2016 Toyota Highlander vs 2016 Ford Explorer fuel economy MSRP passenger room Tuscaloosa AL
2016 Toyota Highlander 2016 Ford Explorer
$29,765 (in 2015) MSRP $31,050
20 mpg city, 25 mpg highway Fuel Economy 17 mpg city, 24 mpg highway
8 Seats (max.) 7
158.7 cubic feet Passenger Volume 151.6 cubic feet
5,000 pounds Towing Capacity 5,000 pounds

2016 Toyota Highlander vs. 2016 Ford Explorer

2016 Toyota Highlander vs 2016 Ford Explorer fuel economy MSRP passenger room Tuscaloosa AL

The mid-size crossover market is really heating up, as it is comprised of vehicles that not only have the space and towing abilities of large vehicles but also share the more streamlined look of sedans. Two of the classic models of this class are bringing improvements to the new model year, so let's look at the 2016 Toyota Highlander and the 2016 Ford Explorer to see which vehicle best suits your needs.

If you're looking for a vehicle in the mid-size crossover class, you want versatility above all. Both the 2016 Toyota Highlander and the 2016 Ford Explorer combine the ability to tow up to 5,000 pounds with a lot of room for passengers and cargo. However, the 2016 Toyota Highlander exceeds the Ford Explorer in these two categories, with 158.7 cubic feet to the Explorer's 151.6 cubic feet for passengers and has 83.7 cubic feet for cargo to the Explorer's 81.7. When you consider these numbers are the difference between bringing another passenger and that person's items or not, these numbers are a big deal. As a matter of fact, the 2016 Highlander has seating for eight, while the 2016 Explorer only has seating for seven. Let's take a look at the exterior - the Ford Exploder has more of a tall and boxy look, while the Toyota Highlander has a longer, leaner look - so it looks more like a subcompact or a sedan than the Explorer.

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If you want a vehicle that can get grimy and tow a couple tons off-road but also makes you look good while you're in the city, then the 2016 Toyota Highlander is the vehicle for you. Then there's the savings to consider: The 2016 Highlander gets you 20 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway in base models, which easily beats the 2016 Ford Explorer's 17 mpg city and 24 mpg highway. Plus, the 2016 Toyota Highlander comes packed with handy features that will make the ride a comfortable one, from its heated side mirrors with turn signal indicators to its windshield wiper de-icer, standard in all models. If you move up to the Highlander's XLE trim option you will also get the convenient Homelink tech which can control garage door openers or security lights. When you put everything together, the 2016 Toyota Highlander is a larger vehicle that has more space and amenities than the 2016 Ford Explorer.

Now that you've seen the awesome features of the Toyota Highlander, it's time to take one for a test drive. Please be sure to visit us at Tuscaloosa Toyota, 3325 Skyland Blvd. East in Tuscaloosa, AL or give us a call at (205) 553-3325. Also, every Toyota vehicle you purchase comes with our no-cost non-factory Lifetime Warranty, which extends the standard Powertrain Warranty for any new Toyota model. So get ready for the rough and ready experience that is the 2016 Toyota Highlander!

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2016 Toyota Highlander vs 2016 Ford Explorer fuel economy MSRP passenger room Tuscaloosa AL