See How the Toyota Highlander Stacks Up Against the SUV Competition in Riverdale, UT

When it comes to your next crossover SUV, you want the absolute best in safety, comfort, and overall practicality. The brand aims to deliver family-friendly vehicles which check off both boxes, especially the new Toyota Highlander. This robust, three-row crossover earns acclaim year after year fort its outstanding safety features, its new high-tech amenities, and its quiet drive, even at highway speeds. Customers will find this new Toyota SUV for sale or lease here at Tony Divino Toyota in Riversdale, UT; proudly serving customers in Logan and Bountiful.

At Tony Divino Toyota, we strive to provide all the information you need to make an informed and comfortable decision. We went ahead and researched how this crossover compares to its top challengers. Let us share with you our findings so you can decide if the Toyota Highlander has everything you need in a new SUV.


Ford Explorer

We begin our comparison with a look at the new Ford Explorer, one of the most iconic crossovers of the Ford brand. The Explorer enjoys popularity among high-rolling folks who enjoy style and class, along with convenience. Much like its other contemporaries in the Ford brand, this three-row crossover generates a great deal of horsepower and torque. However, your next crossover SUV needs a bit more than a fast-paced engine, so the Toyota Highlander arrives to pick up the slack.

Toyota Highlander vs Ford Explorer

  • Price and Warranty: Drivers throughout Layton or Riverdale might appreciate the more comfortable starting price of the Toyota Highlander, well under $3,000 the beginning price of the Ford Explorer. The Highlander also comes backed by roadside assistance with no mileage restrictions, whereas, the roadside assistance warranty from Ford caps at 60,000 miles.
  • Fuel Economy: While Ford engines tend to contribute a great deal of powertrain, the base engine of the Ford Explorer falls short in fuel economy. The standard EcoBoost engine of the Ford Explorer travels up to 260 miles before requiring more fuel, but the Highlander can cruise for up to 422 miles. The Toyota Highlander also comes available as a gas/electric Highlander Hybrid, a powertrain unavailable on the Ford Explorer.
  • Safety: The Toyota Highlander comes standard with Toyota Safety Sense™ technology, offering standard features such as Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC) and Automatic High Beams (AHB). While the base trim of the Ford Explorer includes some comparable features, a radar cruise control only comes available on higher trim levels.

Honda Pilot

Next up, we come to the Honda Pilot, a three-row SUV from a comparable brand to Toyota. In fact, many family drivers in Utah might only consider Toyota or Honda as the most viable brands, which makes the Pilot a strong competitor. However, as you will soon see, the Toyota brand tends to dominate over other brands when it comes to fuel economy and interior comfort. Let us see how the Toyota Highlander takes on this top challenger from Honda.

Toyota Highlander vs Honda Pilot

  • Price: Once again, the Highlander demonstrates high levels of value for a lower starting price. The Honda Pilot might offer many comparable features, but this crossover begins at an MSRP well over $5,000 the starting price of the Highlander.
  • Fuel Economy: The standard V6 engine of the Pilot falls short in fuel economy, traveling up to 18 mpg in the city with a cruising range of 409 total miles per gallon. The Highlander travels up to 20 mpg in the city with a total cruising range of 422 miles. Likewise, the Honda Pilot does not come available as a hybrid.
  • Dimensions: While both of these new SUVs hold eight passengers, the Toyota Highlander offers a bit more head room and leg room up front for your passengers to enjoy. The Toyota Highlander also sits at a higher ground clearance of eight inches, making it a useful tool for camping trips outdoors. The Pilot sits at a ground clearance of 7.3 inches.



Jeep Grand Cherokee

The Jeep brand tends to stress fun and adventure in its SUVs, as evidenced by top models such as the Wrangler or the Grand Cherokee. This midsize crossover presents quite the challenge in terms of off-road capability, but finds itself falling short in terms of overall practicality. Your next SUV should contribute a great deal of fun, but it should also earn its stripes as a commuter car, when required.

Toyota Highlander vs Jeep Grand Cherokee

  • Capability: At their base-level engines, the Toyota Highlander contributes a great deal more capability for hauling campers, U-Haul trailers, and the like. The Highlander can tow up to 5,000 lbs. with proper equipment, versus the 3,500-lb. towing capability of the Jeep Grand Cherokee.
  • Fuel Economy: Interestingly enough, the Jeep Grand Cherokee offers a more comparable cruising range than other SUVs like it. However, the Toyota Highlander offers a more lightweight frame, with a curb weight of 4,134 lbs. The Grand Cherokee weighs in at 4,677 lbs.; the more lightweight SUV will invariably save more fuel in the long-term.
  • Safety: The Highlander comes standard with such high-tech driver-assist features as Lane Departure Alert (LDA), Automatic High Beams (AHB), and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control. The Jeep brand offers comparable safety technologies for the Grand Cherokee, but only on higher trim levels.
  • Interior: As of now, the Jeep brand has yet to make a three-row SUV, thus, the Grand Cherokee falls short and only seats five. Through available bench seating, the Highlander can seat up to eight passengers.

Subaru Ascent

Finally, we come to the Subaru Ascent, a more recent arrival to the crossover SUV segment. Much like the Honda Pilot, the Subaru Ascent offers quite the challenge in terms of family-friendliness and safety features. While the Ascent offers a variety of features comparable to those of the Highlander, these features often fall short in terms of their effectiveness. Likewise, the standard engine of the Ascent has a lot to learn when it comes to power and fuel economy.

Toyota Highlander vs Subaru Ascent

  • Fuel Economy: The lower curb weight of the Toyota Highlander makes it a natural competitor when it comes to long-term fuel efficiency. The Highlander weighs in 250 pounds less than its challenger from Subaru. Likewise, the Toyota Highlander stands as the only SUV on this comparison to come available as a hybrid crossover.
  • Powertrain: Through its available V6 engine, the Toyota Highlander demonstrates a total power output of over 300 horsepower. The standard, and only, engine of the Subaru Ascent generates up to 260 total horsepower.
  • Warranty: Through Toyota Care, the Highlander comes standard with 24 months of roadside assistance at unlimited miles. The warranty bundle offered through Subaru does not include roadside assistance.


At A Glance

Toyota Highlander

Ford Explorer

Honda Pilot

Jeep Grand Cherokee

Subaru Ascent


36 months/36,000 miles 36 months/36,000 miles 36 months/36,000 miles 36 months/36,000 miles 36 months/36,000 miles 

Roadside Assistance Coverage

24 months/Unlimited miles
60 months/60,000 miles36 months/36,000 miles60 months/60,000 milesunavailable

IIHS Top Safety Pick


NHTSA Overall Rating


Standard Engine

2.7-liter, 185-horsepower inline four-cylinder (I4)3.5-liter, 290-horsepower EcoBoost V63.5-liter, 280-horsepower i-VTEC® V63.6-liter, 295-horsepower Pentastar V6
2.4-liter, 260-horsepower SUBARU BOXER Horizontal four-cylinder (H4)

Towing Capacity

1,500-5,000 lbs.3,500-5,600 lbs3,500 lbs.3,500-7,200 lbs.2,000-5,000 lbs.

Driver Assist Features

Toyota Safety Sense™ standardLane Keeping System standard, other features available on higher trimsHonda Sensing standardBlind Spot/Cross-Path Detection standard, other features available on higher trims
EyeSight Driver-Assist standard

Cruising Range (miles before refeuling)

422 mi260 mi409 mi516 mi444 mi


standard front-wheel-drive/available Dynamic Torque Control AWD

standard rear-wheel-drive, available four-wheel-driveStandard 2WD, available AWDstandard FWD, available 4WDstandard Symmetrical AWD


6-speed automatic10-speed automatic6-speed automatic8-speed automaticLineartronic continuously variable transmission (CVT)

Test Drive a New Highlander Today!

If we sufficiently proved the worthiness of the Toyota Highlander in your life, then come check one out today! Use our handy map and directions for the best route and come see us today at Tony Divino Toyota in Riverdale, UT. We proudly serve the Salt Lake City area and we hope to see you soon!

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