Compare 2020 Ford Explorer vs 2020 Toyota Highlander vs 2020 Volkswagen Atlas

2020 Ford Explorer
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2020 Toyota Highlander
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2020 Volkswagen Atlas
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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
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2.0T S FWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Atlas 2.0T S FWD 20 24 $30,251 $31,545
Atlas 2.0T SE FWD 20 24 $33,272 $34,695
Atlas 2.0T SE w/Technology FWD 20 24 $35,526 $37,045
Atlas 2.0T SEL FWD 20 24 $39,122 $40,795
Atlas 3.6L V6 S 4MOTION 16 22 $33,320 $34,745
Atlas 3.6L V6 SE 4MOTION 16 22 $36,341 $37,895
Atlas 3.6L V6 SE FWD 17 23 $34,615 $36,095
Atlas 3.6L V6 SE w/Technology 4MOTION 16 22 $38,595 $40,245
Atlas 3.6L V6 SE w/Technology FWD 17 23 $36,870 $38,445
Atlas 3.6L V6 SE w/Technology R-Line 4MOTION 16 22 $40,706 $42,445
Atlas 3.6L V6 SE w/Technology R-Line FWD 17 23 $38,979 $40,645
Atlas 3.6L V6 SEL 4MOTION 16 22 $42,575 $44,395
Atlas 3.6L V6 SEL FWD 17 23 $40,849 $42,595
Atlas 3.6L V6 SEL Premium 4MOTION 16 22 $47,178 $49,195
Atlas 3.6L V6 SEL R-Line 4MOTION 16 22 $44,205 $46,095
Atlas 3.6L V6 SEL R-Line FWD 17 23 $42,478 $44,295
Atlas Cross Sport 2.0T S 4MOTION 18 23 $31,116 $32,445
Atlas Cross Sport 2.0T S FWD 21 24 $29,292 $30,545
Atlas Cross Sport 2.0T SE 4MOTION 18 23 $34,376 $35,845
Atlas Cross Sport 2.0T SE FWD 21 24 $32,553 $33,945
Atlas Cross Sport 2.0T SE w/Technology 4MOTION 18 23 $36,294 $37,845
Atlas Cross Sport 2.0T SE w/Technology FWD 21 24 $34,471 $35,945
Atlas Cross Sport 2.0T SE w/Technology R-Line 4MOTION 18 23 $37,637 $39,245
Atlas Cross Sport 2.0T SE w/Technology R-Line FWD 21 24 $35,814 $37,345
Atlas Cross Sport 2.0T SEL 4MOTION 18 23 $39,747 $41,445
Atlas Cross Sport 2.0T SEL FWD 21 24 $37,923 $39,545
Atlas Cross Sport 2.0T SEL Premium 4MOTION 18 23 $44,396 $46,295
Atlas Cross Sport 2.0T SEL Premium R-Line 4MOTION 18 23 $46,028 $47,995
Atlas Cross Sport 2.0T SEL R-Line 4MOTION 18 23 $41,376 $43,145
Atlas Cross Sport 2.0T SEL R-Line FWD 21 24 $39,555 $41,245
Atlas Cross Sport 3.6L V6 SE w/Technology 4MOTION 16 22 $37,637 $39,245
Atlas Cross Sport 3.6L V6 SE w/Technology FWD 17 23 $35,814 $37,345
Atlas Cross Sport 3.6L V6 SE w/Technology R-Line 4MOTION 16 22 $38,979 $40,645
Atlas Cross Sport 3.6L V6 SE w/Technology R-Line FWD 17 23 $37,156 $38,745
Atlas Cross Sport 3.6L V6 SEL 4MOTION 16 22 $41,473 $43,245
Atlas Cross Sport 3.6L V6 SEL FWD 17 23 $39,650 $41,345
Atlas Cross Sport 3.6L V6 SEL Premium 4MOTION 16 22 $46,123 $48,095
Atlas Cross Sport 3.6L V6 SEL Premium R-Line 4MOTION 16 22 $47,754 $49,795
Atlas Cross Sport 3.6L V6 SEL R-Line 4MOTION 16 22 $43,102 $44,945
Atlas Cross Sport 3.6L V6 SEL R-Line FWD 17 23 $41,281 $43,045
Pricing
Invoice Price
$33,721
$36,489
$30,251
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$34,765
$39,800
$31,545
Monthly Payment Estimate
$579 / month
$663 / month
$526 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.0
7.2
5.8
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. Space comes before pace with the roomy 2020 Volkswagen Atlas.
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Fuel Economy
City
20 mpg 35 mpg 20 mpg
Highway
27 mpg 35 mpg 24 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Standard SUV 4WD Standard Sport Utility Vehicles 4WD Small SUV 2WD
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in)
40.5 39.4 40.4
Third Hip Room (in)
40.9 45.6 45.1
Second Shoulder Room (in)
61.9 58.7 60.8
Front Leg Room (in)
43 40.4 41.5
Third Head Room (in)
38.9 36.1 38.3
Passenger Capacity
7 8 7
Front Hip Room (in)
59.2 57.2 58.2
Third Shoulder Room (in)
54.6 55 54.9
Second Leg Room (in)
39 41 37.6
Front Head Room (in)
40.7 39.9 41.3
Second Hip Room (in)
59.1 57 58
Front Shoulder Room (in)
61.8 59 61.5
Third Leg Room (in)
32.2 27.7 33.7
Passenger Volume (ft³)
152.7 141.3 153.7
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
66.9 65.3 67.2
Min Ground Clearance (in)
8.2 8 -
Length, Overall (in)
198.8 194.9 198.3
Liftover Height (in)
32.8 - -
Height, Overall (in)
70.2 68.1 70
Track Width, Rear (in)
66.9 65.4 67.8
Wheelbase (in)
119.1 112.2 117.3
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
78.9 76 78.3
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
87.8 84.3 96.8
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
20.8 - -
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
18.2 16 20.6
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 55.5
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 Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.6 13.3 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)
13.6 13.3 13.2
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
19.2 17.1 18.6
Steering
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
- 37.4 38.1
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Front Tire Size
P255/65HR18 P235/65SR18 P245/60HR18
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P255/65HR18 P235/65SR18 P245/60HR18
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
5300 3500 NA
Maximum Trailering Capacity (lbs)
5300 3500 NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
500 350 NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
530 350 NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
5000 3500 NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4345 4465 4222
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 X 7.5 18 X 8 18 X 8
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 X 7.5 18 X 8 18 X 8
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Engine
Displacement
2.3 L/140 2.5 L/152 2.0 L/121
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
300 @ 5500 243 @ 6000 235 @ 4500
Engine Type
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4 Gas/Electric I-4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
Fuel System
Gasoline Direct Injection Port/Direct Injection Gasoline Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
310 @ 3500 175 @ 4400 258 @ 1600
Engine Order Code
99H NA NA
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
23 35 22
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
27 35 24
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
20 35 20
Transmission
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.58 - 3.60
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
2.15 - 1.95
Trans Type
10 1 8
Drivetrain
Four Wheel Drive All Wheel Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.52 - 1.21
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
4.88 - 3.99
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.85 - 0.67
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
3.00 - 3.14
Trans Order Code
44T NA NZ
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.77 - 1.43
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD CVT w/OD Automatic w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.27 - 1.00
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 - 0.81
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.71 - 5.59
Summary
Vehicle Name
Ford Explorer Toyota Highlander Volkswagen Atlas
Body Style
Sport Utility Sport Utility Sport Utility
Suspension
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link Multi-Link Multi-Link
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
7.7 5.1 8.1
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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