2021 Toyota Highlander vs. Ford Explorer at Ray Brandt Toyota

2021 Toyota Highlander


2021 Ford Explorer

Starting MSRP

21 MPG City/29 MPG

Highway Fuel Economy

27 MPG City/ 29 MPGHighway
3.5-Liter V6 Engine

Engine Type

3.0L EcoBoost Engine
295 hp


365 hp

Two of the most popular SUVs on the roads of River Ridge today are the 2021 Toyota Highlander vs. Ford Explorer. These two vehicles feature the latest in performance spec and interior auto tech, but which is the best vehicle for you?

At Ray Brandt Toyota, we sell a variety of 2021 Toyota Highlander models, and many of our customers ask, what’s the difference between the 2021 Toyota Highlander vs. Ford Explorer. Many customers are often torn between both models. Use this guide put together by the experts at Ray Brandt Toyota to help narrow down your car buying search to the Toyota Highlander. You can apply for financing at our finance center at our Kenner dealership today!

Toyota Highlander vs. Ford Explorer: Performance Specs

The performance specs of the Toyota Highlander are a major buying point for many of the customers who visit our Metairie-area dealership. The 2021 Toyota Highlander stands head and shoulders above the Explorer with several features and specs which enhance your everyday drives. See how the specs of the Toyota Highlander compare with the Ford Explorer below:

2021 Toyota Highlander

  • Torque Vectoring All-Wheel-Drive
  • XSE Sports Tuned Suspension
  • Electronic Power Steering
  • 8-Speed Automatic Transmission
  • Max Towing Capacity: 5,000 lbs
  • And More!

2021 Ford Explorer

  • Terrain Management System™
  • Max Towing Capacity: 5,300 lbs
  • 3.58 TORSEN® Limited Slip Rear Axle
  • 10-Speed Transmission
  • And More!

Toyota Highlander vs. Ford Explorer Interior and Safety Specs

At New Orleans-area dealership, many of our new and returning customers ask about the latest interior and safety auto specs of the Toyota Highlander. They help you out in several ways when you’re on the road and need extra assistance. See how the interior and safety specs of the 2021 Toyota Highlander outshine the Ford Explorer:

2021 Toyota Highlander

  • Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™
  • Heated and Ventilated Front Seats
  • Panoramic Roofs
  • Toyota Safety Sense™
  • Lane Departure Assist
  • Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control

2021 Ford Explorer

  • Ford Co-Pilot360™
  • FordPass Connect™
  • Rear View Camera
  • BLIS® Blind Spot Information System
  • And more!

Test Drive the 2021 Toyota Highlander at Ray Brandt Toyota

Now that you know more about the 2021 Toyota Highlander and how it outshines the Ford Explorer, visit our Destrehan-area dealership and test drive this incredible vehicle for yourself. Contact us or visit our Kenner location for more information today!

*MSRP excludes the Delivery, Processing, and Handling Fee of $995 for Cars (Yaris HB, Yaris, Yaris iA, 86, Corolla, Corolla HB, Camry, Camry HV, Prius LB, Prius c, Prius Prime, Mirai, Avalon, Avalon HV, Supra), $1,175 for Small/Medium Trucks, SUVs and Van (C-HR, RAV4, RAV4 HV, Highlander, Highlander HV, 4Runner, Sienna, Tacoma), $1,365 for Large SUVs (Sequoia, Land Cruiser), and $1,595 for Large Truck (Tundra). (Historically, vehicle manufacturers and distributors have charged a separate fee for processing, handling, and delivering vehicles to dealerships. Toyota’s charge for these services is called the “Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee” and is based on the value of the processing, handling, and delivery services Toyota provides as well as Toyota’s overall pricing structure. Toyota may make a profit on the Delivery, Processing, and Handling Fee.) Excludes taxes, license, title, and available or regionally required equipment. The Delivery, Processing, and Handling Fee in AL, AR, FL, GA, LA, MS, NC, OK, SC and TX will be higher. The published prices do not apply to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The actual dealer price will vary.

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