The 2020 Ford Explorer boasts design changes, a new rear-wheel-drive system, and two new trims. This three-row family SUV offers four powerful and efficient engines, excellent tow ratings, upgraded technology, and driver-assist features, and a spacious and comfortable interior. Four trims are offered with the new Explorer the XLT, Limited, a new performance-focused ST trim, and Platinum. A new Hybrid model is also now available with the Limited trim. Here is some more information on what to expect from this capable and comfortable SUV.
The new Explorer comes with four powerful and efficient engines. A 2.3-liter EcoBoost, a 3.0-liter V-6 EcoBoost, a high-output 3.0-liter EcoBoost, and a 3.3-liter hybrid that will give you an anticipated 500 miles of range. With the 2.3-liter, you’ll get a respectable EPA fuel rating of 21 mpg city and 28 mpg highway, whereas the V-6 will give you 18 mpg city and 24 mpg highway. If your Explorer is a hitch-equipped model that is powered by the V-6, you’ll be able to tow up to 5,600 pounds.
The very first Explorers came with a rear-wheel-drive system and were built on truck frames, later Explorer models were driven by the front wheels and featured a car-like unibody construction. The new Explorer, however, boasts a combination of both designs, as it brings back the rear-wheel-drive system, but retains the unibody construction. This design has many benefits including improved weight distribution, better handling, towing stability, and an altogether composed and smooth ride.
Spacious and Comfortable Interior
The body of the new Explorer is longer, which means improved passenger and cargo space. Up to seven passengers can sit comfortably in the Explorer and when all seats are folded flat, you’ll get 87.8 cubic feet of cargo space. Other interior design changes include front seats that feature thinner seat backs and sculpted back panels, these are more comfortable and also allow second-row passengers more knee space. In addition, the new Explorer comes with a dual-wash dashboard that limits exterior noise.
The E-Z entry second-row seats can be pushed forward at the touch of a button for easy access to the third-row and you can also opt for power-folding third-row seats. All Explorers come with tri-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, and cloth upholstery, while higher trims offer many luxury features like an auto-dimming rearview mirror, ambient lighting, wireless charging, Tri-Diamond perforated leather seating with accent stitching, heated front, and second-row seats, and massaging front seats.
The standard Sync 3 infotainment system featured with the Explorer is equipped with all the bells and whistles, such as an 8-inch display, a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, USB ports, SiriusXM, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. Higher trims add a 12-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system, navigation, a 10.1-inch display, and HD radio.
All Explorer trims are equipped with the Ford Co-Pilot360 suite, which consists of advanced driver-assist features like lane-keeping system, a rear view camera, reverse sensing, a blind-spot monitoring system, automatic emergency braking, and auto high-beam headlights.
If you’re looking for an efficient, comfortable, well-equipped, and powerful family SUV, look no further than the 2020 Ford Explorer. To take one for a test drive, drop by Chaparral Ford.