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2022 Ford Explorer vs. 2022 Toyota Highlander Review

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2022 Ford
Explorer

MSRP*: $34,010 to $55,380
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2022 Toyota
Highlander

MSRP*: $35,855 to $49,960
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MPG - City 18 - 25 MPG 20 - 21 MPG
MPG - Hwy 22 - 28 MPG 27 - 29 MPG
Seating Capacity 7 seats 7 - 8 seats
Cargo Space 87.8 ft3 84.3 ft3
Engine
  • 300-hp, 2.3-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel)
  • 318-hp, 3.3-liter, V6 Cylinder Engine (Gas/Electric Hybrid)
  • 365-hp, 3.0-liter, V6 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel)
  • 400-hp, 3.0-liter, V6 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel)
  • 295-hp, 3.5-liter, V6 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel)
Transmission 10-Speed A/T 8-Speed A/T
Drivetrain Four Wheel Drive, Rear Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive, Front Wheel Drive
Horsepower 300 - 400 hp 295 hp
Towing Capacity 5,000 - 5,600 lbs 5,000 lbs
Exterior Length 198.8 in 194.9 - 197.4 in
Exterior Width 78.9 in 76.0 in
Leg Room Front 43.0 in
Rear 39.0 in
Front 42.0 in
Rear 41.0 in
Head Room Front 40.7 in
Rear 40.5 in
Front 38.4 - 41.2 in
Rear 37.1 - 39.4 in

*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.

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.

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.

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