2020 Ford Explorer in MA

   
       

Overview

       

For those looking for a dependable and adventure-ready SUV, there is no better choice than the all-new 2020 Explorer. This versatile SUV has been a huge success since it debuted in 1991, and the upcoming model year will be no exception - especially since it's been completely redesigned. The soon-to-be-released version features a totally fresh exterior and interior appearance, more passenger and cargo space, better capabilities, and more active safety features. SUV aficionados will also be glad to hear that it's gone back to a rear-wheel-drive layout, with unibody construction, dramatically improving its overall balance, towing stability, and performance. Now, let's take a closer look at what makes this long-popular SUV so desirable.

       

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Mechanical Specs and Fuel Economy

   

The '20 Explorer offers two engines this model year: a turbocharged 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder and a more powerful turbocharged 3.0-liter EcoBoost V6 engine. The four-cylinder is paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission, delivering 300 horsepower and 310 lb.-ft. of torque. The V6, available on the higher-tier trims, makes a whopping 400 horsepower and 415 lb.-ft. of torque. The Explorer also offers all-wheel-drive for those that need a bit more traction for inclement weather, rough terrain, or towing. A rear-wheel-drive Explorer with the 2.3-liter engine gets an EPA-estimated 24 mpg city/highway combined, while the all-wheel-drive model is rated at 23 mpg combined.

   
   

   

Trim-Specific Features

   

There are five available trim levels: Base, XLT, Limited, ST, and Platinum. The Base trim comes standard with 18-inch wheels, an eight-way power driver's seat, 40/20/40-split second-row seating and 50/50-split third-row seating, a power liftgate, dual-zone automatic climate control, LED headlights, and some user-friendly infotainment features. Next, the XLT includes push-to-start ignition, heated mirrors, premium cloth upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, paddle shifters, power-operated driver lumbar support, a power passenger seat, and noise-reducing front windows for a quieter driving experience. The Limited trim adds 20-inch wheels, a hands-free power liftgate, power-folding mirrors, automatic wipers, leather upholstery, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and power-folding second- and third-row seating. The ST comes standard with some unique styling accents, a sport-tuned suspension and sport front seats, a Trailer Tow package, and an auto-dimming exterior driver side mirror. Finally, the top-of-the-heap Platinum model receives premium leather upholstery, trim-exclusive taillights and adaptive headlights, and a two-piece sunroof.

   
   

Passenger Comfort and Amenities

   

This 7-passenger vehicle is loaded with all sorts of modern technology to keep all occupants entertained. To start, the Base model is equipped with an 8-inch touchscreen featuring Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, two USB ports, and a six-speaker sound system with satellite radio capability. Upgrading to the XLT adds two USB ports, while the Limited trim receives active noise cancellation, a 110-volt power outlet, and a Bang & Olufsen 12-speaker audio system with HD radio. The ST and Platinum trims also offer a Premium Technology package, including a 14-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system and a larger 10.1-inch touchscreen display.

   
   

Safety

   

The Explorer's Co-Pilot360 technology features some of the most advanced driver safety features available. Even the base Explorer comes standard with rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, automatic high beams, lane departure warning and mitigation, a pre-collision warning with pedestrian detection and automatic emergency braking, and a blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert. The Limited trim gets upgraded to the Ford Co-Pilot360 Assist+ package, featuring a navigation system, an upgraded lane keeping assist system, and adaptive cruise control. With the ST, you also get automated parallel and perpendicular parking and automatic emergency braking. 

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