2020 Ford Explorer Specs, Release Dates, Prices

Ford today introduces its all-new 2020 Ford Explorer – a complete redesign of America’s all-time best-selling SUV – that now features the broadest model lineup ever, more power and space, and smart new technologies to help tackle life’s adventures.

The well-appointed Explorer Platinum tops the lineup, now loaded with even more technology and creature comforts for both driver and passengers, including an available 10.1-inch portrait-mounted touch screen with full-screen maps, traffic-sensing Ford Co-Pilot360 driver-assist innovations, and features that can help reduce stress such as available Reverse Brake Assist and Active Park Assist 2.0.

The latest SUV from Ford Performance, the all-new Explorer ST debuts for 2020 as the most powerful, most fun-to-drive Explorer to date. Its specially tuned 3.0-liter EcoBoost engine is projected to produce 400 horsepower and 415 lb.-ft. of torque, enabling Explorer ST to reach a targeted top track speed of 143 mph.

Also debuting is an all-new no-compromise hybrid SUV designed to offer both performance and capability in one fuel-efficient package. The 2020 Ford Explorer Hybrid’s 3.3-liter hybrid engine produces 318 system horsepower combined. The hybrid version is projected to return an EPA-estimated range of more than 500 miles between fill-ups in rear-wheel-drive configuration.

With its quick-shifting 10-speed automatic transmission, available Intelligent Four-Wheel Drive plus a Terrain Management System featuring seven selectable drive modes, the new 2020 Ford Explorer is built to tackle virtually any adventure. Vehicles equipped with the 3.0-liter EcoBoost can tow up to 5,600 pounds, while those outfitted with the 2.3-liter EcoBoost can tow up to 5,300 pounds when properly equipped.

Other advanced technology offerings include an available wireless charging pad, FordPass Connect Wi-Fi service for up to 10 devices, and the latest SYNC 3 system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Waze navigation compatibility. The all-new SUV arrives this summer.


The 2020 Ford Explorer is a three-row midsize SUV with sea for seven passengers. The optional second-row captain’s chairs reduces capacity to six. There are five trim levels available: base, XLT, Limited, ST, and Platinum.

Standard equipment for the base Explorer ($32,765) includes 18-inch wheels, LED headlights, rear privacy glass, a power liftgate, rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, dual-zone automatic climate control, a driver information display, an eight-way power driver’s seat, a 40/20/40-split second-row seat, a 50/50-split third-row seat, a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, an 8-inch touchscreen, two USB ports, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality, and a six-speaker audio system with satellite radio.

The Explorer also comes standard with Ford’s Co-Pilot360 suite of safety features, which includes automatic high beams, a blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert, lane departure warning and mitigation, and pre-collision warning with pedestrian detection and automatic emergency braking.

The XLT ($36,675) adds roof rails, heated mirrors, keyless entry and ignition, sound-reducing front side windows, an upgraded driver information screen, upgraded cloth upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with wheel-mounted paddle shifters, two-way power driver lumbar adjustment, a power passenger seat with height adjustment, and two additional USB ports for the second row.

Notable optional for the XLT is the 202A package, which adds silver-painted elements at the bottom of the bumpers, LED foglights, remote engine start, simulated-leather upholstery, and an eight-way power passenger seat with power lumbar adjustment. The Ford Co-Pilot360 Assist+ package adds adaptive cruise control, improved lane keeping assist and a navigation system. It also includes a feature that assists the driver in performing evasive maneuvers when the car in front is slowing or stopped. The Cold Weather package adds a windshield wiper de-icer, heated front and second-row seats, and a heated steering wheel.

Both the Limited ($48,130) and the Limited Hybrid ($53,375) include the above features. The Limited Hybrid has a 3.3-liter V6 mated to a hybrid powertrain (318 hp combined). Upgrades for these trims include 20-inch wheels, upgraded rear brakes, automatic wipers, front parking sensors, power-folding mirrors, a hands-free liftgate, ambient interior lighting, driver-seat memory functions, a power-adjustable steering wheel, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, ventilated front seats, leather upholstery, power-assisted folding and heated second-row seats, power-folding third-row seats, second-row sunshades, a 110-volt household-style power outlet, a 12-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system with HD radio, a 360-degree parking camera and a wireless charging pad. The Limited’s available 310A package includes 20-inch wheels and an active noise cancellation system.

The 2020 Ford Explorer ST ($54,740) get a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6, 20-inch wheels and a sport-tuned suspension, special styling cues, an auto-dimming exterior mirror on the driver side, a digital instrument panel, sport front seats, automated parallel and perpendicular parking, reverse automatic emergency braking and the Trailer Tow package (optional on XLT and Limited models). The ST can also be equipped with the ST Street Pack and ST Track Pack. Both have 21-inch wheels, red-painted calipers and upgraded brakes.

The Explorer Platinum ($58,250) has the same engine as the ST but with a lower output. You also get adaptive headlights, unique taillights, leather-wrapped interior trim, upgraded leather upholstery and a two-piece sunroof (optional on the XLT and Limited).

The Premium Technology package is available for ST and Platinum models, adding massaging front seats, a 10.1-inch touchscreen and a 14-speaker Bang & Olufsen premium audio system.


The 2020 Ford Explorer comes standard with a third row of seats that accommodates two passengers. The base Explorer’s second row is a 3-person bench, making for a total seating capacity of seven. Higher trim levels have a pair of captain’s chairs in the second row, meaning they seat a maximum of six. Ford claims the new Explorer has a bit more hip-room and headroom than before, and the 2nd-row seats now can slide fore and aft, a common feature that helps apportion space depending on requirements.

The top-spec Platinum ups its game with leather not just on the seating surfaces but also on the dashboard and the door panels—luxury touches befitting its lofty price. Other niceties include heated front and rear seats and a heated steering wheel.

The dashboard layout is logical and uncluttered. It’s also unobtrusive because it only projects toward the driver where necessary, such as to get the touchscreen, stereo knobs and climate controls within easy reach. An 8-inch landscape-oriented touchscreen is standard from base to Limited. The Platinum and the ST get an optional 10.1-inch portrait-oriented screen. We tried both and frankly prefer the standard screen. A longer drive might change our minds about the bigger offering, but all we could think about was how it robbed us of a clever storage shelf.

Cargo volume shrinks slightly in the 2020 Ford Explorer, although the load floor now measures 48.1 inches in width between the wheelwells—its narrowest point meaning that 4’ x 8’ building materials can lay flat. The cargo floor is reversible, with carpet on one side and vinyl on the other. On some trim levels, the power liftgate can be opened by kicking a foot under the rear bumper, and power-folding of the 3rd-row seats is available.


Last year’s 3.5-liter V6 engine is gone from the 2020 Ford Explorer lineup. The turbocharged 2.3-liter EcoBoost 4-cylinder takes over as the standard powerplant for 2020. At the same time, it adds 20 more ponies for a total of 300 horsepower along with 310 lb-ft of torque, which is more than most V6 competitors. A 3.0-liter EcoBoost V6 with 365 horsepower and 380 lb-ft of torque is exclusive to the Platinum. Powering the sporty new Explorer ST is a 400-hp version of the same engine, with 415 lb-ft of torque. Finally, the Explorer Hybrid joins the family for the first time, and pairs a 3.3-liter V6 with an electric motor. All engines use a 10-speed automatic transmission.

The base, XLT, Limited, and Hybrid models are available with rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive. The Explorer ST and Platinum come standard with four-wheel drive. Ford’s Terrain Management System consists of a series of drive modes selectable via a knob on the center console, altering dynamics including accelerator sensitivity, transmission shifting, steering effort, suspension firmness, traction-control programming, and all-wheel-drive torque management. Available modes include:

  • Normal: seeks to balance comfortable motoring with some driving excitement, is intended for everyday driving.
  • Sport: sharpens the throttle response and steering while providing quicker shifts.
  • Eco: via throttle and gearbox adjustments, maximizes the fuel range of the 2020 Ford Explorer. This does come with a small sacrifice in performance.
  • Tow/Haul: improves the action of the transmission while you’re towing with your Explorer. Upshifts occur at higher engine speeds to reduce the frequency of shifts, and more engine braking is allowed, making life easier for the Explorer’s brakes during descents. The amount of downshift braking is related directly to how much pressure the driver applies to the brakes.
  • Slippery: makes continual adjustments to the Explorer’s throttle response, transmission shifting schedule and traction control to help this Ford SUV keep moving on wet grass, slushy roads or any surface that might be covered in, say, a thin layer of sand or gravel.
  • Deep Snow/Sand: steady adjustments to the throttle, shift points and traction control, this mode keeps the vehicle going, even in deep sand.
  • Trail: intended for use in muddy, rutted, soft or uneven terrain. As in the Deep Snow/Sand model, the forward mobility is significantly enhanced via a shift schedule and traction control tailored specifically the given condition.

Note: Rear-wheel-drive (RWD) 2020 Ford Explorers also are equipped with the Terrain Management System, but it doesn’t include the Deep Snow/Sand mode.

2.3-liter turbocharged inline-4 (Base, XLT, Limited)
300 @ 5500 rpm
310 @ 3500 rpm
Towing capacity: 5300 lbs.
Fuel capacity: 17.9 gal
EPA fuel economy city/highway: 21/28 mpg (RWD), 20/27 mpg (AWD)

3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 (Platinum)
365 @ 5500 rpm
380 @ 3500 rpm
Towing capacity: 5600 lbs.
Fuel capacity: 20.2 gal
EPA fuel economy city/highway: 18/24 mpg (AWD)

3.3-liter V6/electric motor (Hybrid)
318 horsepower
322 lb-ft of torque
Towing capacity: 5000 lbs.
Fuel capacity: 17.9 gal
EPA fuel economy city/highway: 27/29 mpg (RWD), 23/26 mpg (AWD)
Estimated range: 500 miles

3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 (ST)
400 horsepower
415 lb-ft of torque
Zero to 60 mph: 5.0 sec
Zero to 100 mph: 13.3 sec
Standing ¼-mile: 13.6 sec
Top speed: 143 mph
Towing capacity: 5600 lbs.
Fuel capacity: 20.2 gal
EPA fuel economy city/highway: 18/24 mpg (AWD)

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