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2021 Ford Explorer vs. 2021 Lexus RX 350 Review

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2021 Ford
Explorer

MSRP*: $32,925 to $54,600
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2021 Lexus
RX 350

MSRP*: $45,220 to $52,500
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Invoice* $31,938 to $52,416 $42,279 to $49,089
MPG - City 18 - 23 MPG 19 - 20 MPG
MPG - Hwy 24 - 28 MPG 26 - 27 MPG
Seating Capacity 6 - 7 seats 5 seats
Cargo Space 87.8 ft3 32.6 ft3
Engine 3.3-liter V-6 (regular gas), Inline-4, V-6 V-6
Transmission Auto Manual, Automatic Auto Manual
Drivetrain Four-wheel, Rear-wheel All-wheel, Front-wheel
Horsepower 300 - 400 hp 295 hp
Towing Capacity 5,300 - 5,600 lbs 3,500 lbs
Exterior Length 198.8 in 192.5 in
Exterior Width 78.9 in 74.6 in
Leg Room Front 43.0 in
Rear 39.0 in
Front 44.1 in
Rear 38.0 in
Head Room Front 40.7 in
Rear 40.5 in
Front 39.4 in
Rear 39.1 in
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles 4 years/50,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating** ***** ****
Frontal Crash Rating** ***** ****
Side Crash Rating** ***** *****

**Vehicle crash and safety data is provided by NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA testing was established by Congress to reduce highway deaths and injuries.

*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
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. The Destination Charge for the Ford Explorer is much higher than that for the Lexus RX 350.

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.

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

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