Ford Explorer vs. Toyota Highlander
Ford Explorer #1
At a Glance: Explorer vs. Highlander

Are you ready for new and exciting adventures? The Ford Explorer and the Toyota Highlander are here to take you anywhere your heart desires. Either one of these amazing SUVs would be a great choice, but you want to make the best decision for you and your lifestyle.

So, which one is a better fit? Harbin Ford Scottsboro is here to compare the Explorer and the Highlander for our friends and families near Huntsville, Birmingham, and Chattanooga.


400hp | 295hp
Explorer vs Highlander


5,600 lbs | 5,000 lbs
Explorer vs Highlander


14 | 11
Explorer vs Highlander
Which is the Right SUV for You?
Select a category below to learn more about how the Ford Explorer compares to the Toyota Highlander.
Ford Explorer #2

Burly SUVs like the Explorer and the Highlander need to have a lot of power flowing through them to perform at their best. Thankfully for drivers of these amazing sets of wheels, you’ll get exactly that.

Powerhouse Performers

Let’s start by taking a look at the engines in the Toyota:

  • 3.5L V6: produces 295 horsepower and 263 lb-ft of torque
  • Hybrid 2.5L: produces 243 combined net horsepower, with a combustion engine that produces 186 horsepower and 175 lb-ft of torque

While that’s certainly a lot of power, the Ford has more to say. With three available engines, there is more room for customization:

  • 2.3L EcoBoost® I-4: produces 300 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque
  • 3.0L EcoBoost® V6: produces 400 horsepower and 415 lb-ft of torque
  • 3.3L Hybrid: produces 318 horsepower and 322 lb-ft of torque

As you can see, not only do you have more engine options with the Explorer, but you’ll also have access to more power.

Ford Explorer #3

Few feelings are better than rolling down the windows on a nice day while the breeze flows through your hair and your music is blaring through your speakers.

Premium Listening Experience

The Explorer and Highlander set themselves apart from the competition in this regard, as they both offer standard Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ capabilities. Both SUVs can also interact with Amazon’s Alexa!

What’s really important, though, is having a premium audio experience. They both come standard with six speakers, but the Ford has available 12-speaker and 14-speaker B&O® Sound Systems by Bang & Olufsen®, whereas the Toyota offers an optional 11-speaker system from JBL®.

Ford Explorer #4

While you’re driving, danger can strike at any moment. However, the Ford and the Toyota give you the confidence that you can avoid an incident altogether with many amazing safety features and technologies.

Peace of Mind on Every Drive

Both sets of wheels come with similar features that include:

  • BLIS® (Blind Spot Information System) with Cross-Traffic Alert
  • Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking
  • Lane-Keeping System
  • Auto High-Beam Headlamps
  • Rear View Camera

Parking is also a breeze in both the Ford and the Toyota, as they both offer available front and rear parking assist features with audio alerts that occur more frequently the closer you get to an object. However, the parking feature in the Ford, Active Park Assist 2.0, can locate a space for you—and, with the push of a button, it can park itself!

Unfortunately, the parking feature in the Toyota doesn’t park itself.

The Winner Revealed

The Ford Explorer and Toyota Highlander are neck and neck, but Harbin Ford Scottsboro believes the Ford Explorer is the superior vehicle based on engine options, specs, infotainment, and safety features.

Are you interested in taking the Explorer out for a test drive on the streets around Huntsville, Birmingham, and Chattanooga? Contact us today for an appointment!

All of the tools you need to move forward with experiencing a new 2022 Explorer for yourself are conveniently available right here online.