2016 Ford Explorer and 2016 Toyota Highlander

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2016 Ford Explorer vs. 2016 Toyota Highlander

Are you looking for the perfect new SUV for you and your family in Bradley? You might be trying to choose between the 2016 Ford Explorer and the 2016 Toyota Highlander to take you around the Peotone area. Which one has all the power you want in your SUV? Terry's Ford can help you decide!


The 2016 Ford Explorer brings you a choice of three powerful engines. The base 3.5L V6 engine uses twin independent variable cam shaft timing, or Ti-VCT, as well as sequential multi-port electronic fuel injection and a naturally aspirated induction system to produce an impressive 290 hp and 255 lb-ft of torque. You can choose between a front-wheel drive and the intelligent four-wheel drive system, and with the 6-speed Select Shift automatic transmission, you'll get up to 24 mpg highway. You can also choose the 2.3L EcoBoost 4-cylinder engine, which uses Ford's EcoBoost technology to get the same great power you love in a Ford engine with better fuel efficiency and reduced emissions. This engine is turbocharged for more speed when you need it, producing 280 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque. It comes with front-wheel drive and gets an impressive 28 mpg highway. Finally, the 3.5L EcoBoost V6 engine is a twin-turbocharged machine that produces an incredible 365 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque. This engine uses its incredible power to get you through rough terrain with standard intelligent four-wheel drive and gets up to 22 mpg highway.

The 2016 Toyota Highlander includes an option of just two engines. The base 2.7L 4-cylinder engine comes with a dual overhead cam shaft and dual variable valve timing, which produces just 185 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque—not even close to the Explorer's base engine. This engine uses a 6-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission with intelligence and a sequential shift mode, comes with only a standard front-wheel drive system, and gets 25 mpg highway. You can also choose a larger 3.5L V6 engine, which produces only 270 hp and 248 lb-ft of torque. Ultimately, this higher tier engine on the Highlander can't even reach the power output of the base engine on the Explorer.


The 2016 Ford Explorer has plenty of features for your safety, convenience, and comfort that make your ride rugged and secure no matter where you go. The 2016 Toyota Highlander can't boast all of the Explorer's features! If they are even available at all on the Highlander, they may be pricey extras where the Explorer has standard features on each different trim level. See what you'll get when you choose the Explorer:

2016 Ford Explorer
  • Four 12-volt DC power outlets that let you charge plenty of devices on the go
  • Digital and analog instrumentation that makes it easy to see how your vehicle is doing at a glance
  • A standard proximity remote trunk release that lets you open your trunk easily with the remote key fob on your person even when your arms are full
  • Power adjustable pedals that make it easy for you to reach the pedals to drive the way you want to
  • 8-way power seats on both the driver and passenger front seat, along with driver and passenger lumbar support to keep you both comfortable and limber on long drives
  • A 60/40 split-folding rear seat with power fold into the floor that makes it easy for you to configure your back for more cargo space
  • Three first row LCD screens with a premium audio amplifier to give you more choices for capability and media plus clearer, brighter sound
  • LED low-beam headlamps, as well as LED brake lights, that use bulbs with a brighter and clearer light than traditional halogen bulbs with just a fraction of the energy use
  • Galvanized steel and aluminum body material that includes the strength and rigidity of steel for your safety, as well as the lightness of aluminum for a lightweight car that provides excellent performance
  • Chrome body side inserts and chrome grille trim that adds a hint of flair and flash to your Explorer

Choose Your SUV Today

When you're picking the right SUV for you and your family, you'll want a car that has all the power the 2016 Ford Explorer can provide. With the incredible engines that outstrip the Toyota Highlander's engines at every turn, you'll have all the power you need for merging and passing maneuvers on the highway or navigating a tough trail wherever you go. Get your family's new Explorer at Terry's Ford! You can call us at (708) 258-9200 or come see us at 363 Harlem Avenue in Peotone.