2020 Toyota Highlander vs Ford Explorer

Are you looking for a powerful SUV to take on your next adventure near Chula Vista and El Cajon? Then you’re probably considering popular models like the 2020 Toyota Highlander and Ford Explorer.

The team at Norm Reeves Toyota San Diego can attest that either vehicle is a great choice for drivers like you, but we wanted to know which one is most ideally suited to the San Diego lifestyle.

So, we put the Highlander vs. Explorer in a head-to-head battle. Keep reading to find out which one came out on top.

Toyota Highlander vs Ford Explorer Interior Specs

Let’s start our comparison of the Toyota Highlander and Ford Explorer by grabbing a seat inside the cabin. What you’ll find inside either SUV is three rows of seating in an amply sized interior.

If you have a lot of stuff to carry, then you’ll probably like that both the Highlander and Explorer have fold-flat seating that allow you to fold down the second and third rows of seats to create a flat load floor. When you do this, you can open up more than 84 cubic feet of cargo volume in either vehicle.

They’re also both versatile in how you arrange your seating, including multi-way split-folding seats that let you maximize your interior space for cargo and passengers.

One big difference noticed between the two SUVs, however, is the maximum seating capacities:

  • Highlander maximum seating: 8 passengers
  • Explorer maximum seating: 7 passengers

As you can see, the Toyota Highlander has enough room for up to eight passengers on certain configurations, whereas the Ford Explorer may require you to leave someone behind.

Otherwise, both SUVs have an available panoramic sunroof or moonroof feature that lets in plenty of fresh air and sunlight. They also both have available ventilated seats that can help you cool down when you return to your vehicle after a long day at the beach.

Infotainment Systems in the Highlander and Explorer

Now, let’s turn our attention to the center stack. This is your command center where you can access all your tunes, navigation, phone contacts, and more!

Both the Highlander and Explorer come standard with high-tech features that can keep you connected:

  • 8-inch touchscreen
  • Apple CarPlay®
  • Android Auto™
  • Bluetooth® wireless

Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay® fully integrate your smartphone with your car so that you can access optimized versions of your favorite apps through your touchscreen display. Apps you can use include navigation, internet radio streaming, audio books, and phone contacts.

Plus, the standard Bluetooth® wireless connectivity means you can answer important phone calls while on the go, while your phone stays safely tucked away.

If you want a navigation system that’s built into your infotainment center, then you can upgrade to that in both SUVs. One main difference, however, is that the navigation system in the Toyota Highlander includes a 12.3-inch touchscreen, while the Explorer only has a 10.1-inch touchscreen.

This means that drivers in the Highlander may be able to see their next turn a bit more clearly than those in the Explorer.

Will You Drive the 2020 Toyota Highlander or Ford Explorer?

While only you know whether the 2020 Toyota Highlander or Ford Explorer is right for you, our team found a lot to like about what the Highlander brings to drivers near San Diego, El Cajon, and Chula Vista. Want to see it in action? Come to Norm Reeves Toyota San Diego and we’ll put you behind the wheel.

Contact us to schedule your test drive of the Toyota Highlander today!