Toyota Highlander vs. Ford Explorer | Paris, TX


Compare the Toyota Highlander and Ford Explorer near Paris, TX

Taken as a segment of the entire automotive landscape here in Paris, crossover SUVs, or crossovers, are among the most popular vehicles around. Why? Aside from their car-like handling and body-on-frame-SUV-like ruggedness, crossovers provide plenty of space for whatever life throws your way, and wherever it is you want to go. With that said, it might be tempting to think of all crossovers as part of one homogenous group. But that wouldn't be painting yourself an accurate picture.

Certain crossovers offer more in areas that count, like dependability, features, and style. Here at Everett Toyota of Paris, we'd count the new Highlander among this category of winning crossovers. Compared to other crossover SUVs popular here, like the Ford Explorer, the Toyota Highlander shines bright as ever.

Interested in learning just how the Highlander and Explorer stack up to one another? Continue reading to find out!

Performance & Efficiency

The Highlander takes a different tack than the Explorer when it comes to performance and efficiency. The Highlander comes standard with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, but offers a larger V6, while the Explorer has a standard V6, but provides a four-cylinder (or larger V6) as options. The reason Toyota does this? It has a lot to do with fuel-efficiency. The entry-level Highlander LE achieves up to an EPA-estimated 20 mpg city and 24 mpg highway. Meanwhile, the Ford Explorer in its base trim earns up to an EPA-estimated 17 mpg city and 24 mpg highway.

Though perhaps at first hard to fathom, due to advanced stop-start technology, upgrading engines in the Highlander lineup to the available V6 - unlike the Explorer - returns a higher EPA-estimated 27 mpg on the highway!

Rugged Capability and Refined Driving Dynamics

Like the Ford Explorer, the Toyota Highlander is available with either front-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive to help you make the most of all seasons here in the Sulphur Springs, TX area. That means, rain or shine, you can go forth confidently, driving to wherever duty calls.

Technology & Multimedia

Every Ford Explorer comes with touchscreen infotainment, but how does that compare to what the Highlander offers? Entry-level Highlander models come equipped with a Toyota Entune™ infotainment system and 6.1-inch touchscreen. Entry-level Ford Explorer models provide a smaller 4.2-inch touchscreen system. That being said, if you're willing to shell out extra for upgraded infotainment, you'll find available 8-inch touchscreen infotainment systems in each of these crossover SUVs. Other niceties like navigation and premium sound are also available in both the Highlander and Explorer.

Safety Features

While the Ford Explorer provides plenty of standard passive safety features and even a MyKey system, the Highlander's standard safety features list is hard to beat. That's largely because every Highlander comes equipped with Toyota Safety Sense™ P or TSS-P for short. This innovative safety features bundle includes a pre collision system, pedestrian detection, forward collision warning, and much more.


Price - it's often the deciding factor when choosing which new crossover you sign on the dotted line for here in the Commerce area. That's why we're proud that the new Toyota Highlander undercuts much of the competition, and that includes the Ford Explorer. Starting at around $32,275 with destination charge, the 2018 Highlander significantly beats out the 2018 Explorer's starting MSRP of $33,135!


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Contact Us Today: Discover What Else the new Highlander Offers!

There are so many more amazing aspects of the Toyota Highlander we haven't explored! If you'd like to experience this SUV for yourself around Mt Pleasant or Antlers, OK, contact us today, either online or by phone at (888) 250-1849. Alternatively, visit us in-person today to take one of our new Highlander models out for a test-drive. We look forward to having you!