The 2014 Honda Pilot vs. the 2014 Ford Explorer

2014 Honda PilotYou may have already heard the 2014 Honda Pilot is the most fuel efficient eight-passenger SUVs on the market today. While that is a very big deal, we here at Middletown Honda, the premier Honda dealer in the Mechanicstown area, want you to know that there is a whole lot more that sets this splendidly versatile SUV apart from the competition. As a case in point, let’s take a look at how it matches up against the 2014 Ford Explorer.

Vehicle Safety

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A family-friendly, practical, and versatile SUV, the Pilot remains a top choice among Mechanicstown drivers. It’s difficult for any competitor to match its stellar reputation for reliability and safety. The Pilot after all has a five star front driver crash Safety Rating from the NHTSA, while the Explorer rates four Stars, although they both rate an overall NHTSA rating of 5 Stars.

Versatility and Cargo Space

With its ability to seat up to eight comfortably, and its cavernous cargo capacity, the Pilot is a more versatile and useful vehicle than the Ford. The Honda SUV provides more passenger room, 153.7 cubic feet to the Ford’s 151.7 cubic feet; and a maximum cargo capacity of 87 cubic feet compared to the 80.7 of the Explorer.

Performance, Efficiency and the Bottom Line

Both vehicles feature front-wheel drive and an automatic transmission, and are powered by a 3.5L, 24-valve, V6 engine. While both have the same sized engines, the Ford can’t quite match up to the Pilot’s fuel economy. The 2014 Honda Pilot with front-wheel drive and automatic transmission has an EPA estimated 18 mpg city and 25 mpg highway.*

That’s compared to the 17 mpg city and 24 mpg highway of the Ford. The Honda wins by a nose, but that extra mile can be very important to your pocketbook in the long run. Plus, the Pilot has a total fuel capacity of 21 gallons as opposed to 18.6 gallons provided by the Ford. You’ll go a lot farther on a single tank of gas in the Honda SUV.

When it comes to the bottom line, the 2014 Honda Pilot is clearly the better overall value, with an MSRP of $30,500 to the $31,065 asking price of the Explorer.

Test Drive the New Pilot Today

Versatile, providing solid performance capabilities, excellent fuel economy, and an attractive sticker price, the 2014 Honda Pilot is a great choice for your next family SUV. Stop by our Honda showroom near Mechanicstown and take this great vehicle out for a spin today. We are conveniently located at 520 Rte. 211 in Middletown, NY, just a quick five minutes from Mechanicstown via NY-211 E. We look forward to seeing you soon!

*Based on 2014 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.