2017 Ford Explorer vs. 2017 Toyota Highlander: Head to Head

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Explorer vs. Highlander: Which Midsize SUV Is Right for You?

When shopping for a 3-row midsize SUV, the 2017 Toyota Highlander and 2017 Ford Explorer are likely to make the short list. Both models received minor refreshes this year, with style and technology in particular being upgraded.

The Toyota Highlander ranks near the top of U.S. News & World Report's midsize SUV rankings, while the Explorer lands toward the bottom. That being said, in the categories that we compare, the competition was often close.

Read on to find out how these SUVs stacked up against each other and which won out in the end.