2020 Ford Explorer vs 2020 Toyota Highlander | Havelock, NC 

When shopping for a three-row SUV, it's hard to get away from the 2020 Ford Explorer and 2020 Toyota Highlander. But if you're looking for capability, utility, and efficiency, there's really only one SUV to consider.

Options and Capability

The Ford Explorer veritably spoils you with engines. It's offered with a turbocharged four-cylinder, a twin-turbo V6 in two different states of tune, and a hybrid V6. The Toyota Highlander, meanwhile, offers only one non-turbo V6 and a hybrid four-cylinder.

More importantly, not only does Explorer give you more options, every single engine it offers is more powerful than anything you can get in the Highlander, whether you're looking at horsepower or torque. As a result, the 2020 Explorer can tow up to 5,600 pounds, 600 pounds more than what the Highlander can manage.

And the Explorer Hybrid, which gets 27 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway*, can still tow 5,000 pounds. That's not just better than the Highlander Hybrid, which lags behind with only a 3,500-pound tow rating, but better than any hybrid SUV on the market.

2020 Ford Explorer vs 2020 Toyota Highlander | Havelock, NC

Room and Features

The 2020 Ford Explorer's superior capability makes it easier to have a memorable weekend for the whole family, but its advantages don't stop there. The three-row American SUV also provides more cargo volume than the Highlander: 18.2 cubic feet behind the third seat and 87.8 cubic feet behind the second seat, over 16 and 84.3 cubic feet for the Highlander, respectively.

Passenger space is better too. The Explorer has 11.4 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Highlander, including an impressive 4.5 more inches of legroom for third-row passengers.

Additional features make it easier to have a good time, like the remote vehicle starting system that allows you to activate the climate system before getting in the Explorer - a boon on any hot summer or cold winter day.

The Explorer is offered with optional massaging front seats, automatic dimming side-view mirrors, and an automatic parking system that can even parallel park the Explorer on its own. The Highlander isn't available with any of these features - and it's about $2,000 more expensive to start with, too.

At the end of the day, the 2020 Ford Explorer is simply more capable and family-friendly than the 2020 Toyota Highlander. Check out more of its top-notch features at Riverside Ford!

*EPA-estimated city/hwy mpg for the model indicated. See fueleconomy.gov for fuel economy of other engine/transmission combinations. Actual mileage will vary. On plug-in hybrid models and electric models, fuel economy is stated in MPGe. MPGe is the EPA equivalent measure of gasoline fuel efficiency for electric mode operation.


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