What should you expect when you sit behind a modern SUV? Comfort, utility, power, smart features that change the way you drive? There is a fairly extensive list that, at first glance, may seem difficult to live up to. That said, automakers across the industry are rolling out compact to full-sized SUVs that hope to live up to every expectation and desire. The 2020 Ford Explorer is Ford's latest effort in living up to this long list of expectations, and, like previous models, it does so brilliantly. The Ford Explorer has a rich history, dating all the way back to the start of the 1990s. The Ford Explorer has been a staple, not just in the Ford family lineup, but in the variety of mid-sized SUVs that have graced the automotive world in the past three decades. There is plenty that the 2020 Ford Explorer brings to the table, from the wide range of engine choices to the degree of comfort that is provided to both passenger and driver.
No matter what trim option you opt for; the 2020 Ford Explorer provides a tried and true SUV driving experience. It's bound to satisfy both the family-centric driver or the outdoor-loving utilitarian. All that said is the latest Ford Explorer the right SUV for you? Does it live up to your unique list of expectations and automotive needs? Before you make the leap and decide to purchase one of these incredible SUVs, we'll help you take a closer look at what the Ford Explorer brings to the table. It'll help you decide whether this impressive SUV is the right fit for you.
Engine power resides at the heart of any great SUV. You'll need plenty of power to not only propel your vehicle forward but also to haul or even tow cargo. Nowadays, SUVs are downsizing, and so are their engines. While some have found a seamless balance between fuel economy, power, and torque, few have done so as effectively as the 2020 Ford Explorer.
Potential buyers can purchase the 2020 Ford Explorer in one of four different trim options the XLT, Limited, ST, and Platinum. In base models, drivers can expect to find a surprisingly robust 300 horsepower turbocharged 2.3-liter EcoBoost I-4 engine that is responsible for 310 lb-ft worth of torque. This base engine is supported by a 10-speed automatic transmission that offers smooth and responsive handling. Base models come standard with a rear-wheel drivetrain, which will get the job done. You can take things a step further with an optional intelligent four-wheel-drive drivetrain as well. This base engine isn't too bad in terms of towing either, as it can haul up to 5,300 lbs behind its rear gate.
The ceiling of performance for the 2020 Ford Explorer goes much higher too. Breaking away from current auto trends, the 2020 Ford Explorer offers drivers the option of a much more powerful twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter EcoBoost V-6 engine. This engine puts out 365 horsepower and 380 lb-ft in the Platinum model, and 400 horsepower and 415 lb-ft in the ST model. This engine with a greater number of cylinders is standard with that intelligent 4WD drivetrain and offers up a max towing capacity of 5,600 lbs.
All that said, Ford, understands the growing trend towards fuel efficiency and offers a Hybrid drivetrain for drivers to take full advantage of. While base models of the 2020 Ford Explorer boast around 21 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway, these numbers can be tremendously boosted thanks to this hybrid option. Beneath the hood of this more fuel-conscious Ford Explorer is a 3.3-liter Hybrid engine that can be saddled with either the standard rear-wheel drive train or an intelligent four-wheel drivetrain. Fuel economy in the hybrid Ford Explorer gets a reasonable boost, earning 28 mpg combined.
Second to performance is determining the value of any SUVs level of interior comfort and cargo space that the specific SUV brings to the table. Fortunately, the 2020 Ford Explorer offers no shortage of comfort. The 2020 Ford Explorer offers three total rows of seating, and in most SUVs of similar size, this last row of seating gets the short end of the stick. Although the Ford Explorer offers plenty of room for back seat passengers. The 2020 Ford Explorer isn't modest with cargo spacing either. Behind the last row of seats, drivers will be able to take advantage of 18.2 cubic feet of cargo space. Although, if you fold down all of the rear seats, the 2020 Ford Explorer offers a tremendous 87.8 cubic feet of storage space.
Base models of the Ford Explorer start strong when it comes to interior luxuries. Drivers will find plenty of soft-touch materials, as well as an intuitive 8.0-inch infotainment display. This display is powered by the latest Sync 3 infotainment system, which makes onboard software compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. This added compatibility feature allows drivers to have easy access to some of their favorite smartphone apps. As a result, you can control navigation, adjust audio, and answer calls all with the press of a button.
Move up the trim option ladder, and you'll find much more, including features like keyless ignition, driver's seat worthy second-row seating, and heated mirrors. If you move up to the top trim, you'll find luxury-level features such as a wireless smartphone charging station, rain-sensing wipers, heated and cooled seats. You'll also find memory settings for things like mirrors and pedals, a 110-volt AC outlet, as well as premium interior materials.
All of these features working in concert lead to a driving experience that is truly remarkable no matter what trim option you decide to invest in.
An incredible level of safety is essential to any high-ranking SUV, and expectations towards safety have changed a lot over recent years. Technology has advanced to the point where safety features are automated and work to protect you from an accident by providing you with far greater awareness of the road. Other automakers fall short in this area by providing some of these automated, or active, safety features at a premium price. Ford goes the extra mile by providing even base models of the 2020 Ford Explorer with a stunning suite of safety features.
Known as the Co-Pilot360 package, each 2020 Ford Explorer is equipped with a set of safety features that strive to bring your driving experience to the next level. One such feature is an intuitive blind-spot monitor. This system captures the flow of the surrounding traffic through an array of cameras and sensors and will alert you when a vehicle or object is passing through your blind spot. Another innovative safety feature found in this Co-Pilot360 package is automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection. This feature is truly revolutionary in that it surveys the area in front of the vehicle. When an object, person, or vehicle passes within the range of these sensors and threatens to collide with your vehicle, the system will activate your breaks automatically.
You can take things a step further than this standard offering, in the Co-Pilot360 Assist+ package. Here, you'll find additional features like cruise control with stop and go. This is a form of cruise control that automatically adjusts your speed according to the flow of traffic. Also in this package is active lane control, which uses cameras to keep your vehicle within the lane lines on the road.
No matter what safety package you decide to invest in, it's clear that the 2020 Ford Explorer pulls out all the stops when it comes to protecting all of its onboard passengers.