2016 Toyota Highlander vs. 2016 Ford Explorer

2016 Toyota Highlander

2016 Toyota Highlander

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2016 Ford Explorer

2016 Ford Explorer

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Spacious, stylish, and promising a compelling ride, the 2016 Toyota Highlander provides the amenities and features Marietta families look for in their SUV. With its rounded edges and sleek lines, the Highlander is eye-catching while also offering unbeatable comfort and an intuitive ride. And with a wide selection of active and passive safety features, the 2016 Highlander keeps you and your passengers in the best hands when you get behind the wheel. Just take a look at how it stands up to the competition in this side-by-side comparison with the 2016 Ford Explorer.

How Does Each Car Perform?

With an available 3.5L V6 double overhead cam, 24-valve VVT-i engine, the 2016 Toyota Highlander puts out 270 hp and 248 lb-ft of torque. That means a robust and smooth ride every time you get behind the wheel. But the Highlander is also economical, and instead of a gas-powered engine, you have the option of selecting a hybrid engine. This gas-electric hybrid offers a net 280 hp, so you can retain the power of the Highlander without sacrificing efficiency. This hybrid delivers 28 mpg highway*, according to EPA estimates, which makes the Highlander one of the most efficient SUVs on the road.

By comparison, the 2016 Ford Explorer offers more raw power, with its 3.5L Ti-VCT engine delivering 290 hp. But because it’s anywhere from 400 to 800 pounds heavier than the Highlander (depending on the trim and features), the Explorer needs that power to simply move at the same nimble speeds as the 2016 Highlander. The 3.5L Ti-VCT of the Explorer also only gets 24 mpg highway*, according to EPA estimates, so it’s not quite as efficient as the Highlander. And with a 112.8-inch wheelbase as compared to the 109.8-inch measurements of the Highlander, the Explorer won’t handle as sharply or precisely.

Available Features in Each Vehicle

Performance is important, but you also want a comfortable, convenient, and safe ride. So let’s take a look at what features each vehicle offers.

With the 2016 Toyota Highlander you can expect the following features and more:

  • Entune premium 12-speaker JBL audio system

  • Entune app suite

  • Eight-inch high-resolution touchscreen

  • Integrated backup camera with dynamic gridlines

  • Lane-departure alert

  • Rear parking assist

  • ToyotaCare

With the 2016 Ford Explorer, you’ll get the following features:

  • 12-speaker audio system available on premium trims

  • SYNC technology

  • Front-view camera

  • Lane-keeping system

  • Front park aid

Which Vehicle is Right for You?

The 2016 Ford Explorer is a fine vehicle, and it’s certainly powerful. Unfortunately, however, that additional power is required to compensate for its size and weight, and it will not be as agile or nimble as the 2016 Toyota Highlander. Additionally, the 2016 Highlander is more economical, and it offers a wider selection of safety, comfort, and entertainment features.

Learn More About the 2016 Toyota Highlander at Marietta Toyota Today

If you’re a driver in the Marietta, Smyrna, Vinings, or Atlanta area and you’d like to learn more about how the 2016 Toyota Highlander compares to the 2016 Ford Explorer, contact us online at Marietta Toyota or at 888-705-3271 any time. Or stop in and see us at 750 Cobb Parkway S in Marietta, GA for a test drive today!

*2016 EPA-estimated city/highway mileage. Actual mileage will vary.