Ford Explorer vs Toyota Highlander

Trying to decide whether the 2021 Ford Explorer or the 2021 Toyota Highlander is the best SUV for you? While they have many, similarities, our Bohn Ford team dove deeper into the specs and features of the Ford Explorer vs. Toyota Highlander to help you see which SUV is better suited for your drive around Harvey, New Orleans, and Metairie, LA. Be sure to contact us with any questions!

Passenger Space of the Explorer vs Highlander

The first thing to look at when deciding which SUV you want is to see the amount of room each model offers. While both the Explorer and the Highlander have three rows of seating, the Ford SUV comes with more space for you and your passengers.

With 152.7 cubic feet of passenger volume, the Ford Explorer offers an extremely comfortable ride for you, your friends, and your family. The 2021 Highlander has a little less room inside its cabin, with only 141.3 cubic feet of passenger volume.

This extra space is felt throughout the cabin. In the front row, you’ll have an extra inch of legroom in the 2021 Explorer. Its second row also offers over an inch more headroom compared to the Toyota Highlander.

The third row of the 2021 Explorer provides passengers with 38.9 inches of headroom and 32.2 inches of legroom. In the third row of the Highlander, there’s only 36.1 inches of headroom and 27.7 inches of legroom.

When You Need to Pack Up Your SUV with Supplies

Along with all that room for your passengers, the Ford Explorer also has additional space in the back. Behind the third row, there’s 18.2 cubic feet of cargo volume. You can even fold down the back two rows as well to utilize more interior space for cargo. Doing so will give you 87.8 cubic feet of cargo volume to pack up your gear in the 2021 Ford Explorer.

Inside the Highlander, you’ll have a more limited amount of space for your cargo. In the back of this SUV, there’s 16 cubic feet of cargo volume behind the third row. You can also fold down the rear seats, but this will only give you up to 84.3 cubic feet of cargo volume.


How Much Can These SUVs Tow?

Under the hood of the Toyota Highlander, there’s a 3.5L V6 engine able to create 295 horsepower and 263 lb-ft of torque. This gives the 2021 Highlander the ability to tow a maximum of 5,000 pounds.

The Ford Explorer comes with a 2.3L EcoBoost® I-4 engine. This turbocharged engine creates 300 horsepower and 310 lb-ft. Even more power is produced with its available 3.0L EcoBoost® V6 engine. This generates up to 400 horsepower and 415 lb-ft of torque. With this engine, the Ford Explorer reaches a towing capacity of 5,600 pounds.

The Decision Between the Ford Explorer vs Toyota Highlander

With its extra space and more powerful performance, the 2021 Ford Explorer is the ultimate SUV for drivers in Harvey, New Orleans, and Metairie, Louisiana. You can come by our dealership and see how enjoyable the ride is in the 2021 Explorer. Contact us now at Bohn Ford to schedule a test drive.

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