2017 Toyota Highlander vs 2017 Ford Explorer

Families in the Fort Smith area require a vehicle that will provide the necessary passenger and cargo space, power and fuel-economy specs and innovative features that will cater to all members of the family. When it comes to three-row family haulers, there are few models with a reputation the equal of the Toyota Highlander and a refreshed 2017 Toyota Highlander amplifies the award-winning design. Take a look at how the revamped Highlander stacks up in a 2017 Toyota Highlander vs 2017 Ford Explorer comparison.

Available in seven- and eight passenger configurations, the 2017 Toyota Highlander is a fan favorite for parents in charge of the neighborhood carpool. With six trim levels to choose from, the Toyota Highlander can be tailored to meet your specifications. A refreshed style is complemented by an updated six-cylinder engine, a new transmission and a wealth of new features. Highlight features of the 2017 Toyota Highlander spec sheet include a standard Toyota Entune interface, standard Toyota Safety Sense collision-prevention systems and an available 360-degree Bird’s Eye View Camera system.

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2017 Toyota Highlander VS 2017 Ford Explorer
295-Horsepower 3.5-Liter V-6 Engine 290-Horsepower 3.5-Liter V-6
20 MPG City/27 MPG Hwy Fuel Economy 17 MPG City/24 MPG Hwy
83.7 Cubic Feet Available Cargo Space 81.7 Cubic Feet
Yes Available Hybrid No

Advantages of the 2017 Toyota Highlander Over the 2017 Ford Explorer

Power and performance are highlights of any automotive comparison and factor heavily into this 2017 Toyota Highlander vs 2017 Ford Explorer debate. A standard 2.7-liter four-cylinder is capable and fun, although it is overshadowed by the addition of an invigorating 3.5-liter V-6 that features Toyota D4-S direct and port fuel injection.

V-6-powered Highlander models manufacture 295 horsepower and 263 pound-feet of torque that is channeled through an all-new Direct Shift eight-speed automatic transmission. These elements work together to achieve 20 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway that is improved by a Stop and Start Engine System.

Ford Explorer models counter with a standard 3.5-liter V-6 that delivers adequate power and hum-drum fuel-economy ratings. An upgrade to a turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 will amplify power to the tune of 365 horsepower with a significant increase in price and lackluster fuel-economy ratings. Even when equipped with an efficient turbocharged 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine, the Ford Explorer can still not match the efficiency ratings of the Toyota Highlander.

Take power and fuel-economy to a new level when you upgrade to the Toyota Highlander Hybrid. In a class all its own, the hybrid Highlander features a modified direct-injection 3.5-liter V-6 paired with a high-torque electric motor that transmits 306 horsepower. Married to a fuel-efficient transmission, the Toyota Highlander Hybrid will provide eco-conscious drivers with an incredible 30 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway with Electronic On-Demand All-Wheel Drive.

Stop in today at J. Pauley Toyota to see what the 2017 Toyota Highlander is capable of first hand!

Red 2017 Toyota Highlander Rear Exterior
Redesigned 2017 Toyota Highlander Front End
2017 Toyota Highlander Luxury Interior
2017 Toyota Highlander Ambient Dashboard Lighting

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