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2019 Toyota Highlander vs 2019 Ford Explorer

2019 Toyota Highlander vs 2019 Ford Explorer
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$31,680 Starting MSRP $32,365
20/24 Fuel Economy 17/24
8 Passengers Seating Capacity 7 Passengers
83.7 cubic feet Cargo Space 80.7 cubic feet

The 2019 Toyota Highlander is arguably one of the most family-friendly models in the Toyota lineup. Built to offer drivers a comparable alternative to the minivan, the 2019 Highlander can go toe-to-toe with other three-row SUV options on the market like the 2019 Ford Explorer.

While the 2019 Ford Explorer will offer a little more oomph underfoot with a larger range of available engine options and performance equipment, it lacks in amenities geared towards family travel. If daily hauling is your primary focus, the 2019 Toyota Highlander will ultimately reign supreme. It’s also packed with value thanks to a generous helping of standard features not found on the 2019 Explorer lineup.

Test Drive the 2019 Toyota Highlander at Serra Toyota in Birmingham

When it comes to fitting more family members or all of the gear that comes with them, the 2019 Toyota Highlander is superior. Not only does the 2019 Highlander offer seating for eight compared to the 2019 Explorer’s max seating of seven, but it also offers about 3 cubic feet of additional cargo space in back. The extra seat and roomier cargo area in the 2019 Highlander can make all the difference for helping to keep families comfortable while on the go.

The 2019 Ford Explorer lineup favors performance-focused features and can lack in kid-friendly amenities like those found on the 2019 Highlander. Depending on trim level, 2019 Highlander drivers can take advantage of a rear-seat entertainment system, tri-zone climate control, USB ports in all three rows, and the Toyota Easy Speak feature that clearly projects the driver’s voice throughout the cabin with no need for yelling.

In addition to the amenities listed above, all 2019 Highlander models come outfitted with the standard Toyota Safety Sense bundle of active safety features that act like a second set of eyes on the road. Toyota Safety Sense includes Automatic High Beams, Pre-Collision with Pedestrian Detection, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, and Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist. The 2019 Ford Explorer offers a pared-back set of active safety systems that are only available on higher trim levels or within add-on packages.

Are you ready to put the 2019 Toyota Highlander to the ultimate on-road test? Schedule a test drive appointment at Serra Toyota in Birmingham today!

2019 Toyota Highlander exterior in red
2019 Toyota Highlander sunroof
Someone looking at their phone in the front passenger seat of the 2019 Toyota Highlander
2019 Toyota Highlander cargo space with some seats folded flat


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