2020 Ford Explorer vs 2019 Ford Explorer

2020 Ford Explorer vs 2019 Ford Explorer

Now rolling into its sixth generation, the 2020 Ford Explorer enters the new era with confidence. With more space, more tech and more power, the all-new model leaves nothing to be desired. See what the next generation has in store when we compare the 2020 Ford Explorer with the 2019 Ford Explorer.

An enhanced seating layout in the 2020 Explorer allows for larger seats and better space accommodations for adult passengers in the third row. With the second- and third-row seats folded, the 2020 model also rates Best in Class in cargo space at 87.0 cubic feet.

In the 2019 Explorer, an available 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system reigns supreme. For 2020, the SUV gains an optional 10.1-inch portrait configuration color touchscreen. The massive tablet-like display tops the cabin off with an upscale and futuristic feel. Nestled behind the steering wheel, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster with customizable graphics keeps it on the cutting-edge.

2020 Ford Explorer


2019 Ford Explorer

$36,675 Starting MSRP $32,365
21 city / 28 highway mpg Max Fuel Economy 19 city / 27 highway mpg
365 hp / 380 lb.-ft. Max Horsepower / Torque 365 hp / 350 lb.-ft.
5,600 lbs. Max Towing 5,000 lbs.

2020 Ford Explorer Enhanced Performance and Capability Specs

In the 2019 Explorer, we saw three engine options:

  • 3.5-liter V6 (290 hp, 255 lb.-ft.)
  • 2.3-liter EcoBoost (280 horsepower, 310 lb.-ft.)
  • 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost (365 horsepower, 350 lb.-ft.)

The 2020 Explorer cuts the lineup down to two engine options that offer enhanced power specs:

  • 2.3-liter EcoBoost (300 hp, 310 lb.-ft.)
  • 3.0-liter EcoBoost V6 (365 hp, 380 lb.-ft.)

The new 3.0-liter EcoBoost V6 offers the Ford SUV a max towing capacity of 5,600 lbs. This gives the 2020 Explorer a 600-lb. lead on the 2019 model’s 5,000-lb. max towing capacity. The now-standard 2.3-liter EcoBoost also achieves an increase in horsepower and torque thanks to the 2020 model’s 10-speed automatic transmission. The new transmission comes standard on all 2020 Explorer models.

Ford has also packed the entire Ford Co-Pilot 360 suite into the 2020 Explorer, meaning drivers can enjoy standard forward automatic emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, lane keep assist and automatic high beams.