2021 Ford Explorer vs Toyota Highlander

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Compare the 2021 Ford Explorer to the Competition in Lewiston, ID

Getting into the driver's seat of the right SUV can make a world of difference for your daily drive to work or some weekend adventures with your family. The new Ford Explorer ensures that every drive is the best part of your day, with three-row seating, ample cargo space, and plenty of innovative technology. Even compared to popular options like the Toyota Highlander, the Ford Explorer is still our preferred family-friendly SUV. Check out how the two compare down below!

2021 Ford Explorer vs. 2021 Toyota Highlander

  • The base engine for the Explorer is a 2.3-liter EcoBoost® four-cylinder that delivers 300 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque, beating out the only engine option available to the Highlander lineup. The 2021 Ford SUV also offers a 3.0-liter EcoBoost® V6 that manages up to 400 horsepower and 415 pound-feet of torque - the Highlander can't even manage capability to this extreme.
  • Looking to attach a trailer and get going on your next family vacation? The Ford Explorer is rated to tow up to 5,600 pounds when properly equipped. The Toyota Highlander's towing capacity caps out at 5,000 pounds.
  • The cozy interior of the Ford Explorer allows up to seven passengers to comfortably stretch out, with a maximum interior volume of 152.7 cubic feet. On the other hand, the Toyota Highlander is about 10-cubic feet less, making the ride a bit more squished for you and your passengers.
  • While both SUVs can make it easy to transport your cargo, luggage, and shopping trip finds, the Ford Explorer is a bit more spacious. The Ford SUV can hold up to 87.8 cubic feet, a bit more than the 84.3 cubic feet in the Highlander.
  • Keeping your drive entertaining is easier with either SUV, both equipped with smartphone integration, eight-inch touchscreens, USB connections, and so much more! As you upgrade trim levels, you'll find the Ford Explorer offers just a bit more, thanks to an available 14-speaker B & O sound system. The Highlander only offers an 11-speaker JBL system, less immersive than the Ford Explorer's sound system.
  • With the Ford Co-Pilot360™ safety system, the Explorer gives you peace of mind anywhere your drive takes you. The lineup comes standard with automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warning, and the Blind Spot Information System with Cross-Traffic Alert. While Toyota's system offers many of the same features, its blind-spot monitoring driver-assist feature won't be standard.

Vehicle Comparison

2021 Ford Explorer2021 Toyota Highlander
Starting MSRP$32,675$34,910
Max Towing5,600 pounds5,000 pounds
Passenger Volume152.7 cu. ft.141.3 cu. ft.
Cargo Volume87.8 cu. ft.84.3 cu. ft.
Powertrain Options32




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