The 2016 Ford Explorer vs. the 2016 Honda Pilot

2016 Ford Explorer

The 2016 Ford Explorer simply provides Chicago and Manteno drivers with better capacities than the 2016 Honda Pilot. Whether that means more technology, more power, or more space, the 2016 Ford Explorer is the SUV that offers it.

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Trims and Prices

ExplorerThe 2016 Ford Explorer is available for Chicago and Manteno drivers in five trim levels – including the all-new Platinum model.

  • Explorer: Starting at $30,700, the base model offers premium technology as standard, including a rear view camera with integrated washer, LED lights, and a Ford SYNC system.
  • XLT: Starting at $33,400, this model is perfect for on-the-go drivers. It includes a reverse sensing feature and intelligent entry system with push-button start making your drive more convenient than ever.
  • Limited: Starting at $41,300, the Limited adds a power liftgate and a 3rd-row PowerFold 50/50 split-folding bench seat for easy loading and enhanced interior versatility.
  • Sport: Starting at $43,300, the Sport is all about performance, boasting a 3.5L EcoBoost V6 that combines turbocharging and direct injection for outstanding levels of performance.
  • Platinum: Starting at $52,600, this all-new trim level showcases the same enviable engine as the Sport, alongside a dual-panel moonroof and acutting-edge Sony Audio system.

The 2016 Honda Pilot is also available in five trim levels:

  • LX: The LX includes a 4.2-inch multi-informational display and a push button start system.
  • EX: The EX adds a subscription to SiriusXM satellite radio and a more supportive seat than the standard model.
  • EX-L: The EX-L uses one-touch 2nd row seats and a front passenger’s seat with 4-way power adjustment.
  • Touring: The Touring trim offers 20-inch alloy wheels and an idle stop feature.
  • Elite: The Pilot’s top trim comes with a panoramic moonroof and a heated steering wheel.

Powertrains and MPG

ExplorerFord has always been dedicated to providing a wide range of engines for Chicago and Manteno drivers to choose from, and the 2016 Ford Explorer is no exception. You can decide between three options, each one being paired with an advanced 6-speed SelectShift automatic transmission system.

  • 3.5L Ti-VCT V6: Standard engine, exceptional performance – the 3.5L generates 290 hp and 255 lb-ft of torque, while offering 17 mpg in the city and 24 on the highway, or 16 mpg city and 23 mpg highway with AWD.
  • 2.3L I-4 EcoBoost: Still putting you in control of 280 hp and an impressive 310 lb-ft of torque, this ultra-efficient powerhouse promises 19 in the city and 28 on the highway or 18 mpg city and 26 mpg highway with AWD equipped.
  • 3.5L V6 EcoBoost: Putting drivers in command of 365 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque, the 3.5L V6 Ecoboost motor will handle anything you can throw at it. Offered in AWD only, it returns for 16 in the city and 22 on the highway.  

In contrast, the 2016 Honda Pilot delivers only one engine – an EarthDreams V6 engine available with either 6-speed or 9-speed automatic transmissions. Efficiency is comparable, but performance peaks at just 280 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque.

Interior Space and Versatility

ExplorerThe seats of the 2016 Ford Explorer have new fabric, leather, and sewing patterns, providing a thoroughly modern cabin that embraces both style and comfort. There are even multi-contour front seats available with Active Motion technology.

You’ll also enjoy a more generous level of standard storage space than you would in the 2016 Honda Pilot. The new Explorer offers 21 cubic feet with all seats in place, whereas the Pilot offers just 18.5 cubic feet. Passenger volume is slightly greater in the Pilot – 152.9 cubic feet to the Explorer’s 151.6 – but that needs to be shared between 8 passengers instead of 7, and the Pilot also lacks the Explorer’s available class-exclusive PowerFold third-row seat.


Optional Features

ExplorerThe 2016 Ford Explorer doesn’t just enjoy a well-proportioned interior and a range of powerful engines; it also offers technology that isn’t available for competitors like the 2016 Honda Pilot.  The following features are available with your new 2016 Ford Explorer, but not with a 2016 Honda Pilot:

  • Front 180-Degree Camera: Allows you to see around corners or out of the driveway, increasing visibility while performing limited-sight maneuvers. There’s even an integrated washer to keep the lens clean.
  • Sony Audio System: With 12 speakers, a subwoofer, a new 14-channel amp, as well as Clear Phase audio and Live Acoustics functionality for enhanced sound quality, this system is perfect for your driving soundtrack.

Test Drive the 2016 Explorer Now

The 2016 Ford Explorer is a crossover without equal, so test drive yours today at Terry’s Ford of Peotone. Contact us online to schedule your appointment, or visit our showroom at 363 N. Harlem Ave. in Peotone.