2016 Toyota Highlander vs 2016 Ford Explorer
2016 Toyota Highlander 2016 Ford Explorer
$29,990 Starting MSRP $31,050
2.7L 4-cylinder Base Engine 3.5L V6
20 city/25 highway Fuel Economy (mpg) 17 city/24 highway
8 Seating Capacity 7

2016 Toyota Highlander vs 2016 Ford Explorer

2016 Toyota Highlander maroon

Crossover vehicles have taken the automotive industry by storm in the recent years by providing individuals and families with a reliable and stylish vehicle that offers an ideal blend of power and efficiency. As two of the most popular models in the crossover segment, the 2016 Toyota Highlander and 2016 Ford Explorer each have a variety of similar features as well as unique qualities to offer. Comparing the two competing models reveals which stands out from the other.

The Toyota Highlander and Ford Explorer each have unique exterior designs that turn heads on the road. The Highlander offers more aerodynamics with curving lines and edges, while the Explorer has a more aggressive, angular shape. The 2016 Highlander comes standard with a 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine and EPA-estimated 20 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway. The 2016 Explorer, on the other hand, is equipped with a 3.5-liter V6 engine and delivers slightly less efficiency. Drivers can upgrade to a V6 engine on higher Highlander trim levels without sacrificing much fuel economy. Both of these outstanding models have spacious, comfortable interiors with a wide array of innovative features. The Toyota Highlander offers seating for up to eight passengers, while the Ford Explorer can only seat seven. In the end, the 2016 Toyota Highlander is available for a starting price that is more than $1,000 less than the 2016 Ford Explorer, while also offering better fuel efficiency and space for more passengers.

2016 Toyota Highlander in Vacaville, CA

Even when stacked up against an excellent crossover vehicle like the 2016 Ford Explorer, the 2016 Toyota Highlander excels in more ways than one. Plus, the Highlander has so much more to offer drivers in the Vacaville, CA area. Shoppers can choose from four gas-powered trims and one hybrid trim, each of which offers a different set of features and capabilities. In addition to the 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine mentioned above, drivers can also opt for the 3.5-liter V6 engine that can put out 270 horsepower and 248 lb-ft torque. All gas-powered Highlander models are paired with six-speed Electronically Controlled automatic Transmission with intelligence for smooth, seamless shifting.

In terms of technology, the 2016 Toyota Highlander comes standard with several innovative features, including integrated backup camera, Entune Audio with 6.1-inch high-resolution touch-screen display, USB port, Siri Eyes Free, Bluetooth technology, 3.5-inch LCD Multi-Information Display, remote keyless entry system, and three 12-volt auxiliary power outlets, among others. Higher trim levels offer additional high-tech elements, such as Blu-ray Disc rear seat entertainment system, turn-by-turn navigation, Blind Spot Monitor, Lane Departure Alert, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, and much more.

If you would like to get behind the wheel of the 2016 Toyota Highlander in Vacaville, CA, you can schedule a test drive at Toyota Vacaville.

2016 Toyota Highlander versatile seating cargo space
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