2019 Toyota Highlander red

2019 Toyota Highlander

2019 Ford Explorer

2019 Ford Explorer

2019 Toyota Highlander vs. 2019 Ford Explorer

$31,680 MSRP*

Starting Price

$32,365 MSRP

Hybrid Available

8 Passengers

Base Seating Capacity

7 Passengers

Pre-Collision System


Are you shopping around the Buford area for a capable SUV that’s packed with the latest technology features, has excellent towing capabilities, and comes equipped with a powerful engine? If so, you will likely compare the 2019 Toyota Highlander vs. 2019 Ford Explorer. Beaver Toyota of Cumming is comparing these two top-rated vehicles to see which is better suited for your driving needs.

Explorer vs. Highlander: Performance

Alpharetta car shoppers want an SUV that’s packed with head-turning engine performance and hauling capabilities. The new Toyota Highlander will bring more to your morning commute than the Explorer.

  • Each Highlander trim level comes available with a V6 engine that provides 295 hp, which is standard across most of the lineup. If you want more horsepower in the Ford Explorer, you have to upgrade all the way to the Sport or Platinum trim levels, both of which cost close to $50,000.
  • When equipped with the V6 engine, the Toyota Highlander can tow up to 5,000 pounds. You are able to access these capabilities in the base trim, but to tow a comparable amount in the Explorer, you have to upgrade to the Sport or Platinum configuration.
  • Johns Creek drivers can also opt for a hybrid model from Toyota, and this trim level is both more powerful and fuel-efficient than other models. The Ford Explorer is not currently available as a hybrid.

Explorer vs. Highlander: Safety

Cumming drivers torn between the Highlander and Explorer will have an easier time choosing when they compare the safety features. Only Toyota offers these standard safety features:

  • Integrated turn signal mirrors
  • Lane departure warning
  • Lane keeping assist
  • Pre-collision system with automatic emergency braking

Even though some of these features are available in upgraded Explorer configurations, others are unavailable. Also, upgraded Highlander models can get a Bird’s Eye View camera. You won’t find a comparable safety feature available in the Explorer.

Test Drive the Toyota Highlander at Beaver Toyota of Cumming

When it comes to safety features, price, performance, and seating, the Explorer can’t compete against the Highlander. Stop by Beaver Toyota of Cumming, and experience what the 2019 Toyota Highlander has to offer. While you’re here, we will compare the Highlander to other competitive vehicles like the Honda Pilot, see your Highlander color options, discuss your financing options, like the Toyota Highlander lease deals, and vehicle specials, and answer any questions you have. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment! Shopping on a budget? Check out our used Highlander inventory and even get a look at the 2020 Highlander!

*MSRP excludes the Delivery, Processing, and Handling Fee of $930 for Cars (Yaris, Yaris iA, 86, Corolla, Corolla HB, Camry, Camry HV, Prius LB, Prius c, Prius Prime, Mirai, Avalon, Avalon HV), $1095 for Small/Medium Trucks, SUVs and Van (C-HR, RAV4, RAV4 HV, Highlander, Highlander HV, 4Runner, Sienna, Tacoma), $1,295 for Large SUVs (Sequoia, Land Cruiser), and $1,495 for Large Truck (Tundra). (Historically, vehicle manufacturers and distributors have charged a separate fee for processing, handling and delivering vehicles to dealerships. Toyota’s charge for these services is called the “Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee” and is based on the value of the processing, handling and delivery services Toyota provides as well as Toyota’s overall pricing structure. Toyota may make a profit on the Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee.) Excludes taxes, license, title and available or regionally required equipment. The Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee in AL, AR, FL, GA, LA, MS, NC, OK, SC and TX will be higher. The published prices do not apply to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Actual dealer price will vary.

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