Drivers looking for a new SUV want a vehicle that is powerful, spacious, comfortable and safe for the whole family. There are a lot of SUVs on the market nowadays, which can make it difficult to choose the one that works best. Our team is bringing two popular SUVs head-to-head to show drivers how they compare in an attempt to make their shopping experience easier. We’re comparing the 2015 Toyota Highlander and the 2015 Ford Explorer, which are two very equally matched vehicles. We’ve compared them at their base trims to keep things fair.
Both of the vehicles are very similarly priced, and they’re equipped with comparable engines and 6-speed automatic transmissions. The 2015 Ford Explorer comes out on top when it comes to horsepower, but they’re both capable of towing up to 2,000 pounds. The 2015 Toyota Highlander offers an optional tow package and trailer hitch whereas the Explorer does not. The Highlander also shines brighter when it comes to fuel economy. It gets an estimated 19 mpg in the city and 25 on the highway versus the Explorer at 17 mpg in the city and 24 on the highway.
|2015 Toyota Highlander||VS||2015 Ford Explorer|
|3.5L V-6||Engine||3.5L V-6|
|2,000 lbs.||Towing||2,000 lbs.|
The 2015 Toyota Highlander offers seating for eight passengers while the 2015 Ford Explorer only has seating for seven passengers. The Explorer does has slightly more overall interior volume, but the Highlander provides more legroom for front seat passengers. The vehicles are very similar when it comes to basic features expect on a new SUV. Power mirrors, locks and windows as well as steering wheel controls, keyless entry and cruise control are some of the main features drivers will enjoy.
Drivers who choose the 2015 Highlander will find their SUV is packed with quite a few more standard features than can be found on the 2015 Explorer. Heated exterior mirrors, a backup camera and illuminated vanity mirrors are standard on the Highlander but not available on the Explorer. Bluetooth capabilities are standard as well, but they are optional on the Explorer. Safety features as well as the warranties are nearly the same.
Those interested in learning more about the 2015 Toyota Highlander are encouraged to contact our team for more information. Drivers looking to get behind the wheel of this SUV can do so by scheduling a test drive online with Serra Toyota.