The Ford Explorer has been a pioneer in the rise of SUV sales since the early 1990s, and its 2020 model is packed with must-have features and remarkable capability. Its three rows of seats and vast cargo area make it perfect for large families on their daily excursions. In addition, you have an array of powertrain options to choose from - whether that be a reliable turbocharged four cylinder engine, an eco-friendly hybrid option or even a robust twin-turbo V6!
Boasting a comfortable ride, an exclusive sport-tuned model and plenty of amenities like automated emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, Apple CarPlay & Android Auto compatibility; the 2020 Explorer's broad lineup has something to offer anyone. Unfortunately it does have some drawbacks such as unexciting interior design and cramped third row seating but the SUV that began it all still diligently serves its purpose in delivering reliable transportation for many.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
The Base, XLT, and Limited trims come with a 300-hp turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine that propels the Explorer forward with great power. If your lead foot desires more energy to explore then check out either the 365-horsepower twin turbo 3.0L V6 in the Platinum model or take it up a notch further by selecting from our sporty Explorer ST line which is backed by an impressive 400 hp version of this same engine!
Making its debut in 2020, the Explorer's hybrid model has a 3.3-liter V6 engine and an electric motor merged together for a maximum power of 318 horsepower. With appropriate equipment, it can tow up to 5600 pounds! The all-new rear wheel drive platform is installed beneath this SUV but customers still have the option of selecting an All Wheel Drive as well; both versions boast 10 speed automatic transmission! Although providing agreeable and composed ride quality, if you're looking for some serious performance then check out the ST variant which provides more strength with stiffer suspension that makes it a great option in terms of performance SUVs.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
If you're looking for an efficient drive, the 2020 Explorer is your car. With countless powertrain and drivetrain options at your disposal, this vehicle boasts up to 27 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on highways -the best of its class- when it's driven with rear wheel traction. On the other hand, if all-wheel drive is necessary for you, expect a minor drop of 3/4mpg on cities/highways respectively.
On our 200-mile real-world route, the latter model yielded only 24 mpg on the highway. Interestingly enough, its 400-hp counterpart earned an impressive 25 mpg - outperforming even its EPA rating by a single mile per gallon! Additionally, we tested out the four cylinder Explorer with all wheel drive; and contrary to what the government estimated (20 city/27 highway), we observed 28 mpg along our trip.
Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
The 2020 Explorer received a five-star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) but missed out on a Top Safety Pick award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) due to a merely Acceptable score in the small overlap front crash test. Every Explorer is also outfitted with a host of standard driver-assistance technology and available with upgrades such as self-parking assist.
Is a Ford Explorer reliable?
The 2023 Ford Explorer has a predicted reliability score of 83 out of 100. A J.D. Power predicted reliability score of 91-100 is considered the Best, 81-90 is Great, 70-80 is Average and 0-69 is Fair and considered below average.
Is the traverse or Explorer better?
If you're looking for the SUV with the most cargo room, go with the Chevy Traverse. The new 2022 Chevy Traverse provides eight-passenger seating and up to 98.2 cubic feet of cargo volume. The Ford Explorer only gives you 87.8 cubic feet of cargo space.
Is Explorer better than Acadia?
The GMC Acadia and Ford Explorer are both legitimate SUVs, and it really comes down to what you're looking for from your vehicle. The Acadia generally offers more for the money, and it's the better option if smooth driving and interior comfort and quality are your priorities.