Compare 2020 Ford Explorer vs 2020 Kia Telluride vs 2021 Toyota Highlander

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Base 4WD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Explorer Base 4WD 20 27 $33,721 $34,765
Explorer Base RWD 21 28 $31,781 $32,765
Explorer Limited 4WD 20 27 $48,366 $50,380
Explorer Limited RWD 21 28 $46,446 $48,380
Explorer Platinum 4WD 18 24 $55,920 $58,250
Explorer ST 4WD 18 24 $52,551 $54,740
Explorer XLT 4WD 20 27 $37,369 $38,925
Explorer XLT RWD 21 28 $35,449 $36,925
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EX AWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Telluride EX AWD 19 24 $37,521 $39,290
Telluride EX FWD 20 26 $35,611 $37,290
Telluride LX AWD 19 24 $32,703 $33,890
Telluride LX FWD 20 26 $30,773 $31,890
Telluride S AWD 19 24 $35,019 $36,290
Telluride S FWD 20 26 $33,089 $34,290
Telluride SX AWD 19 24 $41,601 $43,790
Telluride SX FWD 20 26 $39,701 $41,790
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Hybrid LE AWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Highlander Hybrid LE AWD 35 35 $36,681 $40,010
Highlander Hybrid LE FWD 36 35 $35,214 $38,410
Highlander Hybrid Limited AWD 35 34 $43,195 $47,115
Highlander Hybrid Limited FWD 36 35 $41,407 $45,165
Highlander Hybrid Platinum AWD 35 34 $46,130 $50,315
Highlander Hybrid Platinum FWD 36 35 $44,342 $48,365
Highlander Hybrid XLE AWD 35 34 $39,248 $42,810
Highlander Hybrid XLE FWD 36 35 $37,781 $41,210
Highlander L AWD 20 27 $33,241 $36,410
Highlander L FWD 21 29 $31,781 $34,810
Highlander LE AWD 20 27 $35,250 $38,610
Highlander LE FWD 20 28 $33,790 $37,010
Highlander Limited AWD 20 27 $41,738 $45,715
Highlander Limited FWD 21 29 $39,957 $43,765
Highlander Platinum AWD 20 27 $44,660 $48,915
Highlander Platinum FWD 21 29 $42,879 $46,965
Highlander XLE AWD 20 27 $37,807 $41,410
Highlander XLE FWD 21 29 $36,346 $39,810
Highlander XSE AWD 20 27 $39,583 $43,355
Highlander XSE FWD 21 29 $37,803 $41,405
Pricing
Invoice Price
$33,721
$37,521
$36,681
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$34,765
$39,290
$40,010
Monthly Payment Estimate
$579 / month
$655 / month
$667 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.0
7.5
6.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2020 Ford Explorer rediscovers its capable, outdoorsy side without becoming trucklike in any other respect. There’s substance to the 2020 Kia Telluride’s style. The 2021 Toyota Highlander learned new tricks to keep us entertained on the road, when we’re not asleep in the back anyway.
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Fuel Economy
City
20 mpg 19 mpg 35 mpg
Highway
27 mpg 24 mpg 35 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Standard Sport Utility Vehicles 4WD Small Sport Utility Vehicles 4WD Standard Sport Utility Vehicles 4WD
Interior Dimensions
Front Head Room (in)
40.7 39.5 41.2
Second Hip Room (in)
59.1 58 57
Front Shoulder Room (in)
61.8 61.6 59
Passenger Volume (ft³)
152.7 157.1 141.3
Third Leg Room (in)
32.2 31.4 27.7
Second Head Room (in)
40.5 40.2 39.4
Third Hip Room (in)
40.9 43.7 45.6
Second Shoulder Room (in)
61.9 59.9 58.7
Front Leg Room (in)
43 41.4 42
Passenger Capacity
7 8 8
Third Head Room (in)
38.9 38.1 36.1
Front Hip Room (in)
59.2 58.9 57.2
Third Shoulder Room (in)
54.6 55.3 55
Second Leg Room (in)
39 42.4 41
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
66.9 67.6 65.4
Wheelbase (in)
119.1 114.2 112.2
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
78.9 78.3 76
Track Width, Front (in)
66.9 67.2 65.3
Min Ground Clearance (in)
8.2 8 8
Length, Overall (in)
198.8 196.9 194.9
Liftover Height (in)
32.8 - -
Height, Overall (in)
70.2 68.9 68.1
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
47.9 46 48.4
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
59 - -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
32.8 - -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
83.9 - -
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
87.8 87 84.3
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
20.8 - -
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
18.2 21 16
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
48.1 - -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
49.8 - -
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
13.6 13.4 13.3
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.6 12 13.3
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
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
19.2 18.8 17.1
Steering
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
- 38.8 37.4
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P255/65HR18 P245/60TR18 P235/65VR18
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Front Tire Size
P255/65HR18 P245/60TR18 P235/65VR18
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
530 500 350
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
5000 5000 3500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
5300 5000 3500
Maximum Trailering Capacity (lbs)
5300 5000 3500
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
500 500 350
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4345 4255 4465
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
Engine
Fuel System
Gasoline Direct Injection Gasoline Direct Injection Port/Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
310 @ 3500 262 @ 5200 175 @ 4400
Engine Order Code
99H NA NA
Displacement
2.3 L/140 3.8 L/231 2.5 L/152
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
300 @ 5500 291 @ 6000 243 @ 6000
Engine Type
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4 Regular Unleaded V-6 Gas/Electric I-4
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
20 19 35
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
23 21 35
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
27 24 35
Transmission
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.77 1.42 -
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD CVT w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.27 1.00 -
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 0.80 -
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.71 4.81 -
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.58 3.65 -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
2.15 1.86 -
Trans Type
10 8 1
Drivetrain
Four Wheel Drive All Wheel All Wheel
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.52 1.22 -
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
4.88 3.42 -
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.85 0.65 -
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
3.00 2.90 -
Trans Order Code
44T NA NA
Summary
Vehicle Name
Ford Explorer Kia Telluride Toyota Highlander
Body Style
Sport Utility Sport Utility Sport Utility
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Strut Strut
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
7.7 8.4 5.1
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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2020 Ford Explorer
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  • $3,000 factory rebate + $3,000 trade-in bonus
  • Lease from $279 for 36 months
  • New 0% APR for 72 months
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2020 Kia Telluride
  • 2021 Kia Tellurides available; 2020s sold out
  • Rebates: None offered this month
  • Financing: From 1.9% for 66 months
  • Lease: From $329 for 36 months
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