2018 Ford Explorer vs 2018 Toyota Highlander

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What is the best three-row crossover for your driving needs? In this 2018 Ford Explorer vs 2018 Toyota Highlander comparison we are going to look at two models that offer plenty of space and performance for discerning families and individuals. The 2018 Ford Explorer offers seating for up to seven passengers while the 2018 Toyota Highlander has up to eight-passenger capacity. These models have similar maximum cargo capacity.

Both also offer attractive infotainment systems. The 2018 Ford Explorer comes standard with Ford SYNC, but it is available with the elite SYNC 3 system that is available with SiriusXM Radio, Ford+Alexa command responses, and Waze navigation compatibility. The Entune infotainment system comes on the 2018 Toyota Highlander, which is available with SiriusXM Radio and other features, but does not have Alexa or Waze connectivity built in. Of course, this is not the end of the practical features that are available on both of these models.

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2018 Ford Explorer vs 2018 Toyota Highlander
7 Standard Seating 8

3.5-L V-6

2.3-L turbo four-cylinder

3.5-L turbo V-6

Engine Options

2.7-L four-cylinder

3.6-L V-6

365 horsepower, 350 pound-feet of torque Top Engine Output 295 horsepower, 263 pound-feet of torque
Ford SYNC Infotainment System Toyota Entune Audio

Engine Options on the 2018 Ford Explorer

Both of the models in this 2018 Ford Explorer vs 2018 Toyota Highlander comparison offer plenty of features and functionality, but when it comes to engine options the 2018 Ford Explorer really shines. This three-row crossover is available with three different engine options, compared to just two on the Toyota SUV. The base Ford 3.5-liter V-6 offers 290 horsepower and 255 pound-feet of torque, while the base 2.7-liter four-cylinder on the 2018 Toyota Highlander is rated for just 185 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. When it comes to upper engine options, the Ford also delivers the top engine output in this comparison with its 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V-6. The 3.5-liter V-6 available on the 2019 Highlander simply can’t match that.

Would you like to learn more about the 2018 Ford Explorer in the Brainerd MN area? Contact a member of the Kimber Creek Ford sales team today and we would be delighted to help you test drive a new three-row crossover that can meet the needs of you and your family.


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2018 Ford Explorer on the road, mountains and a lake in the background
infotainment system and steering wheel of the 2018 Ford Explorer