Capacity

Just because the Honda Pilot weighs significantly less than its rival from Ford, that doesn't mean it has less space to offer for passengers and cargo. In fact, you will find that the 2016 Pilot provides more passenger volume and a greater maximum cargo capacity. When the second and third rows of seating are folded down, the Pilot's cargo space is over three cubic feet larger than the Explorer's. Rear passengers will also appreciate the Pilot's generous cabin as it offers more third-row headroom, as well as more shoulder and hip room for all passengers than does the Ford. SUVs are all about versatility, and the 2016 Honda Pilot has it in droves, thanks to its spacious seating for up to eight, and its impressive cargo capacity.

Safety Features and Technology

One of the highlights of the 2016 Honda Pilot SUV's safety features is the innovative Honda Sensing™ system, which utilizes a host of smart technologies to better alert the driver to possible obstacles or collisions before they occur. The Road Departure Mitigation system uses a small camera to identify road markers, like lane dividers and raised pavement markers, and alerts the driver if it senses that the vehicle is about to leave the road; it can even take corrective action to avoid the vehicle from doing so! A Lane Keeping Assist System adjusts the steering wheel if it detects that the Pilot is straying from the center of the detected lane without signaling first. The Pilot's Adaptive Cruise Control helps you maintain a set following distance behind the vehicle in front of you, so you don't have to manually change your speed. Honda's Collision Mitigation Braking System™ can bring the 2016 Pilot to a stop if it detects an otherwise unavoidable collision with a vehicle in front of you. These are just a few of the highly advanced driver-assist technologies that you can find on the Pilot. A review of the high-tech safety features that are available on the 2016 Honda Pilot includes:

  • Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow (ACC)
  • Multi-Angle Rearview Camera with Dynamic Guidelines
  • Lane departure warning system
  • Lane keeping assist system
  • Lane sway warning system
  • Pedestrian detection
  • Radar- or camera-based collision preparation system
  • Automatic braking, high-speed or partial
  • Forward collision warning

Safety Ratings

The 2016 Honda Pilot and Ford Explorer are both extremely safe SUVs, as they each achieved the NHTSA's 5-Star Overall Rating for crash tests. One reason to choose the Pilot over the Explorer is that Honda offers a more comprehensive package of safety features, including its popular Honda Sensing™ system. Another reason to choose the Pilot is that it provides Front Active Head Restraints as standard, along with second-row and third-row head restraints, while they are not offered on the Ford Explorer base model.

Are you ready to get behind the wheel of a versatile and spacious 2016 Honda Pilot SUV for a test drive? If you live near Ft. Pierce, Port St. Lucie, Sebastian, and Palm Bay & Fellsmere, then visit Vatland Honda of Vero Beach, FL. One test drive of this popular mid-size family SUV and you are sure to want to find a new Pilot to take home to your family! Our dealership is located at {%LOCATION%}.

*19 city/27 highway/22 combined mpg rating for 2WD 6AT models. 18 city/26 highway/21 combined mpg rating for AWD 6AT models. 20 city/27 highway/23 combined mpg rating for 2WD 9AT models. 19 city/26 highway/22 combined mpg rating for AWD 9AT models. Based on 2016 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.

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