|2018 Toyota Highlander||vs||2018 Ford Explorer|
|3.5L 6-Cylinder||Engine||3.5L 6-Cylinder|
|295 HP @ 6600 rpm||Horsepower||290 HP @ 6500 rpm|
|20 City/24 Highway mpg*||Fuel Economy||17 City/24 Highway mpg*|
"The 2018 Toyota Highlander is one of the best picks available for a versatile three-row crossover SUV. Thanks to a comfortable and quiet ride, abundant standard features and a just-right size, it should serve you well as a do-all family hauler."
It's no secret that Toyota and Ford are two of the biggest automobile manufacturers in the world. They're both multi-billion dollar companies and have sold millions of vehicles. In this article, I'm going to compare two of their top-selling Midsize SUVs and help you decide which SUV is right for you.
The 2018 Ford Explorer and the 2018 Toyota Highlander have a similar exterior. They both have 4 doors, come in a variety of colors and have a similar structure. The main differences between the two are that the Ford has a more rounded look than the Highlander, which has a sleek look, and the Ford's grille takes up only about half as much space as the Highlander's.
The 2018 Highlander gets an estimated 20 MPG city and an estimated 24 MPG highway, while the Explorer gets an estimated 17 MPG city and an estimated 24 MPG highway. In terms of horsepower, the Highlander gets 295@5800 rpm and the Explorer gets 290@6500 rpm.
The 2018 Ford Explorer has seating for 7 people and offers a mixture of both cloth upholstery and plastic materials. The 2018 Toyota has seating for 8 people, cloth upholstery and a mixture of both soft touch and plastic materials. The Toyota also has 13.8 cubic feet of cargo space, behind its last row of seats, and 83.7 cubic feet of cargo space with all of its seats down. The Ford has 21 cubic feet of cargo space, behind its last row of seats, and 80.7 cubic feet of cargo space with all of its seats down.
When it comes to safety, the Highlander has a huge edge. Not only does the 2018 Toyota Highlander have a 5 star overall rating from the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration), but it's also an IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) 2018 Top Safety Pick. While the 2018 Ford Explorer does have a 5 star overall rating from the NHTSA, its IIHS ratings are cause for concern. The Explorer has received both a marginal safety rating for its driver-side crashworthiness test and a poor rating for its headlight safety test. A marginal rating is 2 scores below the top score of good and a poor rating is 3 scores below the top score of good, as well as being the lowest rating the IIHS has.
The 2018 Highlander offers many technological features, such as Driver Easy Speak, voice recognition, a 6.1-inch touch screen infotainment system, Bluetooth compatibility and a 120-volt outlet. The 2018 Ford Explorer has voice activated commands, the SYNC 3 system, Bluetooth compatibility and a navigation system.
The Toyota difference.
Here at Penn Toyota, in Greenvale, NY, it is our responsibility to serve both the people of Greenvale, NY, and anybody who wishes to do business with us. Throughout this article, I have gone over the strengths and weaknesses of both vehicles and would have to say that the 2018 Toyota Highlander is the far superior SUV. The Highlander gets better gas mileage, has more seats and cargo space, has better safety ratings and has more technological features. If you would like to purchase a 2018 Toyota Highlander, please visit us at Penn Toyota, in Greenvale, New York. We've been serving the people of Greenvale, New York, as well as the people of surrounding cities, such as Long Island, Bayside, Westbury and Valley Stream, for many years and we hope to one day serve you too.