Vehicle Comparisons:
Toyota Highlander vs Ford Explorer

Toyota Highlander Interior

Are you looking to take the wheel of a full-size SUV near the Nashville, Gallatin, or Madison areas? If so, you may be considering popular models like the Toyota Highlander and Ford Explorer. To help you decide which vehicle has more of what you need, our team at Ron Hibbard Toyota put together this Highlander vs. Explorer comparison. Be sure to contact us with any questions you may have.

Toyota Highlander vs Ford Explorer Engine Efficiency

Do you commute long distances? Are you trying to increase time between the pump during your next road trip? Then you’re probably looking for an SUV with a good balance of efficiency and power. You’ll find that in both the Toyota Highlander and Ford Explorer.

Both SUVs offer a 3.5L V6 engine for those who want a lot of power under the hood. This is paired with a 6-speed SelectShift® automatic transmission in the Explorer and an 8-speed Electronically Controlled automatic Transmission with intelligence in the Highlander.

This transmission difference may be a big reason why the Toyota Highlander gets an EPA-estimated 21 MPG city and 27 MPG highway when equipped with front-wheel drive (FWD).1

Compare this to the same engine in the Explorer, which gets a maximum EPA-estimated fuel economy of 17 MPG city and 24 MPG highway with FWD.

The Highlander also has a 19.2-gallon fuel tank compared to the 18.6-gallon fuel tank in the Explorer, so it’s likely to get you a bit further between fill-ups.

Interior Dimensions and Seating

Whether you’re commuting to practice, heading out on a family vacation, or hauling materials for your next home improvement project, you’ll have all the space you need inside either the Toyota Highlander or Ford Explorer.

Both vehicles have three rows of seats and can accommodate seven passengers. For the Explorer, this is the maximum capacity while the Highlander also has an 8-passenger option.

If you need some extra cargo space to move your kid into college or transport bikes to the trail, you’ll probably appreciate that both SUVs let you fold down the second- and third-row seats to create a flat load floor.

When you do this in the Explorer, you have a maximum cargo volume of 81.7 cubic feet. The Highlander has a maximum cargo volume of 83.7 cubic feet.

Safety Technology in the Highlander vs Explorer

Safety is very important to consider when getting behind the wheel of a vehicle, and it starts with staying vigilant and aware of your surroundings. The Highlander and Explorer can help with that. They both offer a suite of smart safety technologies that include features like:

One major difference between these two SUVs is that the Ford Explorer requires a package upgrade before these systems are available to you.

The Toyota Highlander, on the other hand, makes them standard as part of the Toyota Safety Sense™ P suite.

Toyota Highlander vs Ford Explorer: Our Pick

After comparing the Toyota Highlander vs. Ford Explorer, the team at Ron Hibbard Toyota found that the Highlander has a bit more to offer drivers around Madison, Nashville, and Gallatin. If you want to see for yourself, visit our dealership and we’ll get you out for a test drive.

Schedule a test drive to get behind the wheel of the Toyota Highlander today!

1 2019 EPA-estimated mileage. Actual mileage will vary.

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