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2023 Honda Pilot vs. 2023 Ford Explorer

Comparison between the 2023 Honda Pilot and 2023 Ford Explorer

1. Exterior Design

The 2023 Honda Pilot's new styling will likely appeal to a more high-end demographic. Sleek, smooth body lines and luxurious headlights give the Pilot an elegant yet athletic appearance. The back of the Pilot is also redesigned with a more curved look and a spoiler mounted on the top. The 2023 Ford Explorer has taken on a more aggressive appearance. Bulky plastic molding on the hood and around the wheel wells, along with large grilles and light fixtures, give the Explorer a tough, rugged look. The Explorer still manages to maintain a classic quality and not look overly gaudy. Step-over height is a system to measure the ease of entering and exiting a vehicle. The 2023 Pilot has a lower step-over height in comparison to the 2015 model, and the 2023 Explorer has a step-over height that has been increased. Both are great features for those with kids or older passengers. Last but not least, both vehicle models come with 18, 20, or 22-inch wheels and various tire options. Overall, the changes to the styling of these vehicle models are very distinct. Each manufacturer has taken a different approach in tailoring to a specific customer, and both have executed their approaches well. (Vitório et al.2023)

At first glance, both the 2023 Honda Pilot and the 2023 Ford Explorer have likable exteriors. The 2023 Pilot has an all-new design and is drastically changed from previous models. The front grille now sports a sleek chrome bar and neatly designed headlights. One of the most noticeable changes is the removal of the back door windows and the addition of two small windows towards the back of the car. The 2023 Ford Explorer holds to tradition with a classic Ford truck/SUV look. While still providing a bit of a style change from previous models, the 2023 Explorer is very recognizable as a Ford. Both models were eye-appealing, neither looking cartoony or overly aggressive.

1.1. Sleek and modern styling

Honda Pilot has been known for having a simple, conservative, and boxy style. It won't be as bad until you take a look at the 2023 Honda Pilot. Everything has changed from the previous model. This is a very fresh and modern take for the Honda Pilot. Now it looks much sleeker and is very friendly for urban people. From the front and side, it's hard to believe that this is a Honda Pilot because the style right now can rival the Nissan Pathfinder. Honda is using the word "tough and cool style" as they are aiming to attract younger buyers. The body looks much lower and the front section is much shorter. Up front, the new Pilot features a complete overhaul with a special new aggressive grille and headlight design. The bumper is much more integrated and features the typical SUV style with a "faux skid plate," but in the higher trims, it will have the actual skid plate. On the rear section, they're playing it safe with the old Pilot's style but now with heavily accented chrome. The taillight design is now slimmer but still maintaining the vertical design like the previous model. A new tailgate and bumper can be seen with the same intention of making this car look tougher. With the transition of the Pilot's identity throughout the years, this kind of styling might upset older buyers but it will be pleasing to new and younger buyers. (Berry, 2023)(Baciarlini, 2021)

1.2. Bold and aggressive front fascia

The boldly styled front fascia on the 2023 Honda Pilot showcases a new design language, stepping away from the conventional family CUV styling of its predecessor and creating a more distinctive and off-road-oriented look. Meanwhile, the all-new 2023 Ford Explorer Timberline ups the SUV's off-road capability with increased ground clearance, heavy-duty off-road skid plate to help protect the powertrain, steel front and rear tow hooks, and an aggressive front and rear design, enabling customers to take their adventure even further. Honda's groundbreaking suite of AWD technologies further enhances the off-road capabilities of its light trucks and SUVs. The next generation of Honda's torque vectoring technology will be offered on the new Pilot, using a new 4-wheel drive system that can send 70 percent of its torque to the rear wheels and 100 percent of that torque to either the left-rear or right-rear wheel, greatly enhancing dynamic torque transfer on snow, on pavement, and off-road. Combined with the new Pilot's 3-mode drive system, this torque vectoring system will offer true off-road capability and on-road performance to consumers.

1.3. Aerodynamic body shape

The aerodynamic body of a car is very important since cars with a lower drag coefficient usually drive faster than cars with a higher drag coefficient. The Honda Pilot and Ford Explorer both have decent aerodynamics, but the sleeker design of the Pilot gives it a small advantage over the Explorer. The 2023 Honda Pilot has been designed with an aerodynamic body shape which is very efficient to improve the speed and also has been designed to have the latest wind restrict which is the grille shutter in the front bumper of the car. This grille shutter in the front bumper will help retain heat when the engine is cold and also will improve aerodynamic performance. The smoother body of the Pilot also helps reduce wind noise and increase fuel efficiency compared to its predecessor, while other cars families are expected to haul, the Pilot has more stringent requirements imposed by the premium car for high speed stability, reduced cabin noise and comfort. This means that the Pilot is designed to have aerodynamics that are very efficient when driving at high speed. The Ford Explorer has been designed to have an aerodynamic body as well that better than its predecessor. The body has been design to be sleek and bold and also elegant for the looks. The new design of the Ford Explorer can be seen by the front fascia and a clamshell hood, you can get a powerlift tailgate, LED taillamps, ergonomic features and rear spoiler that complements the new design. The body is lower and aerodynamically efficient, the high LED headlamps have the latest design for increased visibility and enhanced style. Despite having a sleek and aerodynamic body, the Ford Explorer has a drag coefficient that is higher compared to the Honda Pilot. This means that the Ford Explorer is slower than the Honda Pilot in terms of speed and has fuel efficiency that lower than the Honda Pilot. In conclusion, both cars have been designed with an aerodynamic body that has increased compared to their predecessors. The Honda Pilot has a slight advantage over the Ford Explorer in terms of aerodynamics properties. Having a comparison, the Honda Pilot’s body is sleeker and has aerodynamics that are more efficient than the Ford Explorer. This can be seen on the drag coefficient that the Honda Pilot is lower than the Ford Explorer. Steps to improve it. This result will make the Honda Pilot faster and have a better fuel efficiency than the Ford Explorer.

2. Interior Features

It's no secret that families prioritize the interior of their chosen vehicle—after all, where you and yours will spend most of your time should be comfortable and easy on the eyes. Fortunately, the Pilot and Explorer both offer interiors that gracefully blend form and function. Both SUVs offer seating for seven passengers in three rows, and both have a second-row bench seat that can be replaced with two captain's chairs to reduce seating capacity to six. The Pilot's second row tilts and slides forward to provide relatively easy access to the third row, while the Explorer's second-row seats can be equipped with a mechanism that eases access to the rearmost seats. Rear-seat comfort and access are excellent in either vehicle, and both have passenger-friendly accommodations that make the third row suitable for adult riders. The Pilot's cargo area behind the third row provides 18 cubic feet of space, while the Explorer nets an additional cubic foot. For buyers looking beyond standard creature comforts, the Pilot and Explorer have some enticing high-zoot features available. The Explorer offers a top-spec Platinum model, which lavishes passengers in luxury with nappa-leather seating, upgraded interior trim, and premium features such as a heated steering wheel and second-row sunshades. A panoramic moonroof is available on upper trims. The Pilot has no upper-crust Elite model to directly compete with the Platinum, but the top-tier Black Edition brings a unique appearance with blacked-out exterior trim, black-painted wheels, and red interior accents. Like the Platinum, the Black Edition comes in at a higher price point. Both SUVs offer heated and ventilated front seats, and all Pilots have a standard three-zone climate-control system to keep all occupants comfortable. (Klinich, 2023)

2.1. Spacious and comfortable cabin

Ford completely restyled the Explorer; it was known that Ford would redesign it because sport utility vehicles have been the top-selling vehicles in North America. With the new design and rear-wheel drive platform, the 2023 Explorer features a lot more legroom than the previous model. Now the vehicle is a 6-seater, providing two more inches of space when even having to access the third row. The Explorer has an extra third-row entry/exit system, making it easier to access. The way the second-row seats tilt and slide forward like the Pilot's One Touch Walk-In feature proves access to the third row is a lot easier. This model provides better access to the third-row seats and definitely has more space for passengers overall, making it much more comfortable. Both the captain's chairs and the wider third-row seat with head restraints are available as an option to the lower XLT and Limited grade levels. With a wider door than last year's model, accessing the third row is also easier. Honda definitely increased the comfort and spaciousness in their cabin, trying to compete with the main competitor Ford's Explorer.

The 2023 Honda Pilot features a new modern design for the exterior and interior of the vehicle. Pilot has always been known for its smooth, sleek body design and it has always been a pretty big family-sized vehicle. The third row in the previous model had plenty of space; however, Honda increased the legroom by 1.6 inches. Honda also added a central display screen, a volume knob (people complain about the latest models that don't have knobs), and upgraded the storage in the center console. With Honda's Magic SlideTM second-row seat, you can easily access the third row or let another passenger get to the back. It can also just provide easy access to the third row. With available second-row captain's chairs, the Pilot can seat up to seven or eight passengers. The rear doors swing wider now, making easier access getting in and out. Coming to the third row is a One Touch Walk-In feature that makes it even easier to access the third row by tilting and sliding the second row forward. Honda did not disappoint with these added features to increase the comfort and spaciousness of the cabin.

2.2. High-quality materials and finishes

After analyzing both the vehicles, we can conclude that the Pilot provides more individuality and uniqueness in terms of the interiors with different features available. The type of material used and finishing is also consistent throughout and provides a premium quality feel. On the other hand, Explorer has diversified based on the different versions of the model. A lot of features and comfort can be compromised on the Base and XLT models as compared to the Limited and Platinum models. The quality and class of the Platinum version must not be underestimated, but considering the overall facts, Explorer does not provide a great variation to the user in terms of the quality and type of interiors with a difference in material or features. The only difference is the quality must be compared to the Pilot to provide an exact judgment. The duration of noise and vibration testing of these models is not known at this point, so a comparison in that sense cannot be provided, but the type and comfort of the material used by the Pilot must give it a greater score.

The Ford Explorer, on the other hand, is expected to have refined interiors with a dual-panel moonroof, designer-appointed interiors, and better noise-deadening features. Of its previous models, the 2021 version seems to have compromised in the quality of the interiors and finishing, so expect Ford to make a comeback with plush interiors. With respect to the space capacity and type of seats, it is diverse with the previous models, and there is no concrete information. The quality and type of material used are dependent on the version of the model. For example, the Platinum Version has Nirvana Leather with micro-perforation and quilted seats with multi-contour front seats having a massage feature. This version is definitely expected to be of great quality and class. All versions are expected to have the 2nd – 2 captain seats and 3rd row with one-touch power fold.

The interior of the 2023 Honda Pilot, presented in the LX, EX, and EX-L, the Touring, and the Elite, comprises 3-row seats and can accommodate 8 passengers. The Elite version, however, contains 2nd Row Captain's Chairs and can accommodate 7 passengers. The Tri-Zone Automatic Climate Control guarantees that all the passengers are comfortable. Features for heating and ventilation for the front seats will be provided. Leather upholstery is available in the EX-L and the Touring, and the Elite version comes with Perforated Leather. The steering wheel is leather-wrapped. Materials have been used keeping in mind their long-term use and durability, and the finishing has been done in such a way to reflect richness. This is evident especially in the Elite version, with even the shift knob having leather finishing.

The Honda displays class and it underscores the value of the one owning it. Honda's most recent model, 2023 Pilot, continues the spree of delivering the same quality package and features comfort-rich interiors and state-of-the-art architecture. Materials used are of high quality and utility along with plush design and smooth finishes.

2.3. Advanced technology and connectivity options

The level of technology and connectivity seen in cars has significantly increased over the past decade, and both the Pilot and the Explorer offer fantastic equipment in this area. All models of the Pilot come with a rearview camera, while the EX and above models come with Honda LaneWatch. This feature uses a camera on the passenger-side mirror which, when indicated or the right-hand turn signal is activated, shows a live video on the 8-inch Display Audio screen of the passenger-side roadway. The same EX and above models also come with Display Audio System with HondaLink featuring an 8-inch screen, enabling Apple CarPlay and Android Auto platforms. Moreover, these models feature a tri-zone automatic climate control system with humidity control and air filtration. The highest-end Elite model features a panoramic roof and a Blu-ray player with a single flip-down screen in the rear. Unfortunately, the Explorer doesn't offer any kind of camera system to assist parking, and instead, only the Limited models and above have a rearview camera. The Explorer XLT has an option for the comfort package, which includes dual-zone temperature control and a 10-way power driver seat, while the top-end Platinum model features a dual-panel moonroof and a premium Sony audio system with clear phase and live acoustics. This gives an advantage to the Pilot in the lower-mid-end technology and connectivity options, yet the Explorer offers some unique features higher up.

2.4. Versatile seating and cargo configurations

This is useful when transporting kids as it makes crawling into the back of the car to assist them is easy and you don't have to move child seats out of the way to climb to the third row. Both the Pilot and Explorer offer this feature. The Explorer's is a little more convenient, as it can tilt and slide forward even with a child seat installed to provide a wider passage to the rearmost seats. However, the Pilot's setup is better when using the third row for adults because its second-row seats have more substantial padding and adult-friendly comfort. The Explorer has more room between the second and third row, but its second row isn't as comfortable. Both vehicles allow the third-row seats to recline and the second and third row can be adjusted for different amounts of leg room. The Explorer's second-row options include a three-person bench or two captain's chairs that are power-adjustable and heated. The choices are more limited for the Pilot, but its second-row captain's chairs are also heated available and with seating for seven passengers. Another essential consideration for this vehicle segment is the width and ease of use for the cargo area, where hands-free power tailgates are often a loved feature by busy parents. The Pilot provides 16.5 cu ft. of space behind its third row compared to the Explorer's 18.2 cu ft., yet the space itself is significantly wider and the loading height is lower in the Honda. Both vehicles feature underfloor storage in this area. In terms of maximum cargo capacity, the number is nearly equal 83.9 cu ft. for the Pilot and 87.8 for the Explorer. The width and height of each cargo opening for the Explorer is a few inches greater than the Pilot's, but the Pilot's lower loading floor makes it easier to access the space right at the rear. Hands-free power tailgates are available on just about every trim of the Explorer and standard on the Elite, Black Edition and those with the Captains Chairs options for the Pilot. This feature is not available on the Honda EX-L, but it is providing something to consider for if a buyer upgrades from the EX-L to a higher trim.

3. Performance and Powertrain

In terms of brute power on tap, Honda has the go-to offering. The Pilot is powered by a 3.5-liter V6, producing 280 horsepower. Married to a smooth-shifting 6-speed automatic transmission, it continues to offer decent acceleration through front-wheel drive. More importantly, the lighter weight of the Pilot compared to the big-name players in the segment aids in improving fuel economy and performance. Meanwhile, the Explorer offers a 3.5-liter V6 that's slightly more powerful at 290 horsepower, but a bit lackluster compared to the V6 it replaces. Much of the criticism revolves around the new 6-speed automatic consumer, stating that the vehicle often feels overworked at times and struggles to achieve good fuel economy. With the weight now pegged close to 5000 lbs in Sport trim, the Explorer is marginally slower than its predecessor and its competitors. The optional 2.3-liter EcoBoost 4-cylinder engine produces 280 horsepower and 310 lb.-ft. torque, aimed at providing better fuel economy and some towing power at the sacrifice of straight line speed. The smaller engine feels underpowered moving the hefty Explorer around, but the increase in fuel efficiency will be appealing to those with large heft commutes. Step up to the Platinum trim and Ford is now offering a 365 horsepower 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine, replacing the power output of the naturally aspirated engine from prior. This is the best bet should you want a decent mix of power and towing performance, but that comes at an increase in price and poor fuel economy compared to lower trims.

3.1. Robust engine options

The 2023 Honda Pilot has an all-new 3.5-liter direct-injected i-VTEC engine with Variable Cylinder Management. This engine is standard on all trims and offers 290 horsepower and 267 lb ft of torque. Honda's VTM4 Variable Torque Management 4WD System is available on all trims and provides the best possible traction and handling on all surfaces. This system also provides a new intelligent traction management system. These options offer a boost in performance over the previous generation Pilot and rivals that of the Ford Explorer. Earning this segment a dead heat tie between the Pilot and Explorer. Despite being a dead heat, the Ford Explorer's extra 75 lb ft torque gives it a slight edge over the Honda Pilot.

Both the 2023 Ford Explorer and the 2023 Honda Pilot offer impressive engine options that help to set them apart from the competition. The Ford Explorer offers a 3.0L EcoBoost V6 engine that is standard on the Explorer Platinum. This engine offers 365 horsepower and 380 lb ft of torque. The Platinum has available 4WD with terrain management system.

3.2. Smooth and responsive handling

Both vehicles handle well, with the Honda Pilot delivering a composed ride that better isolates occupants from rough pavement or minor off-road excursions. Although the Ford Explorer's ride and handling balance is notably improved and the interior is much quieter than in the past, models with 20-inch wheels transmit quite a bit of impacts from sharp bumps. An available Terrain Management System gives the Explorer different modes for snow, sand, and mud. The new Platinum trim is a step above in price, but it gets a more advanced Intelligent 4WD, along with continuously controlled damping to further improve ride and handling. Honda's system isn't a stunt-double for a true off-roader, but with intelligent Variable Torque Management, the Pilot can deliver more torque to the rear wheels when it's needed, whether off-roading or pulling out of a snow-covered driveway. The Pilot has the more advanced AWD system here, and matching an old Explorer strength, there's a front-wheel drive mode for better fuel efficiency with that system. A key feature for some shoppers will be the Pilot's increased towing capability—now up to 5000 pounds on all-wheel drive models—which is significantly more than most crossovers of this size and is especially important for those who occasionally tow a boat or a pair of Jet Skis. Step up to the Explorer, and it offers Trailer Tow packages on the base and XLT models, with these effectively mirroring the Pilot's maximum tow rating.

3.3. Impressive towing capacity

For the buyers who are looking for an SUV that can haul a good amount of weight, this category is substantial. When it comes to raw capacity, the Honda Pilot and the Ford Explorer can come equipped with packages that can handle from light to heavy duty jobs. The Pilot comes equipped with a Class III tow hitch and connector and is capable of pulling 1,588 kg (4,500 lb), and the Explorer with a Class II comes with trailer sway control is also capable of pulling 4,500 lb. Now it's important to realize that a vehicle's capability to pull weight is not just based on the hitch, but also on the weight of the vehicle itself. This is where the Pilot has a distinct advantage, with the lightest 2WD LX model, tipping the scales at 2,013 kg (4,438 lb) and the top-of-the-line 4WD Touring model weighing in at 2,120 kg (4,665 lbs), it has an easier time pulling weight due to its comparably lighter curb weight. The Explorer on the other hand, has curb weights ranging from 2,040 kg (4,477 lb) for the 2WD models to 2,191 kg (4,830 lb) for the Limited and Sport 4WD models. Nevertheless, both vehicles have the capacity to pull similar weights. Now to the more theoretical aspects of towing, torque and dealing with higher towing weights, it is important to know that the Pilot is powered by a 3.5 litre, 24-valve, SOHC, i-VTEC V6 engine, with Variable Cylinder Management (VCM). The VCM system in the 6-cylinder powerplant allows the Pilot to run on 3, 4, or all 6 cylinders, depending on driving conditions, to mix power and efficiency. The engine is capable of producing 250 horsepower and 253 lb-ft of torque. This is an excellent towing engine, especially with the torque being produced at a higher rpm, allowing equivalent power to be produced at lower rpms for towing. The Explorer's engine packages are varied and thus, a little more complicated. With a choice of 3 different V6 engines, the base model Pilot and the lowest weight models capable of dealing with higher towing weights, best compares to the 4.0 litre SOHC V6 engine, producing 210 horsepower and 254 lb-ft of torque; this engine is available in the XLT and standard with the Eddie Bauer. The equivalent power is advantageous for towing high weights, but its peak torque is produced at higher rpms, making it a little less effective compared to the Pilot's engine. In conclusion, the projected ability for both vehicles to tow 4,500 lb is promising. The Pilot's towing package highlighted by its VCM engine and the more advantageous power to weight ratio, has the ability to tow weight close to its maximum capacity more effectively and efficiently, compared to the Explorer.

4. Safety and Technology

To add to the safety technology on these vehicles, both Ford and Honda offer similar connectivity to emergency services in the event of an accident. Blue Oval would use SYNC Connect and the FordPass app to call for help through a paired smartphone, and Honda, with the Roadside Assistance feature for HondaLink Services, will push the E-Call button on the overhead console that will connect to an operator who can locate the vehicle. The microphone and in-vehicle call using the driver's own cell phone and an automatic request for emergency services if a collision is detected with the use of the airbag sensor. This technology could potentially lower insurance rates for these vehicles and for the owners who have them compared to vehicles without these features.

The teams at Honda and Ford have placed a large emphasis on their recent safety technology. The Pilot has the exclusive 3rd Generation Honda Sensing which encompasses every vehicle-to-vehicle collision, vehicle-to-pedestrian collision, and road departure. This will also include traffic sign recognition which adjusts the vehicle speed to match the last detected sign. Also, when the vehicle is in operation and the auto high beams are on, the High Beam Support System will automatically change to low-beams when it detects an oncoming vehicle. The Pilot will also support the Blind Spot Information System which will give the driver an alert when another vehicle is detected in an adjacent lane up to 50 feet, and will also signal when the turn signal is on if a vehicle is detected. The Ford Co-Pilot360 system includes pre-collision assist with automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection, forward collision warning, a rear view camera with washer, auto high-beam headlamps, and a lane-keeping system and in the higher trim levels includes adaptive cruise control with Stop & Go, voice-activated touchscreen navigation and SiriusXM Traffic and Travel Link. This is a standard in all Ford Explorers.

4.1. Comprehensive suite of driver-assistance features

When it comes to safety features, most people look first and foremost to the level of automation a vehicle can provide. The forthcoming 2023 Honda Pilot is expected to bring Honda Sensing to add this high level of safety, proving popular with drivers. Honda Sensing is effectively driver assists, which can take some of the sting out of the road through easing the amount of concentration and effort needed. Honda has yet to confirm exactly what level of the Honda Sensing suite will be available in the new Pilot, but the most advanced features include lane keeping, active cruise control, and collision avoidance systems. It will likely be that this suite will come as standard on high-end trims and we can only hope that a good level of it will be available across the range. Honda's focus in recent years has been to reduce road accidents involving its vehicles to zero. It's a bold statement and the firm has a long way to go, but the structures being shown in its car safety are most impressive. This year in the United States, the Honda CR-V was the first small SUV to earn a TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating. This generation of Pilot is also expected to achieve the same rating, and with Honda's recent policy of making advanced safety features more accessible, this should also be reflected in a good level of the safety rating being available across the range. These advanced features would come in combination with front, side, and curtain airbags and a seatbelt system with active tensioning and innovative early-stage force limiters. With Honda aiming even further than this, it's likely we'll see further structural advancements in the new Pilot to maximize safety potential.

4.2. Cutting-edge infotainment system with intuitive controls

The Ford Explorer has a user-friendly infotainment system, though it's not very exciting to look at and some of its menus and icons are similar to what you'll find in less expensive Ford models. On the plus side, we appreciate the physical volume and tuning knobs, and the Sync 3 interface responds quickly to inputs. The Explorer can also be equipped with a variety of infotainment and connectivity features, including a Wi-Fi hotspot, wireless device charging, built-in navigation, and a premium Bang & Olufsen audio system. This is an improvement on the Honda Pilot, which has a decent infotainment system but has recently lost the battle with Ford for usability. Honda has made a few mistakes with their latest touch screen interface on higher level trims of the Pilot and it now incorporates several touch-sensitive buttons which are less intuitive than the physical ones they replace. Boot-up times are also slower and the Pilot's built-in sat-nav system lags behind the Google-based mapping in the higher end Fords. Honda's new CabinTalk in-car PA system for speaking with back seat passengers in the Pilot's touring trim is an interesting idea but the function is much the same as muting the audio in the Ford with further redundant features in the newly developed CabinControl app. This app is compatible with the Android-based Rear Entertainment System in the Elite trim Pilot to allow passengers control of the rear climate control, audio, and rear screen system from their smartphones. Although compatible with both smartphones and tablets, the availability of the app on only the Android platform is a let-down for Apple users. An obvious win for the Honda infotainment system is the reintroduction of a physical volume knob which has reappeared in the latest generation of the CR-V and now the Pilot due to backlash from users on the touch-based slider in the previous models.

4.3. Enhanced safety ratings and advanced safety technologies

It is safe to say that safety ratings are a significant factor to consider when purchasing a new car. The Honda Pilot has received a higher rating in the NHTSA's crash test evaluations. The Pilot received 5 stars overall, with frontal and rollover tests resulting in 4 and 5 stars, while the 4-wheel drive model received 4 stars in rollover tests. The Ford Explorer received 2 stars overall, with the frontal crash tests for driver and passenger resulting in 4 and 2-star ratings, and a 3-star rollover rating. It is clear that both vehicles are designed to protect over the possibility of prevention, although the Pilot holds the slight upper hand. Moving beyond crash tests, the Pilot comes with a plethora of cutting-edge safety technologies. The "Honda Sensing" system, which features collision mitigation braking, road departure mitigation, adaptive cruise control, and lane-keeping assist, is equipped as a standard in the LX model and available in all other models. The Explorer equally boasts a comprehensive suite of advanced safety technologies, although it should be noted that many of these features are locked behind higher pricing and available only in more expensive models. No matter what the price, safety should never be a premium, and so the Honda Pilot is the safer choice for sensible spenders.


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