Comparison: 2018 Ford Explorer vs 2018 Toyota Highlander

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Poughkeepsie drivers looking for the ultimate family SUV should check out the 2018 Ford Explorer. If you’re in the market for an SUV you are for sure shopping around first. Below, we will compare the 2018 Ford Explorer to the 2018 Toyota Highlander. Two similar SUV’s that are great for a family vehicle.


After reading our comparison come into Friendly Ford in Poughkeepsie and test drive the 2018 Ford Explorer.


Comfort and Convenience


Ford Explorer


The 2018 Explorer offers five various trim levels, the base, XLT, Limited, Sport, and Platinum. Each trim level comfortably seats up to seven passengers with three rows of seating. The Explorer comes standard with an illuminated entry system and steering wheel-mounted controls.


If you’re looking for a more luxurious family experience, you can upgrade to premium leather seating, heated steering wheel, heated and cooled front seats, heated second-row outboard seats, heated second-row bucket seats, or a second-row center console. The Explorer also has available features such as ambient interior lighting, dual-zone climate control, a universal garage door opener, leather interior accents, and remote start system.


Toyota Highlander


All models feature soft-touch dash and surfaces, as well as a 60/40 split-folding and reclining second row and a fold-flat third row. Available interior features include SofTex or leather seating, heated and ventilated front seats, three-zone automatic climate control with second-row control panel, a Smart Key System, Driver Easy Speak microphone, and ambient lighting.



The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2018 Explorer a best-possible 5-Star Overall Rating. Also, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave it top scores in categories for moderate front overlap impact, side impact, rear crash protection, and roof strength.


All of the variations of the Highlander are equipped with a suite of safety features known as Toyota Safety Sense P (TSS-P). The TSS-P safety system includes a lane departure alert with steering assist, automatic high beam headlights, dynamic radar cruise control, Blind spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert and more.





Ford Explorer


Starting at $31,990 MSRP


Toyota Highlander


Starting at $31,030 MSRP


Categories: 2018, New Inventory, Comparison
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