2020 Ford Explorer in Manchester NH




As its name suggests, the 2020 Ford Explorer is built to tackle nearly any adventure you throw at it. The long-awaited new generation of this deservedly popular utility vehicle brings with it a completely refreshed interior, exterior, and under-the-hood components. There's also more passenger and cargo space, higher available towing capacity, more powerful available engines, and additional advanced driver safety and technology features.

Another big change is the return to rear-wheel drive: Ford had switched the Explorer to a front-wheel-drive crossover platform in 2011, to mixed reviews. Enthusiasts are happy about this platform change, as the rear-wheel/four-wheel drivetrain takes the iconic vehicle back to its true roots as an SUV, when all large utilities were built like trucks with body-on-frame construction. This new incarnation gives its occupants a more comfortable ride, though, thanks to its modular unibody construction, which balances a crossover feel with the toughness of a truck.


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Trims and Mechanical Features

The 2020 Explorer comes in five trims: base, XLT, Limited, ST, and Platinum. The base, XLT, and Limited trims have a turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 300 horsepower and 310 lb.-ft. of torque; it is paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive, with all-wheel drive availability. The ST trim gets a more powerful turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 (400 horsepower and 415 lb.-ft. of torque). The Platinum model has the same engine as the ST trim, but with lower output: 365 horsepower and 380 lb.-ft. of torque.

The base Explorer is equipped with 18-inch wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, an eight-way power driver's seat, 40/20/40-split second-row seating, 50/50-split third-row seating, LED headlights, a power liftgate, and some modern infotainment features. The XLT trim adds heated mirrors, push-to-start ignition, noise-reducing front windows, premium cloth upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with paddle shifters, power-operated driver lumbar support, and a power passenger seat. The Limited model upgrades to 20-inch wheels, automatic wipers, a hands-free liftgate, power-folding mirrors, leather seating, power-folding second- and third-row seats, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. The ST receives a sport-tuned suspension, unique styling accents, a Trailer Tow package, sport front seats, and an auto-dimming exterior driver side mirror. The Platinum adds a two-panel sunroof, premium leather upholstery, adaptive headlights, and trim-specific taillights.


  The 2020 Explorer has all of the infotainment technology that people expect from modern-day vehicles. Even the base comes standard with an 8-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, two USB ports, and a six-speaker audio system with satellite radio. The XLT includes two additional USB ports, while the Limited trim adds a 110-volt power outlet, active noise cancellation, and a premium Bang & Olufsen 12-speaker sound system with HD radio. The ST and Platinum trims also have an available Premium Technology package, which includes a 10.1-inch touchscreen and 14-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system.


All Explorer models are equipped with state-of-the-art advanced driver safety technology through Ford's Co-Pilot360 suite. In the base model, this means automatic high beams, rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, lane departure warning and mitigation, a blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert, and pre-collision warning with pedestrian detection and automatic emergency braking. The Limited trim adds the Ford Co-Pilot360 Assist+ package, which includes a navigation system, adaptive cruise control, upgraded lane keeping assist, and a driver-assistive feature for semi-automated sharp maneuvers when a car in front of you makes an abrupt stop. The ST also adds reverse automatic emergency braking and automated parallel and perpendicular parking.