If you're looking for a 3-row SUV to take your drives around Newport and Covington, KY, to the next level, you're in good hands with either the Ford Explorer or Toyota Highlander. However, you'll still need to decide which one is right for you.

To help with that, the team at Fuller Ford put them to the test in this Ford Explorer vs. Toyota Highlander comparison. Within, you'll discover which of these contenders has more to offer on your drives through Cincinnati, OH, and beyond.

Ford Explorer vs Toyota Highlander: Performance Specs

When it comes to performance, the Ford Explorer has a distinct advantage. Its standard 2.3L EcoBoost® I4 generates 300 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque. The standard engine in the Toyota Highlander-a 3.5L V6-is maxed out at just 295 horsepower and 263 lb-ft of torque.

The Ford Explorer also offers an engine upgrade, so you can get even more power. The available 3.0L EcoBoost® V6 generates 400 horsepower and 415 lb-ft of torque.

If you're looking for the efficiency of a hybrid powertrain, both SUVs offer it, but only the Ford Explorer offers capable power to go with it. Its 3.3L Hybrid produces 318 horsepower and 322 lb-ft of torque. The 2.5L Hybrid powertrain of the Highlander tops off at 243 horsepower and 175 lb-ft of torque.

Interior Dimensions and Comfort

If you're looking to bring a lot of gear along for your next camping trip or family outing, you'll probably like that the Ford Explorer and Toyota Highlander both provide over 80 cubic feet of total cargo space when the second and third rows are folded flat.

If you want to bring a full car of people, both SUVs have three rows of seating, so everyone can come along. You'll find some more wiggle room in the Explorer, however. The Explorer offers 152.7 cubic feet of passenger volume. In the Highlander, on the other hand, you'll only have 141.3 cubic feet of passenger volume.

Both SUVs have plenty of amenities to keep everyone comfortable. You'll get to unwind in available leather-trimmed upholstery. Plus, the available heated and ventilated front seats will keep everyone cozy no matter what season it is.

Explorer vs Highlander: Driver-Assist Features

As you make your way towards your destination, both the Ford Explorer and Toyota Highlander will help you get there safely with their available driver-assist features. Both offer a pre-collision system that warns you when it detects a hazard up ahead. If you don't react in time, they may activate the brakes for you.

Both vehicles also offer a blind spot monitoring system. They'll look out for vehicles in those hard-to-see places, so you can change lanes and merge onto the open road safely.

When you hit a crowded parking lot, you'll want to be in the Ford Explorer. Its available Active Park Assist 2.0 feature will identify open spots and maneuver right into them. All you have to do is follow the prompts to shift, accelerate, and brake. The Highlander doesn't offer a feature like this.

Ford Explorer vs Toyota Highlander: Test Drive the Winner!

After comparing the Ford Explorer vs. Toyota Highlander, we determined that the Explorer has more to offer drivers in Cincinnati, Ohio. It has more space, enhanced safety features, and a more powerful performance.

If you want to get behind the wheel of this SUV and take a spin around Newport and Covington, Kentucky, come down to Fuller Ford and we'll make it happen. Schedule a test drive today!

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