When the sun is out and the weather is nice, it's high time for a little family fun to reconnect and get out of the house for a change.

Speaking of change, if you're going to do any serious outdoor vacationing, you need a new, serious vehicle.

The 2021 Ford Explorer and Honda Pilot are both impressive SUVs that can take you, your family, and your belongings far. For the wander-ready drivers of Eatontown, Wall Township, Tinton Falls, and Red Bank, NJ, DCH Ford of Eatontown is eager to help you find the family SUV of your dreams.


When looking for a ride that packs a punch, both the Ford Explorer and Honda Pilot offer you steady engines with plenty of horsepower and torque. Check out their robust motors below:






Ford Explorer

2.3L EcoBoost®

300 at 5500 RPM

310 lb-ft at 3500 RPM

10-speed automatic

Honda Pilot


280 at 6000 RPM

262 lb-ft at 4700 RPM

9-speed automatic

The Explorer's base engine (2.3L EcoBoost®) is a 4-cylinder engine, and the Pilot offers a V6 engine. However, it's worth noting that for the Explorer, there are optional upgrades to this base engine, such as a hybrid engine. The Pilot only offers the V6 engine, meaning you won't have a range of performance to choose from.


For your next family summer vacation, you're going to want a decently sized car to head down the trail and carry yourself and your belongings in comfort. Both the Explorer and the Pilot are impressively sized SUVs, but the Explorer does have just a few extra inches in exterior bulk. What's more important for packing up is, of course, the cargo space.


Ford Explorer

Honda Pilot

Cargo volume behind 3rd row

18.2 cu. ft.

16.5 cu. ft.

Cargo volume behind 2nd row

47.9 cu. ft.

46.8 cu. ft.

Cargo volume behind 1st row

87.8 cu. ft.

83.9 cu. ft.

When those extra few inches count, the Ford Explorer might make for an easier squeeze.

As for any extra cargo you may need to lug along, such as a paddleboat or trailer, both SUVs have great towing capacities. The Honda Pilot has a towing capacity of 3,500 pounds in 2-wheel drive and when properly equipped. With its base engine and rear-wheel drive, the Ford Explorer has a towing capacity of 5,300 pounds when properly equipped. So, for the heavier hauls, the Explorer is a safer bet.


Both SUVs have active technology and safety features to ensure your family will vacation securely. Some features that are similar to both vehicles are:

  • Post-Collision Braking
  • BLIS® (Blind Spot Information System)
  • Lane-Keeping System
  • Automatic High-Beam Headlamps

Both also have impressive entertainment system options, along with other safety and entertainment add-ons.

For the off-roading experience, the Explorer does have a few notable features, such as Side-Wind Stabilization for heavy winds. If you find yourself out on the prairie (or most likely, cruising down to the beach), this is a feature that might prove useful.



While both SUVs have their benefits, a more powerful drive with more cargo and towing capacity can be found in the 2021 Ford Explorer. So, for those in the Eatontown, Wall Township, Tinton Falls, and Red Bank, New Jersey, areas, come down to DCH Ford of Eatontown for a test drive. Start exploring today!

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DCH Ford of Eatontown

67 Route 36
Directions Eatontown, NJ 07724

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