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Ford Explorer vs Toyota Highlander

Supplying comfort, space, and fun-to-drive performance, midsize SUVs are perfectly designed for active families and solo adventurers alike. It’s no wonder that year-after-year, the Ford Explorer and Toyota Highlander are two of the most popular SUV models on the roads of Lewisville, Denton, and Grapevine.

To help you determine which model is best suited for your needs, the team at Sam Pack’s Five Star Ford Lewisville put the 2019 Ford Explorer and Toyota Highlander into a head-to-head comparison. Continue reading to see which takes the overall top spot!

Ford Explorer vs Toyota Highlander: Performance Specs

Balancing confident performance with class-leading efficiency, the 2019 Explorer comes equipped with the choice of three powerful engine options:

  • 2.3L EcoBoost® 4-cylinder with 280 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque
  • 3.5L V6 engine with 290 horsepower and 255 lb-ft of torque
  • 3.5L EcoBoost® V8 engine with 365 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque

Each one of the Explorer’s five distinct trim levels provides a 6-speed SelectShift® automatic transmission supplying a smooth and effortless drive no matter the conditions outside.

By comparison, the Highlander offers two engine choices among its three trim levels. The base trim comes standard with a 2.7L 4-cylinder that reaches 185 horsepower, while higher trim features a 3.5L V6 engine that tops out at 295 horsepower, falling well below the Explorer’s maximum capability.

Ford Explorer vs Toyota Highlander: Interior Space and Design

Whether shuttling the varsity basketball team to their next tournament or helping a friend move into a new home across town, each of these 3-row SUVs deliver the comfort and space to fit it all.

The Explorer offers an expansive 151.5 cu. ft. of space for passengers, while the Toyota Highlander offers just 144.9 cu. ft. In terms of headroom, even your taller passengers won’t mind climbing into the third row as the Explorer provides a generous 41.4-inch/40.6-inch/37.8-inch (1st/2nd/3rd rows) of space that slightly outsizes the Highlander.

Loading up for the big weekend tailgate is also a breeze thanks to each SUV’s adjustable cargo areas. The Explorer provides an expansive 21 cu. ft. of cargo space behind its 2nd row, greatly outsizing the Highlander that offers a relatively cramped 13.8 cu. ft.

Advanced Tech Features

2019 Ford Explorer Technology

Enjoy watching the miles float away as you and your passengers enjoy full access to your favorite music, news, and apps thanks to the 2019 Explorer’s suite of intuitive features including:

  • SYNC® 3 voice-activated infotainment display
  • Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ capability
  • Ford Pass™ Connect with 4G LTE Wi-Fi hot spot

Meanwhile, the Highlander provides driver and passengers with Toyota’s own Entune™ Audio that provides smart features like Bluetooth® wireless technology, SiriusXM®, and available SIRI® Eyes Free.

2019 Ford Explorer vs Toyota Highlander: Which Takes the Top Spot?

Delivering dynamic performance, roomy interior space, and family-friendly technology, the 2019 Ford Explorer is clearly the superior choice for Lewisville, Denton, and Grapevine drivers.

If you’re interested in taking a closer look at our full lineup of Ford Explorer models, stop by Sam Pack’s Five Star Ford Lewisville or go online to schedule a test drive today!

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