Compare 2021 Ford Explorer vs 2022 Kia Telluride vs 2022 Toyota Highlander

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Base 4WD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Explorer Base 4WD 20 27 $33,878 $34,925
Explorer Base RWD 21 28 $31,938 $32,925
Explorer King Ranch 4WD 18 24 $52,416 $54,600
Explorer King Ranch RWD 18 24 $50,496 $52,600
Explorer Limited 4WD 20 27 $45,365 $47,255
Explorer Limited RWD 21 28 $43,445 $45,255
Explorer Platinum 4WD 23 26 $51,202 $53,335
Explorer Platinum RWD 18 24 $50,621 $52,730
Explorer ST 4WD 18 24 $47,040 $49,000
Explorer Timberline 4WD 19 23 $44,174 $46,015
Explorer XLT 4WD 20 27 $35,592 $37,075
Explorer XLT RWD 21 28 $33,672 $35,075
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EX AWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Telluride EX AWD 19 24 $38,000 $39,790
Telluride EX FWD 20 26 $36,090 $37,790
Telluride LX AWD 19 24 $33,573 $34,790
Telluride LX FWD 20 26 $31,643 $32,790
Telluride S AWD 19 24 $35,984 $37,290
Telluride S FWD 20 26 $34,054 $35,290
Telluride SX AWD 19 24 $42,584 $44,590
Telluride SX FWD 20 26 $40,768 $42,690
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Hybrid LE AWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Highlander Hybrid LE AWD 35 35 $37,089 $40,455
Highlander Hybrid LE FWD 36 35 $35,623 $38,855
Highlander Hybrid Limited AWD 35 34 $43,786 $47,760
Highlander Hybrid Limited FWD 36 35 $41,998 $45,810
Highlander Hybrid Platinum AWD 35 34 $46,721 $50,960
Highlander Hybrid Platinum FWD 36 35 $44,933 $49,010
Highlander Hybrid XLE AWD 35 34 $39,840 $43,455
Highlander Hybrid XLE Bronze AWD 35 34 $41,697 $45,480
Highlander Hybrid XLE Bronze FWD 36 35 $40,230 $43,880
Highlander Hybrid XLE FWD 36 35 $38,373 $41,855
Highlander L AWD 20 27 $33,602 $36,805
Highlander L FWD 21 29 $32,142 $35,205
Highlander LE AWD 20 27 $35,611 $39,005
Highlander LE FWD 21 29 $34,151 $37,405
Highlander Limited AWD 20 27 $42,282 $46,310
Highlander Limited FWD 21 29 $40,501 $44,360
Highlander Platinum AWD 20 27 $45,204 $49,510
Highlander Platinum FWD 21 29 $43,423 $47,560
Highlander XLE AWD 20 27 $38,350 $42,005
Highlander XLE FWD 21 29 $36,890 $40,405
Highlander XSE AWD 20 27 $40,127 $43,950
Highlander XSE FWD 21 29 $38,346 $42,000
Pricing
Invoice Price
$33,878
$38,000
$37,089
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$34,925
$39,790
$40,455
Monthly Payment Estimate
$582 / month
$663 / month
$674 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.0
7.5
7.0
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2021 Ford Explorer is recognizable, but new. It should be on every family SUV shopper’s list. The 2022 Kia Telluride still tops our family-SUV shopping list with its handsome looks, great space, plentiful features, and long warranty. The 2022 Toyota Highlander accomplishes minivan feats of utility, without doing the minivan dance.
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Fuel Economy
City
20 mpg 19 mpg 35 mpg
Highway
27 mpg 24 mpg 35 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Standard SUV 4WD Small SUV 4WD Standard SUV 4WD
Interior Dimensions
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
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
Exterior Dimensions
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
Track Width, Rear (in)
66.9 67.6 65.4
Wheelbase (in)
119.1 114.2 112.2
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 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 - -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
47.9 46 48.4
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
59 - -
Brakes
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
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
13.6 13.4 13.3
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA NA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
17.9 18.8 17.1
Steering
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
- 38.8 37.4
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P255/65HR18 P245/60HR18 P235/65VR18
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Front Tire Size
P255/65HR18 P245/60HR18 P235/65VR18
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Trailering
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
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
530 500 350
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4345 4255 4465
Wheels
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
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 X 7.5 18 X 7.5 18 X 8
Engine
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
Fuel System
Gasoline Direct Injection Gasoline Direct Injection Port/Direct Injection
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
23 21 35
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
27 24 35
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
20 19 35
Transmission
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 Drive All Wheel Drive
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
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 -
Summary
Vehicle Name
Ford Explorer Kia Telluride Toyota Highlander
Body Style
Sport Utility Sport Utility Sport Utility
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Multi-Link Multi-Link
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
7.7 8.4 5.0
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
-
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
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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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