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2020 Ford Explorer

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Pros

  • Powerful engine options
  • Rear-wheel-drive platform handles well
  • Spacious cargo area

Cons

  • Lots of wind noise on the highway
  • The ride feels a little bumpy compared to rivals
  • Interior materials feel lackluster

Mileage (EPA estimate)

16 city, 23 highway, 19 combined

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The Ford Explorer offers an attractive mix of timeless style, roominess, comfort, and capable performance. It has been a companion on driveways and in highways since 1991 when it first launched. For the 2020 model year, Ford redesigned the Explorer, breathing new life into this iconic SUV with more passenger and cargo room, a long list of advanced technology features, as well as a hybrid variant. While we currently do not have many 2020 Ford Explorers on our lots, we look forward to selling more in the future. If you love the 2020 model, you should also consider prior model years of the Ford Explorer with similar features.

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What is new for the 2020 Ford Explorer?

  • The Explorer is available in a new trim called the ST.
  • The Sport trim has been discontinued for 2020.
  • Explorer trims have been upgraded with Rear Sunshade, Quad Seats, and Bang & Olufsen Audio as standard equipment this year.
  • The XLT trim now comes with Blind Spot Monitor, Lane Departure Warning, Remote Start, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Power Hatch/Deck Lid as standard equipment.
  • The Limited trim now comes with Fold-Away Third Row, Lane Departure Warning, and Automated Cruise Control as standard equipment.
  • The Base trim now comes with Lane Departure Warning, Blind Spot Monitor, Parking Sensors, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Power Hatch/Deck Lid as standard equipment.
  • The Platinum trim now comes with Fold-Away Third Row as standard equipment.

2020 Ford Explorer trims

Curious how Ford Explorer trims differ? Use our side-by-side vehicle comparison to see the differences and similarities

Base

  • Available for fleet only. Standard features include 18-inch wheels, LED headlights, a rearview camera, an eight-way power driver seat, an eight-inch touchscreen, USB ports, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Co-Pilot360, and more.

  • View all Ford Explorers in stock

XLT

  • The XLT adds roof rails, keyless entry and ignition, upgraded cloth upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, power driver lumbar, power passenger seat, and two USB ports for the second row.

  • View all Ford Explorer XLTs in stock

Limited and Hybrid

  • Features 20-inch wheels, a hands-free liftgate, ventilated front seats, leather upholstery, power folding seats, a 110-volt power outlet, a 12-speaker audio system, and a wireless charging pad.

  • View all Ford Explorer Limiteds in stock

ST

  • Standard equipment includes a turbocharged 3.0L V6 engine making 400 hp, a sport-tuned suspension, sport styling cues, sport front seats, and automated parallel parking.

  • View all Ford Explorer STs in stock

Platinum

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5 reasons to buy the 2020 Ford Explorer

1. Plentiful passenger and cargo room

The 2020 Ford Explorer offers an accommodating cabin that seats up to seven passengers. There's also plenty of cargo room: a total of 87.8 cubic feet, with 18.2 cubic feet behind the third row. This means you've got plenty of space to transport golf clubs, DIY supplies, and luggage for vacation.

2. Return to RWD

Changes to the 2020 Ford Explorer include a return to a rear-wheel-drive layout, improving the driving and handling experience, as well as the Explorer's ability to tow. For the 2020 model, towing capacity is an estimated 5,300 lbs. with the 2.3L engine—this rises to an estimated 5,600 lbs. with the 3.0L engine, both when properly equipped.

This will allow you to take a small boat or camper with you on all those adventures.

3. Abundance of practical technology

The cabin of the 2020 Ford Explorer is not only spacious, but it's also fitted with some of the most advanced and practical features available. Standard features include an available 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot that can connect 10 devices, an eight-inch infotainment touchscreen, and SYNC 3 with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

 Available technology includes a 10-inch touchscreen and a wireless charger (standard on Limited and Hybrid).

4. Hybrid and high-performance ST versions

Ford has expanded its Explorer lineup to include a limited hybrid model and a more powerful performance variant. The 2020 Ford Explorer Hybrid with RWD, 3.3L V6 engine, and 10-speed automatic transmission gets an EPA-estimated 28 mpg combined.

The 2020 Ford Explorer ST model adds more hp—for a total of 400 hp—from the 3.0L V6 engine, along with a sport-tuned suspension and exclusive interior highlights.

5. Plentiful driver-assistance features on all trims

Ford includes a long list of driver-assistance technology for all 2020 Ford Explorers. As part of the Co-Pilot360 suite, all Explorers offer features such as a rear camera with a lens cleaner, automatic high beams, and a blind-spot monitor. Also included are lane-departure warning and mitigation, pre-collision warning with pedestrian detection, and automatic emergency braking. Optional driver assistance features include adaptive cruise control.

Similar vehicles

If you're interested in the 2020 Ford Explorer, you should also check out these similar vehicles from Previous generation years.

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The Ford Expedition is a large SUV that was redesigned for the 2018 model year. It comes standard with a twin-turbocharged 375-hp V6 engine; a 400-hp V6 engine is an available option. The 2018-2021 Expedition comes standard with seating for eight and offers seating for seven with available second-row captain's chairs. In 2021, a two-row Expedition that seats five became available. The 2018-2021 Expedition has 20.9 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row and 63.6 cubic feet behind the second row.

You'll find these features on the 2018-2021 Ford Expedition:

  • Touchscreen with SYNC® infotainment system

  • Ford MyKey® for speed and volume control

  • Four USB ports

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

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RepairPal gave the Ford Explorer an overall reliability rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Above Average. This rating ranks Ford Explorer 23rd out of 32 among Midsize SUVs.

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Ford Explorer features and specs

Base 2WD 4D Sport Utility

Standard Features

  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • Cloth Seats
  • Cruise Control
  • Fold-Away Third Row
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Parking Sensors
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear View Camera
  • Side Airbags
  • Sync System
  • Third Row Seat
  • Traction Control
  • Turbo Charged Engine
  • Automated Cruise Control
  • Automated Parking
  • Full Roof Rack
  • Navigation System
  • Panoramic Sunroof
  • Parking Sensors
  • Power Folding Third Row
  • Power Hatch/Deck Lid
  • Quad Seats
  • Rear Air Conditioning
  • Rear Entertainment System
  • Remote Start
  • Running Boards
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Smart Key
  • Tow Hitch

Drive Wheels

Rear Wheel Drive (2WD)

Engine size

2.3L

Horsepower

300

Torque (ft-lbs)

310

Engine type

Turbo Gas

Fuel capacity

19.2

Wheelbase

119.1"

Overall length

198.8"

Width

78.9"

Height

69.9"

Leg room

F 43"/M 39"/R 32.2"

Head room

F 40.7"/M 40.5"/R 38.9"

Front tires

P255/65HR18

Rear tires

P255/65HR18

Seating capacity

7

Max towing capacity

530/5300 lbs.

Transmission

Automatic

2020 Ford Explorer FAQ

More about the 2020 Ford Explorer

Color options

Exterior colors

  • Agate Black Metallic

  • Atlas Blue Metallic

  • Blue Metallic

  • Iconic Silver Metallic

  • Magnetic Metallic

  • Oxford White

  • Rapid Red Metallic Tinted Clearcoat

  • Rich Copper Metallic Tinted Clearcoat

  • Silver Spruce Metallic

  • Star White Metallic Tri-Coat

Interior details

  • Cargo room behind the third row is 18.2 cubic feet; that grows to 87.8 cubic feet behind the first row when the second and third rows are folded down.

  • The 2020 Ford Explorer seats seven passengers in three rows, six with optional second-row captain's chairs.

  • Advanced interior technology features include an available wireless charging pad (standard on Limited and Hybrid), FordPass Connect Wi-Fi service for up to 10 devices, and SYNC® 3 system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Waze navigation.

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