Compare 2018 Toyota Highlander vs 2018 Ford Explorer

2018 Toyota Highlander
2018 Ford Explorer
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Hybrid LE V6 AWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Highlander Hybrid LE V6 AWD 30 28 $33,662 $36,870
Highlander Hybrid Limited Platinum V6 AWD 29 27 $44,263 $48,480
Highlander Hybrid Limited V6 AWD 29 27 $41,414 $45,360
Highlander Hybrid XLE V6 AWD 29 27 $38,283 $41,930
Highlander LE I4 FWD 20 24 $28,512 $31,230
Highlander LE Plus V6 AWD 20 27 $33,891 $37,120
Highlander LE Plus V6 FWD 21 27 $32,558 $35,660
Highlander LE V6 AWD 19 26 $31,718 $34,740
Highlander LE V6 FWD 20 27 $30,385 $33,280
Highlander Limited Platinum V6 AWD 20 26 $42,784 $46,860
Highlander Limited Platinum V6 FWD 21 27 $41,451 $45,400
Highlander Limited V6 AWD 20 26 $39,935 $43,740
Highlander Limited V6 FWD 21 27 $38,602 $42,280
Highlander SE V6 AWD 20 26 $38,119 $41,750
Highlander SE V6 FWD 21 27 $36,785 $40,290
Highlander XLE V6 AWD 20 26 $37,051 $40,580
Highlander XLE V6 FWD 21 27 $35,717 $39,120
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Base 4WD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Explorer Base 4WD 16 22 $33,090 $34,290
Explorer Base FWD 17 24 $31,015 $32,140
Explorer Limited 4WD 18 25 $42,249 $44,240
Explorer Limited FWD 19 27 $40,196 $42,090
Explorer Platinum 4WD 16 22 $51,512 $53,940
Explorer Sport 4WD 16 22 $43,883 $45,950
Explorer XLT 4WD 16 22 $34,690 $36,325
Explorer XLT FWD 17 24 $32,637 $34,175
Pricing
Invoice Price
$33,662
$33,090
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$36,870
$34,290
Monthly Payment Estimate
$615 / month
$572 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
6.8
6.7
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2018 Toyota Highlander delivers much of what families want in a three-row crossover at a reasonable price; the Highlander Hybrid is icing on the cake. The 2018 Ford Explorer has pulled off a graceful transition from clumsy off-roader to genteel family wagon.
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Fuel Economy
City
30 mpg 16 mpg
Highway
28 mpg 22 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Standard Sport Utility Vehicles 4WD Standard Sport Utility Vehicles 4WD
Interior Dimensions
Third Head Room (in)
35.9 37.8
Front Hip Room (in)
57.2 57.3
Passenger Volume (ft³)
144.9 151.7
Third Shoulder Room (in)
55 50.8
Second Leg Room (in)
38.4 39.5
Front Head Room (in)
40.7 41.4
Second Hip Room (in)
57.1 56.8
Front Shoulder Room (in)
59.3 61.5
Passenger Capacity
8 7
Third Leg Room (in)
27.7 32
Second Head Room (in)
39.9 40.6
Third Hip Room (in)
45.6 40.7
Second Shoulder Room (in)
59.6 61
Front Leg Room (in)
44.2 42.9
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
64.4 67
Min Ground Clearance (in)
8 8.3
Wheelbase (in)
109.8 112.8
Height, Overall (in)
68.1 70
Track Width, Rear (in)
64.2 67
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
75.8 78.9
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
13.8 21
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
42.3 43.8
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
83.7 80.7
Brakes
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.9 12.8
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.2 12.8
Brake Type
4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
17.2 18.6
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
38.7 38.9
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P245/60TR18 P245/60HR18
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P245/60TR18 P245/60HR18
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
3500 2000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
3500 2000
Maximum Trailering Capacity (lbs)
3500 2000
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
350 200
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
350 200
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4398 4629
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 X 7.5 18 X 7.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 X 7.5 18 X 7.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
215 @ 4800 255 @ 4000
Engine Order Code
NA 998-1
Displacement
3.5 L/211 3.5 L/213
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
306 @ 5800 290 @ 6500
Engine Type
Gas/Electric V-6 Regular Unleaded V-6
Fuel System
Port/Direct Injection Sequential MPI
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
29 (Est) 18
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
28 (Est) 22
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
30 (Est) 16
Transmission
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.54 3.65
Trans Type
1 6
Drivetrain
All Wheel Drive Four Wheel Drive
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Trans Order Code
NA 44J
Trans Description Cont.
CVT w/OD Automatic w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.74
First Gear Ratio (:1)
- 4.48
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
- 1.84
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 1.00
Reverse Ratio (:1)
- 2.88
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
- 2.87
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 1.41
Summary
Vehicle Name
Toyota Highlander Ford Explorer
Body Style
Sport Utility Sport Utility
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Double Wishbone Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Rear
Double Wishbone Multi-Link
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
6.0 (Est) 9.8
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- 175
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- 540
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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