- 1 What’s New In The 2020 Edition
- 2 A Quick Review – What Does Ford Explorer Have To Offer?
- 3 A New King Of Crossover SUVs?
- 4 Trim Levels – Sorting Through The Available Options
- 5 Trim Levels – Features, Prices, And Packages
- 6 What Are Platinum And ST All About?
- 7 How Does It Feel On The Road?
- 8 Interior Quality, Space, Comfort
- 9 The Verdict
What’s New In The 2020 Edition
- Builds Up On The 6th Generation Revealed In 2020
- Fully Redesigned For 2020
- A Brand-New ST Trim
- An All-New Hybrid Edition
- A Turbocharged V6 Engine
- Impressive Line-Up Of Driver Assist And Safety Features
- More Passenger/Cargo Room Than Ever Before
- Powerful Engines With RWD And Better Towing
- A Quiet, Comfortable Cabin
- One Of The Most Tech-Savvy SUVs
- Exterior Styling Is Basically The Same
- The Higher Trims Are A Bit Too Expensive
- Might Still Feel A Bit Ponderous
- Chevrolet Traverse
- Mazda CX-9
- Honda CR-V/Pilot
- Toyota Highlander
|Starting Price: 32.7K USD||Number Of Seats: 7||Powertrain: 300HP, 310 lb-ft.||Drivetrain: RWD/AWD|
|Fuel Economy: 14 miles per gallon city/20mpg hwy||Configuration: 3-Row Mid-Size SUV||Warranty: 3years/36K miles||Transmission: 10-speed automatic|
Overall Rating: 8.5/10
Ride Quality: 8/10
Value For Money: 8.5/10
A Quick Review – What Does Ford Explorer Have To Offer?
First of all, I want to mention that the 5th-gen Explorer was revealed in 2011. Since then, we haven’t seen any significant changes. For this industry, it’s a bit too long, and, thankfully, with Ford Explorer 2020, we’re finally witnessing the introduction of the 6th gen. The brand-new edition went through numerous changes and now features a larger, more stylish interior, RWD, and brand-new safety elements.
In my opinion, the 2011-2019 line-up was pretty great and managed to hold its own against the rivals. However, it was clear that with each year, Explorer was lagging more and more behind the competition. The biggest question is – will that change in 2020? Well, the brand-new turbocharged V6 definitely deserves our attention. Plus, there’s a Hybrid edition, which promises to make the rivals nervous.
A New King Of Crossover SUVs?
Along with V6, you’ll also be able to pack the good old 4-cyl under the hood (it’s got more kick this year, by the way). As for the Hybrid, sadly, there isn’t much info about its fuel efficiency, but Ford officials claim it will be impressive. The list of safety features is more impressive than ever before. Even the entry-level Explorer trim features the Co-Pilot360 package that used to be sold separately.
With it, the drivers get pre-collision warning, lane departure warning/keeping assist, and blind-spot monitoring – the most important safety elements. For people that need even more safety features, there’s an additional package that’s available on XLT and all the higher trims. Yes, it means that in contrast to the previous models, with this one, you can get all the driver aids on the affordable trims.
Chris Billman, Ford Co-Pilot360 Engineering Manager: It’s not about filling the vehicle with technology for technology’s sake. It’s about improving the experience, making driving less stressful and helping the driver to feel more confident behind the wheel.
Overall, the brand-new Ford Explorer 2020 is shaping up to be quite the crowd-pleaser. Hopefully, it will even make the market of 3-row crossover SUVs shake a little, as it’s been “dangling” at the same spot for years now. Chevy’s Traverse, Honda’s Pilot and Toyota’s Highlander are its biggest stars right now. Yet, Ford’s beast has more than enough trumps up its sleeve to compete with these fine models.
Trim Levels – Sorting Through The Available Options
As mentioned earlier, this is a 3-row SUV (a mid-sizer) that can take in up to 7 passengers (or 6, if you go with the cap’s chair). The base model, called Explorer, costs 32.7K USD, which is an average price for a car in this segment. Along with the safety tech we discussed in the previous chapter, you’ll also get a decent set of convenience features.
XLT can be yours for 34.4K. Limited, the golden middle for this model, comes with a price-tag of 42.7K. Platinum (58.1K) used to be the highest trims last year. The same is true for 2020, but, how that ST is here, we have a new expensive tier: it costs 54.7K on the American market. Let us talk about each trim in more details to see whether they’re worth the money or not.
Trim Levels – Features, Prices, And Packages
Again, the cheapest trim – Ford Explorer 2020 – has a lot to offer. The list includes 18-inch wheels, rear parking sensors, dual-zone (auto) climate control, an 8-inch screen, full Smartphone compatibility, 2 USBs, satellite radio, and 6 speakers for surround sound. That’s quite a lot for an entry-level trim, isn’t it? And I didn’t even mention every single feature from Co-Pilot360 (which now comes standard).
Auto high beams, rear cross-traffic alert, and pedestrian detection will make sure your car is safe and sound. Explorer, XLT, and Limited come packed with the same 2.3-lit 4-cyl turbo-charged engine, capable of 300HP and 310 lb-ft. RWD (real-wheel drive) is standard; AWD (all-wheel drive) is also available. As for the transmission, the only choice for all the trims is a 10-speed automatic.
If you want keyless ignition/entry, heating for the mirrors, high-quality cloth upholstery, two additional USBs, a power passenger seat, and more, the XLT tier is what you need. With it, the drivers can purchase two additional packages. The first one, 202A, adds an 8-way power seat, (simulated) leather for the seats, LED foglights, and more. Co-Pilot360 Assist+ offers navigation, advanced lane keeping, and adaptive cruise control.
Folks living in colder countries will definitely appreciate the Cold Weather package.
It features heating for the 1st-/2nd-row seats, for the steering wheel, and also a windshield wiper/de-iser. Limited, the next trim, is available both as a traditional SUV and as a Hybrid (with a 3.3-lit V6 and a hybrid engine, good for 318HP).
Auto wipers, true leather, ventilation for the front seats, power-folding 3rd-row seats, better breaks, and 20-inch wheels are part of the deal. You’ll also get HD radio with 12 (!) speakers, a 110-volt outlet, noise cancellation (works like a charm), and more. Now let us talk about the most expensive deals available with Ford Explorer 2020.
What Are Platinum And ST All About?
With these two trims, you’ll get the brand-new 3.0-lit turbo V6, a fine-tuned suspension, and unique styling. For better towing, the Trailer Tow package is fantastic (it’s available as an option with XLT and Limited). Sporty (front) seats, auto emergency braking, and a fancy digital instrumental panel turn ST into a premium-level car.
The most expensive trim, Platinum, costs almost twice as the entry-level Ford Explorer 2020.
Interesting fact: while the V6 on the ST is good for 400HP and 415 lb-ft, the V6 on Platinum only puts out 365HP and 380 lf-ft. of torque. Stylish tail-/head-lights, leather for the interior, and high-quality leather for the seats will make the crossover look even more up-to-date.
How Does It Feel On The Road?
Driving the latest Explorer, you’ll be in total control of the steering wheel and the brakes. In the segment of mid-size SUVs, these are some of the best. ST is the most sport-oriented trim and is more fun to drive. Handling and acceleration are also quite impressive. This car can go from zero to 60mph in just about 6 seconds, which is an above-average result for a vehicle of this size.
Furthermore, with the AWD drivetrain, you’ll be able to conquer the closest forest or desert. However, for the best ride quality, I wouldn’t suggest going with the brand-new ST. Even the most basic Explorer feels much better on a bumpy road. Noise reduction is another reason to love Ford’s engineers: you won’t hear the engine running, even when hitting that gas pedal on a busy highway.
Interior Quality, Space, Comfort
I already mentioned that with the premium-level trims, you’ll get fantastic material quality for the seats and the interior. Add an increased amount of space for the passengers and the cargo, and you’ll get a no-brainer. Explorer has always been one of the most comfortable SUVs out there, and with the latest developments, it’s on par with Pilot and Highlander.
Ford Explorer 2020 successfully introduces a series of new features into the somewhat outdated SUV. Thanks to the increased interior/cargo room, additional “umph” in the engines, and the new line-up of safety features, this car is a must-have. Plus, for the first time, Explorer is available as a Hybrid vehicle, which should attract a lot of families on a budget.
Sadly, on the outside, this is the same car; it’s still looking quite nice, though. If you’re looking for a reliable, durable, relatively fuel-efficient, techy, and comfy ride, make sure to put this model on your top-3 list.
This is a brand-new mid-size crossover SUV, a decent competition for the best offers on the market.
Don’t forget to watch the video to see Explorer in more details.