2018 Ford Explorer compared to a 2018 Toyota Highlander

Looking for a large used SUV has never been easier. Between the 2018 Ford Explorer and Toyota Highlander, there is a three-row SUV that fits your needs. Our complete 2018 Ford Explorer vs. Toyota Highlander evaluation will look at pricing, features, performance, and more.

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Price | 2018 Ford Explorer vs. Toyota Highlander

The 2018 Ford Explorer sells for an average price of around $25,000, depending on the model and trim you choose. Additionally, you can find a comparable 2018 Toyota Highlander for about the same price.

Highlights |2018 Ford Explorer vs. Toyota Highlander

There were no major changes made to the 2018 Ford Explorer, but the models come with plenty of powertrain options. The 2018 Toyota Highlander has an upscale cabin and refined ride.

MPG | 2018 Ford Explorer vs. Toyota Highlander

The 2018 Ford Explorer fuel economy numbers depend upon the drivetrain and engine chosen.

  • V6 (FWD): 17/24 mpg
  • V6 (4WD): 16/22 mpg
  • Four-cylinder (FWD): 19/27 mpg
  • Four-cylinder (4WD): 18/25 mpg
  • Twin-turbo V6 (4WD): 16/22 mpg

The 2018 Toyota Highlander also has a range of EPA-estimated fuel-economy numbers.

  • Four-cylinder (FWD): 20/24 mpg
  • V6 (FWD): 20/27 mpg
  • V6 (AWD): 19/26 mpg

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Trim Levels | 2018 Ford Explorer vs. Toyota Highlander

The 2018 Ford Explorer comes with five trim level options. Here are the choices plus the MSRP when the SUV was new.

  • Base |$32,140
  • XLT | $34,175
  • Limited | $42,090
  • Sport | $45,950
  • Platinum | $53,940

There are also five trim levels to choose from with the 2018 Toyota Highlander. Here are the MSRPs from when the models were new.

  • LE | $31,030
  • LE Plus | $35,460
  • XLE | $38,920 MSRP
  • SE | $40,090
  • Limited | $42,080

Power & Performance | 2018 Ford Explorer vs. Toyota Highlander

The 2018 Ford Explorer comes with a base 290-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 engine. However, there is also a 280-horsepower 2.3-liter turbo-four and 365-horsepower 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 available. All of these engines come with a six-speed automatic transmission and a choice of front- or four-wheel-drive. The 2018 Toyota Highlander includes a 185-horsepower 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine but is available with a 295-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 instead. There are also two transmissions available, the six-speed or eight-speed automatic options, plus you can choose between front- and all-wheel-drive.

A 2018 Ford Explorer towing a boat next to a Toyota Highlander driving on a scenic road in the forest

Towing Capacity | 2018 Ford Explorer vs. Toyota Highlander

The 2018 Ford Explorer and Toyota Highlander can both tow up to 5,000 pounds.

Cargo Space | 2018 Ford Explorer vs. Toyota Highlander

The 2018 Ford Explorer comes with 21 cubic feet of room behind the back seats, with 43.9 cubic feet when those seats are folded. By folding down both the second and third row, owners gain 81.7 cubic feet of cargo room. The 2018 Toyota Highlander includes 13.8 cubic feet of cargo room behind the second row, with 42.3 cubic feet when those seats are folded down. There are also 83.7 cubic feet when all of the back seats are folded.

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Dimensions | 2018 Ford Explorer vs. Toyota Highlander

The 2018 Ford Explorer dimensions measure 198″ L x 79″ W x 70″ H. The 2018 Toyota Highlander dimensions measure 193″ L x 76″ W x 68″ H, which is slightly smaller than the Explorer model.

Technology & Amenities | 2018 Ford Explorer vs. Toyota Highlander

 The 2018 Ford Explorer comes standard with a 4.2-inch display, USB port, SYNC infotainment system, and a six-speaker audio system. The base model of the 2018 Toyota Highlander includes a 6.1-inch touch screen, five USB ports, voice recognition, and Bluetooth.

Interior seating comparison of a 2018 Ford Explorer vs. Toyota Highlander

Interior Design | 2018 Ford Explorer vs. Toyota Highlander

Both the 2018 Ford Explorer and 2018 Toyota Highlander come standard with cloth seats. However, the Explorer also provides a leather-wrapped shift knob and eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat.

Seating | 2018 Ford Explorer vs. Toyota Highlander

There is room for six or seven occupants in the 2018 Explorer. In comparison, the 2018 Toyota Highlander has more seating capacity to hold either seven or eight with the second-row bench or captain's chair configurations.

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Exterior | 2018 Ford Explorer vs. Toyota Highlander

Both the 2018 Ford Explorer and Toyota Highlander feature a classic SUV style. The Explorer comes with either 18- or 20-inch wheels, while the Highlander is available with either 18- or 19-inch wheels.

Color Options | 2018 Ford Explorer vs. Toyota Highlander

Both used SUVs have several color options to choose from. Here are the options with a 2018 Ford Explorer.

  • Interior: (4) Ebony Black, Medium Stone, Medium Soft Ceramic and Medium Stone/Medium Light Stone
  • Exterior: (10) Blue Metallic, Magnetic Metallic, Burgundy Velvet Metallic Tinted Clearcoat, Cinnamon Glaze Metallic, Shadow Black, Oxford White, Ingot Silver Metallic, Platinum Dune Metallic Tri-Coat, White Platinum Metallic Tri-Coat, and Ruby Red Metallic Tinted Clearcoat

Here are your options with a 2018 Toyota Highlander.

  • Interior: (4) Ash, Black, Almond, and Saddle Tan
  • Exterior: (9) Midnight Black Metallic, Salsa Red Pearl, Celestial Silver Metallic, Toasted Walnut Pearl, Predawn Gray Mica, Ooh La La Rouge Mica, Shoreline Blue Pearl, and Alumina Jade Metallic

Reviews & Ratings | 2018 Ford Explorer vs. Toyota Highlander

U.S. News & World Report ranked the 2018 Toyota Highlander as the 4th most affordable midsize SUV, while the 2018 Ford Explorer only ranked 16th. However, the 2018 Ford Explorer did receive a perfect five-star safety rating from the NHTSA, while the Highlander was also given a perfect rating.

Buy a Used Ford Explorer or Toyota Highlander for Sale

You can find the pre-owned Ford Explorer or Toyota Highlander for sale in Colorado. At Phil Long, we have the used SUV models you want to drive, including the Explorer and the Highlander. Browse our online inventory today to see what's available.

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