Ford Explorer Compared to its Top Competition

Here we compare the Ford Explorer with the Nissan Pathfinder, Toyota Highlander, and Honda Pilot. We compare models and trims of similar prices to keep the feature comparison fair.

2016 Ford Explorer vs. 2015 Nissan Pathfinder S

Exterior - The Explorer comes with LED brakelights, delay-off headlamps, and daytime running lights. These features are not available on the Nissan Pathfinder. Both include power remote mirror. The Nissan Pathfinder includes halogen headlight beams while the Ford Explorer's headlights are LEDs.

Interior - Features that are standard in the Explorer that are not found in the Pathfinder include Bluetooth phone connectivity, convex spotter mirrors, and voice-activated audio control.

Mechanical - The 2016 Ford Explorer has 290 horsepower and 255 lbs of torque. The 2016 Nissan Pathfinder S has 260 horsepower and 240 lbs of torque. Both are 3.5L engines and 18" rims.

Dimensions - Max interior cargo volume on the Explorer is 80.7 square feet while the Pathfinder is 78.9 square feet. Both have V-6 Engines.

2016 Ford Explorer vs. 2016 Toyota Highlander LE

Exterior - The Ford Explorer includes LED breaklights while the Toyota Highlander does not. Both include liftgates, delay-off headlamps, and daytime running lights.

Interior - Features that are included in the Ford Explorer that are not in the Highlander include an illuminated glovebox, power seat adjustments, and convex spotter mirrors. Both include six speakers and cloth upholstery.

Mechanical - The horsepower and torque in the Explorer blow the Highlander out of the water. The Explorer has 290 horsepower and 255 pounds of torque. The Highlander has 185 horsepower and 185 pounds of torque.

Dimensions - The miles per gallon is within a gallon of each other. The passenger volume on the Explorer is 152 cubic feet. The Highlander is 145 cubic feet. The Explorer has a 3.5L engine and the Highlander has a 2.7L engine.

2016 Ford Explorer vs. 2016 Honda Pilot LX

Exterior - The features of both vehicles are fairly similar. The main differentiator is the design and the headlight beams. The Pilot comes with Halogen lights while the Explorer comes with LED low beams.

Interior - Standard features in the Explorer that are not in the Honda Pilot include power 2-way driver seat control, convex spotter mirror, and voice activated audio control.

Mechanical - The horsepower on the Explorer is 290 while the Pilot is 280 hp. The wheel width on the Explorer is 7.5" and the Pilot is 6.5".

Dimensions - Interior cargo volume on the Explorer is 21 cubic feet. The Honda Pilot has 16.5 cubic feet. Additionally, the front legroom is just under 43" in the Explorer and 41" in the Pilot. Both have 19 gallon tanks.