2018 Toyota Highlander vs 2018 Ford Explorer

2018 Toyota Highlander vs 2018 Ford Explorer comparison image

It seems almost routine at this point to assume that the Toyota and Ford brands will produce models at or near the tops of their respective classes, no matter which model you’re looking at. In the mid-size SUV industry, this thinking pattern is exemplified with both the 2018 Toyota Highlander and 2018 Ford Explorer. Since SUVs are one of the fastest growing and developing parts of the automotive market, much time and effort has gone into ensuring that the Highlander and Explorer models are able to give you the kind of versatile, innovative and powerful driving experiences that you desire and deserve. Our question, then, is how well do they match up against one another?

Salinas Toyota has made it an ultimate goal to help you get inside an SUV that you’ll love, care for, and enjoy for long periods of time. Because of this, we’ve left no stone unturned while compiling research on the Highlander and Explorer models, and we invite you to join us as we dive into what makes these two tick!

2018 Highlander


2018 Explorer

$31,030 Starting MSRP $32,140
3.5-liter V6 / Up to 295 horsepower Largest Available Engine / Horsepower 3.5-liter V6 / 280 horsepower
5,000 pounds Maximum Towing Capacity 5,000 pounds
83.7 cubic feet Interior Cargo Space 80.7 cubic feet

Get the 2018 Toyota Highlander in Salinas CA

When it comes to comfort, smoothness, and convenience, there’s no doubt that the 2018 Toyota Highlander in Salinas CA does a much better job than the 2018 Ford Explorer at bringing these values to the forefront of every drive. Not only is it more powerful than the Explorer, but paired with a Direct-Shift 8AT Automatic Transmission, you can rest assured that when you will have a more responsive drive than most competitors can match. In addition, up to eight people can fit inside the Highlander (greater than the Explorer’s capacity of seven) and they’ll all be kept safe thanks to a wealth of driver assistance features as part of Toyota Safety Sense. These innovations have helped the Highlander achieve a 5 Star overall NHTSA Safety Rating and an IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus award; we’ve listed them below:

  • Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist
  • Dynamic Radar Cruise Control
  • Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection
  • Automatic High Beams
  • Many more!

By now, you should be eagerly awaiting what else the 2018 Highlander can do, and we’ve got you covered if that’s the case. Contact our Salinas Toyota sales team to schedule a test drive with no obligation or hassle to buy, or work out a financing deal with us today!