The trusty 2021 Ford Explorer has a worthy competitor in the 2021 Toyota Highlander, but does one supersede the other? For Dickson City, Scranton, and Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, drivers with questions, Gibbons Ford may have the answer. We've combed through the features to see which SUV exceeds the other.

152.7 Cubic Feet vs 141.3 Cubic Feet of Passenger Volume

A spacious cabin welcomes you into the Ford Explorer with a passenger volume of 152.7 cubic feet. If you enter the Toyota Highlander, it provides less passenger volume at 141.3 cubic feet.

For passengers sitting in the last row, the Ford offers 32.2 inches of legroom to stretch out. The Toyota only gives you 27.7 inches.

The chart below details other interior dimensions.


Ford Explorer

Toyota Highlander

Headroom 2nd/3rd

40.5/38.9 in.

39.4/36.1 in.

Hip Room 1st/2nd

59.2/59.1 in.

57.2/57 in.

Shoulder Room 1st/2nd

61.8/61.9 in.

59/58.7 in.

If you're buying furniture and want to transport it home, the Explorer cargo area expands to 87.8 cubic feet. In the Highlander, the trunk can expand to 84.3 cubic feet with both back rows folded down.

And who could forget the real perk in the Ford cabin? You can add Multicontour seats that feature Active Motion®. This provides you with five different massage themes for the ultimate spa treatment in the front seat. Unfortunately, the Toyota does not have this treat.

Wi-Fi Hooks Up 10 Devices vs 5 Devices

All this space matches all the tech devices you can find contained within the Ford dashboard. Behind the wheel appears the 12.3-inch digital cluster, which shows important information about your SUV.

While you're driving the Ford, you'll get to enjoy the available 12-speaker B&O™ Sound System by Bang & Olufsen. And everyone can stay connected to the outside world with the optional 4G LTE Wi-Fi Hotspot that hooks up 10 devices.

The comparable Multi-Information Display upgrade in the Toyota spans seven inches, and the available Premium Audio system comes with only 11 JBL® speakers. Although it offers Wi-Fi Connect, only five devices can be connected.

Four Diverse Engines vs Two Engines

To start off, the Ford can be equipped with four diverse engines. Its standard engine, the 2.3L EcoBoost® engine, produces 300 horsepower with 310 lb-ft of torque. You can tow up to 5,600 pounds and passing over any type of terrain comes easy with the available Terrain Management System™ with seven drive modes.

Only two engines appear under the Toyota hood. The gas engine is a 3.5L V6 engine that produces 295 horsepower with 263 lb-ft of torque. This vehicle comes close to the maximum towing capacity of its competitor at 5,000 pounds but still comes up short. While you also can add Multi-Terrain Select, it only offers five driving modes.

Which Vehicle Comes Out on Top? 2021 Ford Explorer vs 2021 Toyota Highlander

Drivers throughout Dickson City, Scranton, and Wilkes-Barre, PA, have been trusting in the Ford Explorer for years. With a worthy competitor like the Toyota Highlander, could one be better than the other? Hands down, it's the Ford, with all these features and more overriding the competition. To see it for yourself, contact Gibbons Ford to schedule your test drive.

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