Hixson Ford of Alexandria

2506 MacArthur Dr
Directions Alexandria, LA 71301

  • Sales: 866-521-3850
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Competitors Can't Keep Up with Everything the Ford Explorer Has in Store for Drivers Near Alexandria 

With tons of room for passengers and cargo, the newest automotive tech, and engines that excel everywhere from the city to roads less travelled, the Ford Explorer possesses all the qualities that car shoppers from Leesville to Marksville, LA are looking for in their next mid-size SUV, which makes it one of the best options in its class. To prove it, we've compared it with the Honda Pilot, another popular model, and gone over some of the key areas that our customers consider when starting the car buying process, so find out more below. 

In what areas did we compare the Ford Explorer and Honda Pilot? 


Both models have three rows of seats that make them practical for large families, but parents that want to avoid complaints from the back seats will find that the extra room of the Ford Explorer helps in that regard. It has more leg room for each of the three rows and more headroom for the front two rows. Plus, the Ford Explorer has a larger cargo area behind all three rows, so you can fit sports gear or luggage without losing passenger space or make the most out of your space by folding the chairs down to accommodate your needs. 


With off-road friendly features and rugged engines, the Ford Explorer wasn't just given its name: it earned it. It has three unique engine options, a hybrid, a V6 and an I4, while the Honda Pilot sticks with the same V6 engine throughout, but that engine can't match the power of the Explorer's options outside of the hybrid choice. 

Even the I4 engine of the Ford Explorer, which uses turbocharging, has more horsepower, 300, while blowing the Pilot's V6 out of the water in terms of torque, 310 pound-feet for the I4 vs 262 pound-feet in the Pilot. However, the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine of the Ford Explorer, with its 365 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque, will certainly entice Pineville, LA drivers craving raw power and excitement whenever they grip the steering wheel.

In addition to the powerful engines, the Ford Explorer has features, like a Terrain Management System and Hill Descent Control, that are designed for the trail, and it's available four-wheel drive is more capable than the available all-wheel drive system of the Honda Pilot. 


Airbags and a sturdy frame are still important when discussing the safety capabilities of vehicles, but advancements in the safety field have led to the creation of some amazing features that may prevent you from being involved in an accident. Both models are available with features like: 

  • Blind spot monitoring
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Auto high beam headlights
  • Forward collision warning with brake support
  • Lane keeping system 

However, the Ford Explorer doesn't stop there, which is what sets it apart. It is available with rain-sensing wipers that adjust to the amount of rainfall, so you can always see without having to fiddle with knobs, and it offers an Enhanced Active Park Assist feature that tackles tough parking jobs for you. The Honda Pilot offers neither. 


For an even higher level of convenience, the Ford Explorer has some very smart technology that helps in our ever-more-connected world. It has everything from smart-charging USB ports for mobile devices, and more charging options overall than the Honda Pilot offers. A tri-zone automatic climate control system is also standard with the Ford Explorer while the Honda Pilot requires an upgrade to a more expensive trim level to access the same feature. 

Learn About Other Benefits of Owning a Ford Explorer at Hixson Ford of Alexandria! 

We hope this comparison was useful, and if you're interested in the Ford Explorer, stop in at our Alexandria dealership today!