2020 Ford Explorer Engine Options

2020 Ford Explorer on mountain terrain

A lack of horsepower has never been an issue on the Explore. Since the model’s debut, Ford has kept the engine lineup fresh with a set of robust engines that offer the strength drivers need, plus the thrill they crave. Yet again, the automaker exceeds expectations with a refreshed line of engines that keep the Explorer inching up the power scale. See what the new generation brings to the table with this overview of the 2020 Ford Explorer engine options.

For 2020, the Explorer’s engine lineup gets some major cleanup. Ford nixes the previously standard 3.5-liter V6 (290 hp, 255 lb.-ft.) and the top level 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost (365 horsepower, 350 lb.-ft.). This leaves the 2.3-liter EcoBoost as the only engine to be carried over. The returning EcoBoost is followed by just one other engine: the new 3.0-liter EcoBoost V6. The 2020 model even brings in a new transmission in lieu of the last generation’s 6-speed automatic. Read on to learn what the fresh engine duo has to offer along with the enhanced 10-speed transmission.

2020 Ford Explorer Engine Lineup & 10-Speed Transmission

2.3L EcoBoost

Previously the second option in the 2020 Explorer lineup, the 2.3-liter EcoBoost becomes the standard engine for 2020. The revamped EcoBoost now offers more power, climbing in specs to 300 horsepower and 310 lb.-ft. of torque. The engine scores the model an EPA-estimated rating of 20 mpg city/highway combined.

3.0L EcoBoost V6

For the 2020 model year, we see a new engine option enter the Explorer lineup. The 3.0-liter EcoBoost V6 offers more power than the model’s previous top engine, bringing in 365 horsepower and 380 lb.-ft. of torque on Platinum models. The Explorer ST then takes this engine with twin turbos, boosting the SUV to legendary status with 400 horsepower, 415 lb.-ft. of torque and a top speed of 143 mph.

10-Speed Transmission

The Explorer’s new 10-speed automatic transmission replaces the 6-speed of the outgoing generation. The upgraded system means improved overall performance, enhanced acceleration and smoother upshifts and downshifts. The enhanced efficiency also translates to an increase of 10 horsepower and 15 lb.-ft. on the 2.3-liter EcoBoost compared to the 2019 model.