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2016 Honda Pilot vs. 2016 Ford Explorer

2016 Honda Pilot 2016 Ford Explorer
3.5L i-VTEC V-6 Engine 3.5L V-6
280 HP Horsepower 290 HP
260 lb-ft Torque 255 lb-ft
6-Speed, 9-Speed Automatic Available Transmissions 6-Speed Automatic

2016 Honda Pilot vs. 2016 Ford Explorer

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Space for eight passengers, off-road capabilities, and family-friendly amenities define the three-row SUV segment, especially as it continues to evolve. That evolution speeds up a bit for the 2016 model year, where both the Honda Pilot and Ford Explorer receive a host of changes that make them acouple of the most attractive options for families on the go. With rugged toughness that allows Canadian drivers to overcome whatever Mother Nature throws their way, these large SUVs are perfect year-round vehicles. But which is better for you?

To help you choose between the two SUVs, we put the 2016 Honda Pilot vs 2016 Ford Explorer and highlighted some of the key aspects of both so you can have a basis for comparison before you get behind the wheel for a test drive.

In terms of performance, the 2016 Honda Pilot and 2016 Ford Explorer are quite comparable, with both SUVs getting their power from 3.5-liter V-6 engines. While the Explorer offers a few additional horsepower, the 2016 Pilot returns more torque. Over the course of ownership, those minor differences will not make huge differences. When it comes to judging the performance of the two SUVs, your best bet is to test drive both models.

Key Differences Between 2016 Honda Pilot and 2016 Ford Explorer

One of the advantages to choosing the 2016 Honda Pilot over the Ford Explorer is the Pilot's new Intelligent Traction Management system and Intelligent Variable Torque Management (I-VTM4) AWD system. With those systems, there are four selectable driving modes — Normal, Mud, Sand, and Snow — that allow drivers to tailor the Pilot's performance to their terrain. The 2016 Honda Pilot also offers the Honda Sensing suite, which includes active safety features and tech designed to keep drivers fully award of their surroundings. Additionally, the availability of a nine-speed automatic transmission will help take efficiency to new heights.

The 2016 Honda Pilot will arrive at Wheaton Honda in the fall of 2015. Fill out the form below to be one of the first tow drive the eight-passenger SUV when it touches down on the lot.

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