Compare 2020 Ford Explorer vs 2020 Toyota Highlander

2020 Ford Explorer
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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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Hybrid LE AWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Highlander Hybrid LE AWD 35 35 $36,489 $39,800
Highlander Hybrid LE FWD 36 35 $35,022 $38,200
Highlander Hybrid Limited AWD 35 34 $43,090 $47,000
Highlander Hybrid Limited FWD 36 35 $41,302 $45,050
Highlander Hybrid Platinum AWD 35 34 $46,025 $50,200
Highlander Hybrid Platinum FWD 36 35 $44,237 $48,250
Highlander Hybrid XLE AWD 35 34 $39,056 $42,600
Highlander Hybrid XLE FWD 36 35 $37,589 $41,000
Highlander L AWD 20 27 $33,050 $36,200
Highlander L FWD 21 29 $31,589 $34,600
Highlander LE AWD 20 27 $35,059 $38,400
Highlander LE FWD 20 28 $33,598 $36,800
Highlander Limited AWD 20 27 $41,633 $45,600
Highlander Limited FWD 21 29 $39,853 $43,650
Highlander Platinum AWD 20 27 $44,555 $48,800
Highlander Platinum FWD 21 29 $42,775 $46,850
Highlander XLE AWD 20 27 $37,616 $41,200
Highlander XLE FWD 21 29 $36,155 $39,600
Pricing
Invoice Price
$33,721
$36,489
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$34,765
$39,800
Monthly Payment Estimate
$579 / month
$663 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.0
7.2
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2020 Ford Explorer rediscovers its capable, outdoorsy side without becoming trucklike in any other respect. The 2020 Toyota Highlander puts practicality above all else, but handling and styling make worthwhile cameos.
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Fuel Economy
City
20 mpg 35 mpg
Highway
27 mpg 35 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Standard Sport Utility Vehicles 4WD Standard Sport Utility Vehicles 4WD
Interior Dimensions
Third Hip Room (in)
40.9 45.6
Second Shoulder Room (in)
61.9 58.7
Front Leg Room (in)
43 40.4
Third Head Room (in)
38.9 36.1
Passenger Capacity
7 8
Front Hip Room (in)
59.2 57.2
Third Shoulder Room (in)
54.6 55
Second Leg Room (in)
39 41
Front Head Room (in)
40.7 39.9
Second Hip Room (in)
59.1 57
Front Shoulder Room (in)
61.8 59
Third Leg Room (in)
32.2 27.7
Passenger Volume (ft³)
152.7 141.3
Second Head Room (in)
40.5 39.4
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
66.9 65.3
Min Ground Clearance (in)
8.2 8
Length, Overall (in)
198.8 194.9
Liftover Height (in)
32.8 -
Height, Overall (in)
70.2 68.1
Track Width, Rear (in)
66.9 65.4
Wheelbase (in)
119.1 112.2
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
78.9 76
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
87.8 84.3
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
20.8 -
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
18.2 16
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
48.1 -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
49.8 -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
47.9 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 -
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.6 13.3
Brake Type
4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
13.6 13.3
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
19.2 17.1
Steering
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
- 37.4
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P255/65HR18 P235/65SR18
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P255/65HR18 P235/65SR18
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
5300 3500
Maximum Trailering Capacity (lbs)
5300 3500
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
500 350
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
530 350
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
5000 3500
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4345 4465
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 X 7.5 18 X 8
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 X 7.5 18 X 8
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Engine
Displacement
2.3 L/140 2.5 L/152
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
300 @ 5500 243 @ 6000
Engine Type
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4 Gas/Electric I-4
Fuel System
Gasoline Direct Injection Port/Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
310 @ 3500 175 @ 4400
Engine Order Code
99H NA
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
23 35
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
27 35
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
20 35
Transmission
Trans Type
10 1
Drivetrain
Four Wheel Drive All Wheel
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.52 -
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
4.88 -
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.85 -
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
3.00 -
Trans Order Code
44T NA
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.77 -
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD CVT w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.27 -
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 -
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.71 -
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.58 -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
2.15 -
Summary
Body Style
Sport Utility Sport Utility
Vehicle Name
Ford Explorer Toyota Highlander
Suspension
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
7.7 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
  • 2020 Explorer still in good supply
  • $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 Toyota Highlander
  • 2021 Highlander is in showrooms
  • Lease: From $369/mo. (2020)
  • Finance: 0% for 60 months (2020)
  • Rebate: Get $1,750 off (2020)
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