Having trouble deciding between the 2018 Ford Explorer and the 2018 Toyota Highlander? We at Fred Beans Ford of Newtown are here to help with our detailed Explorer vs. Highlander comparison. Shoppers in Newtown, Langhorne, and Southhampton should read ahead to see how these two vehicles stack up when it comes to performance, interior space, and technology!

Explorer vs Highlander: Performance

 The 2018 Ford Explorer offers three high-powered engines in its powertrain lineup starting with the standard 3.5L Ti-VCT V6 engine. This engine manufactures an impressive 290 horsepower and 255 lb-ft of torque resulting in this configuration being able to tow a whopping 2,000 pounds. The Explorer is just getting started here, though.

For enhanced efficiency, you can opt for the Explorer's available 2.3L EcoBoost® 4-cylinder engine which achieves a respectable EPA-estimated 27 highway MPG1. If power is your priority, opt for the available 3.5L EcoBoost® V6 engine which delivers 365 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque.

The 2018 Toyota Highlander also offers several 4-cylinder and V6 engines to choose from. However, the base engine offers only 185 horsepower and 1,500-pound towing capacity. For power, capability and efficiency like you'll find in the Explorer, you'll have to upgrade several trim levels.

Interior Space in the Explorer & Highlander

As full-size SUVs, the 2018 Ford Explorer and the 2018 Toyota Highlander offer plenty of space for both passengers and cargo. Both models offer seating for at least seven passengers, 60/40-split folding rear seats, and 80+ cubic feet of total cargo room when all the rear seats are folded down.

The Explorer takes interior comfort a step further with an abundance of extra wiggle room compared to the Highlander with the following dimensions:





Front Headroom

41.4 inches

40.7 inches

Front Shoulder Room

61.5 inches

59.3 inches

Rear Headroom

40.6 inches

39.9 inches

Rear Legroom

39.5 inches

38.4 inches

Rear Shoulder Room

61.0 inches

59.6 inches


Additionally, the Explorer provides you with an expansive 21.0 cubic feet of cargo space with all rear seats up-right and in place. The Highlander, on the other hand, only gives you 13.8 cubic feet.

Compare Technology Packages

 Both the 2018 Ford Explorer and the 2018 Toyota Highlander offer a wide array of smart technology features including rear-view cameras, Adaptive Cruise Control, and comprehensive infotainment systems. Stay in touch with Bluetooth® connectability in both vehicles and get turn-by-turn directions from their navigation systems.

One smart feature you'll miss out on in the Highlander, though, is a hands-free, foot-activated liftgate. This feature allows you to access the rear hatch without having to take your keys out of your pocket or setting the things in your hands down. Simply swipe your foot under the rear bumper and the liftgate with rise on its own.

Compare the Ford Explorer vs Toyota Highlander

While both models offer some impressive features, it's clear that the 2018 Ford Explorer comes out on top in every category. See this SUV in action at Fred Beans Ford of Newtown. Shoppers in Newtown, Langhorne, and Southhampton can schedule a test drive today by giving us a call!

1 EPA-estimated city/hwy mpg for the model indicated. See fueleconomy.gov for fuel economy of other engine/transmission combinations. Actual mileage will vary. On plug-in hybrid models and electric models, fuel economy is stated in MPGe. MPGe is the EPA equivalent measure of gasoline fuel efficiency for electric mode operation.



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