Battle of the Large SUVs: 2021 Ford Explorer vs 2021 Toyota Highlander

Whether it's for exploration across the country or transportation around town, large SUVs seem to be some of the most sought-after vehicles out there. Right now, we're going to see two large SUVs go head-to-head to see which one comes out on top: the 2021 Ford Explorer or the 2021 Toyota Highlander!

Round One: Interior

 
 

The 2021 Ford Explorer starts this match strong with an impressive interior design. With seating for up to seven people and plenty of great features like the Cargo Management System, available power tilt/telescoping steering column, PowerFold® 50/50 fold-flat rear seatbacks, and adaptable E-Z Entry second-row seating, the 2021 Ford Explorer offers a more comfortable, impressive interior design than the 2021 Toyota Highlander.


Round One goes to the 2021 Ford Explorer.

Round Two: Performance

 
 

In Round Two, it looks like this match will be heavily skewed toward the 2021 Ford Explorer. The 2021 Ford Explorer offers the available Intelligent Four-Wheel Drive with Terrain Management System™, giving this large SUV seven selectable drive modes. The 2021 Ford Explorer also has a maximum towing capacity of 5,600 pounds, which is 600 more pounds than the weaker 2021 Toyota Highlander.


The victor of Round Two is the 2021 Ford Explorer.

Round Three: Technology

 
 

FordPass Connect™. SYNC® 3 AppLink®. Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™. With all of these features and more, the 2021 Ford Explorer is able to deliver a knockout blow to the 2021 Toyota Highlander. The 2021 Ford Explorer also has plenty of active safety features, like Active Park Assist 2.0 and Adaptive Cruise Control.


Round Three goes to the 2021 Ford Explorer.

The Champion

After three rounds, the 2021 Ford Explorer is still the champion of large SUVs! Against the 2021 Toyota Highlander, the 2021 Ford Explorer offers a stronger towing capacity, a better interior design, and a much more impressive suite of technology. With such a great package, it's no surprise that the 2021 Toyota Highlander just couldn't compete with the 2021 Ford Explorer.

Want to try out the 2021 Ford Explorer? Head over to Classic Ford of Madison, OH today!

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