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2022 Ford Explorer vs. 2022 Toyota Highlander

Embark upon your next adventure in an energetic and capable SUV that has the space and functionality you’re looking for. Both the 2022 Ford Explorer and 2022 Toyota Highlander are great options — but which is right for you? The team at Hawk Ford of St. Charles has crafted this Ford Explorer vs. Toyota Highlander comparison to help you decide.

Find the 2022 Ford Explorer for sale in St. Charles, IL, at Hawk Ford of St. Charles. Explore models in our inventory and see whether a lease is right for you. You can also order accessories through our parts department.

Want to learn more about the Explorer? Visit us to take it for a test drive — directions are on our website. And if you have any questions, call us at (630) 384-9905 or contact us online.

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2022 Ford Explorer vs. 2022 Toyota Highlander

You’ll find powerful engine options and rugged engineering in the 2022 Ford Explorer and 2022 Toyota Highlander. The Explorer is offered with three different powertrain options, including a fuel-sipping hybrid option, and either rear-wheel drive (RWD) or intelligent four-wheel drive (4WD) is available with any powertrain. The Highlander comes with a gas V6 engine, a hybrid powertrain available on certain trims, and front-wheel drive (FWD) or 4WD.

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2022 Ford Explorer vs. 2022 Toyota Highlander Exterior Features

Both the 2022 Ford Explorer and the 2022 Toyota Highlander are ready for action, with bold, head-turning styling and impressive functionality. Both SUVs offer modern features like LED headlamps, fog lamps, tail lamps and signature lighting, as well as a power liftgate, heated side mirrors, and driver assistance tech like a lane keeping system and 360-degree cameras. The Explorer is available with Ford Co-Pilot 360™ Assist+ while the Highlander offers Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.5+.

The Explorer alone offers power-folding side mirrors, front and rear parking sensors, and available off-roading features like underbody skid plates, front tow hooks, and the Terrain Management System™.

2022 Ford Explorer vs. 2022 Toyota Highlander Interior

The furnishings and technology you’ll find in the cabins of the 2022 Ford Explorer and 2022 Toyota Highlander are designed to make every trip, long or short, a pleasant experience. Both models offer available features like heated and ventilated first-row seats, heated second-row captain’s chairs, a heated and leather-wrapped steering wheel, and tri-zone automatic temperature control. You’ll also find modern tech like Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ integration, a wireless charging pad, and SiriusXM® Satellite Radio capability in both models. 

The Explorer exclusively adds available multi-contour front seats with Active Motion®, PowerFold® third-row seats, multi-color ambient lighting, and HD Radio™ capability. Additional differences between available features of the Explorer and Highlander can be found in this chart:

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2022 Ford Explorer

Seating Material: Cloth, ActiveX™, or leather
Infotainment: SYNC® 3 with 10.1-in. touchscreen and voice-activated navigation
Premium Audio: 14-speaker B&O® sound system by Bang & Olufsen

2022 Toyota Highlander

Seating Material: Cloth, SofTex®, or leather
Infotainment: Premium audio with 12.3-in. touchscreen and dynamic navigation
Premium Audio: 11-speaker JBL® sound system

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2022 Ford Explorer vs. 2022 Toyota Highlander Cargo Space

The 2022 Ford Explorer or 2022 Toyota Highlander are both built with a spacious cabin and impressive cargo capacity. Both vehicles seat up to seven passengers in three rows, with the Highlander also offering an eight-seat configuration with a second-row bench seat. For its part, the Explorer offers slightly greater maximum cargo volume, plus PowerFold third-row seats to make it easier to fold the seats flat. Find cargo specs for both models in this chart.

2022 Ford Explorer

Passenger Volume: 152.7 cu.-ft.
Cargo Volume Behind First/Second/Third Row: 87.8 / 47.9 / 18.2 cu.-ft.

2022 Toyota Highlander

Passenger Volume: 141.3 cu.-ft.
Cargo Volume Behind First/Second/Third Row: 84.3 / 48.4 / 16 cu.-ft.

2022 Ford Explorer vs. 2022 Toyota Highlander Trim Levels

Customize your SUV’s capabilities and features by selecting one of the available trim levels for either the 2022 Ford Explorer or 2022 Toyota Highlander. The Explorer base model has a starting MSRP of $33,745, versus a starting MSRP of $35,855 for the base Toyota Highlander. A full list of 2022 Ford Explorer trim levels is here:

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Explorer

Starting MSRP $33,745

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Explorer XLT

Starting MSRP $38,055

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Explorer ST-Line

Starting MSRP $45,245

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Explorer Limited

Starting MSRP $46,555

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Explorer Timberline

Starting MSRP $47,305

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Explorer ST

Starting MSRP $48,245

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Explorer Platinum

Starting MSRP $51,860

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Explorer King Ranch®

Starting MSRP $53,115

2022 Ford Explorer for Sale

Find a great deal on a 2022 Ford Explorer for sale at Hawk Ford of St. Charles in St. Charles, IL. Check out our inventory and call us at (630) 384-9905 with any questions.

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