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Ford Explorer vs. Honda Pilot

Compare repair costs, reliability, and owner reviews

Ford Explorer

$722
Average Annual
Repair Cost

Honda Pilot

$517
Average Annual
Repair Cost

Overall Reliability Rating

3
1
2
Group 4
Group 4
Above Average
The Ford Explorer Reliability Rating is 3.5 out of 5.0, which ranks it 21st out of 26 for midsize SUVs. The average annual repair cost is $722 which means it has average ownership costs. The frequency and severity of repairs are both fairly average when compared with all other vehicles.
4
Group 4
Group 4
Above Average
The Honda Pilot Reliability Rating is 4.0 out of 5.0, which ranks it 18th out of 26 for midsize SUVs. The average annual repair cost is $517 which means it has lower than average ownership costs. While the frequency of repairs is higher than normal, the severity of those issues is average, so your Pilot may have a few more shop visits when compared to other models.
Cost
Average annual repairs total
$722
inexpensive
expensive
$517
inexpensive
expensive
Frequency
Average annual repair shop visits
0.46
not often
very often
0.61
not often
very often
Severity
Percentage of annual repairs that are urgent
12%
not urgent
urgent
11%
not urgent
urgent

Overall Car Ratings & Details

5
(9)
4
(70)
3
(44)
2
(15)
1
(5)
The Ford Explorer ranks highest in exhaust and ranks lowest in drive train.
67% of reviewers would recommend this car.
“I have so much to say about this SUV. Once again, Ford outdid themselves. I too had the Eddie Bauer edition and it was so reliable, it was a workhorse. When it first came out, big SUVs weren't aro...”
“I have so much to say about this SUV. Once again, Ford outdid themselves. I too had the Eddie Bau...”
5
(8)
4
(26)
3
(7)
2
(1)
1
(1)
The Honda Pilot ranks highest in exhaust and ranks lowest in brakes.
“ I bought my Honda pilot new in 2007 I have replaced tires , brakes , wiper blades ,one cracked windshield and one radiator that was hit by a stone and punctured it. I have 88937miles on my car...”
“ I bought my Honda pilot new in 2007 I have replaced tires , brakes , wiper blades ,one cracked ...”

Vehicle Comparison Rundown

The Ford Explorer and the Honda Pilot are two midsize, three-row SUVs. Both of them come with front-wheel drive or optional all-wheel drive.

The Explorer offers more power, as its standard engine has 290 horsepower, and it also offers an optional engine with 365 horsepower. The Pilot comes with a single engine that has 280 horsepower. So, the Explorer is better equipped for towing or hauling full loads, especially with its optional engine.

In terms of cargo space, the Ford Explorer and the Honda Pilot are not far apart. The Explorer gives you 80.7 cubic feet of cargo space when you fold the two rear rows down. The Pilot has 83.8 cubic feet of room behind the front seats. The Pilot comes out slightly ahead here. 

The Ford Explorer and the Honda Pilot both offer a comprehensive suite of driver assistance technologies. In the Explorer, these valuable safety features are unavailable on the base model, available on midlevel trims, and are standard on the top trim level. The Pilot offers these features on all lower trims, and as standard equipment on higher trims.

Both the Explorer and the Pilot are worthy choices when shopping for a midsize SUV. They have similar standard engines, cargo space and safety tech. If you need extra power, the Explorer has it. Drive them both and see which one makes more sense for your needs.

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