2020 Ford Explorer


Ranked #12 in Midsize Suv

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Starting MSRP 

$34,765 - $58,250

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Key Spec of 2020 Ford Explorer
fuel economy


fuel type

Flex-fuel (unleaded/e85)


300 hp @ 5500 rpm

basic warranty


ProsConsWhat's New

Comfortable ride quality

Third row lacks adequate space

The 2020 Ford Explorer has been completely redesigned.

Adept handling

Gets expensive in top trims

Best in class cargo space

Low-rent interior material

Powerful engine options

2020 Ford Explorer Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: December 28, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The Ford Explorer is the one that kick-started the three-row mid-size SUV segment but based on a pickup truck's platform it surely wasn't the best in the segment. Fast forward to 2020 and Ford has completely redesigned the Explorer from grounds up and it now has a unibody construction instead of a body-on-frame chassis. The changes have improved the overall cabin design and space, ride and handling also have got better. While both the engine options doing duty on the Explorer packs in sufficient punch to motivate this SUV even with a full load and have best-in-class tow ratings.

2020 Ford Explorer

The all-new Explorer starts at $32,765 and has got just a $400 price bump which is phenomenal for the changes it got. The new Explorer comes with the Ford CoPilot360 package, as standard, that packs in a host of driver-assist features thus helping it bag the top honors of 'Top Safety Pick+' from IIHS. That being said, during all this time rivals like Honda Pilot, Toyota Highlander, and Chevrolet Traverse have grabbed a considerable share in this segment. Will the new Explorer manage to gain its lost glory and beat the sales figures of the top-selling Honda Pilot? Let's find out in the review below.

2020 Ford Explorer Latest Updates

  • Mar' 15, 2022 : The 2022 Ford Bronco Sport And The 2022 Ford Explorer Win The Top Safety Pick+ Award From IIHS Read More »
  • Jan' 13, 2022 : Ford F-Series Truck And The Explorer Are The Most Sold Vehicles In Ford's Lineup For 2021 Read More »

Over All Rating


Out of 10

Notable Rankings

#12 in Midsize Suv

#14 in Suv

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Base$34,765 onwards

  • Dual-Zone automatic climate control
  • Led headlights
  • Power liftgate
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Rear privacy glass
  • Rearview camera

XLT$36,675 onwards

  • Eight-Way power passenger seat
  • Led foglights
  • Remote engine start
  • Simulated-Leather upholstery

Limited$48,130 onwards

  • Ambient interior lighting
  • Automatic wipers
  • Driver-Seat memory functions
  • Front parking sensors
  • Hands-Free liftgate

Platinum$58,250 onwards

  • Adaptive headlights
  • Leather-wrapped interior
  • Sunroof


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2019 Ford ExplorerHome Delivery
Price Drop, $500
Previous Price: $2499821 May 2022

2019 Ford Explorer XLT

XLT 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A)

Est. $332/mo
Excellent Deal
$5,504 Below market
RMV: $30,002
Floral Park, NY
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Price Drop, $502
Previous Price: $3150022 Jul 2022

2020 Ford Explorer XLT

XLT 4dr SUV AWD (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 10A)

Est. $420/mo
Excellent Deal
$6,846 Below market
RMV: $37,844
Oconomowoc, WI
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2019 Ford Explorer SUV


Est. $475/mo
Excellent Deal
$7,659 Below market
RMV: $42,659
Columbus, OH
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Price Drop, $1000
Previous Price: $3200027 May 2022

2020 Ford Explorer XLT

XLT 4dr SUV (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 10A)

Est. $420/mo
Excellent Deal
$6,738 Below market
RMV: $37,738
Shelby, NC
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2020 Ford Explorer XLT

XLT 4dr SUV AWD (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 10A)

Est. $380/mo
Excellent Deal
$5,940 Below market
RMV: $33,939
Smyrna, GA
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2019 Ford Explorer

2019 Ford Explorer SUV


Est. $365/mo
Excellent Deal
$5,600 Below market
RMV: $32,500
San Antonio, TX
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Price Drop, $600
Previous Price: $3030015 Jul 2022

2020 Ford Explorer Limited

Limited 4dr SUV AWD (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 10A)

Est. $403/mo
Excellent Deal
$6,059 Below market
RMV: $35,759
Pompano Beach, FL
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2019 Ford Explorer
Price Drop, $540
Previous Price: $3309510 Jun 2022

2019 Ford Explorer Sport

Sport 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 6A)

Est. $441/mo
Excellent Deal
$6,626.5 Below market
RMV: $39,181.5
Keyport, NJ
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2019 Ford Explorer Platinum SUV


Est. $484/mo
Excellent Deal
$6,938 Below market
RMV: $42,659
Colorado Springs, CO
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Colors and Styles

2020 Ford Explorer in Agate Gray Metallic color
Agate Gray Metallic

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

With the complete redesign and two powerful engine options, the 2020 Ford Explorer comes with a price range starting at $32,765 and maxing out at $58,250 for the topmost Platinum trim. Choose whichever trim and engine option the Explorer promises a decent amount of punch, quick acceleration timings, a spacious cabin, class-leading towing capacity, and respectable fuel economy figures.

2020 Ford Explorer Front Three-Quarter View

As is the case with most mid-size SUVs, the cabin space in the Explorer is sufficient in the first two rows but third-row seats are cramped. That being said, the Explorer has its fundamentals spot on and remains the top-rated SUV in terms of safety. If that's not all then read further our detailed section-wise review of the Explorer and side-by-side comparison with its rivals.

2020 Ford Explorer SUV front angle view
2020 Ford Explorer SUV rear angle view


The 2020 Ford Explorer can be categorized as a three-row mid-size SUV which is available in a total of five trims namely base, XLT, Limited, ST, and Platinum. The Limited trim is also available in a hybrid version which we have covered in a separate review, so don't forget to check it out. The 2020 Explorer comes with two engine options and a choice of either RWD or AWD with the ST and Platinum trim only available in the AWD version. The 2020 Explorer starts at $32,765 for the base trim powered by a turbo-four engine which also does duty on the XLT and Limited trim. The Platinum trim starts at $58,250 and is powered by a twin-turbo V6 while the same engine does duty in a higher state of tune on the ST trim priced at $54,740.

2020 Ford Explorer Front Right-Side Three-Quarter View

The base trim packs in essential sets of features while the XLT trim priced at $36,925 gets only a couple of features added over the base trim. The Limited trim starting at $48,380 is the one that gets plenty of features on offer right from creature comfort features to premium audio setup and advanced driver-assist features. The ST trim is based on the Limited trim but gets a couple of performance upgrades with a different exterior styling to differentiate it from the regular Explorer. The top-dog Platinum trim is also based on the Limited trim but adds a premium cabin covered in leather, unique exterior bits, a bigger sunroof, etc. 

2020 Ford Explorer Front Left-Side Three-Quarter Driving View

There are also a couple of noteworthy optional packages for the 2020 Explorer which you should know. The Ford Co-Pilot360 Assist+ package available on the XLT trim adds advanced driver-assist features like adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, and a navigation system. Cold Weather package adds a heated steering wheel, heated front and rear seats, and a windshield wiper de-icer. The ST and Platinum trims offer a Premium Technology package that adds a 14-speaker Bang & Olufsen premium sound system, a massage function for front seats, and a 10.1-inch touchscreen display.  

Trim Base XLT Limited ST Platinum
MSRP (RWD) $32,765 $36,925 $48,380 N/A N/A
MSRP (AWD) $34,765 $38,925 $50,380 $54,740 $58,250
Key Features 300 hp, 2.3-liter turbo inline-4 engine Adds or upgrades to 'Base' Adds or upgrades to 'XLT' Adds or upgrades to 'Limited' Adds or upgrades to 'Limited'
  18-inch alloy wheels Keyless entry and ignition 20-inch alloy wheels 400 hp, 3.0-liter turbo V6 engine 365 hp, 3.0-liter turbo V6 engine
  Rearview camera w/ rear parking sensors Roof rails Hands-free tailgate Sport-tuned suspension Two-piece sunroof
  LED headlights Upgraded fabric upholstery Automatic wipers Sport front seats Upgraded leather upholstery
  Dual-zone automatic climate control Power-adjustable front seats Auto-dimming rearview mirror Trailer Tow package Adaptive headlights
  Power liftgate Heated mirrors Ventilated front seats and heated second-row seats Reverse automatic emergency braking Leather-trimmed interior
  Power-adjustable driver's seats Leather-wrapped steering wheel w/ wheel-mounted paddle shifters Ambient interior lighting ST-specific exterior design elements Unique taillight design
  40/20/40 split-folding middle row seats   Power folding mirrors    
  50/50 split-folding third-row seats   Front parking sensors    
  8-inch touchscreen w/ six-speaker sound system   Power-folding third-row seats    
  Ford Co-Pilot360   12-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system    

We Recommend

The price of the Ford Explorer catapults to the price of a full-size SUV very soon as you go higher in the trim ladder, so we suggest sticking to the base trim. It gets all the necessary features which would be more than enough for a majority of the buyers although if you want all the bells and whistles in your Explorer then your next best bet would be the Limited trim priced a shade below fifty grands.

Engine and Performance

“The crown jewel of the lineup is a twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6 that puts out 365 horsepower. Throttle response is almost instant, and it's the best choice if you plan to do any midrange towing. All engines are mated to a smooth-shifting six-speed automatic transmission.”-Cars.USnews

2020 Ford Explorer Engine and Transmission

The 2020 Ford Explorer gets two engine choices with two different states of tune for its V6 engine. The base engine is a 2.3-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine that puts out 300 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque. The other engine choice is a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 that churns out 365 hp and 380 lb-ft of torque, this engine is available on the Platinum trim while the ST trim gets the same engine but here it makes 400 hp and 415 lb-ft of torque.

2020 Ford Explorer Engine

The top two trims i.e. ST and Platinum come only in AWD while the rest of the trims can be had either with the RWD or AWD. The 10-speed automatic transmission does duty on all the engine and drivetrain configurations. The base engine has enough grunt to motivate this above 4,300 pounds SUV but those looking for some crazy acceleration and pulling power will prefer the twin-turbo V6 especially the one on the ST trim.  


2020 Ford Explorer

2020 Chevrolet Traverse

2020 Honda Pilot

2020 Toyota Highlander







2.3-liter turbocharged inline-4 3.6-liter V6 3.5-liter V6 3.5-liter V6


10-speed automatic

9-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

8-speed automatic


300 hp @ 5500 rpm

305 hp @ 6800 rpm

280 hp @ 6000 rpm

295 hp @ 6600 rpm


310 lb.-ft. @ 3500 rpm

260 lb-ft. @ 2800 rpm

262 lb.-ft. @ 4700 rpm

263 lb.-ft. @ 4700 rpm

In this comparison, only the Explorer comes with an inline-4 engine while the other three SUVs offer a V6 as standard. What's even more surprising is that the turbo-four powered Explorer commands a premium over V6 powered Traverse and Pilot. While the Highlander has the crown for being the one with the steepest sticker price. That being said, the Ford Explorer puts out the most torque among all while the Traverse churns out the most horses from its engine among all.

2020 Ford Explorer Acceleration

The 2020 Ford Explorer goes from 0-60 mph in 6.8 seconds while it covers the quarter-mile in 15.3 seconds. While the most powerful V6-powered Explorer took just 5.3 seconds to go from 0-60 mph and 13.9 seconds to cover a quarter-mile. The base Explorer with the turbo-four picks up pace nice and smooth thanks to the 10-speed automatic gearbox but the twin-turbo V6 is a cracker with locomotive-like pulling power.


2020 Ford Explorer

2020 Chevrolet Traverse

2020 Honda Pilot

2020 Toyota Highlander

0-60 MPH (sec)

6.8 sec

7.1 sec

6.3 sec

7.2 sec

Quarter-mile (sec)

15.3 sec

15.5 sec

14.8 sec

15.5 sec


2.3-liter turbocharged inline-4 3.6-liter V6 3.5-liter V6 3.5-liter V6

The Honda Pilot remains the quickest in both the runs beating Explorer in 0-60 mph by 0.5 seconds and in covering the quarter-mile by 0.5 seconds. Both the Chevrolet Traverse and the Toyota Highlander are behind with the Highlander being the slowest in the 0-60 mph run. While the quarter-mile run in both the SUVs two took the same time.

2020 Ford Explorer Ride and Handling

The 2020 Ford Explorer just like the Explorer of the past has its priorities fixed towards comfort over everything else. The suspension has been tuned to offer a supple ride quality. Thus over long journeys, you or the occupants won't feel tired out in the Explorer. That said, the Explorer can soak up the undulations and rough patches without any fuss while the high-speed ride quality is composed and there is no nervous body movement at such speeds courtesy of the new unibody platform.

2020 Ford Explorer Driving

The base Explorer's steering and overall handling isn't confidence-inspiring and feels vague for the most part while the Explorer ST is just the opposite in that respect. That being said, the Explorer has qualities like effortless, safe, and family-friendly high on the list – a good thing for a family crossover. Although owing to its large exterior dimensions, the Explorer can be cumbersome to maneuver in tight spots.

2020 Ford Explorer Braking

The 2020 Ford Explorer gets a 13.6-inch front disc and a 12.6-inch rear disc which produces enough stopping power to bring it from 60-0 mph in 121 feet. While the Explorer ST with a bigger and better brake setup managed to stop in just 114 feet from 60 mph.

2020 Ford Explorer Wheel Design & Brakes

That being said, the Explorer brake pedal has an adequate feel which is backed by an impressive stopping power. 


2020 Ford Explorer

2020 Chevrolet Traverse

2020 Honda Pilot

2020 Toyota Highlander

Brake Front (in.)





Brake Rear (in.)





Curb Weight (lbs.)

4345 4362



60-0 MPH (ft.)

121 120 117 128

If you consider the fact that the Ford Explorer is the heaviest SUV among all then it manages to score an impressive stopping distance. But if you go by the numbers then the Honda Pilot’s braking distance of 117 feet from 60-0 mph is the best.

2020 Ford Explorer Towing Capacity

The 2020 Ford Explorer can tow capacity between 5,000 to 5,600 pounds depending upon the engine and drivetrain configuration. While the base Explorer can tow up 5,300 pounds.


2020 Ford Explorer

2020 Chevrolet Traverse

2020 Honda Pilot

2020 Toyota Highlander

Towing Capacity (lbs.)





In this comparison, the Explorer has the best towing capacity followed by the Toyota Highlander while the Chevrolet Traverse has the least towing capacity.

Fuel Economy

The 2020 Ford Explorer powered by a turbo-four engine has an EPA estimated gas mileage of 21 mpg in the city, 28 mpg on the highway, and 24 mpg under mixed driving conditions. Adding the AWD sees a 1 mpg drop across in all three conditions. While the twin-turbo V6 powered Explorer has an EPA estimated gas mileage of 18 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway which is respectable for the power and torque it produces.


2020 Ford Explorer

2020 Chevrolet Traverse

2020 Honda Pilot

2020 Toyota Highlander

MPG (City)

21 18



MPG (Highway)





MPG (Combined)

24 21


Fuel Capacity (gallons) 17.9 19.4 19.5 17.9
Range (City/Highway) (miles) 376 / 501 349 / 524 371 / 527 376 / 519

Since the rival SUVs come with a V6 engine they are bound to be less fuel-efficient than the turbo-four powered Explorer. But the Highlander has a surprise for you, it not only matches the city gas mileage but also better the highway gas mileage of the Explorer by 1 mpg. 


“A well-made SUV. There's plenty of soft-touch materials throughout the cabin; the steering wheel has quality leather; and the trim pieces look good and fit together well. The only flaw we noticed was an occasional dash rattle that we couldn't pinpoint.”-Edmunds

2020 Ford Explorer Seating and Comfort

The cabin of the 2020 Ford Explorer has been dramatically changed and now has a better layout thanks to the all-new unibody construction. The dashboard of the Explorer lacks any design flair but remains highly functional due to the neat and simple layout. Most of the controls are logically based and are easy to reach. With the improved cabin design, the outward visibility has also improved and so is the ingress and egress. One more thing that can be appreciated is Explorer’s capacity to filter out road noise thus making the cabin a quiet place and well equipped to take on longer journeys.

 2020 Ford Explorer SUV front seats

In the base form, the Explorer comes with seven people capacity while the higher trims with a captain's chair in the second-row seats offer seating for six. The base and the XLT trim come with cloth upholstery. If you want something more premium then the Limited trim comes with leatherette upholstery. The space and comfort are great only in the first two rows while third-row seats are not only cramped but also are very uncomfortable when seated over a long duration. That said, the second row seats can slide fore and aft and tumbles at a flip of a lever for increasing rear legroom and ease of access respectively.


2020 Ford Explorer

2020 Chevrolet Traverse

2020 Honda Pilot

2020 Toyota Highlander

Passenger capacity





Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

40.7/ 61.8/ 43.0 41.3/ 62.1/ 41.0

40.1/ 62.0/ 40.9

41.2/ 59.0/ 42.0

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

40.5/ 61.9/ 39.0 40.0/ 62.2/ 38.4

40.2/ 62.0/ 38.4

39.4/ 58.7/ 41.0

Third (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

38.9/ 54.6/ 32.2 38.2/ 57.5/ 33.5

38.9/ 57.6/ 31.9

36.1/ 55.0/ 27.7

In this comparison, the Chevrolet Traverse without doubt comes as the mid-size SUV with the best space in all three rows. The Ford Explorer although with better first and second-row legroom secures the second spot due to lower shoulder and headroom in the first two rows compared to the Traverse. 

2020 Ford Explorer Dashboard

Interior Features

  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Power-adjustable driver's seat
  • Available Heated steering wheel
  • Available driver’s seat memory function
  • Available front seat w/ massage function
  • Available Heated and cooled Front Seats
  • Available Heated second-row seats

2020 Ford Explorer Infotainment System

The 2020 Ford Explorer in the base and XLT trims are equipped with Ford’s SYNC system that runs on an 8-inch touchscreen display and comes with a standard 6-speaker audio system. Ford’s SYNC3 system which is a standard feature on the Limited and above trim is available as an option on the XLT trim. SYNC 3 is a user-friendly system with the interface being intuitive and offering a decent response time.

 2020 Ford Explorer SUV infotainment screen

Higher trims offer a vertically-stacked Tesla-like 10.1-inch touchscreen infotainment system which not only looks like an afterthought but also comes in the line of sight while driving. The picture above showcases the 10.1-inch touchscreen system. Other available features on top trim are the premium Bang & Olufsen sound system, navigation, satellite radio, etc.

2020 Ford Explorer Cargo Capacity

The 2020 Ford Explorer offers 18.2 cubic feet of cargo space with all the seats up. The second-row seats offer 40/20/40 split-folding while the third-row seats can be folded in 50/50-split. With the third-row seats folded the Explorer frees up 43.9 cubic feet of space.

2020 Ford Explorer Cargo

While with both the rear rows folded the cargo area increases to 81.7 cubic feet. That being said, the higher trims come with a hands-free liftgate which is very convenient when you are carrying luggage in both your hands. 


2020 Ford Explorer

2020 Chevrolet Traverse

2020 Honda Pilot

2020 Toyota Highlander

Cargo Volume (ft³.)

18.2 23.0



In this comparison, the Chevrolet Traverse measures longer than any of the SUVs here and thus has the highest cargo space with all the seats up. Compared to the Explorer it offers 4.8 cubic feet more space.


“Outside, the Explorer’s shape is clean and largely unadorned. Unlike Eddie Bauers of decades past, the current model doesn’t try to be faux rugged. It’s modern enough and smart in certain lighter shades with larger wheels. ”-TheCarConnection

2020 Ford Explorer Dimensions and Weight

The 2020 Ford Explorer has been completely redone this year. The older Explorer was based on a body-on-frame platform while the majority of its rivals had undergone major changes and shifted to unibody construction for better cabin space and overall driving dynamics. The new design of the Ford Explorer hasn't undergone a drastic change but the boxy look of the older Explorer has now been rounded off to make it look more relevant and up to current standards. That being said, there isn’t anything fancy as it sticks with a conservative design that doesn’t command any unwanted attention.

2020 Ford Explorer Front Three-Quarter View

The 2020 Ford Explorer tips the scales at 4345 lbs. – it surely is the heaviest of the lot. It stretches to 198.8 inches from the front to the back. At 78.9-inches it is also the widest crossover in this comparison. In case you decide to leave the interstate and take the gravel road, the Explorer has a 7.9-inches ground clearance to avoid scratching its underbelly. That said, with 119.1-inches of space between the wheels, the wheelbase of the Explorer is only second to the Chevrolet Traverse, the one with the largest wheelbase.


2020 Ford Explorer

2020 Chevrolet Traverse

2020 Honda Pilot

2020 Toyota Highlander

Curb weight (lbs.)

4345 4362



Length (in)





Width (in)





Height (in)

69.9 70.7



Ground clearance (in)





Wheelbase (in)

119.1 120.9 111.0 112.2

Track width (in) F/R

66.9 / 66.9

67.3 / 67.0

66.3 / 66.3

65.3 / 65.4

Dimensionally the Chevrolet Traverse remains the biggest SUV among all if you don't consider its width which the Explorer has the most. Be it the overall length, height, or ground clearance the Chevrolet Traverse is a mammoth of an SUV beating everything in its stride. Even the track width of the Traverse is wider than any of the SUVs in this comparison.

2020 Ford Explorer Rear Three-Quarter View

Exterior Features:

  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • LED headlights
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Rear privacy glass
  • Power liftgate
  • Available sunroof
  • Available roof rails
  • Available 20-inch alloy wheels

The 2020 Ford Explorer comes with state-of-the-art safety equipment and advanced safety and driver-assist features that allow it to score well on the safety tests conducted by either of the agencies. The 2020 Explorer even managed to bag the 'Top Safety Pick+' award from IIHS with the highest rating of 'Good' in all six out of six parameters. 

2020 Ford Explorer NHTSA Crash Test

The NHTSA also shared a similar opinion and gave the 2020 Explorer a perfect score of five stars in overall safety ratings which were only possible due to the Explorer getting a perfect score in the front and side crash test and a four out of five stars rating in rollover mitigation test.

Safety Features:

  • Blind-spot monitor
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Rearview camera
  • Post-collision braking
  • Lane keep assist
  • Forward collision warning w/ automatic emergency braking

2020 Ford Explorer vs 2020 Honda Pilot

The 2020 Honda Pilot is powered by a V6 engine and starts at $31,450. It not only remains cheaper with a V6 than the Explorer with a turbo-four but is also quicker in both 0-60 mph and quarter-mile runs than the latter. The Pilot also offers respectable cabin and cargo space which although on paper the Explorer offers more but in the real world, the same isn't the case. 

2020 Honda Pilot

The Pilot is aimed towards a medium-size family who loves traveling and doing monthly grocery runs while both the tasks are taken care of with ease in either of the two SUVs. It is the long-term reliability and overall upkeep cost that plays a deciding role between the two. The Pilot being more reliable and cheaper to maintain thus remains a better pick.

2020 Ford Explorer vs 2020 Toyota Highlander

Powered by a V6 the Highlander remains underwhelming in terms of performance when pitted against the Explorer. The bigger V6-powered Highlander though manages to beat the gas mileage of the Explorer on the highway and matches its city gas mileage which is praiseworthy considering the Explorer is powered by a smaller inline-4.

2020 Toyota Highlander

In terms of cabin and cargo space, it is undoubtedly the Explorer which offers the best while the third-row seats are cramped in both the SUVs. Both the SUVs have immense road presence and offer sufficient ground clearance to tackle occasional off-road. That said since both the SUVs are more or less equally matched everything boils down to the reliability and long-term expenses which without a doubt is better on the Highlander. 

Final Verdict

The 2020 Ford Explorer aims to be the hottest-selling three-row mid-size SUV in the market. For that, it comes with a spacious cabin, supple ride quality, eerily silent interiors, and powerful engine options. The optional all-wheel-drive and terrain management system ensures it can handle mild off-road trails with ease which isn't the case with most other softroaders masquerading as a three-row crossover SUV. That said, the long-term reliability and how the new unibody platform of the Explorer will age with time remains unknown thus making it hard to recommend over the much reliable and established rivals like the Honda Pilot and Toyota Highlander.


vehicle bio
base price


body style

4dr SUV

engine type

140 cu in

horse power

300 hp @ 5500 rpm


310 lb.-ft. @ 3500 rpm


10-Speed Automatic w/Selectshift


66.9 in


119.1 in


78.9 in

curb weight

4345 lbs


69.9 in

Ground Clearance

7.9 lbs

passenger volume

152.7 cu ft

cargo volume

87.8 cu ft

passenger capacity

5 Seats

fuel economy

21/18/23 mpg

highway range

537.60 mi

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

Ford Explorer 5 year Cost To Own

Cash Price(MSRP)
5 Year Cost To Own
Total 5 year Cost To Own -  $52,438
Year 1Year 2Year 3Year 4Year 5total
Financing Interest$2,252$1,890$1,414$893$310$6,759
Taxes and Fees$3,107$192$241$173$209$3,922
Total Cost-To-Own$18,320$8,645$7,907$9,437$8,129$52,438
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