As the new year begins, it’s time to take a look at some of the newer models to see how they stack up against each other. Those who shop cars for sale in Indiana frequently shop for SUVs, so it makes sense to start there. When it comes to SUVs, the 2016 Ford Explorer and the 2016 Toyota Highlander are in fierce competition with each other. While the SUVs have a lot in common, the differences they do have may be the differences that sway buyers to make a decision one way or the other.
The Ford Explorer offers a higher torque than the Toyota Highlander, but they both offer both 4 and 6 cylinder engine options. The Explorer offers both a 2.3L 4 cylinder as well as two variations of a 3.5L V6 engine, while the Highlander offers a 2.7L 4 cylinder and a 3.5L V6. Though both get relatively good gas mileage, the Ford excels in this department, thanks to Ford’s EcoBoost technology. It doesn’t come standard, but it is available to those who are seeking to improve mileage and reduce their impact on the planet at the same time.
Drive and Wheels
The Ford Explorer and the Highlander come standard with front wheel drive; however, both models offer available four wheel drive. Speaking of wheels, the Ford Explorer comes with painted aluminum rims, while the Highlander comes with alloy rims. Each comes standard with 18 in. rims. Upgrades include 20 in. rims for the Explorer, while the Highlander upgrades to a 19 in. rim.
These vehicles share a lot of similarities, so, at this point, it may boil down to one detail, like the 3.5 liter upgraded to an EcoBoost in the Ford—or it might just boil down to your preference when it comes to brand names. Either way, these family SUVs each offer enough room for seven passengers to ride comfortably. They also both feature an 8 in. touchscreen in the center console for easier use of driver controls and media devices. Both come standard with 5 doors for easy entry and exit. They each also offer a roof LCD screen for passenger entertainment.
One of the biggest questions is going to be about the prices of each SUV. The prices are pretty close to each other, with the Ford Explorer starting at $31,050, and the Toyota Highlander starting out at $30,000. These are pretty insignificant differences in numbers, but they can easily change once you add in the upgrades or changes you need to personalize your SUV. For example, you may want to upgrade the Explorer with EcoBoost for better fuel economy or upgrade either the Explorer or the Highlander with different rims or interior elements. To learn more about the specifics, or to see what you have to choose from, be sure to visit Bloomington Ford in Indianapolis.