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2021 Ford Explorer vs. 2021 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Review

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2021 Ford
Explorer

MSRP*: $32,925 to $54,600
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2021 Toyota
Highlander Hybrid

MSRP*: $38,735 to $50,640
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Invoice* $31,938 to $52,416 $35,513 to $46,428
MPG - City 18 - 23 MPG 35 - 36 MPG
MPG - Hwy 24 - 28 MPG 34 - 35 MPG
Seating Capacity 6 - 7 seats 7 - 8 seats
Cargo Space 87.8 ft3 84.3 ft3
Engine 3.3-liter V-6 (regular gas), Inline-4, V-6 Inline-4
Transmission Auto Manual, Automatic Auto Manual
Drivetrain Four-wheel, Rear-wheel All-wheel, Front-wheel
Horsepower 300 - 400 hp 186 hp
Towing Capacity 5,300 - 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 41.0 in
Head Room Front 40.7 in
Rear 40.5 in
Front 38.4 - 41.2 in
Rear 37.1 - 39.4 in
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles 3 years/36,000 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
Passengers in the back seat may find themselves a little more cramped in the Ford Explorer 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
The Toyota Highlander Hybrid 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). Whether you pick the Ford Explorer or the Toyota Highlander Hybrid, it's going to cost you about the same. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. The Ford Explorer will cost more in terms of transportation costs 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. When it comes to horsepower, the Ford Explorer greatly out-muscles 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
The Ford Explorer has less seating than the Toyota Highlander Hybrid, making the Toyota Highlander Hybrid 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 Hybrid.

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