2018 Toyota Highlander

2018 Toyota Highlander

2018 Ford Explorer

2018 Ford Explorer

2018 Toyota Highlander vs. 2018 Ford Explorer

2018 Toyota Highlander


2018 Ford Explorer

Starting MSRP


Standard seating capacity


Driver assistance package


Touchscreen interface

21 city / 27 hwy


19 city / 27 hwy

The 2018 Toyota Highlander is one of many Toyota SUVs in the lineup this year, and it’s yet again up against competition like the 2018 Ford Explorer. While both of these three-row crossover SUVs bring plenty of space, available V6 power, and all-wheel drive (AWD) to the mix, the Highlander wins out when it comes to:

  • Standard features
  • Standard safety
  • Affordability

Get the full scoop on both models here, and then make your way from Atlantic Beach to Arlington Toyota in Jacksonville for a test drive!

Standard Features

Whether you choose the 2018 Toyota Highlander or the 2018 Ford Explorer, your SUV will come with standard features like Bluetooth® phone connectivity, split folding rear seats, cruise control, full power features, and 18-inch wheels. However, there are a number of features on the Toyota Highlander base trim that aren’t included on the Ford Explorer base trim (or, in some cases, anywhere in the Explorer lineup), such as:

Additionally, the Highlander comes with standard seating for eight on the base trim, while the Explorer only gets standard seating for seven. Finally, only the base Toyota Highlander is offered with an optional tow package and hitch.

Standard Safety Features

The Toyota Highlander and Ford Explorer both come with standard safety features like a rearview camera, stability control, traction control, a variety of airbags. However, only the 2018 Toyota Highlander received a Top Safety Pick designation from the IIHS. Additionally, while the Ford Explorer is offered with a number of advanced driver assistance features, only the Toyota Highlander gets them standard on every trim. The Highlander’s Toyota Safety Sense™ P (TSS-P) package includes:

  • Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist (LDA w/SA)
  • Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC)
  • Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection (PCS w/PD)
  • Automatic High Beams (AHB)

Starting Price

In addition to the many advantages discussed above, the Highlander is also a more accessible way to get the extra space you need:

  • Toyota Highlander – MSRP from $31,030*
  • Ford Explorer – MSRP from $31,990  

Learn More About the 2018 Highlander at Arlington Toyota

Jacksonville Beach drivers are invited to check out all the new Toyota Highlander SUVs for sale at Arlington Toyota. Visit us today to browse our inventory, which also includes high-quality CPO Highlander models, or get the process started by applying for financing from the comfort of your home! Our staff is here to serve you seven days a week at 10939 Atlantic Boulevard in Jacksonville, FL, so contact us at (904) 201-4060 to set up your test drive.

*MSRP excludes the Delivery, Processing, and Handling Fee of $895 for Cars (Yaris, Yaris iA, 86, Corolla, Corolla iM, Camry, Camry HV, Prius LB, Prius c, Prius v, Prius Prime, Mirai, Avalon, Avalon HV), $995 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 $1,295 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. Actual dealer price will vary.

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