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2021 Ford Explorer vs. 2021 Lexus RX 350L Review

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2021 Ford
Explorer

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2021 Lexus
RX 350L

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MSRP*
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$32,925 to $54,600
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$48,050 to $55,450
Invoice* $31,938 to $52,416 $44,928 to $51,847
MPG - City 18 - 23 18 - 19
MPG - Hwy 24 - 28 25 - 26
Engine(s) 3.3-liter V-6 (regular gas), Inline-4, V-6 V-6
Seating Capacity 6 - 7 7
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles 4 years/50,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating** ***** ****
Frontal Crash Rating** ***** ****
Side Crash Rating** ***** *****

**Vehicle crash and safety data is provided by NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA testing was established by Congress to reduce highway deaths and injuries.

*MSRP and Invoice prices displayed are for educational purposes only, do not reflect the actual selling price of a particular vehicle, and do not include applicable gas taxes or destination charges.

Comparison Review

Comfort
Rear passengers will be able to stretch out a lot more in the Ford Explorer than in the Lexus RX 350L. The Ford Explorer will be popular with taller drivers and passengers in the front seat, due to its greater front head- and legroom than the Lexus RX 350L.

Convenience
You'll be making about the same number of stops at the gas station with the Ford Explorer as you will with the Lexus RX 350L, as they are both able to travel similar distances on a tank of gas.

Cost
There are a lot of factors to consider when calculating the overall cost of a vehicle. The main consideration is Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). When looking only at MSRP, the Ford Explorer will have less of an impact on your bank account than the Lexus RX 350L. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. The Destination Charge for the Ford Explorer is much higher than that for the Lexus RX 350L.

Dimensions
Since the Ford Explorer is much wider than the Lexus RX 350L, finding a wide enough spot in a parking lot may be a bit more challenging. When looking at overall length, the Ford Explorer takes up about the same amount of space in your garage as the Lexus RX 350L.

Drivetrain
With somewhat higher torque, the Ford Explorer transmits power to its wheels a bit more effectively than the Lexus RX 350L.

Performance
When considering towing capacity, the Ford Explorer is clearly the choice over the Lexus RX 350L for pulling heavy loads. The Ford Explorer has a little more horsepower than the Lexus RX 350L.

Utility
In terms of seating, you'll be able to fit about the same number of people in both the Ford Explorer and the Lexus RX 350L. With the Ford Explorer, you'll be able to haul more equipment or luggage than the Lexus RX 350L.

Warranty
The basic warranty of the Ford Explorer is not as nearly as extensive as that of the Lexus RX 350L.