2015 Toyota Highlander vs. 2015 Ford Explorer

If you are looking for a crossover which can carry up to seven people, then the 2015 Ford Explorer vs 2015 Toyota Highlander is the duel to watch. Both of these car are very similar in almost every aspect of their build, both of them offering good interior quality as well as excellent comfort for their passengers as well as very good looks which can make even the toughest SUVs to shame.

2015 toyota highlander

2015 ford explorer

2015 Highlander vs. 2015 Explorer design comparison

There are a couple of differences though between these two cars and we are going to check them all out. Let’s first start with their interiors. While both of them offer up to seven seats, the Highlander is actually the smaller car of the two, so even though it offers enough space for seven adults, the room in the last row of seats is quite small. On the other hand, the Explorer offers quite a bit more room but it is also heavier as well as bigger, to it might get tricky around town.

As far as design goes, you couldn’t go wrong with any of these. Both cars look amazing for their class, offering the same tough and macho look of an SUV in a smaller and better package for the road. To top it all of, both of them have available packages which improve this look even more.

2015 toyota highlander interior

2015 ford explorer interior


Engine wise, the cars couldn’t be more different. While the Highlander has three engines available from which one is a hybrid, the Explorer comes with three conventional engines.

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Let’s start with the Highlander, which offers as its base engine a 2.7 liter inline 4 with 190 horsepower and 188 lb-ft of torque which in spite of its displacement it is a brand new engine. Moving up the range, there are available two 3.5 liter V6 engines one of which also offers an electric motor. The power for these two ranges from 266 to 280 horsepower and from 240 to 280 lb-ft of torque. Both engines are equally quiet and both of them are offered with a 6 speed automatic and front or all wheel drive.

2015 toyota highlander

2015 ford eplorer

The 2015 Ford Explorer on the other hand is a bit more conservative, starting with a 3.5 liter Duratec V6 with 290 horsepower and 255 lb-ft of torque which has an amazing sound but uses quite a lot of fuel. Options include a 2 liter EcoBoost which is less powerful at 240 hp but has 270 lb-ft of torque, so it is able to get the car faster to its maximum top speed while using quite a bit less fuel. The major improvement over the Highlander though is the new 3.5 liter EcoBoost which is only available with all-wheel-drive and it is capable of 365 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque, offering the same level of performance as a sport saloon and the consumption of a small EcoBoost car.

2015 Toyota Highlander vs. 2015 Ford Explorer
2015 Toyota Highlander  2015 Ford Explorer
Engine type 2.7L I-4 / 3.5L V6  3.5L V6 / 2.0L I-4
Horsepower 185 / 270 290 / 240
Torque 184 / 248 255 / 270
Transmission 6-speed ECT automatic 6-speed automatic
Wheelbase (in.) 109.8 112.6
Length 191.1 197.1
Width 75.8 90.2
Seating capacity eight seven
Max. towing capacity (lbs.) 5000 5000
Fuel consumption 20-25-22 / 19-25-21 17-24-20 / 20-28-23
Price  $29.415 – $49.990 $30.600 – $40.200
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