How does the 2022 Toyota Highlander compare to the 2022 Ford Explorer?

Quick comparison guide – Toyota Highlander vs Ford Explorer 

Which SUV should you get, the 2022 Toyota Highlander or the 2022 Ford Explorer? We’ll try to help you choose with this guide, but we understand the choice can be difficult. You can find new Toyota SUVs and used Ford SUVs at Downeast Toyota. We’re here in Brewer, ME waiting to help you find your next vehicle. 

2022 Toyota Highlander vs. 2022 Ford Explorer | Toyota video 

The great thing about a video is that it gives you a visual comparison as well as listing the numbers. For some of us, seeing is believing. Another way you can see these vehicles is by coming in for a test drive at Downeast Toyota. Our inventory is subject to change, so be sure to check our online inventory for availability.  

Toyota Highlander vs Ford Explorer 2022 specifications 

The video above runs through most of these specifications, but we’ve written them here too because a side-by-side view helps put things in perspective. Overall, these are two similar SUVs, both offering LED lighting, driver-assist safety technology, standard touchscreen displays, and more. In the chart below, we’ve tried to single out some of their differences for the purpose of comparison.  


2022 Toyota Highlander 

2022 Ford Explorer 

Starting MSRP 



Key system 

Standard Smart Key System 

Available Intelligent Access 

Seating capacity 

Up to 8 

Up to 7 

Touchscreen size 

Standard 8-inch, available 12.3-inch 

Standard 8-inch, available 10.1-inch 

Phone connectivity 

Apple CarPlay ®, Android Auto ™, and Amazon Alexa 

Apple CarPlay ® and Android Auto ™  

Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control and Evasive Steering Assist 


Not available 

Roadside assistance 


Not standard 

Fuel economy rating 

Up to 29 mpg on gas models 

Up to 28 mpg on gas models 

July 15, 2022
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