2020 Ford Explorer SUV: Performance, Features, and Price

 

With a pedigree stretching back nearly three decades, the Ford Explorer has earned its place at the head of the three-row SUV pack. But in today's competitive market, there's no room to stand still.

For 2020, the Explorer has been given a ground-up overhaul to ensure it remains a SUV for today. What are the main features to look for in the 2020 Ford Explorer?

Fuel Economy and Performance Balancing

The first thing to note is that the 2020 models have an unusual combination of rear-wheel and four-wheel drive. Unlike previous Explorer versions which were based around a front-wheel drive design, the 2020 release sends the majority of its power to the rear wheels.

But when necessary, the transmission's active technology will also drive all four wheels to improve traction. This setup seamlessly switches between rear-wheel and four-wheel drive to find the optimal balance of handling and fuel consumption.

At it's best, the gas engine Explorer can achieve highly respectable fuel economy figures of 8.7L / 100km on the highway and 11.6L / 100km in the city.

2020 Ford Explorer SUV

Engine Choices

There are several types of engine available to power this drivetrain configuration. As standard, the 2.3L i-4 engine produces 300hp and 310lb-ft of torque, ample for a SUV in this class.

But if you want a little more power, the top-line 3.0L V6 twin turbo engine can push out up to 400hp and 415lb-ft of torque. And lastly, there's also a hybrid option which combines a powerful 3.3L V6 gas engine with an electric motor, improving the highway fuel economy to 10.1L / 100km.

All of the gas engines are paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission, with selectshift and active transmission warm-up features.

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Interior Tech and Comfort

Any modern three-row SUV should offer a comfortable ride, and the Explorer doesn't disappoint. Seating up to eight, the first two rows offer plenty of space for adults to travel in comfort, while the rear row is perhaps better suited to younger passengers. Both the front and rear seats are heated on every trim level.

For infotainment, all trims offer a touchscreen system which controls the extensive media functions while also offering a wide range of driving assistance information. At the Platinum trim level, the touchscreen is a huge 10.2", one of the largest on the market.

Safety Features

All models of the Explorer for sale in 2020 come with extensive safety features as standard, including:

- Blind spot monitoring.

- Brake assist system with ABS.

- Lane keeping assist with departure warnings.

- Adaptive cruise control.

- Reversing camera.

And of course, there's a full set of airbags for driver, front passenger, and both rear rows.

2020 Ford Explorer Pricing

The entry-level Explorer XLT has a starting price of $45,199, rising to $64,599 for the top of the range Platinum model. If you're looking at the hybrid option, it can be yours starting from $52,199.

Test Drive the Ford Explorer for Sale in Alberta

To see the 2020 Ford Explorer in action, contact us to arrange a test drive of any model from the low-cost XLT right up to the luxurious Platinum.

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