2016 Toyota Highlander vs 2016 Ford Explorer
For the upcoming 2017 model year, the Toyota Highlander will be getting a pretty exciting makeover – featuring new design cues and upgraded features. But until then, the 2016 model still makes an excellent choice in the midsize crossover segment. With that in mind, we thought we’d pit our favorite midsize crossover against one of the most popular on the market to see how it measured up, so we compared the 2016 Toyota Highlander vs 2016 Ford Explorer.
Much like the Highlander will for 2017, the Ford Explorer received a facelift for the 2016 year. That means the Explorer is a bit fresher, but it also means that next year the Highlander will have that same advantage.
Advantages of the 2016 Toyota Highlander
As we dive into our comparison between the two crossovers, we see that the Toyota Highlander has an advantage right out of the gate. One of the first areas we generally look at in these comparisons is fuel economy, and the Highlander will certainly save you some money at the pump. Utilizing a full litre less gasoline per 100 kilometres driven, the Highlander has superior combined fuel efficiency – derived from its city and highway economies, which were both also less than the Explorer.
Of course the Ford Explorer fires back in a big way, delivering an extra 105 horsepower in its base engine. However, when getting any trim level above the base Highlander, the engine is upgraded and you’ll actually have 270 horsepower, which is much closer to the Explorer. And either way, it’s obvious that the Toyota crossover weighs less by looking at the curb weight, which means not quite as much horsepower is needed. It’s not going to close the 100+ gap, but it’ll certainly eliminate much of the Explorer’s advantage in upper trim level Highlanders.
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Lastly, the Highlander also delivers more cargo capacity than its Ford rival. 2 cubic feet might not sound like much, but it can be the difference when trying to pack your SUV full of stuff for a move across town or when buying new furniture or anything like that. If you think that the 2016 Toyota Highlander might be the right choice for you, don’t hesitate to give us a call or schedule a test drive right here on our website!