2020 Ford Explorer vs 2020 Toyota Highlander 

2020 Ford Explorer vs 2020 Toyota Highlander

For drivers that have been considering a new three-row SUV, 2020 is the year to pull the trigger on your purchase. The 2020 Ford Explorer and the 2020 Toyota Highlander have both been completely redesigned from the ground up with the latest features and modern styling. We’re chomping at the bit to see how this pair of all-new midsize SUVs compare, so let’s jump in.

This year the Toyota Highlander swells up in size, but the Ford Explorer still has the upper hand with over 2.0 cubic feet more standard cargo space to offer. With the Explorer’s rear seats folded, you’ll enjoy up to 87.8 cubic feet of open cargo storage. Patrons also get more room in the Explorer with a passenger volume of 152.7 cubic feet. The second-row seats now slide forward and back, so you can distribute space as needed. The Highlander measures in more cramped with a passenger volume of 141.3 cubic feet. 

2020 Ford Explorer 


2020 Toyota Highlander 

$33,860  Starting MSRP  $35,720 
2.3L EcoBoost® I-4  Base Engine  3.5L V6 
18.2 cubic feet  Cargo Volume  16.0 cubic feet 
5,300 - 5,600 lbs.  Towing Capacity  5,000 lbs. 

Advantages of the 2020 Ford Explorer

Clearly the Ford Explorer is the better choice for comfort and convenience, but what’s under the hood? All versions of the 2020 Highlander are powered by a 3.5L V6 engine, which generates 295 horsepower and 263 lb-ft of torque. The 2020 Explorer starts the lineup off with a 2.3L EcoBoost® I-4 engine good for 300 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque. The Explorer is also available with a 3.0L EcoBoost® V6 rated for up to 400 horsepower and 415 lb-ft.

We don’t mean to kick the Highlander while its down, but the new Explorer comes clad in industry-leading features and refined styling. Some upscale features to hit the lineup include:

  • 10.1" portrait touchscreen display
  • 12.3" digital instrument cluster
  • Multicontour seats with Active Motion®
  • 14-speaker B&O Sound System

Atlanta-area drivers looking for more information on the new sixth-generation Explorer or any other model from the Ford lineup can contact an Akins Ford dealership representative for personalized assistance.