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2021 Ford Explorer vs 2021 Toyota Highlander

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Located in Cleveland, GA

Also serving Gainesville and Buford

The 2021 Ford Explorer is a midsize SUV with up to seven seats that offers a lineup of five editions, including the performance-tuned ST trim. Offering up to eight seats, the 2021 Toyota Highlander SUV is also built on a midsize platform. Both vehicles offer a hybrid powertrain, but the Explorer is much more powerful in this segment.

2021 Ford Explorer

$32,450 – $54,480*

27/29 MPG

Miles per gallon (city/highway)**




Horsepower, 2.3-L EcoBoost® I-4 Engine

2021 Toyota Highlander

$34,910 – $50,415

21/29 MPG

Miles per gallon (city/highway)




Horsepower, 3.5-Liter V6 Engine

Performance Features

Capabilities Features

The 2021 Ford Explorer harnesses 300 horsepower from a 2.3 L I-4 engine that adopts the acclaimed EcoBoost design. Incorporating the Ti-VCT mechanics, the turbocharged powertrain has a peak torque rating of 310 pound-feet. When installed on the Platinum trim, the 3.0 L EcoBoost engine generates 365 hp and 380 lb-ft. The ST model extracts an additional 35 hp and 35 lb-ft from this V6 engine with a twin turbocharger. Using normal aspiration for combustion, the 2021 Explorer’s 3.3 L Hybrid powertrain generates approximately 320 hp and slightly more than 320 lb-ft. Standard on the 2021 Toyota Highlander, the 3.5 L V6 engine is less powerful than all engines under the hood of the Ford Explorer. Employing the Atkinson Cycle for efficient combustion, the naturally aspirated propulsion system comes with the VVT-i technology. When running on the twin-turbo V6 engine, the 2021 Explorer can tow 5,600 pounds. By contrast, the most powerful Highlander model has a towing limit of 5,000 pounds.

Handling Features


Designed to improve traction on slippery roads, the Intelligent 4WD system drives the 2021 Ford Explorer. This highly adaptive drivetrain is controlled by the Terrain Management System (TMS). You can engage any of the seven modes from the TMS by turning a user-friendly dial in the cabin. Some modes that improve off-road handling include the Deep Snow/Sand, Sand and Slippery. Some modes that enhance performance on paved roads include the Eco, Normal, and Sport. The Tow/Haul Mode is activated by the TMS dial. With extra assistance from the Trailer Sway Control, this powerful Ford SUV is less likely to swerve out of control while towing a trailer on curved roads. Despite having an AWD with the Dynamic Torque Vectoring, the 2021 Toyota Highlander can’t match the off-road prowess of the 2021 Ford Explorer. Additionally, the Toyota SUV can only run on four modes from the Multi-Terrain Select (MTS). An eight-speed automatic transmission with the Direct-Shift design is paired with the MTS. You have access to 10 fixed gear ratios from the Explorer’s automatic transmission.



The 2021 Ford Explorer’s Electronic Automatic Temperature Control comes with three zones. A twin-panel moonroof naturally ventilates and illuminates this three-row Ford SUV. Capable of maintaining a constant temperature of up to 90 degrees Fahrenheit, a heated steering wheel with leather trimming is optional for this premium family car. Heating is also available for first-row seats and second-row bucket seats. Featuring the trademark SoftTex design, the 2021 Highlander’s seats are also available with heating. This Toyota SUV has a tri-zone HVAC system with a control panel in the second row. Additionally, both midsize SUVs have ambient lighting and power windows.

Visit Our Dealership!

Schedule a test drive in the 2021 Ford Explorer at Jacky Jones Ford in Cleveland, GA. This midsize, three-row American model offers three engines, seven seats, and other premium features.

*MSRP for base vehicle. Excludes destination/delivery fee plus government fees and taxes, any finance charges, any dealer processing charge, any electronic filing charge, and any emission testing charge. Optional equipment not included. Starting A, Z and X Plan price is for qualified, eligible customers and excludes document fee, destination/delivery charge, taxes, title and registration. Not all vehicles qualify for A, Z or X Plan. All Mustang Shelby GT350® and Shelby® GT350R prices exclude gas guzzler tax.

**EPA-estimated city/hwy mpg for the model indicated. See for fuel economy of other engine/transmission combinations. Actual mileage will vary. On plug-in hybrid models and electric models, fuel economy is stated in MPGe. MPGe is the EPA equivalent measure of gasoline fuel efficiency for electric mode operation.