New Toyota 2020 Toyota Highlander vs 2020 Ford Explorer in Shreveport LA Shreveport, LA l Near Bossier City

2020 Toyota Highlander vs 2020 Ford Explorer in Shreveport LA

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2020 Toyota Highlander vs 2020 Ford Explorer in Shreveport LA

Vehicle Overview

The three-row midsize SUV segment is highly competitive, and consumers have many options. One of those options is the 2020 Toyota Highlander. The Highlander is one of the more influential vehicles in the class and has been redesigned for the 2020 model year in order to update its tech and aesthetic. The 2020 Ford Explorer is now a direct competitor to the Highlander. Certainly, the Explorer is an iconic brand, but it earned that prestige as a full-size sports utility vehicle. Consumer tastes have changed, however, and the Explorer has continued getting smaller in order to adapt. How does it compare to the Highlander? Let’s find out in our 2020 Toyota Highlander vs 2020 Ford Explorer comparison.

Shreveport LA - 2020 Toyota Highlander's Overview

Exterior – 2020 Toyota Highlander

Yokem Toyota serving Shreveport Bossier City Marshall invites you to come see the new Highlander exterior firsthand. It features 18-inch wheels and LED headlamps, and options include LED foglamps, roof rails, a standard or panoramic sunroof, a power liftgate and 20-inch wheels. The Explorer boasts 18-inch wheels and LED headlamps as well, and it includes a power liftgate in the standard package. Be mindful that while the Explorer is technically a midsize, it pushes those limits. Consider that the Highlander is based on a 112.2-inch wheelbase whereas the Explorer’s wheelbase is 119.1 inches.

Shreveport LA - 2020 Toyota Highlander's Exterior

Interior – 2020 Toyota Highlander in Shreveport LA

You may think that the longer wheelbase and girthier exterior make for a lot more interior roominess, but the practical different isn’t that significant. In fact, the Explorer only provides seating for up to seven whereas the Highlander can accommodate eight. Of course, if you opt for second-row captain’s chairs, then the capacity is lower by one in both cases. The Highlander does have a somewhat smaller core cargo area at 16.0 as opposed to 18.2 cubic feet. But when you fold the third row down, the Highlander actually gives you more space at 48.4 cubic feet. It also provides 84.3 with the second row down as well.

Shreveport LA - 2020 Toyota Highlander's Interior

Mechanical – Highlander specs in Shreveport

Toyota and Ford take a different approach. The 2020 Toyota Highlander is front-wheel drive standard. The 2020 Ford Explorer is rear-wheel drive standard. Both are available with a four-wheel-drive system for drivers who prefer it. The Highlander powertrain mates a 3.5L V6 engine to an eight-speed automatic transmission. This V6 is rated for 295 horsepower and 263 pound-feet of torque. Ford offers a handful of engine options, all of which it mates to a 10-speed automatic. Perhaps surprisingly, Ford has opted for a 2.3L four-cylinder as the base engine. This turbocharged engine is rated for 300 hp and 310 lb.-ft. If you prefer a V6, you can get it with the ST trim—400 hp and 415 lb.-ft.—or the Platinum trim—365 hp and 380 lb.-ft. Ford also offers a hybrid that includes a V6 that combines for 318 hp.

Shreveport LA - 2020 Toyota Highlander's Mechanical

Technology – Toyota Highlander specs in Shreveport LA

Highlander fans will be thrilled to learn that this vehicle now includes Android Auto and Apple CarPlay in the base package. The base tech also includes an 8-inch HD color touch-display with voice recognition, a triple-zone automatic climate control system, Amazon Alexa capabilities, Bluetooth, a USB media port, a six-speaker sound system, satellite radio and Toyota Safety Sense 2.0. The TSS 2.0 system provides a rearview camera, a collision mitigation system that can detect pedestrians and cyclists, full-speed radar-based cruise control, a lane departure alert system and more. The multimedia package offered by Ford is similar. Ford’s driver assistance technologies are split into two groups: Ford Co-Pilot360 and Ford Co-Pilot360 Assist+. The first group is included standard and has most of what you’d want. The second group is optional but adds cruise control and Ford’s more advanced lane keeping implementation.

Contact Us Today – 2020 Toyota Highlander dealer

Yokem Toyota is proud to be the premier Toyota dealership serving Shreveport Bossier City Marshall. We have the new Highlander available for you to test-drive today. No appointment required. Simply visit us at your convenience. You can also call, and we’ll provide whatever details you need right over the phone. Prefer to shop online? Check out our website! You can peruse our entire inventory, and we offer other content like this 2020 Toyota Highlander vs 2020 Ford Explorer review. We also have staff available through live chat and email to provide whatever other assistance you may need.


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