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2019 Ford Explorer vs 2019 Toyota Highlander

Red 2019 Ford Explorer on a Wet Sand Beach vs Gray 2019 Toyota Highlander on a City Street

A perfect addition to your family, the 2019 Ford Explorer is the total package with a sporty style, power-packed engine options, a family-friendly cabin and a wealth of next-generation features that make it stand out in a popular automotive segment. Learn more about the iconic Ford Explorer and how it stacks up against a top-tier competitor in this 2019 Ford Explorer vs 2019 Toyota Highlander comparison.

With room for seven passengers in a cabin that features 151.5 cubic feet of passenger space, the 2019 Ford Explorer at Marshal Mize Ford is tailor-made for family road trips and neighborhood carpools. Toyota Highlander entries make room for seven or eight passengers with a cramped 144.9 cubic feet of passenger space. Tailor the Ford Explorer to fit your family needs and budget with five trim levels – Explorer, XLT, Limited, Sport and Platinum.

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2019 Ford Explorer VS 2019 Toyota Highlander
$32,365 Base Price $31,330
290-Horsepower 3.5-Liter V-6 Base Engine 185-Horsepower 2.7-Liter 4-Cylinder
21 - 81.7 Cubic Feet Cargo Space 13.8 - 83.7 Cubic Feet
5,000 Pounds Towing Capacity 5,000 Pounds

Explore the Differences Between the 2019 Ford Explorer and 2019 Toyota Highlander

The old adage – you get what you pay for – remains true in the automotive world and in this 2019 Ford Explorer vs 2019 Toyota Highlander comparison, the Ford family hauler promises more bang for your buck. A spacious, versatile cabin provides 21 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row that is ideal for day-to-day errands and can convert to 81.7 cubic feet with the rear seats laid flat. With a meager 13.8 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row, the Toyota Highlander can make average, everyday errands a real chore. When you add a power-packed standard engine to the equation, the Ford Explorer provides unrivaled value at every turn.

Inside the 2019 Ford Explorer cabin, you will find a wealth of features that cater to the family on the go. Base Ford Explorer models feature 18-inch wheels, a rearview camera, a 4.2-inch Ford SYNC® LCD infotainment system, Ford MyKey® teen safety technology, LED headlights, power windows and locks, Trailer Sway Control and keyless entry. An upgrade to Explorer XLT, Limited, Sport and Platinum trim levels will add the innovative 8-inch Ford SYNC® 3 touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and in-vehicle Wi-Fi. Highlights of the Ford Explorer resumé include premium leather upholstery, a panoramic sunroof, heated and cooled front seats, an automated parking system and power-folding rear seats.

You will not mistake “family-friendly” for boring when you get behind the wheel of the 2019 Ford Explorer at Marshal Mize Ford. Armed with a trio of potent powertrains that feature Ford EcoBoost® engine technology, the Ford Explorer will overpower its Toyota counterpart. When equipped for towing duties, the Explorer will tow a practical 5,000 pounds of cargo. With a focus on fuel economy, the Toyota Highlander falls short in terms of driving excitement with two powertrains – a 185-horsepower 2.7-liter four-cylinder and a 295-horsepower 3.5-liter V-6 engine.

Ford Explorer Engine Options, Power and Fuel-Economy Specs

  • 3.5-Liter V-6 – 290 Horsepower/255 Pound-Feet of Torque – 6-Speed SelectShift® Automatic – 17 MPG City/24 MPG Hwy
  • 2.3-Liter EcoBoost® 4-Cylinder – 280 Horsepower/310 Pound-Feet of Torque – 6-Speed SelectShift® Automatic – 19 MPG City/27 MPG Hwy
  • 3.5-Liter EcoBoost® V-6 – 365 Horsepower/350 Pound-Feet of Torque – 6-Speed SelectShift® Automatic – 16 MPG City/27 MPG Hwy


White 2019 Ford Explorer Front Exterior on a Beach at Dusk
Red 2019 Ford Explorer Rear Exterior Spraying Up Mud
2019 Ford Explorer Rear Cargo Space with Seats Laid Flat and Kayak Paddles
2019 Ford Explorer Steering Wheel, Dashboard and Ford SYNC 3 Touchscreen Display