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2017 Ford Explorer vs. 2017 Lexus RX 350 Review

Comparison Review

Comfort
Rear passengers will be able to stretch out a lot more in the Ford Explorer than in the Lexus RX 350. As far as headroom and legroom go, there's not much difference between front seat comfort in the Ford Explorer and the Lexus RX 350.

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 350, 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 350. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. Both the Ford Explorer and the Lexus RX 350 have similar Destination Charges.

Dimensions
Since the Ford Explorer is much wider than the Lexus RX 350, finding a wide enough spot in a parking lot may be a bit more challenging. For some people, bigger is better. If that's the case for you, then you'll be happier with the Ford Explorer, which is slightly longer than the Lexus RX 350.

Drivetrain
With its lower torque engine, the Ford Explorer doesn't do as good a job transmitting power to its wheels as the Lexus RX 350.

Handling
The Ford Explorer has a significantly smaller turning radius than the Lexus RX 350, allowing you to much more easily maneuver in and out of tight spots.

Performance
In terms of towing capacity, the Lexus RX 350 is clearly the choice over the Ford Explorer for pulling heavy loads. In terms of horsepower, it's a virtual tie between the Ford Explorer and the Lexus RX 350.

Utility
The Ford Explorer offers greater seating capacity than the Lexus RX 350, making it a better choice for those who find themselves chauffeuring others around. With the Ford Explorer, you'll be able to haul more equipment or luggage than the Lexus RX 350.

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

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2017 Ford
Explorer

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MSRP*: $31,660 - $53,235

2017 Lexus
RX 350

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MSRP*: $43,020 - $50,320
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City MPG: 16 - 19 19 - 20
Highway MPG: 22 - 27 26 - 27
Engine(s): Inline-4, V-6 V-6
Seating Capacity: 7 - 7 5 - 5
Basic Warranty: 3 years/36,000 miles 4 years/50,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating
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Frontal Crash Rating
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***** Not Tested
Side Crash Rating
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***** Not Tested
Invoice*: $30,553 - $50,839 $40,222 - $47,048

Days On Lot: Comparing Ease of Negotiation

Days on Lot measures the average number of days a model sits on a dealer's lot before it's sold. This is one predictor of a dealer's willingness to negotiate.

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*MSRP and Invoice prices displayed do not include applicable gas taxes or destination charges.