|2016 Ford Explorer||VS||2016 Toyota Highlander|
|3.5L V6 with Turbo||Base Engine||2.7L I-4|
|5,000 lbs.||Max Towing Capacity||5,000 lbs.|
|152 cu.ft.||Passenger Volume||145 cu.ft.|
The 2016 Ford Explorer and 2016 Toyota Highlander are two SUVs that demand a lot of attention from shoppers in the market for something with power and a premium feel. But what do you do when you’re not sure which of the two is right for you? Even with some similarities, there are enough differences when comparing the 2016 Ford Explorer vs 2016 Toyota Highlander that a final opinion shouldn’t be too difficult to arrive at.
Let’s look at some of the basics where these two match up fairly evenly first. Both the 2016 Ford Explorer and 2016 Toyota Highlander come at around the same price and hold plenty of passengers -- with the Highlander allowing for one more at the base level. They can also both be used for towing and end up equal at a 5,000 lbs towing capacity after properly equipped
There is one major difference when looking at the base trims of the 2016 Ford Explorer and 2016 Toyota Highlander that ends up being very impactful when deciding which is the SUV for you. The Explorer comes standard with a powerful 3.5L V6 with an intercooled turbocharger, but the Highlander has a smaller 2.7L I-4 at the standard trim. This means that the Explorer offers more than 100 more horsepower, helping it to outrace the Highlander from 0-60 mph by an entire three seconds.
The 2016 Ford Explorer only becomes more tempting at the higher trims, with highly desirable features like a 12-speaker Sony Live Acoustics audio system with 500w premium amplifier or comfortable leather seats. The interior isn’t the only part of the Ford Explorer that sees some upgrades at higher trims, as the engine becomes even more sporty in trims like the Explorer Platinum. The 0-60 mph time gets lowered all the way down to 5.7 seconds with an available 365 horsepower.
Interested in seeing if the 2016 Ford Explorer is the right SUV for you? Feel free to stop by Sanders Ford in Jacksonville NC to get a tour of the 2016 Ford Explorer and take it for a spin!