2018 Ford Explorer vs. Toyota Highlander

The 2018 Ford Explorer and the Toyota Highlander are two SUV options that can be used for daily commuting or utility. They both offer spacious interiors and a range of options as well, so which one is better for you?

Drivers of Rochester, Geneva or Canandaigua can find out more about these two SUVs with our 2018 Ford Explorer vs. Toyota Highlander comparison.

The Performance

The base engine for the Ford Explorer is a 3.5-liter V-6, but a 2.3-liter turbo-four and a twin-turbo 3.5-liter V-6 are also available. These engines move power to all four wheels or the front wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission, with the exception of the twin-turbo, which is only available in all-wheel drive. The Ford Explorer has a smooth, comfortable ride for around town, but it can be equipped to tow up to 5,000 pounds and offers a multi-traction drive system with selectable modes for exceptional off-roading ability.

The Toyota Highlander comes with a 2.7-liter inline-four or a 3.5-liter V-6. The four-cylinder uses a six-speed automatic transmission to transfer power to the front or all four wheels, while the V-6 uses a slick eight-speed automatic transmission. The Toyota Highlander's suspension is planned for comfort instead of performance, but it still offers composure and all-weather capability.

The Style

The Ford Explorer abandoned the truck-like look of the past, favoring clean edges and crisp corners for the newer, more versatile model. The shape is still SUV, but the exterior adornments and softened look put it in line with the other crossover SUVs on the market. Inside, the Explorer is incredibly upscale, using contemporary lines and soft-touch materials to enhance the aesthetic and comfort.

The Toyota Highlander prefers sharp edges and angular shapes that give it a more aggressive appearance. Subtle chrome touches and a dark palette keep it looking elegant and clean, however, and the interior favors a simple design with optimal functionality.

The Safety

The Ford Explorer scored well on independent and federal safety testing, thanks to its rigid structure, excellent visibility and full complement of safety equipment. All models come with a rearview camera, and forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking are optional for most models. Trailer sway control, stability control with a Curve Control feature and blind-spot monitors are also available.

The Toyota Highlander also performed well for crash testing and comes with quite a bit of safety technology standard. The Toyota Safety Sense-P package with forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking and adaptive cruise control is standard for all models, along with airbags, stability control and some other basic features.

Test Drive the 2018 Ford Explorer at Friendly Ford

These two versatile SUVs have a lot in common, making it difficult to choose between them. The desire is that this 2018 Ford Explorer vs. Toyota Highlander comparison helpde you come closer to choosing the right option for your individual needs.

Drivers of Rochester, Geneva or Canandaigua can find out what's available for the 2018 Ford Explorer when they visit Friendly Ford. Visit today or call our dealership today to schedule your test drive!

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