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2017 Ford Explorer vs. 2017 Honda Pilot

If you're searching for a comfortable, capable SUV that can get the crew where they need to be, you've probably looked at the 2017 Honda Pilot. But if you jump into the Pilot without test driving a 2017 Ford Explorer, we think you'll be sorry. In our comparison of the Ford Explorer and the Honda Pilot, we found that the Ford was safer, more powerful, and offered drivers better control overall. But you don't have to take our word for it. Look over our findings, then drop by Terry's Ford of Peotone, test-drive the winner and learn how simple financing your new Explorer can be.

Safety Features

At Terry's Ford of Peotone, we believe that protecting you is job one and so does Ford. That's why the new Explorer is loaded with advanced safety equipment and engineering features like the available second-row inflatable center safety belt that holds passengers tightly, preventing serious injury in the event of a rear-end collision. The Honda doesn't have inflatable safety belts. The Explorer is also equipped with a standard Hill Descent Control system on the 4WD models, which provides additional braking power to ensure the vehicle makes it down safely. Honda doesn't offer Hill Descent Control on the Pilot. These factors, as well as differences in design, contributed to the Ford scoring a perfect 5-star overall rating from the NHTSA. The 2017 Pilot only received a 4-star overall rating.

Performance and Control

The Ford offers drivers their choice of engines, including the potent 3.5L turbocharged V6 capable of generating 365-hp and 350 lb.-ft. of torque, allowing it to accelerate from 0-100 mph in just 15.8 seconds. The Honda's 3.5L V6 engine generates just 280-hp and 262 lb.-ft. of torque and required 17.1 seconds to complete the same acceleration test. The Explorer is better at stopping too, thanks to 13.85-inch front and 13.5-inch rear rotors that brought the SUV to a halt from 70 mph in just 166 feet. The Honda's 12.6-inch front and 13-inch rear rotors required 180 feet to complete the same task – a difference of 14 feet!

Test-drive the Ford Explorer in Peotone, IL

The 2017 Ford Explorer outperformed the 2017 Honda Pilot in our comparison. See how well it does on your Peotone or Bradley commute. Contact Terry's Ford of Peotone at (888) 832-3250 or visit our showroom at 363 N Harlem Ave in Peotone to get started today.