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2024 Honda Pilot Spied Looking A Bit Like The Ford Explorer

Honda has a bevy of new products launching in the next year or two, including the recently-spied 2024 Accord. That list also includes the 2024 Honda Pilot, which is set to undergo a redesign for the first time since 2016, though the crossover did receive a refresh back in 2019. Now, Ford Authority spies have spotted a 2024 Honda Pilot prototype driving around, giving us a good look at what we can expect from the Ford Explorer rival, which happens to look a bit like that same Blue Oval crossover.

At least, that’s certainly true of the front end, which has a large, oval-shaped grille flanked by slim headlights, just like the current-gen Explorer and perhaps even more similar to the recently-refreshed Chinese version. To be fair, it’s a pretty conventional look shared by a lot of vehicles these days, particularly those in the red-hot world of crossovers and SUVs.

Regardless, the 2024 Honda Pilot is expected to also take inspiration from the Passport and Ridgeline in terms of its updated styling, giving it a more squared-off, upright appearance that’s all the rage these days. Similarly, the next-gen Pilot is also expected to move away from its current platform – which it shares with the Odyssey minivan – to the fairly new underpinnings present in the Acura MDX.

Sales Numbers - Mainstream Large Three-Row Crossovers - Q1 2022 - USA

MODEL Q1 22 / Q1 21 Q1 22 Q1 21 Q1 22 SHARE Q1 21 SHARE
TOYOTA HIGHLANDER +3.44% 66,026 63,831 25% 20%
FORD EXPLORER -34.50% 42,736 65,244 16% 20%
HONDA PILOT -23.73% 23,989 31,451 9% 10%
CHEVROLET TRAVERSE -38.31% 23,464 38,037 9% 12%
KIA TELLURIDE +1.02% 22,076 21,854 8% 7%
HYUNDAI PALISADE -0.86% 21,025 21,207 8% 7%
VOLKSWAGEN ATLAS -51.72% 14,734 30,520 6% 9%
SUBARU ASCENT +1.55% 14,698 14,473 6% 4%
DODGE DURANGO -30.21% 14,349 20,560 5% 6%
MAZDA CX-9 +11.47% 10,463 9,386 4% 3%
NISSAN PATHFINDER +0.79% 8,975 8,905 3% 3%
TOTAL -19.34% 262,535 325,468

In the first quarter of 2022, the Pilot trailed the Explorer in terms of sales, as Honda sold just 23,989 units – good for a nine percent share of the mainstream large three-row crossover segment in the U.S. – while Ford moved 42,736 Explorers, which commanded a 16 percent market share. Both of these crossovers trailed the segment-leading Toyota Highlander, however, which holds a 25 percent market share after enjoying sales of 66,026 units in Q1.

Currently, 2023 Explorer order banks are scheduled to open on August 11th, 2022, while production is slated to begin at the Chicago Assembly plant on November 7th, 2022, as Ford Authority reported earlier this month. It’s currently unclear if the North American version of the 2023 Explorer will receive any sort of refresh, but it is possible given the recent updates applied to the Chinese version.

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Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. Rich Hafer

    Looks like a copycat to me, especially the grill design.

  2. what

    And still looks better

    1. Ford Owner

      You like seeing dots?

      1. what

        if people can already tell this is a “copycat”, then I can see it looks better than an Explorer

  3. iamwho2k

    Should you be surprised? The new Honda HR-V looks a hell of a lot like the Escape.

  4. Kyle

    Hopefully it doesn’t also copy the Explorer’s class-trailing interior.

  5. Ford Owner

    The Asians are known for copying U.S. technology for centuries . I am including the Chinese, Japanese, Koreans, and others. But the originals are always better.

    Even if Ford makes the Explorer electric soon, Honda has no ability to do the same, so they have licensed GM’s technology for years. The plug-in Honda hybrid uses Chevy Volt technology , and soon they will build an Acura EV using the Cadillac Lyriq technology. GM will build the “skateboard ” ( motors , battery and controller), and Honda will finish with the body.

  6. Steve

    Why not copy a great design. What you won’t see is vehicles sitting on the back on tow trucks and having to ship them to other facilities because quality control sucks badly. When Honda sets a standard you can be sure it has quality behind it’s product for the money they are asking for it

  7. Norm Berrett

    Hopefully you get the 2023 exployer updated like the Chinese version as I’m thinking about trading for an exployer but probably not until changes are made. The interior pictures looks like great updates on the Chinese version.


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