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2018 Ford Explorer vs 2018 Toyota Highlander

2018 Ford Explorer on a gravel road vs 2018 Toyota Highlander driving on a highway

When you buy an SUV, you're buying a vehicle that is able to be a jack of all trades. Whether you need to shuttle a large group of people, tow a small trailer, or take the road less traveled, the 2018 Ford Explorer has options that can help you do it. Of course, where there is one high-powered SUV, there are others. When you're considering a new vehicle, it can help to compare it to another, similar option. For example, the 2018 Ford Explorer vs the 2018 Toyota Highlander can both accomplish similar things, but only one has all the features that you need.

2018 Ford Explorer


2018 Toyota Highlander

180 hp Standard Horsepower 185 hp
Three Engine Options Two
Seven Seating Capacity Eight
152 cu.ft. Passenger Volume 145 cu.ft.

2018 Ford Explorer Advantages

A huge benefit of purchasing an SUV is the size. There's plenty of room for anyone or anything that you would possibly need to take with you. As with many SUVs, the 2018 Ford Explorer is able to cart around seven people, while the 2018 Toyota Highlander sticks one more in for a total of eight. While you may be able to fit an extra person in the 2018 Toyota Highlander, you won't have as much space, especially since the passenger volume of the 2018 Highlander is only 145 cubic feet, compared to the 152 cubic feet passenger area in the 2018 Ford Explorer. This disparity also translates to cargo space, where the interior cargo volume of the 2018 Ford Explorer is 21 cubic feet with all the seats engaged. The 2018 Toyota Highlander only has an interior cargo volume of 13.8 cubic feet with all of the seats up. Overall, the maximum cargo volume of the 2018 Ford Explorer and the 2018 Toyota Highlander is fairly equal, with the 2018 Highlander coming in at 83.7 cubic feet, and the 2018 Ford Explorer maxing out at 81.7 cubic feet.

In addition to the sheer size of an SUV, many drivers are also looking for a vehicle that is high performance and can tow a trailer. Both the 2018 Ford Explorer and 2018 Toyota Highlander are able to handle towing up to 5,000 pounds when properly equipped, though the lowest maximum that the 2018 Ford Explorer is able to tow is 2,000 pounds, 500 pounds more than the minimum 1,500 pounds that can be towed with the 2018 Toyota Highlander. Thanks to the three engine options on the 2018 Toyota Highlander, drivers are able to choose the performance that is right for them. Whether that is a 3.5L V6 engine, the 2.3L four-cylinder EcoBoost®, or the 3.5L V6 EcoBoost® engine, the 2018 Ford Explorer is able to take on whatever you need it to. To learn more about the performance of any of the three available engines, or anything else on the 2018 Ford Explorer, visit Crossroads Ford Lincoln in Frankfort, KY.