2023 Ford Explorer vs. 2023 Toyota Highlander

2023 Ford Explorer

vs 2023 Toyota Highlander in Tallahassee, FL

Find freedom on the open road in the new 2023 Ford Explorer. If you’re hungry for adventure, there’s no better vehicle to choose than this capable, confident SUV. The Ford Explorer has room for the whole family (with seating for up to eight passengers) and all your gear, too. When you press a button to fold the available PowerFold® third-row seat, you’ll have 47.9 cubic feet of cargo space at your fingertips, and for maximum capacity, the second row of seats can be folded as well, creating a generous 87.8 cubic feet of space for moving boxes, camping gear and whatever else you need to carry. This model’s capacity for cargo is only matched by its capacity for comfort, thanks to available leather-trimmed seating, standard tri-zone electronic automatic temperature control and available ambient lighting. Above you and your passengers, the available twin-panel moonroof will provide extra fresh air and a view of the skies overhead. With all of this and much more, the 2023 Ford Explorer brings you a driving experience so enjoyable, you’ll never want to stop exploring.

In your search for the right SUV for you and your family, you might have encountered the 2023 Toyota Highlander. Let’s see how it compares to the 2023 Ford Explorer.

2023 Ford Explorer

2023 Ford Explorer
2023 Toyota Highlander

Maximum Towing Capacity

5,600 pounds1

5,000 pounds2

Available as a Hybrid

Available Second-Row Captain’s Chairs

10-Speed Automatic Transmission

Battery Saver

SOS Post-Crash Alert System™

Available Audio Speakers



The 2023 Toyota Highlander is a major rival of the 2023 Ford Explorer, but when the two vehicles are compared head-to-head, it’s clear that the latter takes the lead. If you’re planning to tow with your new SUV, keep in mind that the Ford Explorer can handle 600 more pounds than the Toyota Highlander can.1,2 Both vehicles are available as hybrids, which is good news if you’re concerned with sustainability (and saving money at the pump), and both offer available second-row captain’s chairs for ultimate passenger comfort. However, when it comes to other features, the Ford Explorer speeds past the Toyota Highlander. Only the Ford Explorer offers standard 10-speed automatic transmission for smoother shifting and standard battery saver (which turns off the interior lights if they’re left on accidentally, keeping you from returning to a dead battery and a lifeless SUV). When it comes to safety, only the Ford Explorer offers a standard SOS Post-Crash Alert System™, which activates the horn and flashes the lights if the airbags are deployed. And finally, if you’re looking for a premium audio experience from your SUV, the Ford Explorer can be equipped with 14 speakers for optimal sound, while the Toyota Highlander only offers a maximum of 11 speakers.

Don’t settle for less from your SUV. Choose the model that offers you more: the 2023 Ford Explorer. Visit us today to test-drive this vehicle for yourself.

If you’re interested in becoming the proud owner of a 2023 Ford Explorer, give us a call, or stop by our dealership at 243 North Magnolia Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32301 for a test drive today. We look forward to serving our customers from Thomasville, GA, Havana and Crawfordville, FL.

1When properly equipped. Max towing varies based on cargo, vehicle configuration, accessories and number of passengers.

2Before towing, confirm your vehicle and trailer are compatible, hooked up and loaded properly and that you have any necessary additional equipment. Do not exceed any Weight Ratings and follow all instructions in your Owner’s Manual. The maximum you can tow depends on base curb weight plus the total weight of any cargo, occupants, and added vehicle equipment. “Added vehicle equipment” includes additional standard/optional equipment and accessories added by the manufacturer, dealers, and/or vehicle owners. The only way to be certain of your vehicle’s exact curb weight is to weigh your vehicle without passengers or cargo. [Calculated with the new SAE J2807 method.] See Owner’s Manual for limitations.