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2014 Ford Explorer vs. 2014 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. The Toyota Highlander will be a hit with tall drivers and their front seat passengers, since it has greater front head- and legroom than the Ford Explorer.

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

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 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 similar torque, the Ford Explorer and the Toyota Highlander are about even in transmitting their respective horsepower to the wheels.

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. The Ford Explorer has a little more horsepower 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.

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

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2014 Ford
Explorer

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MSRP*: $30,015 - $41,675
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2014 Toyota
Highlander

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MSRP*: $29,215 - $43,590
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Cash Back Rebate: Up to $1,000 Visit Rebate Center
Low APR Loan: As low as 0.00% --
Lease Incentive: As low as 5.63% --
City MPG: 16 - 17 18 - 20
Highway MPG: 22 - 24 24 - 25
Engine(s): 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*: $28,288 - $38,862 $26,673 - $39,798

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