2019 Ford Explorer vs. 2019 Honda Pilot: Which Comes Out on Top?

May 28th, 2019 by

2019 Honda Pilot Blue Exterior

For drivers looking for their next SUV, the 2019 Ford Explorer and the 2019 Honda Pilot are both capable on the road with comfort and technology features inside. But when we compare the entry-level 2019 Ford Explorer Base with the 2019 Honda Pilot LX side by side, which vehicle offers drivers more? With a better fuel economy, larger cargo and passenger space, and the ability to tow larger loads, the 2019 Honda Pilot outshines the Ford Explorer. The Honda Pilot also comes at a more affordable base MSRP and retains more of its value for longer.


The 2019 Honda Pilot comes at a better base MSRP than the 2019 Ford Explorer. Even when comparably equipped, the Pilot still comes at a lower price tag of $32,495* compared to the the Explorer which reaches up to $33,460.


  • 2019 Honda Pilot – $31,450 MSRP*
  • 2019 Ford Explorer- $32,365 MSRP

Comparably Equipped Price

  • 2019 Honda Pilot – $32,495 MSRP*
  • 2019 Ford Explorer – $33,460 MSRP

Resale Value

By retaining more of its value as time goes on, the Pilot not only comes at a lower price, but it also offers a better resale value. Whether you’re planning on trading in for a newer model down the road or leasing, the Pilot’s higher residual value means it’s a better overall investment.

ALG Residual Value after 36 months

  • 2019 Honda Pilot – 56%
  • 2019 Ford Explorer – 42%

ALG Residual Value After 60 Months

  • 2019 Honda Pilot – 39%
  • 2019 Ford Explorer – 27%


2019 Honda Pilot AWD Exterior Rear Angle Power Tailgate

In terms of fuel economy, the Pilot outdoes the Explorer again. With a more impressive efficiency, drivers can drive the Pilot for longer distances with less frequent visits to the gas station to fill up the tank, and that’s a better choice for your wallet and for the environment.

  • 2019 Honda Pilot – 19 city / 27 highway / 22 combined mpg**
  • 2019 Ford Explorer – 17 city / 24 highway / 20 combined mpg


For drivers who need to transport cargo, the Pilot offers a larger and more versatile cargo space inside the cabin as well as the ability to tow heavier loads on its standard front-wheel drive models. Load up more with the Pilot and haul everything you need.

2019 Honda Pilot AWD Interior Cargo SpaceCargo Space

  • 83.9 cubic feet in the 2019 Honda Pilot
  • 80.7 cubic feet in the 2019 Ford Explorer

Towing Capacity

  • 3,500 lbs. on the standard 2019 Honda Pilot
  • 2,000 lbs. on the standard 2019 Ford Explorer

Experience the 2019 Honda Pilot Firsthand with a Test Drive at your Central Illinois Honda Dealer Today!

Contact us to find out more information on the 2019 Honda Pilot and explore current offers. See why U.S. News and World Report calls it a “well-rounded SUV” and experience the Pilot firsthand when you visit your nearest Central Illinois Honda Dealer and take a test drive today.

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

**Based on 2019 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.