Toyota Highlander vs Ford Explorer Harvey LA

Toyota and Ford decided to make the SUV discussion more exciting this year for drivers around the Harvey, New Orleans, and Metairie areas. We at Bohn Toyota wanted to contribute to the Toyota Highlander vs. Ford Explorer debate to help you choose which SUV fits your driving lifestyle better.

That’s why our automotive experts put together this guide—so you can drive off the lot with an SUV you’ll want to own for years. Continue reading below to learn more about the 2019 Highlander vs. 2019 Explorer debate and why we enjoyed driving both of these SUVs.

Highlander vs Explorer: Efficient Engineering

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When it comes to an efficient and low-emission SUV, the 2019 Toyota Highlander sets a competitive standard. Equipped with the base 4-cylinder engine or available 6-cylinder engine, the Highlander receives a noteworthy Ultra Low Emission Vehicle II rating (ULEV II).

While the Ford Explorer gets the same emission rating, its EPA-estimated fuel economy of 17 city/24 highway MPG doesn’t measure up to the fuel economy of the Toyota Highlander, which is an EPA-estimated 20 city/24 highway MPG.1 This means that you won’t have to worry about the next fuel station for a while on your next weekend adventure.

Also, if you opt for the V6 Highlander, the available Stop and Start Engine System (S&S) will help conserve even more fuel. The S&S system accomplishes this by turning the engine off when you’re stopped for a longer period of time and restarting it immediately after you release the brake pedal.

Interior Design Competition

Both of these SUVs have plenty of space for your passengers, but the Toyota Highlander has an 8-passenger capacity whereas the 2019 Explorer only has a 7-passenger capacity. Overall, the interior in the Highlander has more room for cargo with 83.7 inches behind the first row when the second and third rows are folded, compared to the Ford Explorer which has 81.7 inches of space.

To keep your passengers happy and connected to their devices, the Highlander comes equipped with five USB ports. There are three in the front row and two on the rear of the center console for your passengers in the second row. Although the Explorer does have available smart-charging USB ports, there are only two and don’t come equipped on the base trim.

Driver-Assistive Safety Features

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This year’s Highlander comes standard with the Toyota Safety Sense™ P (TSS-P), a suite of driver-assistive systems meant to ease your drive and keep you safe. These systems include a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection (PCS w/PD) and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC). The way the PCS w/PD and DRCC work is quite simple.

The PCS w/PD will alert you of an imminent frontal collision with another vehicle or pedestrian and help reduce impact speed by applying brake pressure. The DRCC allows you to preset a cruising speed and will automatically slow your Highlander without turning off cruise control if the system notices that the vehicle in front of you is traveling at a slower speed.

Ford does offer similar driver-assistive technologies in the Explorer; however, they will require available upgrades on different Explorer trims. Regardless of what Toyota Highlander you decide to take home, it will come equipped with these ready-to-use systems.

Which SUV Will You Choose?

We know that our 2019 Toyota Highlander vs. Ford Explorer comparison guide shows both of these in-class greats as capable, well designed, and comfortable. However, our automotive experts believe that the drivers near the Harvey, New Orleans, and Metairie areas will truly enjoy what the Toyota Highlander has to offer.

To fully understand the capabilities of the 2019 Toyota Highlander, we welcome you to come down to Bohn Toyota, where we would be glad to answer any of your questions and schedule a test drive.

1 2019 EPA-estimated mileage. Actual mileage will vary.