2021 Ford Explorer vs 2021 Toyota Highlander

2021 Ford Explorer vs 2021 Toyota Highlander


 Seasoned veterans of the SUV world, the 2021 Ford Explorer and the 2021 Toyota Highlander are backed by decades of updates and enhancements. Both offer a versatile three-row layout, an optional hybrid engine, available AWD and a hefty roster of available technology and driver assists. However, the list of differences is just as lengthy.

The comparison table below highlights some of the most dramatic differences that separate the 2021 Ford Explorer from the 2021 Toyota Highlander. You can explore the full Ford Explorer lineup (along with more than 1,000 other trusted Ford vehicles) when you visit Akins Ford in Atlanta, GA.

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2021 Ford Explorer vs 2021 Toyota Highlander
2.3-liter Turbo I4 Engine Base Engine 3.5-liter V6 Engine
300 - 400 horsepower Engine Horsepower 295 horsepower
152.7 cubic feet  Passenger Volume 141.3 cubic feet
18.2 cubic feet  Cargo Volume 16.0 cubic feet 

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The 2021 Ford Explorer holds a number of advantages over the 2021 Toyota Highlander. More specifically, the Ford Explorer demonstrates a higher tow rating, more athletic handling, a larger selection of powerful engines, and loads more interior space. The 2021 Explorer has a range of trim levels designed to fit different lifestyles. This year that selection grows with new King Ranch and Timberline models offered alongside the returning XLT, Limited, ST, and Platinum trim levels. When properly equipped, the Ford Explorer has a maximum towing capacity of up to 5,600 lbs.

Redesigned last year, the 2021 Ford Explorer is chock full of impressive features like the standard SYNC® 4 system, an available 10.1-inch portrait touchscreen, and the available 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster display. What you get for interior amenities may vary according to which trim level you choose, but all versions of the Explorer offer standard automatic emergency braking function, auto high-beam headlamps, a blind spot information system, lane keeping system, and more.


Shoppers interested in the 2021 Ford Explorer in Atlanta, GA can test drive models from the vast and ever-growing selection of new Ford models available at Akins Ford.


2021 Ford Explorer in residential driveway
2021 Ford Explorer dashboard and steering wheel
2021 Ford Explorer interior front seats
2021 Ford Explorer with open cargo hatch