2020 Ford Explorer vs. Its Competition

2020 Ford Explorer Limited  -  First Drive  -  Portland OR, June 2019
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

The 2020 Ford Explorer is a much stronger rival versus a wide range of three-row crossover SUVs.

The Toyota Highlander is the only other model in this size class to offer a hybrid version, although the Highlander Hybrid is oriented more for efficiency whereas the Explorer Hybrid is positioned to maintain towing and off-road ability.

The Explorer is a little larger and a lot more powerful than the Honda Pilot and Subaru Ascent, two of our favorites for their excellent utility and value; although both of these models offer a more usable third row.

The Dodge Durango, like the Explorer, rides on a rear-drive platform and has more traditional SUV utility than its competitors.

And finally, the new Kia Telluride is a compelling alternative, with loads of interior space and a standout exterior design.

Likewise, the Hyundai Palisade is priced competitively while aiming for more of a luxury focus than the rest of this competitive set.

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Quick Specs
6.8
The 2020 Ford Explorer rediscovers its capable, outdoorsy side without becoming trucklike in any other respect.
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There’s substance to the 2020 Kia Telluride’s style.
6.4
The 2019 Chevrolet Traverse is bigger and more butch, but still every bit as good for a bunch.
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Subtle upgrades make the 2019 Honda Pilot a must-see for three-row crossover shoppers.
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The 2019 Subaru Ascent isn’t another quirky hatchback-wagon-crossover thing—it’s a mainstream hit and Subaru will be better for it.
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The 2019 Toyota Highlander delivers safety, features, comfort, and efficiency in a family-friendly package.
MSRP From     
$36,675$31,690$29,930$31,450$31,995$31,680
Gas Mileage     
19 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded V-6Gas V6Regular Unleaded V-6Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded H-4Regular Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Standard Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDStandard Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSport Utility VehiclesSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDN/ASmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD
Style Name     
XLT FWDLX FWDFWD 4-Door L w/1L0LX 2WD2.4T 8-PassengerLE I4 FWD (Natl)
Drivetrain     
Rear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
688888
Passenger Doors     
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Body Style     
Sport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport Utility
Transmission     
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/ODCVT w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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