2020 Toyota Highlander vs 2020 Ford Explorer

Light Blue 2020 Toyota Highlander on City Street vs Blue 2020 Ford Explorer in a Driveway

When it comes to family adventures, few midsize SUVs can match the all-new 2020 Toyota Highlander. Armed with a design dedicated to family, the Toyota Highlander is a world-class entry in the segment and a fan favorite at Downeast Toyota in Brewer, ME. Learn more about what sets the next-generation Toyota Highlander apart from the rest of the pack with this 2020 Toyota Highlander vs 2020 Ford Explorer comparison.

An all-new athletic body style combined with Toyota New Global Architecture construction promises to make the 2020 Toyota Highlander a fun-to-drive family hauler when it hits the streets later this year. When it arrives, the Toyota Highlander will make room for eight passengers in standard configurations and seven family members when you opt for luxurious second-row Captain’s Chairs. The 2020 Ford Explorer provides room for seven passengers. To make the 2020 Toyota Highlander even more family friendly, it features 16.1 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row that will expand to 73.3 cubic feet with the rear seats laid flat.

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2020 Toyota Highlander VS 2020 Ford Explorer
295-Horsepower 3.5-Liter V-6 Base Engine 300-Horsepower 2.3-Liter EcoBoost® 4-Cylinder
7 - 8 Passengers Passenger Space 7 Passengers
16.1 - 73.3 Cubic Feet Cargo Space 18.2 - 87.8 Cubic Feet
34 MPG Combined Hybrid MPG 24 MPG Combined

Differences Between the 2020 Toyota Highlander and the 2020 Ford Explorer

Are you looking for a family-friendly SUV that makes room for everyone and will add an elite level of athleticism to your day-to-day commute? The next-generation Toyota Highlander promises to fit the bill and set itself apart from its competition in this 2020 Toyota Highlander vs 2020 Ford Explorer comparison.

Tailor-made for the family on the go, the 2020 Toyota Highlander features an impressive list of equipment. To start, all Toyota Highlander trim levels feature Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.0 to provide peerless protection and a standard 8-inch Toyota Entune™ 3.0 touchscreen infotainment system with one-touch access to Wi-Fi Connect, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Amazon Alexa capabilities. Entry-level Highlander L trim levels also come standard with 18-inch alloy wheels, tri-zone automatic climate control, a 4.2-inch Multi-Information Display, LED headlights and Toyota Smart Key®. Upgrades to the Toyota Highlander spec sheet include a best-in-class 12.3-inch touchscreen display, a Qi wireless charging system, a Toyota SofTex® interior, a panoramic moonroof, a Head-Up Display and more.

To add excitement to your drive, the 2020 Toyota Highlander comes standard with a 295-horsepower 3.5-liter V-6 engine that is paired with an eight-speed Direct Shift automatic transmission. With the addition of Dynamic Torque Vectoring AWD with Rear Driveline Disconnect, the all-wheel drive Highlander will provide upgraded performance without sacrificing fuel economy. The Toyota Highlander Hybrid employs a 240-horsepower 2.5-liter hybrid powertrain that is more efficient than ever with 34 mpg combined. Ford Explorer entries feature a standard 2.3-liter EcoBoost® four-cylinder, a performance-tuned 3.0-liter EcoBoost® V-6 and a 3.3-liter hybrid powertrain that provides a lackluster 24 mpg combined.


Blue 2020 Toyota Highlander Front Exterior on Gray Background
Blue 2020 Toyota Highlander Rear Exterior on Gray Background
2020 Toyota Highlander Steering Wheel, Dashboard and Touchscreen Display
2020 Toyota Highlander Rear Interior