Compare 2020 Ford Explorer vs 2020 Toyota Highlander

2020 Ford Explorer
2020 Toyota Highlander

2020 Ford Explorer


2020 Toyota Highlander

21 city / 28 hwy*

Fuel Economy

21 city / 29 hwy*
300 HP


295 HP
2.3L 4cyl Turbo


3.5 6cyl

Serving Crestview , FL

SUVs are incredibly popular among drivers because of their excellent performance and large capacity in the cabin. For consumers, the Ford Explorer and the Toyota Highlander are popular options because of their reliability and how easy they are to drive around each day, whether you're carpooling or are commuting to work. If you want to determine which vehicle is right for your driving needs, there are several comparisons between both cars to review before you schedule an online test drive or a 2020 Ford Explorer virtual test drive at our Ford Crestview dealership.


The 2020 Ford Explorer comes with an impressive ride and handling with more powertrains than previous generations. This SUV comes with a 300-hp turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine, which accelerates quickly and doesn't lag as you merge onto highways or change lanes. Despite its size, the SUV feels controlled when going round corners and turns. The vehicle has the ability to tow up to 5,600 pounds when it's properly equipped.

It's easy to drive the 2020 Toyota Highlander because of the ample power it packs under the hood. The mid-size SUV stands out for its good power and fuel economy from the V6 engine. The vehicle has minimal body roll and feels composed at higher speeds or when taking sharp turns. It also responds quickly when pressing the brakes and has a smooth ride with the advanced suspension system.


One of the main benefits of driving the 2020 Explorer is the safety it boasts. The car earned a five-star rating with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and it comes with the most in-demand safety features in its class. The Explorer comes equipped with forward-collision warning and automated emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, rear-cross traffic alert, lane-keeping assist, and lane-departure warning. The features compensate for mistakes made by the driver to reduce the risk of a collision and improve driver confidence.

The 2020 Toyota Highlander is safe to drive because the automaker doesn't cut corners with the features it includes in the model. The vehicle features pre-collision with pedestrian detection, lane departure alert with steering assist, and full-speed dynamic radar cruise control. It also has a five-star rating from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. The Highlander is also favored for its LED fog lights and blind-spot monitoring for increased visibility during the day or night.

Interior Features

The main focal point in the cabin of the 2020 Explorer is the 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system, which features a wi-fi hotspot and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability. Drivers who upgrade to the Platinum or ST trims can also enjoy using the optional 10.1-inch vertically oriented screen. Voice-activated navigation, a rear-seat entertainment system, and a 12-speaker B&O audio system are additional bells and whistles.

The 2020 Highlander seats seven to eight people and boasts high-end technologies with the latest and most advanced features in the auto industry. The car is fully redesigned and features more cargo room behind the third row. The Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are two new features that have been added for complete smartphone capability. The car is slightly longer than the former model and is roomy enough for tall passengers to stretch out in the backseat. The cabin also comes with a standard 8-inch touchscreen, but drivers can also upgrade to the optional 12.3-inch display with the Platinum trim. It even has a power liftgate for added convenience when your hands are full, and you have to access the back of the vehicle.

Consider contacting Ford Crestview today if you're ready to learn more about the differences between the 2020 Ford Explorer and the Toyota Highlander and even partake in an online test drive. We'll help you schedule a 2020 Ford Explorer virtual test drive to ensure you experience the benefits of driving the model.

*All figures are EPA estimates. Actual mileage may vary.