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2020 Ford Explorer vs. 2020 Toyota Highlander Review

New 2020 Ford Explorer

2020 Ford

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New 2020 Toyota Highlander

2020 Toyota

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$32,765 to $58,250
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$34,600 to $48,800
Invoice* $31,781 to $55,920 $31,589 to $44,555
MPG - City 18 - 21 20 - 21
MPG - Hwy 24 - 28 27 - 29
Engine(s) Inline-4, V-6 V-6
Seating Capacity 7 7 - 8
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles

*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

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.

The Ford Explorer requires fewer stops at the gas station than the Toyota Highlander, making it more convenient to drive.

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 Destination Charge for the Ford Explorer is much higher than that for the Toyota Highlander.

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.

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

With the Ford Explorer, you'll be able to pull heavier loads than the Toyota Highlander. The Ford Explorer has a little more horsepower than the Toyota Highlander.

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.

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