While SUVs have come a long way on fuel economy, many drivers still think of them as gas guzzlers, and the 2016 Ford Explorer mpg ratings don’t do much to improve the reputation. Thankfully the engineers at Honda have continued to innovate SUV engines, and the 2016 Honda Pilot fuel economy is better than ever. Let’s see how it compares to the Explorer.
Honda Builds More Efficient SUVs
The Honda Pilot has always been about pushing the industry envelope, whether it’s with advanced features, a spacious interior, or a more fuel efficient engine. With the start of the new Pilot generation and the recent debut of the 2016 Pilot, Honda continues to lead the SUV world, and comparing the fuel economies of these two crossover SUVs makes that clear:
- The 2016 Honda Pilot 2WD LX is rated at an EPA-estimated 27 highway mpg and 19 city mpg.*
- The 2016 Ford Explorer, on the other hand, only has 24 highway and 17 city mpg.
Drivers looking to get more out of every drop of fuel they put into the Pilot can find a state-of-the-art nine-speed automatic transmission and available idle stop options at higher trim levels for even greater fuel economy.
Stretch Out in Honda’s New SUV
If you thought the 2016 Pilot looked like it was a bit longer than the outgoing model, you were right. One of the biggest advantages of the new design can be felt just sitting in one of the Pilot’s eight seats: there’s more space. In fact, there’s more passenger room and available cargo room than the Explorer:
- The 2016 Honda Pilot has 152.9 cubic feet of passenger space and a total of 109.0 cubic feet of cargo space available when second and third row seats are folded down.
- The 2016 Explorer only has 151.7 cubic feet of passenger space, and when you need to haul, you’ll only have 80.7 cubic feet of cargo space available.
Test Drive the New Pilot
The 2016 Honda Pilot bests the 2016 Ford Explorer in more areas than the mpg ratings, and we want to show you all that Honda’s SUV has to offer. Visit a Capital Region Honda Dealer near you today to take the latest Pilot for a spin and see its spacious interior for yourself.