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Ford Explorer vs. Toyota Highlander Price Comparison (MSRP)

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Ford Explorer vs. Toyota Highlander Invoice Comparison

Lowest Total Price: $49,679

Toyota Highlander Limited Platinum   
Difference: $2,716

Lowest Total Invoice: $44,840

Toyota Highlander Limited Platinum   
Difference: $5,204

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  Down Payment Interest Rate Term
Model Year20172017
ModelExplorerHighlander
TrimLimitedLimited Platinum
Body4dr SUV4dr SUV
Base Price $41,675 $44,800
Base Invoice $39,800 $40,903
Package 301A 2,000  
Adaptive cruise control 1,150  
AWD 2,150 1,460
Trailer Tow Package - Class III 570  
Rear bumper protector 75 139
Cargo cover 130  
All-weather floor mats 120 249
Running boards 595 599
Cargo mat 100  
Second-row buckets 695  
Panoramic sunroof 1,595  
3.5L V6 0  
Polished alloy wheels 595  
Floor mats   225
Class II trailer hitch   699
Cargo net   49
Remote start   499
Package 301A 1,900  
Adaptive cruise control 1,094  
AWD 2,054 1,333
Trailer Tow Package - Class III 542  
Rear bumper protector 71 99
Cargo cover 124  
All-weather floor mats 114 145
Running boards 565 375
Cargo mat 95  
Second-row buckets 660  
Panoramic sunroof 1,515  
3.5L V6 0  
Polished alloy wheels 565  
Floor mats   140
Class II trailer hitch   530
Cargo net   35
Remote start   320
Options (change) 9,775 3,919
Options (change) 9,299 2,977
Destination 945 960
Total Price $52,395 $49,679
Total Invoice $50,044 $44,840

The configured Ford Explorer 4dr SUV has a 290-horsepower 3.5L V6 engine, a AWD drivetrain, and a 6-speed manually-shiftable automatic transmission.

The configured Toyota Highlander 4dr SUV has a 295-horsepower 3.5L V6 engine, a AWD drivetrain, and a 8-speed manually-shiftable automatic transmission.

Even when the Ford Explorer and Toyota Highlander are comparably equipped, each includes features not on the other car. The base sticker price of the Ford Explorer Limited trim is $41,675. The features would cost an additional $9,775. Including the destination charge of $945, the total price of this trim is $52,395.

The base sticker price of the Toyota Highlander Limited Platinum trim is $44,800. The features would cost an additional $3,919. Including the destination charge of $960, the total price of this trim is $49,679.

For full details about the differences among the trims, see the Trim Comparison table.

For an apples-to-apples comparison of these trims, we subtract the value of the additional features from the total price of the trim. The feature adjusted price of the Ford Explorer trims is 5. The feature adjusted price of the Toyota Highlander trims is 9. Based on this adjustment, the Toyota Highlander Limited Platinum appears to be the best value.

You can change the body, engine, audio, and tires on the body configuration page. Want different features? Head over to the feature section page to choose your own features.

The configured Ford Explorer 4dr SUV has a 290-horsepower 3.5L V6 engine, a AWD drivetrain, and a 6-speed manually-shiftable automatic transmission.

The configured Toyota Highlander 4dr SUV has a 295-horsepower 3.5L V6 engine, a AWD drivetrain, and a 8-speed manually-shiftable automatic transmission.

Even when the Ford Explorer and Toyota Highlander are comparably equipped, each includes features not on the other car. The invoice of the Ford Explorer Limited trim is $39,800. The features would cost an additional $9,299. Including the destination charge of $945, the total price of this trim is $50,044.

The invoice of the Toyota Highlander Limited Platinum trim is $40,903. The features would cost an additional $2,977. Including the destination charge of $960, the total price of this trim is $44,840.

For full details about the differences among the trims, see the Trim Comparison table.

For an apples-to-apples comparison of these trims, we subtract the value of the additional features from the total price of the trim. The feature adjusted price of the Ford Explorer trims is 4. The feature adjusted price of the Toyota Highlander trims is 4. Based on this adjustment, the Toyota Highlander Limited Platinum appears to be the best value.

You can change the body, engine, audio, and tires on the body configuration page. Want different features? Head over to the feature section page to choose your own features.

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TrueDelta Value Comparison: Ford Explorer vs. Toyota Highlander

Lowest Adjusted Price and Invoice: Toyota Highlander Limited Platinum
TrueDelta Adjusted Price Difference: $996
TrueDelta Adjusted Invoice Difference: $3,561
Model Year20172017
ModelExplorerHighlander
TrimLimitedLimited Platinum
Body4dr SUV4dr SUV
Engine290hp V6295hp V6
TransmissionT6T8
DrivetrainAWDAWD
EPA Fuel Economy (city/highway)16/23 MPG19/26 MPG
Audio (watts, speakers)390, 12825, 12
Tire (rear if not all the same)255/50-20245/55-19
Total Price$52,395$49,679
Adjustments for Features-1,7200
Feature-Adjusted Total Price$50,675$49,679
Total Invoice$50,044$44,840
Adjustments for Features-1,6430
Feature-Adjusted Total Invoice$48,401$44,840

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Features Comparison: Ford Explorer vs. Toyota Highlander

Model Year20172017
ModelExplorerHighlander
TrimLimitedLimited Platinum
Body4dr SUV4dr SUV
Transmission and Drivetrain 
6-speed manually-shiftable automatic$1100 
8-speed manually-shiftable automatic $1300
AWD$1700$1700
Accessories 
Hands-free trunk or liftgate$100 
Keyless entry keypad$50 
Power-adjustable pedals$125 
Remote window/roof operation$15 
Semi-automated parking system$500 
Sunshades, second row $125
Tilt/telescoping steering wheel, manual $250
Tilt/telescoping steering wheel, power$350 
Brakes, Airbags, and Other Safety 
911 assist$25 
Active or whiplash-reducing head restraints, front seats $0
Around view cameras $500
Automatic braking, high-speed or partial $200
Automatic braking, low-speed $200
Curve control$50 
Inflatable rear seat belts$200 
Knee airbag, driver $100
Knee airbag, passenger$100 
Pedestrian detection $50
Perimeter scan $25
Rearview camera$200 
Safety key$5 
Seat cushion airbag, passenger $75
Trailer sway control$25 
Vehicle health reports$0 
Wide-view front camera$150 
Cargo Management 
Cargo tray $40
Class II trailer hitch $200
Class III trailer hitch$250 
Liftglass or two-piece tailgate $150
Trailering equipment (4 wire) $125
Trailering equipment (7 wire)$150 
Climate Control and Infotainment 
Android Auto support$0 
Apple CarPlay support$0 
DVD-compatible player $0
Intercom $25
Rear air vents with automatic controls $250
Rear air vents with manual controls$150 
Siri Eyes Free support $0
Surround sound$250 
Telematics service, such as OnStar $300
Voice control for external devices$0 
Wiper de-icer $25
Exterior 
Bodyside cladding $350
Bodyside cladding (gray/black)$250 
Bright-finished exhaust tip(s)$50 
Tow hook(s), front$40 
Instruments, Lights, and Mirrors 
Auto-dimming driver-side mirror$75 
Compass$0 
Conversation mirror $25
Large color reconfigurable instrument cluster display$250 
LED headlights, single projector or low beam only$750 
Power-folding mirrors$50 
Powertrain 
Automatic start / stop $150
Lockable center differential $150
Steering-wheel-mounted transmission controls$100 
Seats and Interior Trim 
Foldaway tray table, second row $75
Folding third row seats $600
Manual fore-aft adjuster, second row seats $75
Manual recliner, third row seats $125
Massage, driver seat$100 
Massage, passenger seat$100 
Power 4-way lumbar adjuster, driver seat$150 
Power 4-way lumbar adjuster, passenger seat$150 
Power height adjuster, passenger seat$100 
Power lumbar adjuster, driver seat $100
Power release, second row seats$100 
Power thigh support length adjuster, driver seat $100
Power tilt adjuster, passenger seat$100 
Power-stowing third row seats$1000 
Tailgating position, third row seats$50 
Suspension, Wheels, and Tires 
Chrome-clad alloy wheels $600
Polished alloy wheels$600 
Terrain selector$200 
Total Value of Features$9,710$7,990
Value of Feature Adjustments$1,720$0
Value of Feature Adjustments-1,6430

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Specifications Comparison: Ford Explorer vs. Toyota Highlander

Model Year20172017
ModelExplorerHighlander
Body4dr SUV4dr SUV
Wheelbase112.6 in109.8 in
Length198.3 in192.5 in
Width78.9 in75.8 in
Height70.0 in68.1 in
Curb Weight4,633 lb.4,535 lb.
Fuel Capacity18.6 gal.19.2 gal.
Row 1 Headroom41.4 in40.7 in
Row 1 Shoulder Room61.5 in59.3 in
Row 1 Hip Room57.3 in57.2 in
Row 1 Legroom40.6 in44.2 in
Row 2 Headroom40.6 in39.9 in
Row 2 Shoulder Room61.0 in59.6 in
Row 2 Hip Room56.8 in57.1 in
Row 2 Legroom39.5 in38.4 in
Row 3 Headroom37.8 in35.9 in
Row 3 Shoulder Room50.8 in55.0 in
Row 3 Hip Room40.7 in45.6 in
Row 3 Legroom33.3 in27.7 in
Cargo Volume,
Minimum
21.0 ft313.8 ft3
Cargo Volume,
Behind R2
43.9 ft342.3 ft3
Cargo Volume,
Maximum
81.7 ft383.7 ft3

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Option Package Details
Ford Explorer Limited

Package 301A
FeatureValueRequested?
Rain-sensing wipers100Yes
Auto-dimming headlights200Yes
Lane departure warning system200Yes
Semi-automated parking system500No
Lane departure prevention system, steering-based200Yes
Power 4-way lumbar adjuster, driver seat100No
Power 4-way lumbar adjuster, passenger seat100No
Massage, driver seat100No
Massage, passenger seat100No
Auto-dimming driver-side mirror75No
Blind spot warning system200Yes
Rear cross-traffic detection100Yes
Inflatable rear seat belts200No
Total Requested100046%
Total Not Requested117554%
Trailer Tow Package - Class III
FeatureValueRequested?
Oil cooler0No
Class III trailer hitch250No
Trailering equipment (7 wire)150No
Total Requested00%
Total Not Requested400100%

Option Package Details
Toyota Highlander Limited Platinum

AWD
FeatureValueRequested?
AWD0Yes
Lockable center differential150No
Hill descent control250Yes
Total Requested25063%
Total Not Requested15037%
Floor mats
FeatureValueRequested?
Floor mats75Yes
Cargo mat40Yes
Total Requested115100%
Total Not Requested00%
Class II trailer hitch
FeatureValueRequested?
Class II trailer hitch200Yes
Trailering equipment (4 wire)125Yes
Total Requested325100%
Total Not Requested00%
All-weather floor mats
FeatureValueRequested?
All-weather floor mats75Yes
Cargo tray40No
Total Requested7565%
Total Not Requested4035%

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