What could be the differences between these two auto shining stars-the 2022 Ford Explorer and the 2022 Honda Pilot? Plenty, as Dickson City, Scranton, and Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, drivers will see while reading this comparison. Get your head start on research by absorbing what Gibbons Ford found out.

Ford Explorer vs Honda Pilot

Slightly more passenger volume comes in the Ford at 152.7 cubic feet. Only one less cubic foot can be found in the Honda at 151.7. That's not that much of a difference, but these cabin dimensions in the first and second rows prove different.

Dimensions 1st/2nd

Ford Explorer

Honda Pilot


40.7/40.5 inches

39.5/39.9 inches

Hip Room

59.2/59.1 inches

59.1/57.3 inches


43/39 inches

40.9/38.4 inches

A few of these dimensions come pretty close, but the Ford still excels over the Honda.

To top it off, the Ford Explorer features multi-contour seats that contain five Active Motion® massage themes. You won't see that in the Pilot.

Ford Explorer vs Honda Pilot Technology

You'll get a unique perspective from the available 10.1-inch portrait touchscreen in the Ford. On the Honda dashboard, flip the screen, then shrink it to the upgraded 8-inch Display Audio touchscreen system.

Through the former screen, you can choose tunes you want to hear the optional B&O® Sound System by Bang and Olufsen®. With a large SUV like the Ford, 14 speakers can send the sound from one corner to the next to encompass you in music. While the Honda offers an available Premium Audio System, it only has 10 speakers at the max.

Seating for seven means that you may need hookups for more than just one person to use the Wi-Fi. FordPass Connect™ 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot makes that doable with the ability to connect 10 devices at one time. An available Wi-Fi® Hotspot can be equipped in your Honda, but it limits you to 7 devices in total.

Ford Explorer vs Honda Pilot Performance

When it comes down to who is the better performer, though, it's the Ford hands down. With its 2.3L EcoBoost® engine, it produces 300 horsepower with 310 lb-ft of torque for great pickup. The standard engine in the Honda takes it easier with its 3.5L V6 engine. This produces 280 horsepower with 262 lb-ft of torque.

Many options exist to provide the ride you want depending on where you're going and what conditions arise. Use the 10-speed automatic transmission in tandem with the Terrain Management System™. It gives you seven different drive modes for your needs, such as trail, deep snow/sand, or slippery.

Though you can rely on the Honda Intelligent Traction Management System in the Pilot, it only offers four modes. Normal, Snow, Mud, and Sand round out this handful. You're not getting a mode dedicated to towing or for extra efficiency on the road. Plus, a 9-speed automatic transmission gives you shifting versatility, but it's one less gear.

Both vehicles can tow up to 5,000 pounds, which, ironically, is equivalent to carrying two Honda Civic autos. The Ford adds a few pounds to its capability. The Explorer supplies a maximum towing capacity of 5,600 pounds.

See Who Finishes First: 2022 Ford Explorer vs 2022 Honda Pilot

You know the differences between the 2022 Ford Explorer and the 2022 Honda Pilot, now get to know the car that's worlds apart from its competition. Schedule a test drive at Gibbons Ford.

We invite Dickson City, Scranton, and Wilkes-Barre, PA, car shoppers to come take a look and see why the Explorer finishes first.

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