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.