Toyota Highlander vs. Ford Explorer


The Toyota Highlander Against the Competition

The Toyota Highlander is a mid-size crossover SUV that's perfect for both solo driving as well as loading up the family and hitting the road for a vacation you'll be sure to remember. We have this gorgeous vehicle here at Mark Jacobson Toyota and have pitted it head-to-head with a prime competitor, the Ford Explorer. Take a look below to see how they compare and discover why the Highlander is well-deserving of a spot in your list of must-have vehicles.

The Toyota Highlander vs. the Ford Explorer

  • The MSRP of the Highlander's base trim is $31,390, which is more affordable than the Ford Explorer's base trim MSRP of $32,105.
  • The Highlander affords you better EPA-estimated fuel efficiency in the city as well as on the highway, ensuring your drives go on for that much longer than in the Ford Explorer.
  • You'll find seating for eight passengers in the Highlander, while the Ford Explorer only offers seating for seven passengers.
  • You'll enjoy increased front leg room in the Highlander so even the tallest drivers will have no trouble getting comfortable on errands and trips.
  • The maximum cargo capacity with all the rear seats folded down in the Highlander is higher than the Ford Explorer, allowing you to fit more luggage and items when you're ready to hit the road for a vacation.
  • According to, the Toyota Highlander has scored considerably higher Average Consumer Ratings for Interior, Reliability, Performance, Safety, Comfort, Technology, and Value - that's every category!
  • On even the base trim level of the Highlander, you'll discover nearly twice as many exterior color options as well as an addition al interior color choice, ensuring your ability to express your unique personality as you cruise.

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