2019 Toyota Highlander LE AWD gray

2019 Toyota Highlander

2019 Ford Explorer

2019 Ford Explorer

2019 Toyota Highlander vs. 2019 Ford Explorer

$31,680 MSRP*

Starting Price

$32,365 MSRP

Hybrid Available

Up to 8 Passengers

Base Seating Capacity

Up to 7 Passengers

Pre-Collision System


Jacksonville car shoppers on the hunt for a midsize SUV perfect for the family will most likely have seen the 2019 Toyota Highlander and the 2019 Ford Explorer. They both offer similar interior features and capabilities other competitors can’t match. However, there are a lot of things that set them apart. Beaver Toyota St. Augustine is comparing the Ford Explorer vs. Toyota Highlander to see which SUV is best suited for you.

Highlander vs. Explorer: Performance

When it comes to deciding between the two SUVs, Palm Coast drivers want the vehicle with the best performance, and you will see that the new Toyota Highlander offers that and much more.

  • Every Highlander trim is available with a V6 engine that delivers 295 hp, and it’s standard across the majority of the lineup. If you want additional horsepower in the Ford Explorer, you will have to upgrade to the higher Sport or Platinum trim levels, which both cost close to $50,000.
  • When equipped with a V6, the Highlander can tow up to 5,000 pounds. You can access these capacities in the baseline trim, but if you want to tow a comparable load in the Explorer, you need to upgrade to the Sport or the Platinum configuration.
  • When drivers compare the Highlander V6 to the baseline Ford Explorer configuration, the Highlander fuel economy outshines the Ford. The new Toyota Highlander offers 21 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway.** The Explorer only gets 17 mpg city/24 mpg highway.
  • The 2019 Toyota Highlander is also available as a hybrid, and it’s more powerful and fuel-efficient than other models. The Ford Explorer does not offer a hybrid trim.

Highlander vs. Explorer: Safety Features

The Toyota Highlander is a highly praised SUV known for safety features like the Toyota Safety Sense™. When you compare safety features available in both SUVs, Toyota has more features to offer as standard:

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

While some of these features are available in upgraded Explorer trim levels, others are unavailable. Also, upgraded Highlander models offer a bird’s eye view camera, which is not available in the Explorer.

Test Drive the Toyota Highlander in St. Augustine!

If you are looking for a reliable SUV in St. Augustine, stop by our showroom and get behind the wheel of the 2019 Toyota Highlander. We will go over the different configurations and standard features, discuss your financing options, and head out on the St. Augustine roads for a test drive. Don’t forget to browse the Highlander color options, our current vehicle specials, and Highlander lease specials, so you can head home in a new Toyota Highlander for less! Contact us today!

*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.

**Based on EPA estimates. Actual mileage may vary.

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