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2017 Toyota Highlander vs 2017 Ford Explorer

Boasting a pleasing blend of exquisite styling, advanced technology, interior comfort, excellent performance and a high level of safety, the Toyota Highlander is an excellent choice for the midsize SUV segment. For the 2017 model-year, the Highlander got even better with a thorough redesign, with room for up to eight, a choice of three powertrains and six model grades, including a new sporty SE model. See how the new Highlander stacks up against the midsize SUV competition in this 2017 Toyota Highlander vs 2017 Ford Explorer comparison.

If you desire a more upscale ride, the 2017 Highlander is the better choice, for it possesses premium styling, both inside and out. Each grade is distinguished by different grille finishes that also carry into the headlamp housing. The grille on all LE, LE Plus and XLE grades have a silver painted finish, while Limited and Platinum grades have a painted chrome finish. From behind, the rear taillights feature a sleeker redesign. A chrome trim garnish also has been added on the rear bumper of Limited and Platinum models. Interior updates include a new brown leather interior that is available on the Limited Platinum grade. Charging personal devices will be more efficient as all Highlanders add four USB ports for a total of five.

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2017 Toyota Highlander VS 2017 Ford Explorer
V6 models (excluding LE) Stop and Start Engine System No
20 city/25 hwy mpg Fuel Economy 17 city/24 hwy mpg
Yes Hybrid Option No
8 Passenger Capacity 7

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Another advantage of the Highlander is for performance, especially with its state-of-the-art engine technology. The new Direct Shift 8AT (automatic transmission) is paired with a new 3.5-liter V6 direct injection engine. In an effort to help conserve fuel, Highlander V6 models (excluding LE) come standard with a new Stop and Start Engine System (S&S). While driving the Highlander, the S&S allows the engine to shut off when the vehicle comes to a complete stop and restarts when the driver lifts their foot off of the brake pedal. The standard powertrain on Highlander 4x2 LE gas models is the 2.7-liter 4-cylinder paired to a 6-speed automatic transmission. Also, the 2017 Highlander is available in a fuel-efficient hybrid version.

The 2017 Highlander also delivers a higher level of safety. It comes standard with Toyota Safety Sense P (TSS-P), a new multi-feature advanced safety package anchored by automated pre-collision braking. TSS-P bundles cutting edge safety technologies including Pre-Collision System (with Forward Collision Warning and automatic emergency brake), Lane Departure Alert, Automatic High Beams, Pedestrian Pre-Collision System and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control. Also, for helping make parking easy and safe, the Highlander Limited Platinum grade comes standard with a Bird’s Eye View Camera with Perimeter Scan.

Do you live in the Chicago-area? Would you like to get behind the wheel of the 2017 Highlander? If so, then feel free to get in touch with us at Oakbrook Toyota!

2017 Toyota Highlander vs 2017 Ford Explorer Exterior
2017 Toyota Highlander vs 2017 Ford Explorer Design Features
2017 Toyota Highlander vs 2017 Ford Explorer Performance
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