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2021 Ford Explorer vs. 2021 Toyota Highlander Review

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2021 Ford
Explorer

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2021 Toyota
Highlander

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MSRP*
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$32,925 to $54,600
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$35,085 to $49,190
Invoice* $31,938 to $52,416 $32,032 to $44,911
MPG - City 18 - 23 20 - 21
MPG - Hwy 24 - 28 27 - 29
Engine(s) 3.3-liter V-6 (regular gas), Inline-4, V-6 V-6
Seating Capacity 6 - 7 7 - 8
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles 3 years/36,000 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
Passengers in the back seat may find themselves a little more cramped in the Ford Explorer than the Toyota Highlander. 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 Toyota Highlander.

Convenience
You'll be making about the same number of stops at the gas station with the Ford Explorer as you will with the Toyota Highlander, 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). The Ford Explorer is somewhat more expensive than the Toyota Highlander. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. The Ford Explorer will cost more in terms of transportation costs than the Toyota Highlander.

Dimensions
Since the Ford Explorer is much wider than the Toyota Highlander, 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 Toyota Highlander.

Drivetrain
With somewhat higher torque, the Ford Explorer transmits power to its wheels a bit more effectively than the Toyota Highlander.

Performance
With the Ford Explorer, you'll be able to pull heavier loads than the Toyota Highlander. In terms of horsepower, it's a virtual tie between the Ford Explorer and the Toyota Highlander.

Utility
The Ford Explorer has less seating than the Toyota Highlander, making the Toyota Highlander the better choice, if you need to chauffeur many passengers. You'll be able to fit about the same amount of groceries in the Ford Explorer as you will in the Toyota Highlander.

Warranty
The Ford Explorer comes with essentially the same basic warranty as the Toyota Highlander.