With so many reliable, used midsize SUVs on the market, narrowing down your choice to the right make and model can be difficult. Here, we compare two popular 2017 models – the Honda Pilot and Ford Explorer. Both are top SUVs, have loads of space for people and cargo, and offer the latest technology in safety and convenience.

Five Factors Worth Comparing

1. Price: The Honda Pilot edges out the The Ford Explorer here. According to Kelley Blue Book, the MSRP range for a 2017 Honda Pilot is $31,70 – $48.195, while the same for a 2017 Ford Explorer is $32,605 – $54,180.

2. Standard Entertainment Features: The Honda Pilot not only starts a bit lower, it also comes with more features standard than the Ford Explorer.

The Pilot comes with a V6 engine, push-button start, seven-speaker sound system, Bluetooth capabilities, a USB input port, and a rearview camera with multiple angles. By comparison, the Explorer comes with a six-speaker sound system, backup camera, Ford’s infotainment system, and a MyKey feature.

3. Safety Features: It’s nearly a toss up when you compare the safety features of these two mid-size SUVs. Both vehicles earned five-star overall crash test ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). However, an Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) rating gave the edge to the Pilot.

Still, both models offer the following safety features on all trim lines, making either a solid pick on safety:

  • Front, rear, and third-row head airbags
  • 4-wheel ABS
  • Remote anti-theft alarm systems
  • Traction and stability control
  • Rear center 3-point belt

With even more features not mentioned here, there’s plenty to like about both of these mid-size SUVs from a safety perspective.

4. Comfort: The Explorer may edge out the Pilot here, particularly at higher level trim lines. Its car-based design creates a spacious interior that doesn’t feel cramped. With practical, common-sense features, the 2017 Explorer offers a quiet ride, a usable third row, and loads of cargo capacity.

In contrast, the 2017 Honda Pilot feels more truck-like and clunky inside. Still, the Pilot does offer a quiet ride and a more refined interior than the lower trim lines of the Explorer. Behind its second row, the 2017 Pilot delivers nearly 47 cubit feet of cargo space, narrowly eclipsing the Explorer’s 43.9 capacity.

5. Fuel Efficiency: The Honda Pilot delivers 20 mpg in town and 27 mpg on the highway with its front-wheel drive version and 19 in town/26 highway with is all-wheel drive version. The Explorer has three different V6 engines and its best-performing one, the 2.3 liter turbo version, offers 19 mpg in town and 27 mpg on the highway.

Considering both vehicles, it seems hard to go wrong with either option. Carvana’s wide selection of used mid-size SUVs, including Honda Pilots and Ford Explorers will ensure you find the car that’s perfect for you. Browse now to find a midsize SUV with all the features you want and none of the hassle of used car lots that you don’t.

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