Navigating the Terrain Management System of the 2020 Ford Explorer

By Product Expert | Posted in Ford Explorer, Technology on Tuesday, December 17th, 2019 at 6:58 pm
2020 Ford Explorer mode switch

How to Switch Drive Modes on the 2020 Ford Explorer

With the unveiling of the class-exclusive Terrain Management System, the all-new 2020 Ford Explorer tames the most catastrophic terrains. Drivers can now shift on the fly into one of several terrain-specific settings to match the surrounding environment. Learn how to switch drive modes on the 2020 Ford Explorer and take your on- and off-road endevours to the next level!

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How to Switch between Drive Modes

2020 Ford Explorer RWD mode switch

For RWD Models…

Use the ‘MODE’ buttons on the center console to select your drive mode. Your selected drive mode will show on the instrument cluster display.

2020 Ford Explorer AWD mode switch

For AWD Models…

Turn the drive mode dial located on the center console to change your drive mode. Your selected drive mode will show on the instrument cluster display.

Check out the table below for details on each drive mode:

Icon Mode Description
2020 Ford Explorer Normal drive mode icon Normal Ideal for everyday driving on wet or dry paved roads. A balance of excitement and convenience.
2020 Ford Explorer Eco drive mode icon Eco Works to maximize efficiency and increase driving range.
2020 Ford Explorer Slippery drive mode icon Slippery For better handling on surfaces covered with ice, water, grass or gravel, this mode adjusts the pedal bresponse and traction control.
2020 Ford Explorer Sport drive mode icon Sport Increases throttle response, provides quicker shifts for a more aggressive feel, and allows the transmission to hold shifts longer to help Explorer accelerate faster when shifting. For more “sporty” on-road driving.
2020 Ford Explorer Tow/Haul drive mode icon Tow/Haul Moves upshifts to higher engine speeds to reduce the transmission shift frequency when towing. It also provides engine braking in all forward gears to slow the vehicle and assist in control when descending a grade.
2020 Ford Explorer Trail drive mode icon Trail Adjusts the transmission shift schedule, pedal progression, traction control and driveline configuration for better handling on muddy, rutted, soft or uneven terrain.
2020 Ford Explorer Deep Snow/Sand drive mode icon Deep Snow/Sand Adjusts the transmission shift schedule, pedal response, traction control and driveline configuration for better handling in deep snow or sand. Included with available Intelligent AWD only.

Owners can flip to pg. 270 of the 2020 Ford Explorer Owner’s Manual for more details.

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