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Ford Explorer
2021 Ford Explorer
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$32,925
Starting Price (MSRP)
8.3
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Mercedes-Benz M-Class
2015 Mercedes-Benz M-Class
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$48,300
Starting Price (MSRP)
N/A
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Toyota Highlander
2021 Toyota Highlander
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$35,085
Starting Price (MSRP)
8.6
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Overview

Engine
2.3L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
Engine
3.5L V6 Gas
Engine
3.5L V6 Gas
Transmission
10-Speed Automatic
Transmission
7-Speed Automatic
Transmission
8-Speed Automatic
Drivetrain
Rear-Wheel Drive
Drivetrain
Rear-Wheel Drive
Drivetrain
Front-Wheel Drive
Fuel Economy
City: 21 MPG
Hwy: 28 MPG
Fuel Economy
City: 18 MPG
Hwy: 24 MPG
Fuel Economy
City: 21 MPG
Hwy: 29 MPG
Fuel Tank Capacity
18.6 gallons
Fuel Tank Capacity
24.6 gallons
Fuel Tank Capacity
17.9 gallons
Seating Capacity
7 seater
Seating Capacity
5 seater
Seating Capacity
8 seater

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Performance Specs

Engine and Transmission

Engine
2.3L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
3.5L V6 Gas
3.5L V6 Gas
Horsepower
300 hp @ 5500 rpm
302 hp @ 6500 rpm
295 hp @ 6600 rpm
Torque
310 lb-ft @ 3500 rpm
273 lb-ft @ 3500 rpm
263 lb-ft @ 4700 rpm
Transmission
10-Speed Automatic
7-Speed Automatic
8-Speed Automatic
Drivetrain
Rear-Wheel Drive
Rear-Wheel Drive
Front-Wheel Drive

Weight and Towing

Curb Weight
4,345 lbs
4,652 lbs
4,145 lbs
Maximum Towing Capacity
5,300 lbs
6,600 lbs
5,000 lbs

Fuel and MPG

Fuel Economy

Combined
24 MPG
20 MPG
24 MPG
City
21 MPG
18 MPG
21 MPG
Highway
28 MPG
24 MPG
29 MPG

Emissions

CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
7.4 Tons/yr
8.8 Tons/yr
7.5 Tons/yr

Fuel Tank

Fuel Tank Capacity
18.6 gallons
24.6 gallons
17.9 gallons
Cruising Range City
390.6 miles
442.8 miles
375.9 miles
Cruising Range Highway
520.8 miles
590.4 miles
519.1 miles

Dimensions and Measurement

Exterior Dimensions

Length
198.8 in
N/A
194.9 in
Height
70.2 in
70.7 in
68.1 in
Max Width
78.9 in
75.8 in
76 in
Front Width
66.9 in
64.7 in
65.3 in
Rear Width
66.9 in
65.2 in
65.4 in
Wheelbase
119.1 in
114.8 in
112.2 in
Ground Clearance
8.2 in
N/A
N/A

Interior Space

Seating Capacity
7 seater
5 seater
8 seater
Front Seat Leg Room
43 in
40.3 in
42 in
Front Seat Headroom
40.7 in
40.4 in
41.2 in
Front Seat Shoulder Room
61.8 in
58.5 in
59 in
Front Seat Hip Room
59.2 in
N/A
57.2 in
Rear Seat Leg Room
39 in
38.4 in
41 in
Rear Seat Headroom
40.5 in
38.5 in
39.4 in
Rear Seat Shoulder Room
61.9 in
58.4 in
58.7 in
Rear Seat Hip Room
59.1 in
N/A
57 in
Third Row Leg Room
32.2 in
N/A
27.7 in
Third Row Headroom
38.9 in
N/A
36.1 in
Third Row Shoulder Room
54.6 in
N/A
55 in
Third Row Hip Room
40.9 in
N/A
45.6 in

Cargo Space

Cargo Volume to Seat 1
87.8 ft³
80.3 ft³
84.3 ft³
Cargo Volume to Seat 2
47.9 ft³
38.2 ft³
48.4 ft³
Cargo Volume to Seat 3
18.2 ft³
38.2 ft³
16 ft³

Wheels and Suspension

Steering

Steering Type
Rack-Pinion
Rack-Pinion
Rack-Pinion
Turning Diameter
N/A
38.7 ft
37.4 ft

Wheels

Wheels Type
Aluminum Wheels
Aluminum Wheels
Aluminum Wheels
Front Wheel Size
18" x 7.5"
19" x 8"
18" x 8"
Rear Wheel Size
18" x 7.5"
19" x 8"
18" x 8"

Suspension

Front Suspension
Strut
Double Wishbone
Strut
Rear Suspension
Multi-Link
Multi-Link
Multi-Link

Tires

Front Tire
P255/65HR18
P255/50HR19
P235/65VR18
Rear Tire
P255/65HR18
P255/50HR19
P235/65VR18
Spare Tire
Compact
Compact
Compact

Colors and Materials

Standard Exterior Colors

  • Agate Black Metallic
  • Carbonized Gray Metallic
  • Iconic Silver Metallic
  • Oxford White
  • Black
  • Polar White
  • Blizzard Pearl
  • Blueprint
  • Celestial Silver Metallic
  • Magnetic Gray Metallic
  • Midnight Black Metallic
  • Opulent Amber

Optional Exterior Colors

N/A
  • Cinnabar Red Metallic
  • Dakota Brown Metallic
  • Diamond Silver Metallic
  • Iridium Silver Metallic
  • Lunar Blue Metallic
  • Obsidian Black Metallic
  • Palladium Silver Metallic
  • Steel Gray Metallic
  • designo Diamond White Metallic
N/A

Standard Interior Materials

N/A
  • Almond Beige/Mocha, MB-Tex Leatherette Seat Trim
  • Black, MB-Tex Leatherette Seat Trim
  • Gray/Dark Gray, MB-Tex Leatherette Seat Trim
  • Black, Fabric Seat Trim
  • Graphite, Fabric Seat Trim

Optional Interior Materials

N/A
  • Black, Dinamica/MB-Tex Leatherette Seat Trim
  • Almond Beige/Black, Leather Upholstery
  • Almond Beige/Mocha, Leather Upholstery
  • Auburn Brown/Black, Leather Upholstery
  • Black, Leather Upholstery
  • Gray/Black, Leather Upholstery
  • Gray/Dark Gray, Leather Upholstery
N/A

Features and Options

Infotainment

HD Radio
Not Available
Standard
Not Available
Bluetooth Connection
Standard
Standard
Not Available
Hard Disk Drive Media Storage
Standard
Optional
Not Available
Premium Sound System
Not Available
Optional
Not Available
Satellite Radio
Standard
Optional
Standard
Smart Device Integration
Standard
Not Available
Standard
WiFi Hotspot
Standard
Not Available
Standard
Auxiliary Audio Input
Standard
Standard
Not Available
Entertainment System
Not Available
Optional
Not Available
MP3 Player
Standard
Standard
Not Available

Interior Trim

Bucket Seats
Standard
Standard
Standard
Cloth Seats
Standard
Standard
Standard
Leather Seats
Not Available
Standard
Standard
Leather Steering Wheel
Not Available
Standard
Not Available
Premium Synthetic Seats
Not Available
Standard
Standard
Vinyl Seats
Not Available
Standard
Standard
Woodgrain Interior Trim
Not Available
Standard
Not Available
Sun/Moonroof
Not Available
Standard
Not Available

Comfort

Navigation System
Not Available
Optional
Not Available
Steering Wheel Audio Controls
Standard
Standard
Standard
Power Liftgate
Standard
Standard
Not Available
Power Mirror(s)
Standard
Standard
Standard
A/C
Standard
Standard
Standard
Adaptive Cruise Control
Not Available
Optional
Standard
Automatic Parking
Not Available
Optional
Not Available
Climate Control
Standard
Standard
Standard
Cooled Front Seat(s)
Not Available
Optional
Not Available
Cruise Control
Standard
Standard
Standard
Heated Front Seat(s)
Not Available
Standard
Not Available
Heated Rear Seat(s)
Not Available
Optional
Not Available
Heated Steering Wheel
Not Available
Optional
Not Available
Keyless Entry
Standard
Standard
Standard
Multi-Zone A/C
Standard
Standard
Standard
Power Driver Seat
Standard
Standard
Standard
Power Passenger Seat
Not Available
Standard
Not Available
Remote Engine Start
Standard
Not Available
Not Available
Remote Trunk Release
Standard
Standard
Not Available
Seat Memory
Not Available
Optional
Not Available
Universal Garage Door Opener
Not Available
Standard
Not Available
Seat-Massage
Not Available
Optional
Not Available
Rear A/C
Standard
Optional
Standard
Keyless Start
Not Available
Optional
Standard
Telematics
Standard
Standard
Standard

Safety

Safety Features

Back-Up Camera
Standard
Optional
Standard
Cross-Traffic Alert
Standard
Not Available
Not Available
Rear Parking Aid
Standard
Not Available
Not Available
Blind Spot Monitor
Standard
Optional
Not Available
Lane Departure Warning
Standard
Optional
Standard
Lane Keeping Assist
Standard
Optional
Standard
ABS
Standard
Standard
Standard
Tire Pressure Monitor
Standard
Standard
Standard
Brake Assist
Standard
Standard
Standard
Stability Control
Standard
Standard
Standard
Traction Control
Standard
Standard
Standard

US NHTSA crash test result

Overall Rating
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
Side Crash Rating
Rollover Rating

Airbags

Driver Air Bag
Standard
Standard
Standard
Front Head Air Bag
Standard
Standard
Standard
Front Side Air Bag
Standard
Standard
Standard
Knee Air Bag
Standard
Standard
Standard
Passenger Air Bag
Standard
Standard
Standard
Rear Head Air Bag
Standard
Standard
Standard

Warranty

Warranty Summary

Basic
3 Years / 36,000 Miles
4 Years / 50,000 Miles
3 Years / 36,000 Miles
Corrosion
5 Years / Unlimited Miles
4 Years / 50,000 Miles
5 Years / Unlimited Miles
Drivetrain
5 Years / 60,000 Miles
4 Years / 50,000 Miles
5 Years / 60,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance
5 Years / 60,000 Miles
4 Years / 50,000 Miles
2 Years / Unlimited Miles
Maintenance
N/A
N/A
2 Years / 25,000 Miles
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