A competitive pick in the large, three-row crossover SUV segment, the 2016 Ford Explorer boasts premium performance thanks to numerous powertrain options, an array of new safety amenities, and a host of other features. If you're a driver in the Arlington Heights and Schaumburg area, the latest Ford Explorer is tough to beat. See how it compares to the 2016 Honda Pilot, and once you agree that it's the superior model, visit us at Arlington Heights Ford to check it out in person!

Enhanced Performance Capabilities

The 2016 Ford Explorer comes with three powertrain options, all of which provide a significant, powerful punch with a six-speed automatic transmission. Standard power stems from a 3.5L V6 engine that makes 290 hp and 255 lb-ft of torque. This can be delivered to either the front wheels or all four, and the latter gets you the advanced Ford traction control and hill-start assist. Upper trims run on a turbocharged 3.5L V6 that produces a whopping 365 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque, allowing the Explorer to haul up to 5,000 pounds when properly equipped. Rounding out the selection is a turbocharged 2.3L four-cylinder that generates a commanding 280 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque.Meanwhile, you only get one option with the 2016 Honda Pilot: a 3.5L V6 rated at 280 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque. A traction control system is only available on the upper trims.

Advanced Safety Equipment

Ford boosted safety to the top of its priority list this year, so you'll find lots of important safety equipment on the 2016 Ford Explorer. And while the 2016 Honda Pilot does include some safety-specific features, such as the Honda LaneWatch blind-spot camera, standard fare on the latest Explorer is much more noteworthy.

For instance, you'll get the MyKey system that allows you to set vehicle speed limits and control stereo volume, proving ideal for parents with newly minted teen drivers. With Ford Curve Control, the Explorer employs a stability control system to monitor your speed around corners, automatically decelerating to reduce the risk of an accident. And, while a rearview camera comes standard on every Explorer to help during reverse maneuvers, an optional 180-degree front camera makes parking easier than ever, especially for a vehicle of this size.

Additional Standard Features

Although the 2016 Honda Pilot provides an 8-inch touchscreen on most trim levels, it's said to be slow and difficult to use, so if you want the latest in automotive technology, you'd be better off opting for the 2016 Ford Explorer. Add the intuitive MyFord Touch interface for a high-resolution touchscreen, an extra two screens in the gauge cluster, and physical controls to adjust climate and audio. Even at the base level, the Explorer has more to offer, with a voice-activated phone and entertainment interface and two rows of split-folding seats for adaptable storage space. The Pilot doesn't provide voice controls on its introductory trim, nor does it have a foldable second-row seat.

Drive the 2016 Ford Explorer at Arlington Heights Ford

Are you ready to get behind the wheel of the 2016 Ford Explorer? Make your way from Schaumburg to Arlington Heights Ford at 801 W. Dundee Rd. in Arlington Heights, IL. Give us a call at (888) 861-6898 with any questions before your visit!

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