Compare 2018 Ford Explorer vs 2018 Toyota Highlander vs 2018 Volkswagen Atlas

2018 Ford Explorer
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2018 Toyota Highlander
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2018 Volkswagen Atlas
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Select style
Base 4WD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Explorer Base 4WD 16 22 $33,090 $34,290
Explorer Base FWD 17 24 $31,015 $32,140
Explorer Limited 4WD 18 25 $42,249 $44,240
Explorer Limited FWD 19 27 $40,196 $42,090
Explorer Platinum 4WD 16 22 $51,512 $53,940
Explorer Sport 4WD 16 22 $43,883 $45,950
Explorer XLT 4WD 16 22 $34,690 $36,325
Explorer XLT FWD 17 24 $32,637 $34,175
Select style
Hybrid LE V6 AWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Highlander Hybrid LE V6 AWD 30 28 $33,662 $36,870
Highlander Hybrid Limited Platinum V6 AWD 29 27 $44,263 $48,480
Highlander Hybrid Limited V6 AWD 29 27 $41,414 $45,360
Highlander Hybrid XLE V6 AWD 29 27 $38,283 $41,930
Highlander LE I4 FWD 20 24 $28,512 $31,230
Highlander LE Plus V6 AWD 20 27 $33,891 $37,120
Highlander LE Plus V6 FWD 21 27 $32,558 $35,660
Highlander LE V6 AWD 19 26 $31,718 $34,740
Highlander LE V6 FWD 20 27 $30,385 $33,280
Highlander Limited Platinum V6 AWD 20 26 $42,784 $46,860
Highlander Limited Platinum V6 FWD 21 27 $41,451 $45,400
Highlander Limited V6 AWD 20 26 $39,935 $43,740
Highlander Limited V6 FWD 21 27 $38,602 $42,280
Highlander SE V6 AWD 20 26 $38,119 $41,750
Highlander SE V6 FWD 21 27 $36,785 $40,290
Highlander XLE V6 AWD 20 26 $37,051 $40,580
Highlander XLE V6 FWD 21 27 $35,717 $39,120
Select style
2.0T S FWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Atlas 2.0T S FWD 22 26 $29,490 $30,750
Atlas 2.0T SE FWD 22 26 $32,453 $33,840
Atlas 2.0T SE w/Technology FWD 22 26 $34,467 $35,940
Atlas 2.0T SEL FWD 22 26 $37,793 $39,410
Atlas 3.6L V6 Launch Edition 4MOTION 17 23 $34,093 $35,550
Atlas 3.6L V6 Launch Edition FWD 18 25 $32,367 $33,750
Atlas 3.6L V6 S 4MOTION 17 23 $32,559 $33,950
Atlas 3.6L V6 S FWD 18 25 $30,833 $32,150
Atlas 3.6L V6 SE 4MOTION 17 23 $35,520 $37,040
Atlas 3.6L V6 SE FWD 18 25 $33,795 $35,240
Atlas 3.6L V6 SE w/Technology 4MOTION 17 23 $37,535 $39,140
Atlas 3.6L V6 SE w/Technology FWD 18 25 $35,809 $37,340
Atlas 3.6L V6 SEL 4MOTION 17 23 $41,180 $42,940
Atlas 3.6L V6 SEL FWD 18 25 $39,453 $41,140
Atlas 3.6L V6 SEL Premium 4MOTION 17 23 $46,742 $48,740
Pricing
Invoice Price
$33,090
$33,662
$29,490
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$34,290
$36,870
$30,750
Monthly Payment Estimate
$572 / month
$615 / month
$513 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
6.7
6.8
6.5
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2018 Ford Explorer has pulled off a graceful transition from clumsy off-roader to genteel family wagon. The 2018 Toyota Highlander delivers much of what families want in a three-row crossover at a reasonable price; the Highlander Hybrid is icing on the cake. The 2018 Volkswagen Atlas does little wrong, but it's light on personality and a little low-rent inside—and it guzzles fuel. It's worth a look, but mostly rivals do more for less.
TCC Likes
TCC Dislikes
Fuel Economy
City
16 mpg 30 mpg 22 mpg
Highway
22 mpg 28 mpg 26 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Standard Sport Utility Vehicles 4WD Standard Sport Utility Vehicles 4WD -
Interior Dimensions
Third Hip Room (in)
40.7 45.6 45.1
Passenger Volume (ft³)
151.7 144.9 -
Second Shoulder Room (in)
61 59.6 60.8
Front Leg Room (in)
42.9 44.2 41.5
Third Head Room (in)
37.8 35.9 38.3
Front Hip Room (in)
57.3 57.2 58.2
Third Shoulder Room (in)
50.8 55 54.9
Passenger Capacity
7 8 7
Second Leg Room (in)
39.5 38.4 37.6
Front Head Room (in)
41.4 40.7 41.3
Second Hip Room (in)
56.8 57.1 58
Front Shoulder Room (in)
61.5 59.3 61.5
Third Leg Room (in)
32 27.7 33.7
Second Head Room (in)
40.6 39.9 40.4
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
67 64.2 67.8
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
78.9 75.8 78.3
Track Width, Front (in)
67 64.4 67.2
Min Ground Clearance (in)
8.3 8 -
Wheelbase (in)
112.8 109.8 117.3
Height, Overall (in)
70 68.1 70
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
80.7 83.7 96.8
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
21 13.8 20.6
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
43.8 42.3 55.5
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.8 12.2 12.2
Brake Type
4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.8 12.9 13.2
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Brake ABS System (Second Line)
- - 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
18.6 17.2 18.6
Steering
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
38.9 38.7 38.1
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P245/60HR18 P245/60TR18 P245/60HR18
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Front Tire Size
P245/60HR18 P245/60TR18 P245/60HR18
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
2000 3500 NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
2000 3500 NA
Maximum Trailering Capacity (lbs)
2000 3500 NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
200 350 NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
200 350 NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4629 4398 -
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 X 7.5 18 X 7.5 18 X 8
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 X 7.5 18 X 7.5 18 X 8
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
540 - -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
175 - -
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
255 @ 4000 215 @ 4800 258 @ 1600
Engine Order Code
998-1 NA NA
Displacement
3.5 L/213 3.5 L/211 2.0 L/121
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
290 @ 6500 306 @ 5800 235 @ 4500
Engine Type
Regular Unleaded V-6 Gas/Electric V-6 Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
Fuel System
Sequential MPI Port/Direct Injection Gasoline Direct Injection
Engine Oil Cooler
- - None
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
18 29 (Est) 24
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
22 28 (Est) 26
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
16 30 (Est) 22
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.74 - 1.00
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.48 - 5.59
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.65 3.54 -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.84 - 1.95
Trans Type
6 1 8
Drivetrain
Four Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 - 1.21
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.88 - 3.99
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.87 - 3.14
Trans Order Code
44J NA NA
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.41 - 1.43
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD CVT w/OD Automatic w/OD
Transfer Case Power Take Off
- - No
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
- - 0.67
Transfer Case Model
- - None
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- - 0.81
Trans PTO Access
- - No
Summary
Vehicle Name
Ford Explorer Toyota Highlander Volkswagen Atlas
Body Style
Sport Utility Sport Utility Sport Utility
Body Code
- - S
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Double Wishbone Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link Double Wishbone -
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Strut -
Axle Type - Front
- - Independent
Axle Ratio (:1) - Front
- - 3.60
Axle Type - Rear
- - Independent
Axle Ratio (:1) - Rear
- - 3.60
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
9.8 6.0 (Est) 7.3
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
Overall Side Crash Rating
Side Barrier Rating
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
Rollover Rating

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