2017 Ford Explorer vs 2017 Toyota Highlander

If you're seeking a functional family hauler near Montclair, Clifton, or Paterson, the 2017 Ford Explorer should be on your radar. Wayne Ford takes a closer look at the 2017 Ford Explorer and 2017 Toyota Highlander in the following vehicle comparison to showcase their similarities and differences. To learn more about the interiors, performances, and technologies that come with the Explorer and Highlander, keep reading! 

Family-Friendly Interior

When you climb inside a 2017 Ford Explorer or 2017 Toyota Highlander, you'll find a spacious interior, three rows of seating, and plenty of room to accommodate busy, growing families. Each is available with leather upholstery, heated front seats, and collapsible second- and third-row benches, combining comfort and convenience that families rely on.

Dimensions: In terms of passenger volume, the 2017 Toyota Highlander is 9.5 cubic feet smaller than the 2017 Ford Explorer, which provides 151.7 cubic feet of space. The Ford Explorer also provides 4.3 more inches of third-row legroom and 1.1 more inches of second-row legroom.

Cargo Space: Behind its third row, the 2017 Ford Explorer provides 43.8 cubic feet of cargo space. The Highlander only provides 42.3 cubic feet behind the third row. 

Enjoy a Powerful and Capable Performance

Whether you're carpooling after school, taking a road trip to the shore, or commuting to work, the 2017 Toyota Highlander and Ford Explorer deliver smooth performances you can rely on. Several options are available with both crossovers, which come with front-wheel drive but offer all-wheel drive to increase traction.

Ford Explorer Engines: The 2017 Ford Explorer offers a 3.5L EcoBoost V6 that uses direct injection and turbocharging to deliver a best-in-class 365 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque. A 290 horsepower 3.5L Ti-VCT V6 generating 255 lb-ft of torque is standard on most Explorers, though drivers can also opt for a 280 horsepower 2.3L EcoBoost.

Highlander Engines: Pop the 2017 Highlander's hood, and you'll probably find a 185 horsepower 4-cylinder engine. If sharper acceleration is what you seek, upgrade to the Highlander's 295 horsepower 3.5L V6. 

Technology Features

 The 2017 Toyota Highlander and 2017 Ford Explorer bring an advanced level of convenience to your drive with technology features that include:

Front-Facing 180-Degree Camera: The 2017 Ford Explorer is available exclusively with a front-facing 180-degree camera and Forward Sensing System designed to enhance visibility when pulling out of parking lots and driveways.

Infotainment Features: A SYNC® 3 infotainment system available with the 2017 Ford Explorer includes smartphone integration, a multicolor touchscreen, and voice connectivity. The 2017 Toyota Highlander offers a comparable EntuneTM Multimedia Bundle.

Test Drive a 2017 Ford Explorer

The 2017 Toyota Highlander may be a dependable, well-rounded SUV, but the 2017 Ford Explorer offers a potent engine lineup, spacious cabin, and advanced technology features, which makes it the better option for drivers throughout Montclair, Clifton, and Paterson.

If you're considering a 2017 Ford Explorer, schedule a test drive at Wayne Ford.

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