The Ford Explorer has been updated for 2020. We went to the Pacific Northwest to test out what the new variants and features have to offer; check out the video for more.

Read more about our First Drive: www.cars.com/articles/2020-ford-explorer-first-drive-charting-new-territory-404470/

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    • Jayme Kinneberg
      Jayme Kinneberg

      Waited two years to buy the plug in version. But wait it’s the only one Ford is not selling in US. Disappointed, it would be the only vehicle in this segment in this market. Don’t just put it on the highest end model sell in the US and you will have a huge winner. Poor product market analysis.. Prius took the market for cars. No one has taken the full size plug in SUV market. If it drives 60 miles on EV you have a huge winner. Ford all it takes is a little more government certification and getting CARB in Cali to let it ride in then SUV lanes.

      about 2 months ago
    • riverracerx
      riverracerx

      That iPad is going to fall over going around corners. ;)

      about 2 months ago
    • Dra O
      Dra O

      At $55-60k, count sensible people out. Where I’m from, that’s a rental property that actually pays me to own it instead of becoming devalued over the years. I’ll stick with my ‘06 pathfinder with 210k miles - and a rental property.

      about 2 months ago
    • brianroyal1
      brianroyal1 In reply to Dra O

      They start at 35k slow it down.

      about 2 months ago
    • Joseph Cristo
      Joseph Cristo

      It's really a shame that they botched up the interior so badly, because it looks pretty nice from the outside.

      about 2 months ago
    • guy proulx
      guy proulx

      Ewwwww, is that tablet big enough yet? lol, Highlander for the win

      about 2 months ago
    • Darkivaz - AAA
      Darkivaz - AAA

      hideous TRUCK FROM FORD

      about 2 months ago
    • Ferre O
      Ferre O In reply to Darkivaz - AAA

      How old are you?

      about 2 months ago
    • TheAtlantaMafia
      TheAtlantaMafia

      Hybrid? Who gives a Funk? This entire video is about stupid sh;t that no one cares about!

      about 2 months ago
    • Ponygt 662
      Ponygt 662

      Even though this is pricier, this Explorer is going to sell much better than most of its competition

      about 2 months ago
    • kichaa13
      kichaa13

      Could they have copied land rovers design language any more obviously

      about 3 months ago
    • Digital Vector Drawing
      Digital Vector Drawing In reply to kichaa13

      @Jacob Bolin I don't care u dumb idiot.

      about 2 months ago
    • Jacob Bolin
      Jacob Bolin In reply to kichaa13

      @Digital Vector Drawing Listen I love Land Rovers, but they're not even represented with one vehicle, on the top 20 sold luxury vehicle list. They had a pretty strong showing in China until recently. Also Jaguar sales are just abysmal. All I'm saying is that it's a reasonable assumption, that a large company may have cherry picked some of thier strongest designers a decade ago. Cheers

      about 2 months ago
    • Digital Vector Drawing
      Digital Vector Drawing In reply to kichaa13

      @Jacob Bolin it's because Tata that Land Rover and jaguar have become one of the most bought luxury cars in world.

      about 2 months ago
    • Jacob Bolin
      Jacob Bolin In reply to kichaa13

      They did own Rover until 2008. I think it looks similar to the last explorer. However you may even venture a guess, that they recruited some of Rovers engineers before they sold them. They have the money, seeing as the F-150 is the best selling vehicle in the states and now Rover is owned by tata motors. Who makes the worlds cheapest car.

      about 2 months ago
    • Digital Vector Drawing
      Digital Vector Drawing In reply to kichaa13

      @Harley Jackson Get your info right,fucker.

      about 2 months ago
    • Stephen Hendricks
      Stephen Hendricks

      Interesting review but I think you buried the lead in the last few seconds of the video. There are a number of appealing features of the new generation Explorer, most notably the shift from FWD to RWD in both two and all wheel drive configurations. And while there may be some kinks to work out in the hybrid version the fact remains that it's a vehicle that will probably yield combined MPG's in the mid to high twenty range and still tow a boat, a couple of snowmobiles, or a smallish vacation trailer. For those who drive gas guzzling behemoths with mpg's in the mid teens 52 weeks a year so they can tow some toys to a vacation spot 2-3 weeks a year, it's a very appealing choice.Likewise, the minuscule potential customer base who harbor fantasies of taking their 3 row "family" SUV to track days or simply need the ego reinforcement of 400 hp under the hood, the ST and Platinum versions of the Explorer will be appealing.

      Unfortunately, either of those choices will push the MSRP of an Explorer at least to the mid $50K range or more. In fact, the only way to configure an Explorer for $50K is to select the lowest trim level (XLT) and add a wealth of options to make it roughly comparable to a KIA Telluride, a Hyundai Palisade or a Honda Pilot. And even then it will lack a number of features found in rivals (e.g leather upholstery). More importantly, it will be a two and half ton SUV with a 2.3L 4 cylinder engine from a base Mustang, an engine with impressive performance in a vehicle weighing 3500 lbs but in the Explorer called upon to move the equivalent extra weight of several NFL lineman packed into the back seats.

      Is that engine adequate? Probably for most missions at least for a while. But considering that the additional stress on the engine, generating performance from the 4 banger will add heat and moving parts, each of which is the enemy of long term durability. There is a reason that most midsize 3 row SUV's offer naturally aspirated V6 engines as standard or optional choices. Those that don't (Subaru and Mazda) simply don't have those engines available. Ford offers a NA V6 in only one Explorer, the hybrid.

      Ford will continue to sell more Explorers than any other manufacturer in this market segment, a success that stems in large part from its dominance of the fleet market of rental companies and public agencies. But for consumers looking to pay $50K or less for a midsize, three row SUV, the Explorer faces some tough competitive challenges.

      about 3 months ago
    • Stephen Hendricks
      Stephen Hendricks In reply to Stephen Hendricks

      @Harley Jackson I'd recommend not basing your estimate of "what many people have been waiting for" on what you and your friends want. If there were strong demand for RWD and RWD-biased Crossovers there would be more than a couple of others, none of which are big sellers. Personally, I prefer the dynamics of RWD architecture but the vast majority of consumers couldn't care less. In fact, the vast majority don't even know what RWD stands for.

      about 2 months ago
    • Harley Jackson
      Harley Jackson In reply to Stephen Hendricks

      I disagree, this new rear wheel bias Ford Explorer is exactly what many people have been waiting for! They will sell a ton of these.

      about 2 months ago
    • Paul M
      Paul M

      Jesus a base four cylinder turbo for a vehicle of this size once loaded with people and luggage is a joke. Stay with Pilot or Highlander for robust base power. You don’t have to spend 60k for a V6. Plus Highlander and Pilot are proven reliable. Opportunity lost for a Ford and new Explorer,

      about 3 months ago
    • Nuc Dude
      Nuc Dude In reply to Paul M

      That turbo 4 puts out more hp and torque than either of the 6's in the Pilot or Highlander. The turbo 6 in the Ford will run circles around either of the 6's in the other too. If you like the way a minivan drives buy the Honda/Toyota. If you want a real RWD SUV, Ford is a better option.

      about 3 months ago
    • Ben Ven
      Ben Ven In reply to Paul M

      Paul M https://youtu.be/NXIs-3C7Phw

      about 3 months ago
    • Andrew Doolittle
      Andrew Doolittle

      these are vehicles made for hauling and towing so I'm not really sure what I'm looking at here.

      about 3 months ago
    • Andrew Doolittle
      Andrew Doolittle In reply to Andrew Doolittle

      @Stephen Hendricks not sure how these ratings work anymore but an actual test for not just capacity but handling would be nice. these are amazing vehicles although i think I'd be opting for an extended warranty.

      about 3 months ago
    • Stephen Hendricks
      Stephen Hendricks In reply to Andrew Doolittle

      Point taken but if shifting to a RWD architecture was meant to improve towing, why is the maximum tow rating of the Explorer only 5600 lbs? That's only 600 lbs more than several of its midsize rivals. The Dodge Durango's max rating is 8700 lbs, a figure more than a ton more than the Explorer. The Grand Cherokee has a rating of 7800 lbs. Even the Nissan Pathfinder is 6000 lbs. The Explorer is fine for towing a medium size boat, a couple of snowmobiles, or a small to midsize camping trailer but those who need serious towing capability won't find it in an Explorer.

      about 3 months ago
    • Amtrak 2523
      Amtrak 2523

      Way too much money!

      about 3 months ago
    • Christopher Deguzman
      Christopher Deguzman

      whoa boy slow down, sensory overload!! talk slower

      about 3 months ago
    • bfee20021
      bfee20021 In reply to Christopher Deguzman

      That's what rewind is for...

      about 19 days ago
    • AUTO TV
      AUTO TV

      Very nice!

      about 3 months ago
    • PussMag
      PussMag

      discounted Range Rover

      about 3 months ago
    • William Atmur
      William Atmur

      I just don’t know what Ford wants to be. They are so concerned with the most unique driving technologies that they don’t put any effort into their cars anymore. Stick to the basics ford!

      about 3 months ago
    • Xiao Zhang
      Xiao Zhang

      The 10 speed is jerky on the Mustang 2.3t. I hope Ford retune it for the Explorer and make it smoother. The new Explorer is on my test-drive list.

      about 3 months ago
    • A Y
      A Y

      Still not worth the money 💰

      about 3 months ago
    • Ferre O
      Ferre O

      I never drove a Hybrid before but I live in New York City and spend a lot of time in traffic. I drive on the aggressive side so I might have to go for the ST.

      about 3 months ago
    • Anxiety Attack
      Anxiety Attack In reply to Ferre O

      *Honk*

      about 3 months ago
    • Ben Ven
      Ben Ven

      “To put it another way, the more aggressively we drove the Hybrid, the better-coordinated it seemed and the more we liked it. Driving the Hybrid gently, especially at 15-40 mph city speeds, left room for some hesitation and lurching when we rolled gently back onto the accelerator. Putting the system into Sport mode, which locked the gasoline engine on, felt like the best-coordinated way to go, with the motor stepping up almost instantly when we eased harder onto the accelerator and filling in shifts of the transmission.” Green Car Reports

      about 3 months ago
    • Ferre O
      Ferre O In reply to Ben Ven

      Also I do drive on the aggressive side so thanks again.

      about 3 months ago
    • Ferre O
      Ferre O In reply to Ben Ven

      Thanks for the that information live in New York City but never drove a Hybrid but I spend a lot of time in traffic coming from work.

      about 3 months ago
    • Ran
      Ran

      The Explorer ST will smoke a Kia. Not a fair price comparison. Do your homework.

      about 3 months ago
    • Darkivaz - AAA
      Darkivaz - AAA In reply to Ran

      @brianroyal1 stop deleting comments for once, kid

      about 2 months ago
    • Darkivaz - AAA
      Darkivaz - AAA In reply to Ran

      @brianroyal1 you probably live in the south. I see a lot of old KIA's standing strong everywhere i go.

      about 2 months ago
    • Royce Porter
      Royce Porter In reply to Ran

      @Darkivaz - AAA wat u Smoking 💀💀😭

      about 2 months ago
    • brianroyal1
      brianroyal1 In reply to Ran

      @Darkivaz - AAA a kia could never be more risble than a ford. Gtfoh.. how many ten yr old kia you see driving around? There are old fords driving all around.

      about 2 months ago
    • D. RII
      D. RII

      pretty lame and obviously rushed review with horrible lighting in spots of the video!
      get it together cars.com
      try harder.
      and don't dare compare the Telluride with upper trims of the new Explorer, ridiculous!

      about 3 months ago
    • Hussein
      Hussein

      Ugly

      about 3 months ago
    • BDowling
      BDowling

      I still can't believe someone would pay $60,000 for a Ford...

      about 3 months ago
    • RAM-1500 KING OF TRUCKS
      RAM-1500 KING OF TRUCKS In reply to BDowling

      @guy proulx piece of shit highlander...lmfao

      about 2 months ago
    • guy proulx
      guy proulx In reply to BDowling

      @RAM-1500 KING OF TRUCKS Highlander is a much much better vehicle, i almost had a heart attack when i saw that ugly tablet lol, is it big enough yet? hahahaha

      about 2 months ago
    • Robert Jones
      Robert Jones In reply to BDowling

      Spending $60K for anything on four wheels isn't too smart, they all depreciate, some faster than others. Give it to the end of the year, by then there'll be discounts.

      about 2 months ago
    • RAM-1500 KING OF TRUCKS
      RAM-1500 KING OF TRUCKS In reply to BDowling

      @YOunG ThUG ya I heard some bad reviews on it ..

      about 3 months ago
    • YOunG ThUG
      YOunG ThUG In reply to BDowling

      Peter Brent true Range Rover is not even reliable

      about 3 months ago
    • Ivan Vojt
      Ivan Vojt

      Craig Cole pretty much stated the same issues. The rebooted Highlander will be shown this year. Ford better rethink its pricing especially on the Hybrid.

      about 3 months ago
    • Ivan Vojt
      Ivan Vojt In reply to Ivan Vojt

      @66skate True but Alex is in a cookie cutter rut & ignoring suggestions from viewers. Still good reviews through. Does seem to be afraid of being to critical.

      about 2 months ago
    • 66skate
      66skate In reply to Ivan Vojt

      Then you have Alex Dykes, the real boss of reviews that liked just about everything.

      about 3 months ago
    • Azaan Ahmad Godinho
      Azaan Ahmad Godinho

      first view

      about 3 months ago