2023 Ford Explorer vs. 2023 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Review

Picture of the 2023 Ford Explorer

2023 Ford
Explorer

MSRP*: $36,760 to $56,525
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Picture of the 2023 Toyota Highlander Hybrid

2023 Toyota
Highlander Hybrid

MSRP*: $40,620 to $53,025
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MPG - City 18 - 25 MPG 35 - 36 MPG
MPG - Hwy 22 - 28 MPG 34 - 35 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)
  • 400-hp, 3.0-liter, V6 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel)
  • 243-hp, 2.5-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gas/Electric Hybrid)
Transmission Automatic Continuously Variable
Drivetrain Four Wheel Drive, Rear Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive, Front Wheel Drive
Horsepower 300 - 400 hp 243 hp
Towing Capacity 5,000 - 5,600 lbs 3,500 lbs
Exterior Length 198.8 in 194.9 in
Exterior Width 78.9 in 76.0 in
Leg Room Front 43.0 in
Rear 39.0 in
Front 42.0 in
Rear 38.7 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
The Ford Explorer offers a bit more room for passengers in the back seat than the Toyota Highlander Hybrid. 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 Hybrid.

Convenience
With the Toyota Highlander Hybrid, you will definitely be making fewer stops at the gas station than with the Ford Explorer, due to its tank size and fuel economy.

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 Hybrid.

Dimensions
Since the Ford Explorer is much wider than the Toyota Highlander Hybrid, 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 Hybrid.

Performance
When considering towing capacity, the Ford Explorer is clearly the choice over the Toyota Highlander Hybrid for pulling heavy loads. The Ford Explorer has a little more horsepower than the Toyota Highlander Hybrid.

Powertrain
Due to its much higher torque, the Ford Explorer does a much better job of transmitting its engine's horsepower to its wheels than the Toyota Highlander Hybrid.

Utility
In terms of seating, you'll be able to fit about the same number of people in both the Ford Explorer and the Toyota Highlander Hybrid. You'll be able to fit about the same amount of groceries in the Ford Explorer as you will in the Toyota Highlander Hybrid.