2019 Toyota Highlander vs. 2020 Ford Explorer

2019 Toyota Highlander LE
2020 Ford Explorer

Are you shopping for a new capable SUV in Chicago that can handle weekend getaways, school trips, and shopping sprees? Two popular options for Evanston drivers are the 2019 Toyota Highlander and 2020 Ford Explorer. Even though you can't go wrong with either, only one family-friendly SUV can end up on your driveway. Which one will it be? Chicago Northside Toyota is comparing the 2019 Toyota Highlander and 2020 Ford Explorer to see which is the best option for your family.

Explorer vs. Highlander: Starting Price and Configurations

The new Toyota Highlander has eight trim levels available, in comparison to the 2020 Ford Explorer's four trim levels. Comparing starting prices, the Highlander's base and luxury trim levels are significantly lower than the new Explorer. Not only do Lincolnwood-area drivers have more options with the new Highlander, but it will also cost them less money than the Explorer.

2019 Toyota Highlander:

  • 2019 Toyota Highlander LE: Starting at $31,680 MSRP*
  • 2019 Toyota Highlander LE Plus: Starting at $36,610 MSRP*
  • 2019 Toyota Highlander XLE: Starting at $39,570 MSRP*
  • 2019 Toyota Highlander SE: Starting at $40,790 MSRP*
  • 2019 Toyota Highlander Limited: Starting at $42,780 MSRP*
  • 2019 Toyota Highlander Hybrid LE: Starting at $37,320 MSRP*
  • 2019 Toyota Highlander Hybrid XLE: Starting at $42,380 MSRP*
  • 2019 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited: Starting at $45,860 MSRP*

2020 Ford Explorer:

  • 2020 Ford Explorer XLT: Starting at $36,675 MSRP
  • 2020 Ford Explorer Limited: Starting at $48,130 MSRP
  • 2020 Ford Explorer ST: Starting at $54,740 MSRP
  • 2020 Ford Explorer Platinum: Starting at $58,250 MSRP
2019 Toyota Highlander on road.

Explore vs. Highlander Performance

If you want head-turning performance, then look no further at the 2019 Highlander. See how the Highlander's engine performance compares to the 2020 Explorer.

The 2019 Toyota Highlander's base trim comes equipped with a standard 2.7L 4-cylinder engine that delivers 185 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. It's paired with a 6-speed Electronically Controlled automatic Transmission with intelligence (ECT-i), sequential shift mode and Snow Mode. Drivers can expect an EPA-estimated 20 mpg city and 24 mpg highway**.

The 2020 Ford Explorer comes equipped with a 2.3L EcoBoost® I-4 engine that's paired with a 10-speed automatic with selectShift® capability.

Explorer vs. Highlander: Interior Features

Evanston-area drivers looking for an SUV that's packed with the latest in convenience, technology, and safety will be excited with what the new Toyota Highlander has to offer. The Highlander and Explorer share features like cargo hooks, a day/night rearview mirror, comfortable cloth seating surfaces, air conditioning, and remote keyless entry system with remote illuminated entry. However, there is an abundance of features available in the new Highlander that you won't see in the 2020 Ford Explorer. Those features include:

  • Integrated backup camera with projected path
  • 4.2-inch color LCD Multi-Information Display (MID)
  • Rear liftgate window defogger
  • Cargo area lights
  • Entune™ Audio
  • ToyotaCare

Explore the Toyota Highlander at Chicago Northside Toyota

If you are ready to enhance your Chicago-area commute, it's time to visit Chicago Northside Toyota to test drive the highly praised 2019 Toyota Highlander. It beats the competition in price, interior features, and performance. You can also see how it compares to in-brand vehicles like the Toyota 4Runner. Give us a call today for additional information or to set up your test drive.



*MSRP excludes the Delivery, Processing, and Handling Fee of $930 for Cars (Yaris, Yaris iA, 86, Corolla, Corolla HB, Camry, Camry HV, Prius LB, Prius c, Prius Prime, Mirai, Avalon, Avalon HV), $1095 for Small/Medium Trucks, SUVs and Van (C-HR, RAV4, RAV4 HV, Highlander, Highlander HV, 4Runner, Sienna, Tacoma), $1,295 for Large SUVs (Sequoia, Land Cruiser), and $1,495 for Large Truck (Tundra). (Historically, vehicle manufacturers and distributors have charged a separate fee for processing, handling and delivering vehicles to dealerships. Toyota's charge for these services is called the "Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee" and is based on the value of the processing, handling and delivery services Toyota provides as well as Toyota's overall pricing structure. Toyota may make a profit on the Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee.) Excludes taxes, license, title and available or regionally required equipment. The Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee in AL, AR, FL, GA, LA, MS, NC, OK, SC and TX will be higher. The published prices do not apply to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Actual dealer price will vary.

**Based on EPA estimates. Actual mileage may vary.