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2021 Ford Explorer vs. 2021 Toyota Highlander vs. 2021 Honda Pilot vs. 2021
Midsize SUVs are a great choice when it comes to meeting the needs of your family. SUVs, in general, are more versatile and have more utility than conventional sedans. But that doesn't mean they’re all the same. The size and cargo capacity of your SUV will make a big difference when it comes to what you can use your vehicle for.
One Ford vehicle that achieves a lot in this regard is the 2021 Ford Explorer. This midsize SUV is
packed with features that make it the ideal choice if you’re looking for
cars for sale in Durham, NC, or more specifically, SUVs. The various trim
levels that this model is offered in allows customers some flexibility in
choosing what features they prefer and which trim level to select.
it comes to midsize SUVs, however, there are several options for prospective customers to choose from. Some of these include the 2021 Toyota Highlander,
the 2021 Honda Pilot, and the 2021 Subaru Ascent. What’s so great about the
2021 Ford Explorer when compared to other midsize SUVs in the market? A
quick comparison of the 2021 Ford Explorer with the competition will convince you that it’s the better choice.
Read on to learn more about the special features of the 2021 Ford Explorer compared to other midsize SUVs:
2021 Ford Explorer Compared To Other MidSize SUVs
Drive Train: The Ford Explorer offers rear-wheel-drive as a standard feature beginning with the base model this is also the case for the 2021 Subaru Ascent. With the 2021 Toyota Highlander, you'll have to pay extra for rear-wheel or all-wheel-drive. The Honda Pilot only offers all-wheel-drive beginning with the Elite and Black Edition levels.
Performance: The 2021 Ford Explorer offers three engine options compared to the two engine options offered by Toyota for the Highlander and the one offered by Honda and Subaru.
The Ford Explorer is available with:
- 2.3-liter 4 cylinder base engine — 300 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque
- 3.3-liter V6 hybrid powertrain engine — 318 horsepower and 322 lb-ft of torque
- 3.0-liter turbo V-6 engine — 400 horsepower and 415 lb-ft of torque
The 2021 Toyota Highlander is a less impressive vehicle with only the following options:
- 2.5-liter 4 cylinder hybrid engine — 186 horsepower and 175 lb-ft of torque
- 3.5-liter V6 engine — 295 horsepower and 263 lb-ft of torque
The 2021 Honda Pilot only offers one option:
- 3.5-liter naturally aspirated V6 engine — 280 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque
The 2021 Subaru Ascent also only offers one engine option:
- 2.4 liter turbocharged 4 cylinder engine — 260 horsepower and 277 lb-ft of torque
Towing Capacity: If you want a midsize SUV for towing, the 2021 Ford Explorer is your best bet.
The Explorer's towing capacity blows the competition out of the water:
- 2021 Ford Explorer Hybrid: 5,000 lbs.
- 2021 Ford Explorer Base: 5,300 lbs
- 2021 Ford Explorer Turbo V-6: 5,600 lbs.
- 2021 Toyota Highlander Hybrid: 3,500 lbs.
- 2021 Toyota Highlander V6: 5,000 lbs.
- 2021 Honda Pilot V6: 3,500 lbs.
- 2021 Subaru Ascent Base: 2,000 lbs.
- 2021 Subaru Higher Trims: 5,000 lbs.
Drive Modes: The 2021 Ford Explorer offers eight drive modes (normal sport, trail, slippery, tow/haul, eco, sand, and snow) while the 2021 Toyota Highlander only offers three (normal, eco, and sport). Both the 2021 Honda Pilot and the 2021 Subaru Ascent lack driving modes.
Infotainment and Technology: While both vehicles offer 8" touchscreen displays with available upgrades for larger screens and navigation systems. The 2021 Ford Explorer comes with a trial for SiriusXM radio. The Subaru Ascent only offers a 6.5" touchscreen display and the Honda Pilot offers a base 5" display with an 8" available as an upgrade. The 2021 Ford Explorer also has a power liftgate as a standard feature which is available only from the LE trim of the Highlander
Safety Features: The 2021 Toyota Highlander is lacking a few crucial safety features to really make it a good choice over the 2021 Ford Explorer. The Explorer offers blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic warnings with Ford Co-Pilot 360 while the Highlander doesn't. The 2021 Honda Pilot and the 2021 Subaru Ascent only offer these features in higher trim levels.
Interior Features: The 2021 Ford Explorer offers a lot more passenger and cargo volume than the 2021 Toyota Highlander.
|2021 Ford Explorer||2021 Toyota Highlander||2021 Honda Pilot||2021 Subaru Ascent|
|Cargo Room||18.2 cubic feet||16.0 cubic feet||16.5 cubic feet||17.8 cubic feet|
|Cargo Room (Seats Folded)||87. 8 cubic feet||84. 3 cubic feet||83.9 cubic feet||86.5 cubic feet|
|Passenger Volume||152. 7 cubic feet||141.3 cubic feet||153.1 cubic feet||153. 5 cubic feet|
Excited about getting your own 2021 Ford Explorer? If you’re looking to buy a midsize SUV in the Triangle area, University Ford of Durham is your go-to place. You’ll find an impressive line-up of the 2021 Ford Explorer and other Ford cars for sale in Durham, NC. Test drive the new Ford Explorer and experience all that it has to offer.