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2017 Ford Explorer vs. 2017 Toyota Highlander Review

Comparison Review

Comfort
Rear passengers will be able to stretch out a lot more in the Ford Explorer than in the Toyota Highlander. As far as headroom and legroom go, there's not much difference between front seat comfort in the Ford Explorer and 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. Both the Ford Explorer and the Toyota Highlander have similar Destination Charges.

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. 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 Toyota Highlander.

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

Handling
The Ford Explorer has the same turning radius as the Toyota Highlander, so they both maneuver the same in and out of tight spots.

Performance
In terms of towing capacity, the Toyota Highlander 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 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.

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2017 Ford
Explorer

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

2017 Toyota
Highlander

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MSRP*: $30,630 - $46,260
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City MPG: 16 - 19 19 - 21
Highway MPG: 22 - 27 24 - 27
Engine(s): Inline-4, V-6 Inline-4, V-6
Seating Capacity: 7 - 7 7 - 8
Basic Warranty: 3 years/36,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating
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Frontal Crash Rating
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Side Crash Rating
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Invoice*: $30,553 - $50,839 $27,965 - $42,236

Days On Lot: Comparing Ease of Negotiation

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