New 2023 Toyota Highlander vs Ford Explorer in Dallas, TX

Are you in the market for a new mid size SUV? Come along with us at South Toyota as we compare the ever-loved Highlander versus its competition, the Ford Explorer! We invite our customers from the Dallas, Arlington, Midlothian, and Waxahachie areas to discover more about the 2023 Toyota Highlander!

 

Price & Grade Level Comparison 

Starting with price, the Ford Explorer has a starting MSRP of $36,760 2023 while the Toyota Highlander comes in at a slightly less starting MSRP of $36,420. Along with the price being lower, you also get more trim level and exterior color options. The highly customizable 2023 Highlander has 11 unique grade levels to choose from and 9 exterior color options. The grade levels include: L, LE, XLE, XSE, Limited, Platinum, Hybrid LE, Hybrid XLE, Bronze Edition, Hybrid Limited & Hybrid Platinum. 


Both vehicles are similar in style and design but the 2023 Toyota Highlander comes out on top when it comes to grade level options and customizability for the price point. 


Performance & Fuel Efficiency 

Taking a further look at the 2023 Highlander and the 2023 Explorer, both vehicles have similar performance and fuel efficiency stats. Both vehicles have towing capabilities, outstanding fuel efficiency and similar engine features & both vehicles offer hybrid options for maximum fuel efficiency. The 2023 Highlander offers a EPA- estimated mpg rating of 25 combined, features a 2.4L Turbo engine that is capable of 265 horsepower and 310 lb.-ft. of torque.


 


Interior Design 

As an SUV the 2023 Highlander comes with a flexible cargo area that can adapt to carry whatever you need. For extra cargo room you can fold down the third row seating, and when you need more room for passengers you can fold them back up and accommodate up to 8 passengers. The 2023 Highlander seats more people than the Explorer and has more connected services available. The services include: Remote connect, Service Connect, Drive Connect, Safety Connect and Wi-Fi Connect. You can also enjoy the sleek and modern design of the 2023 Highlander with the following design features: a panoramic moonroof, Qi wireless charging, heated and ventilated front seats and the available JBL audio system.


Unbeatable Standard Safety & Driver Assistive Technology 

The most stand out difference between the two SUV's is that the 2023 HIghlander has a more advanced and extensive suite of safety features. Your safety is important and Toyota knows that this is a huge factor when buying a vehicle. They have implemented the best safety and driver assistive technology standard in their vehicles so that you can feel more confident when out on the road. Toyota Safety Sense 2.5 offers you a lengthy suite of standard features and then you can also add any of the available additional safety features for extra security and driver assistance. This gives you over 20 available safety features to have under your belt when out on the road! 





Test Drive the 2023 Highlander at South Toyota Today! 

Interested in learning more about what the 2023 Highlander has to offer you? Schedule a test drive at South Toyota for this dependable and stylish SUV today! You can visit us at 39660 LBJ Fwy South Dallas, TX 75237 or give our sales team a call at (972) 780-1166. We look forward to assisting our customers from the surrounding areas of Dallas, Arlington, Midlothian, and Waxahachie on their car shopping journey! Explore our other Toyota vehicle options and take a look at our new inventory online! Don't forget you can value your trade and apply for financing from the comfort of your own home! 


Disclaimers: 

Toyota- 

MSRP excludes the Delivery, Processing, and Handling Fee of $1,195 for Cars (GR86, Avalon, Avalon HV, Camry, Camry HV, Corolla, Corolla HV, Corolla HB, GR Corolla, Mirai, Prius, Prius Prime, GR Supra), $1,395 for SUV/Van/Small Truck (4Runner, bZ4X, C-HR, Corolla Cross, Corolla Cross HEV, Highlander, Highlander HV, RAV4, RAV4 HV, RAV4 Prime, Sienna, Tacoma, Venza), $1,795 for Large SUV (Sequoia), and $1,795 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 published prices do not apply to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Actual dealer price will vary.

EPA-estimated 22 city/29 highway/25 combined mpg rating for 2023 Highlander L FWD, LE FWD, XLE FWD, XSE FWD, Limited FWD and Platinum FWD; EPA-estimated 21 city/28 highway/24 combined mpg rating for 2023 Highlander L AWD, LE AWD, XLE AWD, Limited AWD and Platinum AWD. EPA-estimated 36 city/35 highway/36 combined mpg rating for 2023 Highlander Hybrid LE FWD, Hybrid XLE FWD, Hybrid Bronze Edition FWD, Hybrid Limited FWD and Hybrid Platinum FWD. EPA-estimated 35 city/35 highway/35 combined mpg rating for 2023 Highlander Hybrid LE AWD, Hybrid XLE AWD, Hybrid Bronze Edition AWD, Hybrid Limited AWD and Hybrid Platinum AWD. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary for many reasons, including your vehicle's condition and how/where you drive. See www.fueleconomy.gov.

Prices and colors may vary by model.

JBL® is a registered trademark of Harman International Industries, Inc.

Qi wireless charging may not be compatible with all mobile phones, MP3/WMA players and like models. When using the wireless charging system, avoid placing metal objects between the wireless charger and the mobile device when charging is active. Doing so may cause metal objects to become hot and could cause burns.

Use only if aware of circumstances surrounding vehicle and it is legal and safe to do so (e.g., do not remotely start engine if vehicle is in an enclosed space or vehicle is occupied by a child). Remote Connect depends on factors outside of Toyota's control, including an operative telematics device, a cellular connection, GPS signal, and the availability of a compatible wireless network, without which system functionality and availability may be limited or precluded. Digital Key also requires Bluetooth® connectivity. Service may vary by vehicle and region. Requires app download and registration/subscription after trial (if applicable). Terms of Use apply. Data charges may apply. Remote start/stop not available on manual transmission-equipped vehicles. Services subject to change at any time without notice. See usage precautions and service limitations in Toyota Owner's Manual and at https://www.toyota.com/connected-services/ for additional details. To learn about Toyota's Connected Services data collection, use, sharing and retention practices, please visit https://www.toyota.com/privacyvts/.

Eligible vehicle and wireless service required. Wi-Fi Connect depends on factors outside of Toyota's control, including an operative telematics device, a cellular connection, GPS signal, and the availability of a compatible wireless network, without which system functionality and availability may be limited or precluded. Wi-Fi Connect coverage and service not available everywhere. Valid in the contiguous U.S. and Alaska. Do not drive distracted. Go to att.com/toyota for terms and conditions. Data usage and charges apply. Up to 5 devices can be supported using in-vehicle connectivity. Apps and services subject to change at any time without notice. The Wi-Fi Connect trial begins at the time of enrollment and expires the earlier of 3GB data use or the 1-month trial period ends. Subscription required after trial. Integrated Streaming requires separate subscriptions to third-party provider services. Terms of Use apply.

Safety Connect® depends on factors outside of Toyota's control, including an operative telematics device, a cellular connection, GPS signal, and the availability of a compatible wireless network, without which system functionality and availability may be limited or precluded, including access to response center and emergency support. Stolen vehicle police report required to use Stolen Vehicle Locator. Automatic Collision Notification activates only in limited circumstances. Requires app download/registration and subscription after trial (if applicable). Service subject to change at any time without notice. Terms of Use apply. Service may vary by vehicle and region. See usage precautions and service limitations in Owner's Manual and at toyota.com/connected-services for additional details. To learn about Toyota's Connected Services data collection, use, sharing and retention practices, please visit https://www.toyota.com/privacyvts/.

The Safety Connect® trial period (if applicable) is at no extra cost and begins on the original date of purchase or lease of a new vehicle. Subscription required after trial to access the service.

 The Wi-Fi Connect trial begins at the time of enrollment and expires when 30 days or the earlier of 3GB of data is used or the 1-month period ends. Subscription required after trial. Integrated Streaming requires separate subscriptions to third-party provider services. Terms of Use apply.

Drive Connect availability and accuracy depend on factors outside of Toyota's control, including an operative telematics device, a cellular connection, GPS signal, and the availability of a compatible wireless network, without which system functionality and availability may be limited or precluded. Services not available in every city or roadway. Services subject to change at any time without notice. Requires app download/registration and subscription required after trial (if applicable). Terms of Use apply. See Owner's Manual and https://www.toyota.com/connected-services/ for additional limitations and details. To learn about Toyota's Connected Services data collection, use, sharing and retention practices, please visit https://www.toyota.com/privacyvts/.

The Drive Connect trial period is at no extra cost and begins on the original date of purchase or lease of a new vehicle. Paid subscription required after trial (if applicable) to access the service. Terms of Use apply.

Information provided is based on the last time data was collected from the vehicle and is not real-time data. Service Connect depends on factors outside of Toyota's control, including an operative telematics device, a cellular connection, GPS signal, and the availability of a compatible wireless network, without which system functionality and availability may be limited or precluded. Service may vary by vehicle and region. Requires app download/registration and subscription after trial. Service subject to change at any time without notice. Terms of Use apply. Data charges may apply. See usage precautions and service limitations in Owner's Manual and at toyota.com/connected-services for additional details. To learn about Toyota's Connected Services data collection, use, sharing and retention practices, please visit https://www.toyota.com/privacyvts/. Service Connect is not renewable as a stand-alone service and requires a subscription to any of Safety Connect®, Remote Connect or Drive Connect upon trial expiration.

The Service Connect trial period is at no extra cost and begins on the original date of purchase or lease of a new vehicle. Service Connect is not renewable as a stand-alone service and requires a subscription to any of Safety Connect®, Remote Connect or Drive Connect upon trial expiration.

The Remote Connect trial period (if applicable) is at no extra cost and begins on the original date of purchase or lease of a new vehicle. Subscription required after trial to access the service. Terms of Use apply.


Ford-

Current MSRP for base vehicle. Excludes destination/delivery fee plus government fees and taxes, any finance charges, any dealer processing charge, any electronic filing charge, and any emission testing charge. Optional equipment not included. Starting A, Z and X Plan price is for qualified, eligible customers and excludes document fee, destination/delivery charge, taxes, title and registration. Not all vehicles qualify for A, Z or X Plan. All Mustang Shelby GT350® and Shelby® GT350R prices exclude gas guzzler tax.