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2019 Highlander vs. 2019 Explorer

If you’re searching for a vehicle with the family-focused space and safety of a minivan, plus extra performance and features, it’s no surprise you’ve entered the three-row SUV market. Within this highly competitive segment, you have a wide variety of options, and the Toyota Highlander and Ford Explorer are both worth a close look. To determine which one is right for you, let’s see how they perform in some key areas.

Toyota Highlander
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Price and Gas Mileage

For an investment as big as a vehicle, it pays to consider the overall cost of purchasing and driving it. The Explorer starts with one of the higher price tags for its class, while the Highlander’s starting price is noticeably lower. The difference widens even more as you rise up the trim range of each vehicle. No driver wants to regret their decision every time they stop at a gas station, and the Highlander is sure to spare you buyer’s remorse thanks to its conservative gas mileage. On the other hand, even the Explorer’s optional EcoBoost engine scores below the class average of fuel efficiency. The Highlander also earned a higher predicted reliability rating than its Ford counterpart.


Despite the price difference, the Highlander is equipped with a longer list of standard features than what can be found in the Explorer. Toyota’s SUV comes with an intuitive infotainment system, five USB ports, and voice recognition. It also comes with standard safety features like automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection. As you explore each vehicle’s available features, you encounter additional ways to customize your ride. Both vehicles offer smartphone connectivity, but the Highlander presents more family-friendly tools like the available Driver Easy Speak system, which mics the driver’s voice to be played through the rear seats’ speakers.

The Highlander also comes standard with the Toyota Safety Sense P suite, which bundles steering assist, lane departure warning, and more on every model. The Explorer’s standard safety tech offers the MyKey speed and volume control and a rearview camera.

Cabin Quality

Drivers and critics have celebrated the Highlander’s high-quality cabin, which has comfortable seating and upscale materials throughout. Leather accents are common across the trim range, and critics have considered the Limited Platinum trim on par with luxury-class SUVs. It also handles family transport duties reassuringly well with user-friendly car seat connectors. While it promises ample seating space, the Explorer has not garnered the same praise regarding its cabin. The stock trim is outfitted with firm surfaces that don’t match the comfort and style that you’ll find in the Highlander’s base model.

Find Your Next Vehicle in Thomasville, GA

If you’re leaning toward the 2019 Highlander, we’d love to help you drive it home at Thomasville Toyota. We have this capable SUV and more within our broad-ranging Toyota lineup, and you’re always welcome to come by to take it for a test drive. Our lot is conveniently located at 14724 US 19 South, Thomasville, Georgia 31757.

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14724 US 19 South Thomasville, GA

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