2017 Toyota Highlander vs. 2017 Ford Explorer

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2017 Toyota Highlander

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2017 Ford Explorer

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There are plenty of transportation options out there for big families near Shelby and Mt. Holly, but sometimes only a large, three-row crossover SUV is up to handling the task at hand. The 2017 Toyota Highlander and 2017 Ford Explorer both deliver on the passenger and cargo front, but, of course, there are still some critical differences worth examining. Before you decide on your next family vehicle, compare these models side by side with the help of the team at Toyota of Gastonia. After that, come in and see us any day of the week for a test drive.

Standard Conveniences & Infotech

Both of these vehicles come with a number of standard comfort and convenience accommodations, including features like air conditioning, Bluetooth® phone and audio connectivity, split folding second- and third-row seats, cruise control, and USB and auxiliary inputs. However, only the 2017 Toyota Highlander comes standard with a 6.1-inch Entune™ touchscreen and infotainment interface. The Ford Explorer, by contrast, only gets a standard 4.2-inch display screen.

Standard Safety Features

Both of these SUVs bring you standard safety features like stability and traction control, a full suite of airbags, a rearview camera, and the extra traction of available all-wheel drive. Even more impressive, however, is that the 2017 Toyota Highlander comes standard with a premium package of driver assist safety features. The Highlander’s Toyota Safety Sense™ P (TSS-P) suite includes Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist (LDA w/SA), Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC), Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection (PCS w/PD), and Automatic High Beams. While some of these technologies are available options with the 2017 Ford Explorer, they will end up costing you extra.

Starting Price

As if all of the advantages already mentioned weren’t enough, the 2017 Toyota Highlander is also surprisingly the more affordable of these two models:

  • Toyota Highlander – MSRP from $30,630 to $46,260*
  • Ford Explorer – MSRP from $31,660 to $53,235

Pay Less and Get More with the 2017 Toyota Highlander

It doesn’t take long to realize how easily the new Toyota Highlander will be able to accommodate all your driving needs and desires—and those of your family, too! We’ve got the new Highlander on sale now with a variety of trim and performance options at Toyota of Gastonia, located at 4821 Wilkinson Blvd in Gastonia, NC. Our doors are open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. and Saturday from 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Come by and see us any day of the week to take a test drive or find out more, and don’t hesitate to contact us online or give us a call at (855) 889-9794 with any questions you may have. Our staff looks forward to helping you find the right SUV for your budget and lifestyle!

*Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price, excludes the Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee of $835 for Cars, $900 for Small/Light Trucks (Sienna, RAV4, Highlander Gas, Highlander HV, 4Runner, Tacoma and Venza), $1195 for Large Trucks (Tundra), and $995 for Large SUVs (Sequoia and Land Cruiser). (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, available or regionally required equipment, and the $599.00 dealer administrative/documentary fee.