When you're in the market for a family vehicle, the Toyota Highlander and the Ford Explorer are probably both on your list. With their sleek designs and roomy interiors, these SUVs are designed to carry your whole crew in comfort. Your biggest challenge? Choosing which one best suits your life in Lake Charles, LA.
Toyota's commitment to safety means that every Toyota Highlander model, including the base "L" trim level, offers AWD as an option, but is available standard in a front-wheel-drive configuration. The Explorer, on the other hand, is available in a rear-wheel-drive configuration standard on the base model with Ford's AWD system also available as an option.
Both the Highlander and the Explorer feature 8-inch, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto-equipped systems on the base model and 12.3-inch high-resolution multimedia systems on the top trim levels. On the Highlander, wireless charging comes standard on every model except the base trim. The Explorer is also available with this feature, but you'll need to step up to at least the Limited trim to get it.
The Highlander also offers other exclusive features such as wiper deicers. Both models offer privacy glass in the rear; the Highlander takes things a step further by adding UV reduction and high solar energy absorbing technology for a more comfortable cabin.
Inside the Highlander, you'll discover a design that echoes the striking contours of the exterior. With its ultra-clean styling, this is an SUV that enables you to relax on the road. The Explorer also offers an uncluttered interior for comfortable road trips. Do you have teenagers? The Highlander offers an impressive 42 inches of leg room for every row; in comparison, the Explorer comes in with 39 inches. Both models give you three rows of seating and room for up to eight people.
As a parent, you know that fuel economy has a big impact on your family's budget - especially if you spend a great deal of time exploring Lake Charles, LA. When you choose the base-model Highlander, you'll get a V6 engine with a maximum highway rating of 29 mpg and a city rating of 21 mpg. Want to upgrade to the all-wheel drive model? It gets up to 27 mpg on the highway and 20 mpg in the city.
The Explorer, on the other hand, offers a base-model highway rating of 28 mpg. If you select the all-wheel drive option, you can get up to 27 mpg on the highway and 20mpg in the city.
For many drivers, safety is the deciding factor in selecting a family SUV. This is where the Highlander shines. Thanks to the Toyota Safety Sense system, every model comes standard with features including:
Some of the standard features that are available on the Ford Explorer include:
Both vehicles offer frontal collision alerts, auto high beams, and adaptive cruise control. You'll also get vehicle stability control and traction control to keep you confident in a range of road conditions.
Need more help deciding between the Highlander and the Explorer? Come in to see our team at Lake Charles Toyota; we can help you compare features to find the right fit for your family.