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2020 Ford Explorer Review with Prices, Photos, & Specs

2020 Ford Explorer Model Overview at Germain Ford of Beavercreek

Key Features

  • Starting at $36,675 MSRP*
  • Standard 2.3L EcoBoost® I-4, available 3.0L twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6, or available 3.3L Hybrid Powertrain
  • All-new 10-speed transmission and optional Intelligent 4WD with Terrain Management System™
  • Ford Co-Pilot360™ suite of driver-assist technologies
  • Standard 8-inch digital touch screen with SYNC® 3 and FordPass Connect™ Wi-Fi service
  • Available PowerFold® third-row seats and new E-Z entry second-row seats
  • Optional B&O Sound System by Bang & Olufsen
  • Available 360-degree camera with split-view

About the Ford Explorer

Holding the distinction of being America’s best-selling SUV of all time, the legendary Ford Explorer has been completely redesigned for 2020. Stronger, lighter, and leaner than its predecessor, the Explorer now boasts the most extensive model lineup in its iconic history. Balancing power with efficiency, EcoBoost® engine options and groundbreaking new tech features help you create lasting memories. Reimagined from the ground up, the new rear-wheel drive architecture helps add even more capability to the Explorer. A new premium interior is loaded with extra space and innovative connectivity features. Ford Co-Pilot360™ allows you to hit the highway with confidence by protecting you from the unexpected. Confident styling cues help you stand out in a sea of ordinary SUVs. Spanning from the capable XLT to the luxurious Platinum, buyers will have virtually endless ways to find an Explorer that perfectly suits their needs.

What the Critics Say

“The sixth-generation Explorer looks to be an exciting new chapter for the venerable SUV, and one that might shake up the midsize three-row segment.” — Edmunds

“Besides a new chassis, new styling, new powertrains, and new model variants, the 2020 Ford Explorer also brings a more upscale interior and enhanced tech features.” — Kelley Blue Book

Ford Explorer Features

Ford Explorer Performance

Inspired Performance & New Architecture

Entirely redesigned from the ground up, the all-new Explorer now rides on a rear-wheel drive platform which helps magnify both on- and off-road capabilities. The re-engineered 2.3-liter engine delivers 300 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque, with increased performance over the outgoing Explorer equipped with the same engine. Serving as the foundation of the ST and Platinum powertrains, the optional 3.0L EcoBoost® V6 engine produces either 365 or 400 horsepower depending on the trim. All 2020 Explorer models come paired with a new 10-speed automatic transmission. For maximum efficiency, a new Explorer Limited Hybrid is equipped with an advanced 3.3L Hybrid Powertrain. With the available 4WD with Terrain Management System™, the Explorer is ready for the road ahead. Standard trailer sway control selectively brakes and adjusts engine power to regulate trailer control, great for hauling your biggest toys along for your next weekend getaway.

Ford Explorer Interior

Versatile Interior

After carefully examining each detail, the interior of the Ford Explorer is engineered to deliver the flexibility you need to make the most of your weekend. Giving you plenty of room for your next adventure, the Explorer features up to 87 cubic feet of cargo space behind the first row. Optional multicontour seats with Active Motion® offer greater comfort for the driver and front passenger. Featuring room for up to 7 passengers, the optional third-row PowerFold® seats make it easy to carry both passengers and cargo. The sleek exterior of the Explorer is not only eye-catching, but it also helps create additional rear-seat headroom for one of the most spacious cabins in its class. An available 980-watt 14-speaker B&O premium audio system is sure to be a hit with music fans of all ages..

Ford Explorer Technology

Cutting-Edge Tech & Safety Features

Ford Explorer comes standard with Ford Co-Pilot360™, a collection of driver-assist technologies. These features include Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking, Blind Spot Information System with Cross-Traffic Alert, a rearview camera with built-in lens cleaner, Lane-Keeping System, and auto headlamps with auto high-beams. Option Active Park Assist 2.0 is a class-exclusive feature which gives the driver the ability to park in a parallel or perpendicular spot with a touch of a button.

Standard SYNC® 3 and FordPass Connect™ Wi-Fi service deliver an unrivaled infotainment experience, viewed on either an 8-inch digital touchscreen or the available 10.1-inch capacitive portrait touchscreen. A 12.3-inch customizable gauge cluster on ST and Platinum trims lets you customize the look and functions of key drive information

Trims & Specs

Ford Explorer XLT

Explorer XLT

  • Starting at $36,675 MSRP*
  • 2.3L EcoBoost® I-4 with 10-speed automatic transmission
  • Power Liftgate
  • Ford Co-Pilot360™
  • FordPass Connect™ 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot with SYNC® 3
  • 18-inch Five-Spoke Sparkle Silver-Painted Aluminum wheels

Ford Explorer Limited

Explorer Limited (Limited Hybrid Available)

  • Starting at $48,130 MSRP*
  • Available Hybrid Powertrain
  • B&O Sound system by Bang & Olufsen
  • Leather seating surfaces with micro-perforation and accent stitching, second-row heated captain seats
  • Ford Co-Pilot360™ Assist+ and 360-Degree Camera
  • Intelligent Access with Push-Button Start

Ford Explorer ST

Explorer ST

  • Starting at $54,740 MSRP*
  • 3.0L EcoBoost® V6 Engine with Auto Start-Stop Technology
  • Unique sport-tuned independent front and rear suspension
  • ST Interior with PowerFold® third row
  • 20-inch machined aluminum wheels
  • Intelligent 4WD with Terrain Management System™

Ford Explorer Platinum

Explorer Platinum

  • Starting at $58,250 MSRP*
  • Tri-Diamond Perforated Leather Seating Surfaces with Accent Stitching
  • Voice-Activated Navigation System
  • Active Park Assist 2.0
  • Twin-panel moonroof
  • Heated, leather-wrapped steering wheel with paddle shifters

*MSRP for base vehicle. Excludes destination/delivery fee plus government fees and taxes, any finance charges, any dealer processing charge, any electronic filing charge, and any emission testing charge. Optional equipment not included. Starting A, Z and X Plan price is for qualified, eligible customers and excludes document fee, destination/delivery charge, taxes, title and registration. Not all vehicles qualify for A, Z or X Plan. All Mustang Shelby GT350 and Shelby GT350R prices exclude gas guzzler tax. Vehicle image shown is for illustration purposes only and may not be base vehicle.