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Ford Explorer vs. Toyota Highlander MPG

Chart is based on 127 fuel economy reports for the Ford Explorer and 230 fuel economy reports for the Toyota Highlander.

Ford Explorer MPG

Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2015 20.9 MPG Highway Percentage 40 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2013 21.8 MPG Highway Percentage 45 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2012 21.4 MPG Highway Percentage 80 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2012 18.4 MPG Highway Percentage 52 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2011 15.6 MPG Highway Percentage 9 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2011 22.0 MPG Highway Percentage 80 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2009 18.5 MPG Highway Percentage 100 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2009 19.2 MPG Highway Percentage 45 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2008 16.5 MPG Highway Percentage 75 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2008 16.6 MPG Highway Percentage 37 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2008 16.7 MPG Highway Percentage 17 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2007 17.2 MPG Highway Percentage 82 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2007 17.7 MPG Highway Percentage 61 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2006 18.3 MPG Highway Percentage 61 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2006 15.1 MPG Highway Percentage 37 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2006 18.1 MPG Highway Percentage 29 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2006 16.4 MPG Highway Percentage 44 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2005 17.5 MPG Highway Percentage 83 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2005 16.4 MPG Highway Percentage 43 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2005 18.0 MPG Highway Percentage 50 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2005 13.3 MPG Highway Percentage 5 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2004 16.7 MPG Highway Percentage 50 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2004 13.2 MPG Highway Percentage 30 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2004 18.8 MPG Highway Percentage 95 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2004 16.4 MPG Highway Percentage 52 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2003 14.4 MPG Highway Percentage 45 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2003 17.8 MPG Highway Percentage 25 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2003 17.6 MPG Highway Percentage 38 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2002 16.1 MPG Highway Percentage 40 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2002 17.0 MPG Highway Percentage 30 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2002 18.2 MPG Highway Percentage 35 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2002 19.2 MPG Highway Percentage 36 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2001 11.4 MPG Highway Percentage 0 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2000 17.8 MPG Highway Percentage 58 percent
Year Body/Powertrain flat, hilly, or mountainousLand driving style: very light to "lead foot"Foot A/C use: none to heavyA/C constant stop and goTraf % many stops per mileCity % stop every mile or twoSub % fairly steady speedHwy % Hwy Spd MPG
2015 4dr SUV 290-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
hills med light 45 0 15 40 75 20.9  
2013 4dr SUV 290-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
flat light light 25 0 30 45 70 21.8  
2012 4dr SUV 290-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
flat light none 0 0 20 80 110 21.4  
2012 4dr SUV 290-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
flat med none 0 31 17 52 71 18.4  
2011 4dr SUV 290-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
flat light light 9 73 9 9 60 15.6  
2011 4dr SUV 290-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed automatic AWD
flat light none 10 0 10 80 55 22.0  
2009 4dr SUV 292-horsepower 4.6L V8
6-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
flat light none 0 0 0 100 60 18.5  
2009 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
hills light hvy 5 20 30 45 60 19.2  
2008 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic RWD
flat light hvy 0 5 20 75 60 16.5  
2008 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic AWD
flat light hvy 0 0 63 37 65 16.6  
2008 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
hills med none 6 27 50 17 75 16.7  
2007 4dr SUV 292-horsepower 4.6L V8
6-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
hills med hvy 1 6 13 82 75 17.2  
2007 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
flat med light 24 8 7 61 90 17.7  
2006 4dr SUV 292-horsepower 4.6L V8
6-speed automatic RWD
flat light light 2 18 19 61 68 18.3  
2006 4dr SUV 292-horsepower 4.6L V8
6-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
flat med light 4 17 41 37 78 15.1  
2006 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic RWD
flat med light 20 23 28 29 70 18.1  
2006 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
flat light light 5 30 22 44 65 16.4  
2005 4dr SUV 239-horsepower 4.6L V8
5-speed automatic RWD
flat med light 0 9 9 83 75 17.5  
2005 4dr SUV 239-horsepower 4.6L V8
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
flat light light 5 18 33 43 80 16.4  
2005 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic RWD
flat lead hvy 20 20 10 50 60 18.0  
2005 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
flat light none 45 45 5 5 55 13.3  
2004 4dr SUV 239-horsepower 4.6L V8
5-speed automatic AWD
flat light light 17 20 13 50 60 16.7  
2004 4dr SUV 239-horsepower 4.6L V8
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
flat light light 7 35 28 30 75 13.2  
2004 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic RWD
flat med hvy 5 0 0 95 65 18.8  
2004 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic AWD
hills light hvy 10 20 18 52 63 16.4  
2003 4dr SUV 239-horsepower 4.6L V8
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
flat med light 5 17 32 45 81 14.4  
2003 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic RWD
flat med light 18 45 13 25 65 17.8  
2003 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
flat med light 16 14 32 38 74 17.6  
2002 4dr SUV 239-horsepower 4.6L V8
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
hills med light 17 26 17 40 89 16.1  
2002 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed manual 4WD w/low range
flat med hvy 0 40 30 30 65 17.0  
2002 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic RWD
flat light light 7 22 37 35 70 18.2  
2002 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
flat med light 18 3 44 36 70 19.2  
2001 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
flat light none 0 75 25 0 0 11.4  
2000 4dr SUV 215-horsepower 5.0L V8
4-speed automatic AWD
flat v.lt none 0 10 33 58 60 17.8  

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Toyota Highlander MPG

Toyota Highlander Toyota Highlander 2016 24.2 MPG Highway Percentage 95 percent Toyota Highlander Toyota Highlander 2015 23.5 MPG Highway Percentage 50 percent Toyota Highlander Toyota Highlander 2014 23.7 MPG Highway Percentage 80 percent Toyota Highlander Toyota Highlander 2013 19.4 MPG Highway Percentage 70 percent Toyota Highlander Toyota Highlander 2012 21.0 MPG Highway Percentage 41 percent Toyota Highlander Toyota Highlander 2012 32.5 MPG Highway Percentage 35 percent Toyota Highlander Toyota Highlander 2011 21.5 MPG Highway Percentage 18 percent Toyota Highlander Toyota Highlander 2011 20.5 MPG Highway Percentage 65 percent Toyota Highlander Toyota Highlander 2011 28.8 MPG Highway Percentage 25 percent Toyota Highlander Toyota Highlander 2010 17.0 MPG Highway Percentage 0 percent Toyota Highlander Toyota Highlander 2010 21.9 MPG Highway Percentage 85 percent Toyota Highlander Toyota Highlander 2009 24.9 MPG Highway Percentage 95 percent Toyota Highlander Toyota Highlander 2009 22.5 MPG Highway Percentage 40 percent Toyota Highlander Toyota Highlander 2009 24.7 MPG Highway Percentage 35 percent Toyota Highlander Toyota Highlander 2009 24.0 MPG Highway Percentage 50 percent Toyota Highlander Toyota Highlander 2008 25.0 MPG Highway Percentage 85 percent Toyota Highlander Toyota Highlander 2008 21.2 MPG Highway Percentage 37 percent Toyota Highlander Toyota Highlander 2008 26.5 MPG Highway Percentage 44 percent Toyota Highlander Toyota Highlander 2007 24.2 MPG Highway Percentage 8 percent Toyota Highlander Toyota Highlander 2007 22.6 MPG Highway Percentage 30 percent Toyota Highlander Toyota Highlander 2007 30.1 MPG Highway Percentage 100 percent Toyota Highlander Toyota Highlander 2006 20.3 MPG Highway Percentage 58 percent Toyota Highlander Toyota Highlander 2006 19.9 MPG Highway Percentage 57 percent Toyota Highlander Toyota Highlander 2006 25.8 MPG Highway Percentage 32 percent Toyota Highlander Toyota Highlander 2006 25.4 MPG Highway Percentage 27 percent Toyota Highlander Toyota Highlander 2005.5 15.9 MPG Highway Percentage 15 percent Toyota Highlander Toyota Highlander 2005 18.0 MPG Highway Percentage 28 percent Toyota Highlander Toyota Highlander 2005 20.5 MPG Highway Percentage 47 percent Toyota Highlander Toyota Highlander 2004 16.8 MPG Highway Percentage 18 percent Toyota Highlander Toyota Highlander 2004 21.5 MPG Highway Percentage 76 percent Toyota Highlander Toyota Highlander 2004 20.0 MPG Highway Percentage 35 percent Toyota Highlander Toyota Highlander 2003 21.4 MPG Highway Percentage 10 percent Toyota Highlander Toyota Highlander 2003 19.6 MPG Highway Percentage 68 percent Toyota Highlander Toyota Highlander 2003 22.3 MPG Highway Percentage 28 percent Toyota Highlander Toyota Highlander 2003 18.9 MPG Highway Percentage 30 percent Toyota Highlander Toyota Highlander 2002 21.0 MPG Highway Percentage 31 percent Toyota Highlander Toyota Highlander 2002 26.9 MPG Highway Percentage 88 percent Toyota Highlander Toyota Highlander 2001 22.4 MPG Highway Percentage 85 percent
Year Body/Powertrain flat, hilly, or mountainousLand driving style: very light to "lead foot"Foot A/C use: none to heavyA/C constant stop and goTraf % many stops per mileCity % stop every mile or twoSub % fairly steady speedHwy % Hwy Spd MPG
2016 4dr SUV 270-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
hills light light 0 0 5 95 75 24.2  
2015 4dr SUV 270-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
flat light none 0 30 20 50 70 23.5  
2014 4dr SUV 270-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
mtns med hvy 0 10 10 80 75 23.7  
2013 4dr SUV 270-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
flat light none 0 30 0 70 100 19.4  
2012 4dr SUV 270-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
flat light light 16 10 34 41 57 21.0  
2012 4dr SUV 245-horsepower 3.5L V6 Hybrid
CVT AWD
hills light light 0 20 45 35 70 32.5  
2011 4dr SUV 270-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
flat med light 1 1 80 18 67 21.5  
2011 4dr SUV 270-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
flat med light 1 7 28 65 60 20.5  
2011 4dr SUV 245-horsepower 3.5L V6 Hybrid
CVT AWD
flat med light 23 28 25 25 85 28.8  
2010 4dr SUV 270-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
flat light light 0 0 100 0 0 17.0  
2010 4dr SUV 270-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
flat med none 0 5 10 85 65 21.9  
2009 4dr SUV 270-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
flat light hvy 1 2 2 95 80 24.9  
2009 4dr SUV 270-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
flat med light 15 19 27 40 68 22.5  
2009 4dr SUV 209-horsepower 3.3L V6 Hybrid
CVT AWD
flat light none 9 20 36 35 64 24.7  
2009 4dr SUV 187-horsepower 2.7L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
hills med hvy 0 5 45 50 75 24.0  
2008 4dr SUV 270-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
flat med light 0 0 15 85 73 25.0  
2008 4dr SUV 270-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
flat med none 1 15 47 37 90 21.2  
2008 4dr SUV 209-horsepower 3.3L V6 Hybrid
CVT AWD
flat med none 14 27 15 44 110 26.5  
2007 4dr SUV 208-horsepower 3.3L V6 Hybrid
CVT FWD
flat lead light 13 15 63 8 80 24.2  
2007 4dr SUV 208-horsepower 3.3L V6 Hybrid
CVT AWD
flat light light 20 50 0 30 65 22.6  
2007 4dr SUV 155-horsepower 2.4L I4
4-speed automatic FWD
flat light none 0 0 0 100 70 30.1  
2006 4dr SUV 215-horsepower 3.3L V6
5-speed automatic FWD
flat med none 6 14 22 58 73 20.3  
2006 4dr SUV 215-horsepower 3.3L V6
5-speed automatic AWD
flat med none 15 12 16 57 92 19.9  
2006 4dr SUV 208-horsepower 3.3L V6 Hybrid
CVT FWD
flat light hvy 19 26 23 32 66 25.8  
2006 4dr SUV 208-horsepower 3.3L V6 Hybrid
CVT AWD
flat light light 9 28 35 27 69 25.4  
2005.5 4dr SUV 215-horsepower 3.3L V6
5-speed automatic AWD
flat med none 5 20 60 15 100 15.9  
2005 4dr SUV 230-horsepower 3.3L V6
5-speed automatic FWD
flat light light 22 24 25 28 60 18.0  
2005 4dr SUV 230-horsepower 3.3L V6
5-speed automatic AWD
hills light light 2 16 34 47 70 20.5  
2004 4dr SUV 230-horsepower 3.3L V6
5-speed automatic FWD
hills light none 9 59 14 18 61 16.8  
2004 4dr SUV 230-horsepower 3.3L V6
5-speed automatic AWD
flat med none 6 12 6 76 98 21.5  
2004 4dr SUV 160-horsepower 2.4L I4
4-speed automatic FWD
flat light light 0 10 55 35 60 20.0  
2003 4dr SUV 220-horsepower 3.0L V6
4-speed automatic FWD
hills med hvy 10 20 60 10 75 21.4  
2003 4dr SUV 220-horsepower 3.0L V6
4-speed automatic AWD
flat med none 8 18 5 68 63 19.6  
2003 4dr SUV 155-horsepower 2.4L I4
4-speed automatic FWD
flat light hvy 18 30 25 28 85 22.3  
2003 4dr SUV 155-horsepower 2.4L I4
4-speed automatic AWD
flat med none 3 50 18 30 70 18.9  
2002 4dr SUV 220-horsepower 3.0L V6
4-speed automatic AWD
hills light none 0 55 14 31 63 21.0  
2002 4dr SUV 155-horsepower 2.4L I4
4-speed automatic FWD
flat light light 7 2 3 88 60 26.9  
2001 4dr SUV 220-horsepower 3.0L V6
4-speed automatic AWD
flat light hvy 0 0 15 85 70 22.4  

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Ford Explorer vs. Toyota Highlander MPG

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What Our Members Are Saying about the Real Gas Mileage of the Ford Explorer

Ford Explorer Real Gas Mileage: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2013 4dr SUV turbocharged 365hp 3.5L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
We initially went in looking for a commuter vehicle with High mpg... but the sport they had jumped out at us and we were on the hunt for one... in the wife's daily 45 mile drive to work she's averaging 20 mpg which is comparable to the Audi's 4 cylinder and my truck's 8 cylinder. see full Ford Explorer review
2011 4dr SUV 290-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Best in Class all that needs to be said. see full Ford Explorer review
2011 4dr SUV 290-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
For such a beast I'm pleased with the gas mileage. I average 19-21 in almost all city/suburban stoplight and rush hour driving. Highway mileage drops fast if you drive over 70. Keep it under 70 and I get about 24. see full Ford Explorer review
2003 4dr SUV 239-horsepower 4.6L V8
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
For a mid-sized SUV, fuel economy is still as good or better than many 2008 cross-overs, and has all of the luxury features I like. see full Ford Explorer review
Ford Explorer Real Gas Mileage: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2007 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
Not really bad, but not that great either. To be expected for a vehicle this heavy see full Ford Explorer review
2006 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
13-15 mpg around town, ouch! see full Ford Explorer review
2005 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
wish it was higher. Part of our problem is that wanted and bought a model with the towing package. The lower gearing does impact fuel economy see full Ford Explorer review
2005 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic RWD
Could be better see full Ford Explorer review
2004 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic AWD
13 - 14.5 for a V6! Ridiculous. see full Ford Explorer review
2004 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
Gets poor fuel economy, but that is expected from a large SUV see full Ford Explorer review
2002 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
For a low output V6 (210hp) I would expect better gas mileage for this 4,400 suv. I average 14 to 18 mpg per tank depending on mix of city/highway. see full Ford Explorer review
2002 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
17 miles to the gallon on a six. see full Ford Explorer review
 

What Our Members Are Saying about the Real Gas Mileage of the Toyota Highlander

Toyota Highlander Real Gas Mileage: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2012 4dr SUV 270-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Average 22 mpg is exceptional for an SUV of this size. see full Toyota Highlander review
2011 4dr SUV 245-horsepower 3.5L V6 Hybrid
CVT AWD
29mpg highway, >30mpg city in hybrid trim so far see full Toyota Highlander review
2010 4dr SUV 270-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
lowest in class see full Toyota Highlander review
2009 4dr SUV 187-horsepower 2.7L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
For a daily driver it was nice to be able to get a vehicle with all the space with above 20 MPG fuel rating. see full Toyota Highlander review
2009 4dr SUV 187-horsepower 2.7L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
I am averaging 27 mpg on my 2.7L engine on my mostly highway commute. During summertime it is close to 30 and during winter it goes to about 25, with snow tires. Best MPG for a 7 passenger non-hybrid out there. see full Toyota Highlander review
2008 4dr SUV 270-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Best in class see full Toyota Highlander review
2008 4dr SUV 209-horsepower 3.3L V6 Hybrid
CVT AWD
Tremendous, how 2.8 tons of weight use as much as 7L/100km - outstanding! see full Toyota Highlander review
2006 4dr SUV 208-horsepower 3.3L V6 Hybrid
CVT AWD
Very good for sucha large and capable vehicle. see full Toyota Highlander review
2003 4dr SUV 220-horsepower 3.0L V6
4-speed automatic AWD
For a SUV 20 MPG is pretty good, I can drive a car i like without suffering to much at the pump see full Toyota Highlander review
2002 4dr SUV 155-horsepower 2.4L I4
4-speed automatic FWD
Making conscious choices to drive gas-sparingly, I often get over 400 miles per fill up. see full Toyota Highlander review
Toyota Highlander Real Gas Mileage: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2013 4dr SUV 270-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
A complete pig. Yes, we were doing mostly urban assault driving but 14.8 MPG (according to the trip computer I reset when we drove away - did not calculate actual mileage since it was a rental and do not know how full the tank was when we received it) is pretty deplorable. see full Toyota Highlander review
2011 4dr SUV 270-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
So far city driving is at 14 mph - hoped for better see full Toyota Highlander review
2006 4dr SUV 215-horsepower 3.3L V6
5-speed automatic AWD
Consumes btwn 19 and 24 MPg (cdn) city/hwy see full Toyota Highlander review
2005 4dr SUV 230-horsepower 3.3L V6
5-speed automatic AWD
Same as the pilot, but with premuim fuel recommended see full Toyota Highlander review