2019 Ford Explorer vs. 2019 Toyota Highlander | An SUV Comparison

If you're in the market for a new SUV, there are plenty of great options. If you're struggling to make your decision, let Blue Springs Ford help! Our team has highlighted two of the most popular models, the 2019 Ford Explorer and the 2019 Toyota Highlander, in the following SUV comparison.

For this page, we'll focus on the 2019 Ford Explorer Sport, starting at $46,625 MSRP, and the 2019 Toyota Highlander Limited, starting at $42,630 MSRP. After reading our Explorer vs. Highlander guide, find more information about this Ford SUV with our Explorer hub. You can also reach out to our Blue Springs, MO dealership online or at (877) 217-1150.

Ford Explorer vs. Toyota Highlander
Engine & Towing Capabilities

You won't be disappointed by either of the V6 engines offered by these reliable SUVs. Both the Explorer and Highlander boast 5,000 lbs. of towing capacity, but the 2019 Explorer tops the Toyota SUV when you look at horsepower and torque. Performance specs for both powertrains can be found below:

Ford Explorer




2019 Ford Explorer Sport - Ruby Red


3.5L EcoBoost®


365 HP


350 lb.-ft.

Towing Capacity

Up to 5,000 lbs.

Toyota Highlander




2019 Toyota Highlander Limited - Salsa Red


3.5L V6


295 HP


263 lb.-ft.

Towing Capacity

Up to 5,000 lbs.

2019 Ford Explorer interior seating sideview

Ford Explorer vs. Toyota Highlander
Interior & Cargo Space

Inside these dynamic SUVs, you'll find a beautifully crafted interior appointed with several modern amenities. With heated front seats, 8-in. touchscreens, and premium audio systems, you'll enjoy every mile inside the Explorer and Highlander. However, you won't find the following features inside the Toyota Highlander. Along with nearly 82 cu.-ft. of cargo space, only the 2019 Explorer is equipped with:

  • Steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters
  • Heated second-row outboard seats
  • Third-row PowerFold seat
  • 4G LTE Wi-Fi® hotspot
  • Hands-free foot-activated liftgate
  • Heated, leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Remote start system
2019 Ford Explorer interior cargo space

Ford Explorer vs. Toyota Highlander

You'll enjoy the added peace of mind that the Explorer and Highlander provide through their suites of safety features. While the Highlander delivers many responsive systems, the 2019 Explorer keeps pace with the following technologies:

  • Forward & reverse sensing system
  • Front 180-degree camera with split view and washer
  • Rear view camera with washer and backup assist grid lines
  • Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) with cross-traffic alert
2019 Ford Explorer safety belts

Ford Explorer vs. Toyota Highlander

When you drive home in a new Ford car, truck, or SUV, it will be backed for many years and miles after. The 2019 Explorer is accompanied by a warranty package that includes both traditional coverage and additional benefits.


Bumper-to-Bumper Warranty


Limited Powertrain Warranty


Roadside Assistance


Corrosion Coverage

2019 Ford Explorer exterior kicking up dirt

Test Drive 2019 Ford Explorer Models in Blue Springs, MO

Blue Springs Ford has the 2019 Ford Explorer you've been looking for! Take a look at our current selection in our Explorer inventory, and then schedule a test driveof your favorite model at our Ford dealership in Blue Springs, MO. If you'd prefer to speak directly with a Blue Springs Ford representative, call (877) 217-1150.

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