• Ford’s midsize 3-row SUV has been completely redesigned for 2020
  • Switches to a rear-drive platform with available all-wheel drive
  • First-ever Explorer Hybrid and high-performance ST models
  • Available powertrains: Turbo 4-cylinder, two turbo V6s, V6 Hybrid
  • Seats up to seven passengers
  • 2020 Explorer prices range from $32,765 to more than $60,000 | Price yours
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While the Ford Explorer isn’t as significant to the automaker's bottom line as the almighty F-150, it’s an important player nonetheless. Look around; Explorers are everywhere. Consider this: The Ford Explorer is the most popular SUV ever sold in the U.S., with all-time sales rapidly approaching the 8 million. And sales of this perennially popular three-row midsize SUV undoubtedly will be helped by the all-new 2020 Ford Explorer, which is arriving at dealerships right now.  

Like the outgoing model, the 2020 Ford Explorer is a unibody design featuring a chassis made of sheet metal stampings welded together to form the main structure of the vehicle. Whereas the old model was based on the front-drive unibody chassis of the Taurus sedan, the 2020 Ford Explorer’s new chassis has rear-wheel-drive architecture with a longitudinal engine and transmission. As such, this new 2020 Explorer represents a return to this model’s rear-drive roots, but without the truck-like body-on-frame construction.  

Although this new 2020 model still clearly looks like an Explorer, the rear-drive architecture has allowed Ford to keep the overall length about the same while extending the wheelbase by 6.3 inches. By moving the front wheels forward, Ford has reduced front overhang and improved upon every important interior dimension in all three rows of seats. The suspension features MacPherson struts in front along with a multilink independent rear. For the record, the base 2020 Ford Explorer is a 7-seater with a second-row bench for three, while almost all the upmarket models are six-seaters fitted with second-row captain’s chairs.  

How much does the 2020 Ford Explorer cost?

The 2020 Ford Explorer starts at $32,765 plus a $1,095 destination fee, and tops out beyond $60,000 when fully loaded. The lower half of that range is in line with other 3-row midsize SUVs, while the top end is getting into luxury-brand territory.  A loaded Honda Pilot, for instance, doesn't even crack the $50,000 mark. But those higher prices bring with them higher levels of equipment...and power. Build and price your own 2020 Ford Explorer to calculate monthly payments and more. 

What’s the fuel economy of the 2020 Ford Explorer?

A rear-wheel-drive 2020 Ford Explorer equipped with the 2.3-liter engine is rated by the EPA at 24 mpg city/highway combined. That same Explorer with all-wheel-drive is rated at 23 mpg combined. An all-wheel-drive Explorer Platinum, fitted with the twin-turbo 3.0-liter EcoBoost V6 with 365 horsepower, is rated at 18 City/24 Highway/20 Combined.

According to Ford, one of the biggest complaints that customers had with the outgoing Explorer was that it needed to be refilled with fuel too often. As a result, every single new 2020 Explorer has a driving range in excess of 400 miles, with the Hybrid able to go more than 500 miles on a single tank. The Explorer Hybrid has an 18.0-gallon fuel tank, so that translates to about 28 highway mpg, impressive for a 4,970-pound vehicle with 318 combined horsepower. 

Where is the 2020 Ford Explorer built?

The new Explorer is built alongside its equally new Lincoln Aviator counterpart at Ford’s factory in Chicago. 

2020 Ford Explorer feature highlights

10.1-inch Vertically Oriented Touchscreen The 2020 Explorer’s optional touchscreen is the largest the model has ever offered, and can display multiple functions at once, and includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability.

12.3-inch Digital Instrument Cluster On Explorer ST and Platinum, the standard instrument cluster is replaced with a 12.3” digital display. The display can be customized, including with a minimalist Calm Screen that shows only essential info and is supposed to reduce driver distraction.

400-hp EcoBoost V6 The new Explorer ST model’s twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 produces 400 horsepower and 415 lb-ft of torque, figures that tower above most non-luxury competitors’. The ST can be further equipped with a Track Pack or a Street Pack, options that bring more robust brakes with red calipers and 21-inch wheels, the largest ever offered on an Explorer.

2020 Ford Explorer interior

The 2020 Ford Explorer comes standard with a third row of seats that accommodates two passengers. The base Explorer’s second row is a 3-person bench, making for a total seating capacity of seven. Higher trim levels have a pair of captain’s chairs in the second row, meaning they seat a maximum of six. Ford claims the new Explorer has a bit more hiproom and headroom than before, and the second-row seats now can slide fore and aft—a common feature that helps apportion space depending on requirements.

2020 Ford Explorer Interior,

Cargo volume shrinks slightly in the 2020 Explorer, although the load floor now measures 48.1 inches in width between the wheelwells—its narrowest point—meaning that 4’x8’ building materials can lay flat (albeit sticking out the back by about a foot). The cargo floor is reversible, with carpet on one side and vinyl on the other. On some trim levels, the power liftgate can be opened by kicking a foot under the rear bumper, and power-folding of the third-row seats is available.

 The top-spec Platinum ups its game with leather not just on the seating surfaces but also on the dashboard and the door panels—luxury touches befitting its lofty price. Other niceties include heated front and rear seats and a heated steering wheel.

2020 Ford Explorer technology

The standard infotainment touchscreen measures 8.0” with a 10.1” vertically oriented touchscreen available. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard as is Amazon Alexa integration. No family ride is complete without built-in Wi-Fi, and the Explorer now comes standard with 4G LTE Wi-Fi for up to 10 devices, plus an available Qi wireless-device charging pad. The Explorer offers as many as four USB ports (including type-C) along with three 12-volt outlets and a 110-volt outlet. Drivers also can use their smartphone to unlock and start the car, using the FordPass Connect app.

In addition to a 12.3” digital instrument cluster in place of traditional gauges on the Explorer ST and Platinum, both models come with Active Park Assist, which can, at the push of a button, park the Explorer into a parallel or perpendicular spot—operating the accelerator, brake, and steering wheel—and pull it out again. This represents an upgrade over the outgoing model’s Enhanced Active Park Assist, which handles the steering but requires the driver to work the pedals.

2020 Ford Explorer warranty

The Ford Explorer is covered by a 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty and a 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty, which is the typical coverage offered by non-luxury brands.

2020 Ford Explore engine and transmission

The previous 3.5-liter naturally aspirated V6 base engine is gone from the Explorer lineup, as the turbocharged 2.3-liter EcoBoost 4-cylinder, previously the step-up engine offering, takes over as the standard powerplant for 2020. At the same time, it adds 20 more ponies for a total of 300 horsepower along with 310 lb-ft of torque, which is more than most competitors’ V6s. A 3.0-liter EcoBoost V6 with 365 horsepower and 380 lb-ft of torque is exclusive to the Platinum. Powering the sporty new Explorer ST is a 400-hp version of the same engine, with 415 lb-ft of torque. Those numbers out-muscle everything in the 3-row midsize SUV segment save for the Dodge Durango SRT, with its 6.4-liter V8. Finally, an Explorer Hybrid joins the family for the first time, and pairs a 3.3-liter V6 with an electric motor. All engines use a 10-speed automatic transmission, up from the previous 6-speed.

The base, XLT, Limited, and Hybrid models are available with rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. The Explorer ST and Platinum come standard with all-wheel drive. Ford’s Terrain Management System consists of a series of drive modes selectable via a knob on the center console, altering dynamics including accelerator sensitivity, transmission shifting, steering effort, suspension firmness, traction-control programming, and all-wheel-drive torque management. Available modes include:

Normal, which seeks to balance comfortable motoring with some driving excitement, is intended for everyday driving.  

Sport, aptly named, sharpens the throttle response and steering while providing quicker shifts. The 10-speed automatic, also used in the Mustang and Ranger, holds gears longer for faster acceleration.  

Eco, via throttle and gearbox adjustments, maximizes the fuel range of the 2020 Ford Explorer. This does come with a small sacrifice in performance.   

Tow/Haul improves the action of the transmission while you’re towing with your Explorer. Upshifts occur at higher engine speeds to reduce the frequency of shifts, and more engine braking is allowed, making life easier for the Explorer’s brakes during descents. The amount of downshift braking is related directly to how much pressure the driver applies to the brakes.  

Slippery makes continual adjustments to the Explorer’s throttle response, transmission shifting schedule and traction control to help this Ford SUV keep moving on wet grass, slushy roads or any surface that might be covered in, say, a thin layer of sand or gravel.  

Deep Snow/Sand is what you’ll need if you’re trying to reach the office before the snowplows have cleared the roads. Via steady adjustments to the throttle, shift points and traction control, this mode keeps the 2020 Explorer going, even in deep sand. 

Trail is intended for use in muddy, rutted, soft or uneven terrain. As in the Deep Snow/Sand model, the Explorer’s forward mobility is significantly enhanced via a shift schedule and traction control tailored specifically the given condition. 

Note: Rear-wheel-drive (RWD) 2020 Ford Explorers also are equipped with the Terrain Management System, but it doesn’t include the Deep Snow/Sand mode. We hope a limited-slip rear differential, which would help make the RWD Explorer more capable in the dirt, becomes available.  

How much can the 2020 Ford Explorer tow?

With its new longitudinal powertrain, the 2020 Ford Explorer can tow more than the model it’s replacing. When fitted with the optional towing package, the new Explorer with the 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine can tow up to 5,300 pounds. When Ford’s newest SUV is fitted with the twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 in the ST and Platinum models, the Explorer can pull up to 5,600 pounds.  

Even the new Explorer Hybrid is a capable tow machine. It’s rated by Ford at 5,000 pounds, which just happens to be the max towing capacity of the most powerful outgoing 2019 Explorer. Ford’s blind-spot warning system can detect vehicles in the blind spot behind the trailer you’re towing. Pretty nifty. 

Standard Co-Pilot360 safety suite 

All 2020 Ford Explorers are equipped with Ford Co-Pilot360, an extensive suite of safety technologies that includes automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, forward collision warning and dynamic brake support. Co-Pilot360 also includes a blind-spot system with cross-traffic alert, a lane-keeping system, a rearview camera (with a built-in lens cleaner) and automatic headlamps with automatic high beams. 

Note: If you want a new with Active Cruise Control (with Stop & Go, lane centering, and Speed Sign recognition) it’s part of the Ford Co-Pilot360 Assist+ system, which also includes a voice-activated touch-screen navigation system and Sirius XM Traffic and Travel Link. Co-Pilot360Assist+ also includes Evasive Steering Assist, which dramatically reduces the steering effort needed in emergency situations, and post-impact braking, which lessens the chances of injury caused by a secondary crash event. Co-Pilot360 Assist+ is available on the Explorer XLT and is standard on the Limited, ST and Platinum trim levels.   

Speed Sign Recognition is fascinating. When cruise control is activated, it will see (and read) roadside speed-limit signs and then automatically bring the 2020 Explorer down to the posted limit. But get this: If you set the cruise at a few mph above the posted limit (as many people do as a way of making good time but without attracting undue attention), Speed Sign Recognition will honor that request (up to a certain point).  

Driving the 2020 Ford Explorer XLT

Just how does the turbo 2.3-liter 4-cylinder engine feel in this new longitudinal rear-biased application? In a word: fine. The new Explorer XLT felt amply powered, able to merge onto freeways with ease and sustain highway speeds without breaking a sweat. All the while, the 10-speed automatic upshifted with a metronomic regularity. Gears 8, 9 and 10, incidentally, are all overdrive ratios, so they rarely came into play anywhere but on the highway.  

What’s more, the view out the new Explorer’s windshield was excellent, aided by what felt to us like a lower cowl, and the automatic start/stop system functioned so smoothly that I felt no need to shut it off (which I typically do in most other vehicles with this fuel-saving technology). 

On some twisty roads north of the Columbia Gorge, in Washington State, the new Explorer acquitted itself well. Yes, this Ford SUV weighs nearly 4,500 ponds, but it felt composed in the corners, where body roll (or lean) never got excessive. Although the all-wheel-drive (AWD) system of the new Explorer SLT disconnects the front axle on the highway for improved fuel economy (and can send as much as 50 percent of the power to the front wheels in slippery conditions), the new Explorer didn’t reveal its rear power bias when accelerating out of corners. All we felt was good acceleration and excellent overall composure.  

Driving the 2020 Ford Explorer Hybrid

We tested the new 2020 Ford Explorer Hybrid on a short off-road course and on public roads while towing a 4,500-pound boat on trailer. Our takeaway: The new Explorer Hybrid – our tester a luxurious leather-clad Limited model, employing a 3.3-liter V6 and an electric motor integrated into the front of the 10-speed gearbox – drives much like a standard Explorer. 

RELATED: Our full review of this first-ever Ford Explorer Hybrid

As with a regular Explorer, you just get in the new Explorer Hybrid and drive. Since a Hybrid was part of Ford’s original plans for this new sixth-generation Explorer, no space compromises needed to be made. For example, the liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery pack fits perfectly beneath the passenger side of the rear seat, so interior volume has not been negatively affected in any way.  

Note: The Explorer Hybrid is not a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, so the battery is smaller than you’ll typically find in PHEVs. The one in the new Explorer Hybrid, made by Ford, is good for about two miles of pure electric driving at 30 mph. Ford, as stated, hasn’t released any fuel economy figure for the new Explorer Hybrid, but the company did say it will have an impressive range in excess of 500 miles.  

On the dirt, we climbed a steep grade with complete ease, then descended a different hill with our feet off the pedals using hill descent control to maintain control of the vehicle. All worked as advertised, and a bit father on, we negotiated a banked turn that put the Explorer Hybrid at a side lean angle of 25 degrees. While that may not sound like much, it was enough to make us nervous, although not as concerned as we were when crossing a 12-inch-deep pond in this first gas-electric Explorer.

Similarly, towing a trailer in the Explorer Hybrid proved to be a cinch. The Hybrid is based on the Limited model, so it comes with a trailer hitch as standard equipment and has enough power (319 combined horsepower, 322 lb-ft of torque) to tow a 4,500 boat with ease. There was no problem getting the rig up to highway speed, and although I occasionally could feel the trailer rocking forward a bit during mild throttle adjustments on the highway, it was too subtle to be bothersome.  

Driving the 2020 Ford Explorer Platinum 

With its 365-horsepower twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6, the Platinum is a hot rod, an Explorer that blends thrilling power with sublime luxury. Real wood trim graces the Platinum’s dash, whose stitched leather cover complements the fine hides on the seats.  

2020 Ford Explorer Rear,2020 Ford Explorer Front

The Explorer Platinum we drove had the optional Premium Technology Package, which includes massaging seats, a 980-watt Bang & Olufsen stereo and a 10.1-inch vertically-oriented touch screen on the top of its center stack. This touch screen looks like a permanently affixed iPad, replete with swipe and pinch-to-zoom capability.

RELATED: Our full review of the 2020 Ford Explorer ST  

Turbo boost arrives quickly on the road in the powerful Platinum, which is also blessed with natural-effort steering, good brakes and a ride that’s comfortable without being wallowy. At a starting price of $58,250, the 2020 Ford Explorer Platinum is by no means inexpensive, but it’s well equipped with a twin-panel moonroof, LED headlamps and seemingly acres of interior leather. It also has Reverse Brake Assist, which will automatically stop the Explorer if it senses you are backing up into something.  

2020 Ford Explorer vs. Chevrolet Traverse

The 2020 Ford Explorer is smaller than the Chevy Traverse, which is one of the largest vehicles in the segment. Compared to the Traverse, the Explorer’s wheelbase is nearly 2 inches shorter and the Ford is 5.5 inches shorter overall. That translates primarily into reduced cargo space: With all seats in place, the Explorer’s cargo capacity is nearly 5 cubic feet less than the Chevy’s. With the third row folded, or with all seats folded, the Traverse has about 10 cubic feet more cargo space than the Ford. Additionally, Chevy provides seatbelt for three (small) passengers in the third row, meaning the Traverse can seat up to eight passengers, or seven with second-row captain’s chairs. The Explorer third row seats just two, so maximum passenger count is seven with the second-row bench or six with captain’s chairs.

All versions of the Traverse are powered by a 3.6-liter V6, while the Explorer’s mainstay engine is a 2.3-liter turbo four. The Chevy’s V6 makes 310 horsepower versus 300 for the Ford 2.3L, but the Traverse’s 266 lb-ft of torque trails the Explorer’s 310 lb-ft. The Traverse does not offer more powerful engine options to compare with the Explorer’s 365-hp or 410-hp turbo V6s. The maximum trailer-tow rating for the Traverse V6 is 5,000 pounds. The non-hybrid Explorer tows up to 5,300 pounds with the 2.3-liter or 5,600 with the turbo V6.

The starting price of the base 2-wheel-drive Chevrolet Traverse is $31,125, which is some $2,000 less than the entry-level Explorer. The top-spec Traverse is the High Country AWD, priced at $54,395—that’s about $5k less than the Explorer Platinum.

2020 Ford Explorer vs. Honda Pilot

Compared to the Honda Pilot, the 2020 Explorer rides on a 9.1-inch longer wheelbase but is only 2.3 inches longer overall, and the vehicles are nearly identical in width and height. Cargo volume and third-row-seat space are also very close. Honda rates the Pilot’s third-row seat for three passengers, which means that most versions of the Pilot are 8-passenger vehicles, while the top-trim levels equipped with captain’s chairs can seat seven. The Explorer’s third row accommodates two, and all Explorer trims save the base model have captain’s chairs, so the Explorer seats six or, at best, seven.

All versions of the Honda Pilot use a 3.5-liter V6 making 280 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque, paired with either a 6-speed or a 9-speed automatic. Both those output figures are below those of the Explorer’s smaller standard engine, a 2.3-liter turbo four that musters 300 horsepower and 310 lb-ft oof torque. The Pilot’s maximum tow rating with all-wheel drive is 5,000 pounds, while front-drive models can tow 3,500 pounds. The Explorer with its 2.3-liter can tow 5,300 pounds, and 5,600 with its available V6, with either rear- or all-wheel drive.

The base, 2-wheel-drive Honda Pilot LX is $31,450 (plus $1,045 destination), while the Explorer’s starting price is about $1,000 higher. The Pilot Elite is the fanciest trim level at Honda and is priced at $48,020, about $10,000 less than the Explorer Platinum.

2020 Ford Explorer vs. Toyota Highlander

Like the Explorer, the Toyota Highlander has been redesigned for 2020, and not all of the new specs are available. But the Highlander isn’t quite as extensively changed, so there are several comparisons that can be drawn. The new Highlander is slightly larger than before, but it still is smaller than the Explorer. The Toyota’s wheelbase is 9.3 inches shorter than the Explorer’s, and the vehicle is about 4 inches shorter in length. Here again, the difference can be seen primarily in the cargo hold, where the Explorer has a 2-cubic-foot advantage with all seats upright, a 7-cubic-foot advantage behind the second row, and approximately 10 cubic feet more space with all seats folded. Whereas the Explorer seats six in a 2-2-2 configuration (with the base model offering 2-3-2 seating for seven), the Highlander’s three-passenger third row allows seating for seven with captain’s chairs or eight with a second-row bench.

All versions of the Highlander (except for the Hybrid) are powered by a 3.5-liter V6 with 295 horsepower and 263 lb-ft of torque. Despite the Toyota’s larger engine, its output is less than the Ford 2.3-liter turbo four’s 300 horsepower and 310 lb-ft, and the Explorer further offers more powerful turbo V6 options. The V6 Highlander’s maximum tow rating is 5,000 pounds, versus 5,300 for the Explorer four-cylinder and 5,600 for the Explorer V6.

Toyota, like Ford, offers a hybrid powertrain, and is one of the only other models in the segment to do so. Unlike the Explorer, however, the Highlander Hybrid uses a 4-cylinder gasoline engine rather than a V6, and total output is 240 horsepower compared to the Explorer Hybrid's 318 horsepower. EPA fuel-economy ratings are not out yet for either hybrid, but given the engine differences, we expect the Highlander hybrid to return significantly better mileage at the expense of some performance. Toyota is estimating 34 mpg combined, which is outstanding for this class. Another hybrid difference is that Ford offers the Explorer Hybrid in a single trim level but Toyota offers the Highlander Hybrid in multiple trim levels.

Pricing for the 2020 Toyota Highlander has not been released yet, but using 2019 prices as a rough guide, the Highlander starts about $2k less than the Explorer, and the Highlander tops out just shy of $50,000, nearly $10k below the top-spec Explorer.

2020 Ford Explorer vs. Kia Telluride

Impressive new offerings, both. The Kia Telluride, a front-drive-based unibody SUV, has just one engine, a proven 3.8-liter V6 with 291 horsepower. The Telluride’s a couple inches shorter than the Explorer, with a wheelbase five inches shorter than the Ford. From the inside, the Kia feels very roomy, thanks to its boxy shape and an upright windshield that’s not unlike that of the Ford Flex. Max tow rating of the Kia Telluride is 5,000 pounds. 

2020 Ford Explorer vs. Jeep Grand Cherokee

Like the new Explorer, the Jeep Grand Cherokee is a unibody SUV with a longitudinal powertrain. But the Jeep is 9 inches shorter overall than the Ford, with a wheelbase that’s down by about 5 inches. The Jeep seats a max of five in two rows; the new Explorer accommodates seven in its three rows. Both of these SUVs have diverse powertrains, the Grand Cherokee’s ranging from a 3.6-liter V6 and a diesel V6 to a 6.4-liter pushrod V8 and a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 in the super sporty Trackhawk. Besides the base turbo 2.3-liter 4-cylinder, the new Explorer is available with a twin-turbo 3.0-liter EcoBoost V6 (365 or 400 horsepower) and a hybrid powertrain featuring a 3.3-liter V6 and an electric motor.  

Prices, Trims and Packages

The 2020 Ford Explorer lineup offers no shortage of trims, features and packages.

2020 Ford Explorer
Starting price: $32,765

2.3-liter EcoBoost 4-cylinder engine
10-speed automatic transmission
Rear-wheel drive (optional 4wd)
Dual-zone climate control
Power liftgate
Satellite radio
8-inch touch screen
Ford Co-Pilot 360 safety
40/20/40 second-row seat 
18-inch painted alloy wheels
Apple CarPlay/Android Auto compatibility
Sync3 connectivity

2020 Ford Explorer XLT
Starting price: $36,675

2.3-liter EcoBoost 4-cylinder
18-inch painted alloy wheels
Roof-rack side rails
LED signature lighting
4-way front passenger seat
Locking lighted glovebox
Rear bumper step pad
Leather-wrapped steering wheel
6.5-inch color LCD cluster screen
Dual second-row USB ports
Pushbutton start
Keyless-entry keypad
Available all-wheel drive

2020 Ford Explorer Limited
Starting price: $48,130

Hybrid starting price: $53,375
2.3-liter EcoBoost 4-cylinder or V6 hybrid
Leather seating surfaces
10-way power passenger seat
360-degree camera
Hands-free foot-operated liftgate
Heavy-duty rear brake calipers
Second-row heated seats
Power-fold third-row seats
Second-row sun blinds
12-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system 
Wireless charging pad
20-inch alloy wheels
Ford Co-Pilot360 Assist+

2020 Ford Explorer ST
Starting price: $54,740

3.0-liter EcoBoost V6 with 400 horsepower
Sport-tuned suspension
Black grille mesh, lower bodyside cladding
Class III Towing Package
12.3-inch digital instrument screen
Active Park Assist 2.0
Reverse Brake Assist
20-inch machined aluminum wheels (optional 21s)
Leather-covered sport bucket seats
Optional Street, Tech and Track packs
4-wheel drive
20-inch alloy wheels (Optional 21s)
Heated sport-style steering wheel

2020 Ford Explorer Platinum
Starting price: $58,250

3.0-liter EcoBoost V6 with 365 horsepower
Heated, leather-wrapped steering wheel with paddle shifters
Tri-diamond leather seat trim
LED taillights with amber trim
Twin-panel moonroof
Leather-wrapped front console and door armrests
Leather-wrapped instrument panel and door rollovers
Wood interior trim
Adaptive headlamps
20-inch alloy wheels
Satin-aluminum grille and lower bodyside cladding
Chromed quad exhaust outlets
Power-folding sideview mirrors

Notable 2020 Ford Explorer Packages

Class III Trailer Tow Package: This package includes a Class III chassis-mounted hitch, along with trailer connectors and an engine oil cooler. It also includes a cargo management system that provides extra pockets in the rear cargo area and sub-floor storage for smaller items. The Tow Package is a $710 option on the XLT and Limited, and it’s standard equipment on the ST and Platinum Explorers.  

Comfort Package: This $715 option, available only on the XLT, really should be called the Winter Package. It includes heated first and second-row seats, plus a heated steering wheel and a windshield wiper de-icer.  

High-Performance Package: Available only on the Explorer ST, this $1,595 option includes 21-inch aluminum alloy wheels and larger front brakes with red-painted brake calipers. 

Premium Technology Package: Optional on the ST and Platinum, this technology package includes massaging multi-contour seats, a 10.1-inch vertically oriented touch screen (it looks like an iPad mounted atop the center stack) and a 980-watt Bang & Olufsen sound system. A bargain at only $995.  

Is the new Ford Explorer the right SUV for me?

It’s impossible to say for sure, but the versatile new Ford Explorer will be more broadly popular because it shines brighter in multiple ways. Its roomier, more fuel efficient, and it’s equipped with many more standard safety features. Although it feels more like a high-riding wagon than before, the rear- and all-wheel-drive 2020 Ford Explorer has an inherent robustness we can all appreciate, along with a variety of powertrains to help this SUV meet various needs. And let’s not forget about the seriously sporty new Explorer ST, which replaces last year’s Explorer Sport.  

Nor should we forget about the completely new 2020 Ford Explorer Hybrid, which is already proving popular with police agencies around the country because it’s significantly less expensive to operate. While the reduced fuel bill is paramount, the Hybrid Explorer, with its regenerative braking, also is much easier on brakes than a standard Explorer, so its pads will need to be changed much less frequently. 

Whether your 3-row midsize SUV needs are rooted in soccer games, sporty driving or stakeouts, the 2020 Ford Explorer has a lot to offer.


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