2017 Toyota Highlander vs 2017 Ford Explorer

The Toyota Highlander has always been considered a great alternative to the minivan. It has a sharp style, offers quiet comfort and has plenty of room for up to eight passengers. The Highlander has always provided a more than adequate driving experience with a well-controlled ride, accurate steering and great safety features. Toyota has taken everything that consumers are looking for in a midsize SUV and packed it all into one vehicle with the new 2017 Toyota Highlander. As a result, the sales of this model are expected to reach all-new heights this year, and with good reason.

There is certainly no shortage of competitor vehicles in the midsize SUV segment that challenge the market share of the Highlander every year. One of the most popular competitor vehicles in the segment is Ford’s Explorer model, which has been on the market for more than 25 years now and has a huge fan following. However, we truly believe that the Highlander is the superior vehicle in the new model year. Therefore, we have decided to match up the new 2017 Toyota Highlander vs the 2017 Ford Explorer in order to figure out which of these two vehicles is best, continue reading to learn more.

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2017 Toyota Highlander vs 2017 Ford Explorer
20 MPG City Fuel Economy 17 MPG
25 MPG HWY Fuel Economy 24 MPG
8 Passenger Capacity 7
$30,490 MSRP $31,160

2017 Toyota Highlander: Functional Family Vehicle

After taking a look at the specifications of both the 2017 Toyota Highlander and the 2017 Ford Explorer, we found that the Highlander was the clear winner in the new model year. One of the ways that the Highlander is superior to the Explorer is with its overall fuel economy rating. The 2017 Toyota Highlander is able to achieve an incredible 20 miles per gallon in the city and 25 miles per gallon on the highway. This should not be surprising, because Toyota vehicles have always been known for getting excellent fuel economy ratings. On the other hand, the new 2017 Ford Explorer is only able to achieve 17 miles per gallon in the city and 24 miles per gallon on the highway.

Another way that the new 2017 Toyota Highlander is superior to the 2017 Ford Explorer is with its passenger capacity. These vehicles are used by a lot of people to haul family members and friends.. Therefore, you’ll want as much passenger capacity as possible. So we feel that it’s important to point out that the 2017 Toyota Highlander can comfortably carry up to eight passengers. On the other hand, the 2017 Ford Explorer is only able to carry seven passengers. Anyone interested in learning more about this vehicle should feel free to stop in and see us here at Rochester Toyota.

Grille on the 2017 Toyota Highlander
Dashboard on the 2017 Toyota Highlander
Front Seats on the 2017 Toyota Highlander
Rear of the 2017 Toyota Highlander

Front of the 2016 Toyota Highlander
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