2019 Toyota Highlander Hybrid

2019 Toyota Highlander Hybrid

2020 Ford Explorer

2020 Ford Explorer Hybrid

2019 Toyota Highlander Hybrid vs. 2020 Ford Explorer Hybrid

Three-row SUV


Three-row SUV
$37,520 MSRP*

Starting Price

$53,475 MSRP
Front-wheel, all-wheel


Rear-wheel, all-wheel
LE, XLE, Limited


30 mpg**

Fuel Economy (City)

27 mpg
28 mpg**

Fuel Economy (Highway)

29 mpg

Are you looking for more eco-friendly technology to green up your Freehold commute? Then you might want to take a look at the 2019 Toyota Highlander Hybrid vs. 2020 Ford Explorer Hybrid. These two hybrid SUVs take to the roads of Toms River with both the power of gasoline and electricity, creating better fuel economy and lower emissions. But between the two, we think that the Highlander Hybrid capabilities outweigh those of the Ford Explorer Hybrid. Let’s take a look at the proof below.

Price and Options

Both the Toyota Highlander Hybrid and the Ford Explorer Hybrid are three-row SUVs with plenty of space for your passengers and cargo. However, Toyota has dedicated three different trim levels to the Hybrid configuration: LE, XLE, and Limited. That means you can really choose the right driving experience for your needs – and your budget! The Ford Explorer Hybrid is only offered as an option within the premium Limited trim. That’s why the price point starts at $53,475 MSRP, which is far more expensive than the $37,520 MSRP* of the Highlander Hybrid!


Toyota Highlander competitors really have their work cut out for them when it comes to performance – and sadly, the Ford Explorer Hybrid falls a little short. The Toyota Highlander is offered in front-wheel drive to boost efficiency and all-wheel drive to boost handling, while the Ford Explorer Hybrid is a rear-wheel drive vehicle or all-wheel drive vehicle. That may contribute to the difference in fuel economy:

  • Toyota Highlander (city): 30 mpg
  • Toyota Highlander (hwy): 28 mpg
  • Ford Explorer Hybrid (city): 27 mpg
  • Ford Explorer Hybrid (hwy): 29 mpg

The Toyota Highlander battery really pulls its weight, earning three extra miles per gallon in the city. And while the Explorer Hybrid gets an extra mile per gallon on the highway, is that difference really worth over $15,000 in the price?

2019 Toyota Highlander Hybrid

Test Drive the Toyota Highlander Hybrid

You’ve read the Toyota Hybrid mpg, you’ve seen the price difference, and you’ve explored the different options. So, which will it be for your Long Branch travels: 2019 Toyota Highlander Hybrid vs. 2020 Ford Explorer Hybrid? If you need even more proof that Toyota is king, take a new model for a spin at Galaxy Toyota in Eatontown. Preview our Toyota Highlander Hybrid inventory or view our other hybrid models. Feel free to contact us with any questions!

*MSRP excludes the Delivery, Processing, and Handling Fee of $955 for Cars (Yaris, Yaris iA, 86, Corolla, Corolla HB, Camry, Camry HV, Prius LB, Prius c, Prius Prime, Mirai, Avalon, Avalon HV), $1,120 for Small/Medium Trucks, SUVs and Van (C-HR, RAV4, RAV4 HV, Highlander, Highlander HV, 4Runner, Sienna, Tacoma), $1,325 for Large SUVs (Sequoia, Land Cruiser), and $1,595 for Large Truck (Tundra). (Historically, vehicle manufacturers and distributors have charged a separate fee for processing, handling and delivering vehicles to dealerships. Toyota’s charge for these services is called the “Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee” and is based on the value of the processing, handling and delivery services Toyota provides as well as Toyota’s overall pricing structure. Toyota may make a profit on the Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee.) Excludes taxes, license, title and available or regionally required equipment. The Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee in AL, AR, FL, GA, LA, MS, NC, OK, SC and TX will be higher. The published prices do not apply to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Actual dealer price will vary.

**Based on EPA estimates. Actual mileage may vary.

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