Compare the Toyota Highlander vs the Ford & Honda Competition


Versus the Ford Explorer

2018 Toyota Highlander Against the Ford Competition

What's on your agenda today? Pick up the kids from school? Run a couple errands? Meet a friend for lunch? No matter the activity, it will look and feel better if you do it all in the new 2018 Toyota Highlander SUV that is ready to be explored at Avondale Toyota.

With high fuel efficiency, a stylish, family-friendly appeal and high-tech safety features, you'll be excited about the prospect of adding this new SUV to your family. At our Avondale dealership, you can explore our Highlander model selection online if you're already intrigued about this new Toyota SUV.

If you're still on the fence, we know the 2018 Toyota Highlander isn't the only new SUV on the market. You may be giving the 2019 Ford Explorer SUV a look. We're ready to show drivers we serve around the Peoria area how the Highlander exceeds what the Explorer provides in the areas that matter to families who need a spacious, updated SUV model.

2018 Toyota Highlander vs. 2019 Ford Explorer

Performance and Fuel Economy

  • Which model offers more choices at the start? Answer: 2018 Toyota Highlander. This SUV comes in eight unique trim options up front over the 2019 Explorer's five models. Plus, you get more exterior vehicle color choices to give your SUV a look of its own on the roads in Phoenix, AZ.
  • Excluding the LE trim option, all 2018 Highlander models come standard with a powerful 3.5-liter V6 engine, with eight-speed automatic transmission, that delivers 295 horsepower and 263 pound-feet of torque. The 2019 Explorer can't match those stats with its standard V6 engine and six-speed automatic transmission combination that delivers less than the 2018 Highlander.
  • You'll stop for gas less with a larger fuel tank found in the 2018 Highlander. Its 19.2-gallon tank overrules the 18.6-gallon fuel tank inside the 2019 Explorer model. This 2018 Highlander perk leads us into fuel efficiency.
  • There's a reason the 2018 Highlander received an Ultra Low Emission Vehicle II rating. It's because the fuel economy is environmentally-friendly. With a 21/27 city/highway combination over the 2019 Explorer's 16/22, city/highway fuel economy, you will be getting the most mileage out of your gas.

Vehicle Interior and Safety


  • On the inside, the 2018 Highlander reaches a higher seating capacity than the 2019 Explorer. Eight individuals can reside comfortably in the 2018 Highlander's interior, while only seven can fit inside the Ford model.
  • Both models feature a three-row setup, but the 2018 Highlander goes a step above with third-row seats that recline for ultimate comfort and fold down in a 60/40 split to create ample cargo space for your family's gear.
  • When the second and third rows are folded down, the 2018 Highlander features a higher cargo capacity than the 2019 Explorer with 83.7 cubic-feet of space for recreational activities, road trips and house projects for our families who call Tempe, AZ home.
  • The 2018 Highlander wants your family to have their devices fully charged and connected and that's why there's a media hub with five USB ports scattered throughout the vehicle: three in the front and two in the back. The 2019 Explorer only includes one smart charging USB port.
  • Like every Toyota, the 2018 Highlander comes with Toyota Safety Sense™ P and the Star Safety System™ that both feature a collection of safety and security precautions crafted for excellent protection. The Ford competitor only comes with a few standard safety features here and there.

Versus the Honda Pilot

The 2018 Highlander Against the Honda Competition

Have you grown tired of your outdated SUV and feel ready for an upgrade? Do you currently drive a sedan and need to transition into a larger body style to accommodate a growing family? Is that a yes? Then come to Avondale Toyota to browse our new 2018 Toyota Highlander SUV that's made to serve families near Phoenix, situated approximately 20 minutes from our Arizona dealership.

If you've already started to explore Honda's latest SUV, the 2019 Pilot, we want to help you navigate the differences between the two brands and see why the 2018 Toyota Highlander is the best option for you and your family. When it comes to staying safe on city streets and highways around the Glendale, AZ area, we encourage you to choose the 2018 Highlander as your next on-road companion.

2018 Toyota Highlander vs. 2019 Honda Pilot

Model Performance:

  • The 3.5-liter V6 engine that is standard in all, but one trim level in the 2018 Highlander impresses everyone who drives it with 295 horsepower and 263 pound-feet of torque. Both engine characteristics beat out what the 2019 Pilot offers with its powertrain.
  • Finding a worthwhile towing capacity in an SUV can be a challenge, but not when it comes to the 5,000-standard towing capacity integrated into the 2018 Highlander to handle the types of family adventures the 2019 Pilot can't match.
  • The 2018 Highlander, excluding the LE trim, includes a consistent Direct-Shift eight-speed transmission throughout its remaining seven trims. The 2019 Pilot is inconsistent between its five trims when it comes to transmission; a couple trims include a six-speed and others include a nine-speed. With Toyota, you don't have to hunt through trims to find the automatic transmission you want.

SUV Fuel Economy:

  • With its Ultra Low Emission Vehicle II rating, the 2018 Highlander considers the effect it has on the environment, which is demonstrated in its V6 engine's fuel economy: 21 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway. This combination that exceeds the 2019 Pilot's combined mileage counts.
  • If your 2018 Highlander has a V6 engine, you'll have access to Toyota's Stop and Start Technology that turns off your engine when you're stopped at an intersection in Avondale and then restarts it automatically when you release the gas pedal. This helps make it an even stronger fuel-efficient SUV.

Interior Seating:

  • Both models include three rows of seating that can hold up to eight passengers in their flexible design, but the 2018 Highlander adds a bonus with the rear-most row including a reclining option to create even higher levels of comfort for passengers relaxing in the back.
  • Drivers from Tempe, AZ can choose available Captain's Chairs for their second-row seating in both models if they don't need eight-person seating and want more room. The 2018 Highlander also offers different seating materials based on the trim you explore.
  • No devices will ever die in the 2018 Highlander. With five standard USB ports (three in front and two in back), drivers and passengers will never have to complain of a low battery in their smartphone or tablet again. The 2019 Pilot does not match this quantity of ports in its interior.

Safety Systems:

  • Toyota prepares its vehicles for the worst so customers will always have the protection they need. That's why all 2018 Highlander models come equipped with Toyota Safety Sense™ P with four crucial features that match the 2019 Pilot's Honda Sensing® system.
  • However, the 2018 Highlander doesn't stop at its Toyota Safety Sense™ P system, it goes on to equip this SUV with a Star Safety System™ that includes six more features that cover vehicle stability, braking and traction.

Secure Your Toyota Decision with a Test Drive in Avondale, AZ

There are some parts of an SUV that matter more than others. Parts that impact your comfort, your safety, and your connectivity directly correlate to the confidence you feel as a driver and the safety that your family and friends experience as passengers. As you can see, the 2018 Toyota Highlander is built to deliver on the promise of safety and quality.

Visit Avondale Toyota, less than 30 minutes away from those in Glendale, AZ, to meet the 2018 Highlander during your first test drive. This new SUV will be the right companion for you to experience in the next chapter of your family's journey in the best way possible.


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