Quick Facts to Know: 2020 Ford Explorer

January 09, 2019 by Chris Teague

The Ford Explorer is a three-row, midsize SUV that competes with the GMC Acadia, Dodge Durango and Toyota Highlander.

The 2020 Explorer marks a sixth generation for the SUV, which debuted in 1990 for the 1991 model year. It’s been completely refreshed, including updated engine choices, interior upgrades, an all-new body shape and a standard suite of advanced safety technologies.

The Explorer also rides on a new platform, shifting from the front-wheel drive configuration in the previous generation to one based around rear-wheel drive.  Base pricing for the 2020 Explorer will increase $400 over its predecessor.

Here is a summary of the 2020 Ford Explorer’s specifications:


  • The 2020 Ford Explorer has a starting price of $34,040 including the $1,095 destination charge.
  • The 2019 Ford Explorer had a starting price of $33,640 including a $1,095 destination fee.


  • There are four trims: Base, XLT, Limited and Platinum.
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  • The wheelbase of the new Explorer is 119.1 inches.
  • It’s overall length is 198.8 inches.
  • Including side mirrors, it measures 89.3 inches wide.


  • The Explorer comes standard with a 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine that produces 300 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque.
  • The Platinum trim comes with a 3.0-liter EcoBoost V6 engine that delivers 365 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque.
  • A 10-speed automatic transmission is standard on all models.
  • Rear-wheel drive is standard on all but Platinum models, where only four-wheel drive is available. All other trims are available with four-wheel drive.
  • Start/stop technology is standard for both powertrain choices.


  • The 2020 Ford Explorer has a maximum towing capacity of 5,600 pounds when equipped with a Class III towing package and the 3.0-liter V6 engine.


  • The 2020 Ford Explorer’s EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings have yet to be announced.
  • The 2019 Ford Explorer had EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings that started at 16 mpg in city driving, 22 mgp on the highway and 18 mpg combined.
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  • The 2020 Explorer comes standard with the Ford Co-Pilot360 system, which includes blind spot monitors; rear cross-traffic alerts; lane-keep assist; hill-start assist; a rear-view camera with washer; automatic headlights with auto high-beams; and pre-collision alerts with automatic emergency braking.
  • The available Co-Pilot360+ system adds adaptive cruise control with stop/go and lane centering, speed sign recognition, evasive steering assist and voice-activated touchscreen navigation.


  • The Explorer comes standard with an 8-inch touchscreen that includes the Ford SYNC 3 system, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, USB inputs, Bluetooth Phone and Audio, app capabilities, SiriusXM radio, and steering wheel-mounted controls.
  • Explorer Limited models come with a 12-speaker B&O Premium Sound System, HD Radio capabilities and a wireless device charging pad.
  • A 10.1-inch portrait-oriented touchscreen is available.
  • Both screens are multitouch capable with pinch-to-zoom.

Comfort & Convenience

  • The Explorer comes standard with cloth upholstery, a power liftgate and redesigned seats.
  • Available features include a hands-free tailgate, second-row captain’s chairs, a cargo organization system, an updated parking assist system, second-row USB charging ports, keyless start with intelligent access system, 10-way power adjustable driver’s seat, leather upholstery, second-row heated seats, flat-folding third-row seats, ambient lighting, a heated steering wheel and 20-inch aluminum wheels.
  • Explorer Platinum models have a twin-panel moonroof, LED tail lamps, remote-controlled front windows, wood interior trim, power-folding sideview mirrors, diamond upholstery stitching and 20-inch machined aluminum wheels.

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