Base 4dr 4x2
2020 Ford Explorer

2020 Explorer Photos
 Editors' Pick
Autoblog Rating
7.5

Ford made the 2020 Explorer better in every possible way. The diverse range of powertrains, impressive technology and superb design all combine to make an excellent SUV.

Industry
7.5
Though the shape may be evolutionary, the 2020 Ford Explorer is radically new under the skin. It features a new chassis with a rear-drive focus rather than the outgoing model’s front-drive design. A hybrid powertrain has joined the ranks, and the interior has been completely overhauled.

We’ve been impressed at the power and refinement of the Ford’s engines, whether it’s the base turbo 4-cylinder, hybrid V6, or the turbo V6 that has some serious hustle. They handle and steer much like a more premium rear-drive sedan or crossover, making them a bit more entertaining than most crossovers in the segment. Room isn’t sacrificed, though, with the first two rows being quite spacious, and the third-row is tolerable. The interior is a bit plasticky, but it’s spruced up with large bright displays and some nice trim such as the wood highlights in the Platinum trim.

The Explorer line starts with the XLT trim with a base price of $37,870. It comes with the turbocharged 2.3-liter inline-4 making 300 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque and a 10-speed automatic transmission. Rear-wheel drive is standard with all-wheel drive available as an option. With rear drive, the 4-cylinder returns city and highway mpg numbers of 21/28, while all-wheel drive brings the numbers down to 20/27. Several useful safety features are standard including blind-spot warning, lane-keep assist, automatic emergency braking and automatic headlights. Inside, cloth upholstery is standard along with an 8-inch infotainment screen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, three-zone automatic climate control, power driver and front passenger seat, and proximity locking and starting.

The Limited trim is next at $49,325 with the same 4-cylinder as the standard engine. The hybrid 3.3-liter V6 is available as an option. Both engines are available with rear or all-wheel drive. The hybrid powertrain is the most efficient in the Explorer line with ratings of 27/29 with rear-wheel drive and 23/26 with all-wheel drive. The Limited trim also adds leather seating, memory seats, ambient lighting, adaptive cruise control, lane-centering, rain-sensing wipers, an upgraded sound system and wireless phone charging.

The ST starts at $55,935 and Platinum at $59,445. Each come with the turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 and all-wheel drive. The ST makes 400 horsepower and 415 pound-feet of torque, while the Platinum is turned down to 365 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque. All-wheel drive is standard and fuel economy numbers are 18/24. The ST features several styling tweaks, sport-tuned suspension, a towing package, 12.3-inch instrument display, and automatic parking. The Platinum has the same instrument panel, towing package and automatic parking and adds additional leather trim, wood trim and adaptive headlights.

You can find more detailed specifications, full driving impressions, and to Explorers for sale on this page.

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Though the shape may be evolutionary, the 2020 Ford Explorer is radically new under the skin. It features a new chassis with a rear-drive focus rather than the outgoing model’s front-drive design. A hybrid powertrain has joined the ranks, and the interior has been completely overhauled.

We’ve been impressed at the power and refinement of the Ford’s engines, whether it’s the base turbo 4-cylinder, hybrid V6, or the turbo V6 that has some serious hustle. They handle and steer much like a more premium rear-drive sedan or crossover, making them a bit more entertaining than most crossovers in the segment. Room isn’t sacrificed, though, with the first two rows being quite spacious, and the third-row is tolerable. The interior is a bit plasticky, but it’s spruced up with large bright displays and some nice trim such as the wood highlights in the Platinum trim.

The Explorer line starts with the XLT trim with a base price of $37,870. It comes with the turbocharged 2.3-liter inline-4 making 300 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque and a 10-speed automatic transmission. Rear-wheel drive is standard with all-wheel drive available as an option. With rear drive, the 4-cylinder returns city and highway mpg numbers of 21/28, while all-wheel drive brings the numbers down to 20/27. Several useful safety features are standard including blind-spot warning, lane-keep assist, automatic emergency braking and automatic headlights. Inside, cloth upholstery is standard along with an 8-inch infotainment screen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, three-zone automatic climate control, power driver and front passenger seat, and proximity locking and starting.

The Limited trim is next at $49,325 with the same 4-cylinder as the standard engine. The hybrid 3.3-liter V6 is available as an option. Both engines are available with rear or all-wheel drive. The hybrid powertrain is the most efficient in the Explorer line with ratings of 27/29 with rear-wheel drive and 23/26 with all-wheel drive. The Limited trim also adds leather seating, memory seats, ambient lighting, adaptive cruise control, lane-centering, rain-sensing wipers, an upgraded sound system and wireless phone charging.

The ST starts at $55,935 and Platinum at $59,445. Each come with the turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 and all-wheel drive. The ST makes 400 horsepower and 415 pound-feet of torque, while the Platinum is turned down to 365 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque. All-wheel drive is standard and fuel economy numbers are 18/24. The ST features several styling tweaks, sport-tuned suspension, a towing package, 12.3-inch instrument display, and automatic parking. The Platinum has the same instrument panel, towing package and automatic parking and adds additional leather trim, wood trim and adaptive headlights.

You can find more detailed specifications, full driving impressions, and to Explorers for sale on this page.

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Retail Price

$32,765 MSRP / Window Sticker Price

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Engine 2.3L I-4
MPG 21 City / 28 Hwy
Seating 7 Passengers
Transmission 10-spd w/OD
Power 300 @ 5500 rpm
Drivetrain rear-wheel
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