Compare 2020 Ford Explorer vs 2021 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 $36,773 $40,110
Highlander Hybrid LE FWD 36 35 $35,306 $38,510
Highlander Hybrid Limited AWD 35 34 $43,286 $47,215
Highlander Hybrid Limited FWD 36 35 $41,499 $45,265
Highlander Hybrid Platinum AWD 35 34 $46,221 $50,415
Highlander Hybrid Platinum FWD 36 35 $44,434 $48,465
Highlander Hybrid XLE AWD 35 34 $39,340 $42,910
Highlander Hybrid XLE FWD 36 35 $37,874 $41,310
Highlander L AWD 20 27 $33,334 $36,510
Highlander L FWD 21 29 $31,873 $34,910
Highlander LE AWD 20 27 $35,343 $38,710
Highlander LE FWD 21 29 $33,882 $37,110
Highlander Limited AWD 20 27 $41,828 $45,815
Highlander Limited FWD 21 29 $40,048 $43,865
Highlander Platinum AWD 20 27 $44,750 $49,015
Highlander Platinum FWD 21 29 $42,970 $47,065
Highlander XLE AWD 20 27 $37,899 $41,510
Highlander XLE FWD 21 29 $36,438 $39,910
Highlander XSE AWD 20 27 $39,675 $43,455
Highlander XSE FWD 21 29 $37,895 $41,505
Pricing
Invoice Price
$33,721
$36,773
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$34,765
$40,110
Monthly Payment Estimate
$579 / month
$669 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.0
6.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2020 Ford Explorer rediscovers its capable, outdoorsy side without becoming trucklike in any other respect. 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 35 mpg
Highway
27 mpg 35 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Standard SUV 4WD Standard SUV 4WD
Interior Dimensions
Third Leg Room (in)
32.2 27.7
Passenger Volume (ft³)
152.7 141.3
Second Head Room (in)
40.5 39.4
Third Hip Room (in)
40.9 45.6
Second Shoulder Room (in)
61.9 58.7
Front Leg Room (in)
43 42
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 41.2
Second Hip Room (in)
59.1 57
Front Shoulder Room (in)
61.8 59
Exterior Dimensions
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
78.9 76
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
Cargo Area Dimensions
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 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 -
Brakes
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
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
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 Size
P255/65HR18 P235/65VR18
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P255/65HR18 P235/65VR18
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
5000 3500
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
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4345 4465
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
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
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
310 @ 3500 175 @ 4400
Engine Order Code
99H NA
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
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
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.58 -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
2.15 -
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 -
Summary
Vehicle Name
Ford Explorer Toyota Highlander
Body Style
Sport Utility Sport Utility
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Rear
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 remains in stock; 2021 coming soon
  • $3,000 factory rebate + $3,000 trade-in bonus
  • Lease from $279 for 36 months
  • Get 0% APR for 72 months
2021 Toyota Highlander
  • 2021 Highlander is in stock
  • Lease: From $379/mo.
  • Finance: 1.9% for 60 months
  • Rebate: Get $1,000 off
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