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Comparison: Toyota Highlander vs Ford Explorer

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Los Angeles drivers in search of the ultimate safe and family-friendly SUV should look no further. The 2018 Toyota Highlander is the perfect fit for your next family road trip. Below we will compare the 2018 Toyota Highlander against the 2018 Ford Explorer. After you are done reading, be sure to visit us at Longo Toyota in El Monte to test drive your very own.


Toyota Highlander

The 2018 Toyota Highlander is available in three different trim levels; LE, SE, and Limited. The LE trim includes a 2.7-liter 4-cylinder 6-speed automatic engine producing up to 185 HP and 184 lb-ft of torque. This trim gets an estimated 20 MPG city and 24 MPG highway.

The SE and Limited trims both include a 3.5-liter V6 Direct Shift 8-speed automatic engine producing up to 295 HP and 263 lb-ft of torque. These trims both get an estimated 21 MPG city and 27 MPG highway. All three trim levels are only available in front-wheel drive.

Ford Explorer

The 2018 Ford Explorer is available in five different trim levels; base, XLT, Limited, Sport, and Platinum. Engine options for this vehicle include either a 2.3-liter 4 cylinder or 3.5-liter V6 engine producing up to 365 HP and 350 lb-ft of torque. The Explorer gets up to an estimated 19 MPG city and 27 MPG highway.

Comfort and Convenience

Toyota Highlander

All models of the 2018 Toyota Highlander include soft-touch dash and surfaces, as well as a 60/40 split-folding and reclining second row and a fold-flat third row. Optional interior features include interior features include SofTex or leather seating, heated and ventilated front seats, three-zone automatic climate control with second-row control panel, a Smart Key System, Driver Easy Speak microphone, and ambient lighting.

Ford Explorer

The 2018 Ford Explorer comes standard with three rows of seating and an illuminated entry system and steering wheel-mounted controls. Other features include ambient interior lighting, dual-zone climate control, a universal garage door opener, leather interior accents, and remote start system. Optional upgrades include premium leather seating, heated steering wheel, heated and cooled front seats, heated second-row outboard seats, heated second-row bucket seats, or a second-row center console.


Toyota Highlander

All models of the 2018 Toyota Highlander come standard with Toyota Safety Sense P (TSS-P). Features of this system include a lane departure alert with steering assist, automatic high beam headlights, dynamic radar cruise control, Blind spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert and more.

Ford Explorer

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2018 Explorer a 5-Star Overall Rating, while the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave it top scores in categories for moderate front overlap impact, side impact, rear crash protection, and roof strength.


Toyota Highlander

Starting at $31,230 MSRP*

Ford Explorer

Starting at $31,990 MSRP

*Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price excludes the Delivery, Processing, and Handling Fee of $920 for Cars (Yaris, Yaris iA, 86, Corolla, Corolla iM, Camry, Camry HV, Prius LB, Prius c, Prius v, Prius Prime, Mirai, Avalon, Avalon HV), $1045 for Small/Medium Trucks, SUVs and Van (C-HR, RAV4, RAV4 HV, Highlander, Highlander HV, 4Runner, Sienna, Tacoma), $1,295 for Large SUVs (Sequoia, Land Cruiser), and $1,395 for Large Truck (Tundra). (Historically, vehicle manufacturers and distributors have charged a separate fee for processing, handling and delivering vehicles to dealerships. Toyota’s charge for these services is called the “Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee” and is based on the value of the processing, handling and delivery services Toyota provides as well as Toyota’s overall pricing structure. Toyota may make a profit on the Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee.) Excludes taxes, license, title and available or regionally required equipment. The Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee in AL, AR, FL, GA, LA, MS, NC, OK, SC and TX will be higher. The published prices do not apply to Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands.

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