2019 Toyota Highlander vs. 2019 Ford Explorer

2019 Toyota Highlander red

2019 Toyota Highlander

2019 Ford Explorer in dark blue

2019 Ford Explorer

$31,680 MSRP*

Starting Price

$32,365 MSRP

Hybrid Available

8 Passengers

Base Seating Capacity

7 Passengers

Pre-Collision System


If you are looking for a midsize SUV that makes the entire family excited for long car rides, you have probably checked out both the 2019 Toyota Highlander and the 2019 Ford Explorer. Both offer capabilities and features that make them good options for the class, but there are features that set these two SUVs apart. Marietta Toyota is comparing the Toyota Highlander vs. Ford Explorer to see which is better in terms of performance and safety.

Performance: Toyota Highlander vs. Ford Explorer

When it comes to shopping around for a new SUV, Marietta drivers will always consider performance, and the new Toyota Highlander brings more to the table.

  • Each Highlander configuration is available with a V6 engine that provides 295 horsepower, and this engine comes standard across the majority of the lineup. If you want more horsepower in the Ford Explorer, you will have to upgrade to the high-end Sport or Platinum trims, which will cost close to $50,000.
  • The Highlander can tow up to 5,000 pounds when equipped with a V6 engine. You can access these capacities in the base trim level, but if you want to tow a comparable load in the new Explorer, you need to upgrade to the Sport or Platinum configuration.
  • When you compare the Highlander V6 to the 2019 Explorer’s base configuration, the Highlander fuel economy puts the Ford to shame. Drivers will get an EPA-estimated 21 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway with the 2019 Highlander. The Explorer only offers Marietta drivers an EPA-estimated 17 mpg city/24 mpg highway.
  • The new Toyota Highlander is also available as a Hybrid, and this configuration is both more fuel efficient and powerful than other models. The 2019 Explorer doesn’t have a Hybrid model.

Safety Features: Toyota or Ford?

Smyrna-area drivers deciding between the Highlander vs. Explorer can make their decision easier by thinking about the needs of their passengers. Comparing the Highlander V6 to the baseline Explorer trim level, only Toyota offers the following standard safety features:

  • Integrated turn signal mirrors
  • Lane departure warning
  • Lane keeping assist
  • Pre-collision system with automatic emergency braking

While these features are available in the upgraded Explorer trims, others are not available. In addition, upgraded Highlander models offer a Bird’s Eye View camera. No comparable feature is available in the 2019 Explorer.

Experience the Highlander for Yourself at Marietta Toyota

When it comes to finding the SUV that’s right for your family, the 2019 Ford Explorer can’t compete with the with 2019 Toyota Highlander. For more information, you can learn about the Highlander’s exterior colors, and see how it compares against other competitive vehicles like the Subaru Ascent, as well as an in-brand Toyota Highlander vs. 4Runner comparison. Visit our Marietta showroom and one of our sales associates will get you behind the wheel for a test drive. If a new Highlander isn’t in the cards, consider a used Toyota Highlander. Contact us today with any questions!

*MSRP excludes the Delivery, Processing, and Handling Fee of $930 for Cars (Yaris, Yaris iA, 86, Corolla, Corolla HB, Camry, Camry HV, Prius LB, Prius c, Prius Prime, Mirai, Avalon, Avalon HV), $1095 for Small/Medium Trucks, SUVs and Van (C-HR, RAV4, RAV4 HV, Highlander, Highlander HV, 4Runner, Sienna, Tacoma), $1,295 for Large SUVs (Sequoia, Land Cruiser), and $1,495 for Large Truck (Tundra). (Historically, vehicle manufacturers and distributors have charged a separate fee for processing, handling and delivering vehicles to dealerships. Toyota’s charge for these services is called the “Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee” and is based on the value of the processing, handling and delivery services Toyota provides as well as Toyota’s overall pricing structure. Toyota may make a profit on the Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee.) Excludes taxes, license, title and available or regionally required equipment. The Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee in AL, AR, FL, GA, LA, MS, NC, OK, SC and TX will be higher. The published prices do not apply to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Actual dealer price will vary.

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(470) 938-8429
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