Compare 2020 vs 2019 Ford Explorer

2020 Ford Explorer vs 2019 Ford Explorer
2020 Ford Explorer 2019 Ford Explorer


2.3L Turbo I-4 3.5L V6


300 290

  MPG (City/Highway)

21/28 * 17/24 *

2020 Ford Explorer vs 2019 Ford Explorer

Serving Fort Mill, SC

The 2019 Ford Explorer has been a success with critics and consumers. Ford engineers have made the 2020 Explorer even better. For a time, shoppers will have the chance to buy either one. That's a win-win for families who need a three-row ride.


The family driver won't be disappointed with the 2020 Explorer's new powertrains. Ecoboost technology provides the 300-horsepower standard engine. Then there's the 365-horsepower Ecoboost engine and its upgraded ST system that produces 400 horsepower. Also new, the trims now have Ford's ten-speed automatic transmission. The 2019 Ford Explorer front-wheel-drive models become rear-wheel-drive models for 2020. Of course, a four-wheel drive is a popular option for all. Finally, there's a 318-horsepower hybrid to reduce fuel use and still enjoy superior performance. This increase in engine choices gives 2020 shoppers more top horsepower and more ways to enjoy it.


The 2019 model comes in handsome choices that are being discontinued. This includes ingot silver and cinnamon glass. Also, metallic tinted clearcoats in Burgandy Velvet or Ruby Red are not available on the 2020 models. Replacing them, you'll find choices like Rapid Red, Rich Copper, Silver Spruce, and Atlas Blue. On three trims in 2019, active grille shutters are standard across the lineup. Likewise, a power liftgate is now standard for every trim. XLT and higher editions will now have a rear bumper protector.


For 2020, Ford is simplifying the cockpit with popular features from the 2019 menu. For instance, the rotary gear shift dial is now standard. Every trim will now have the tri-zone rather than a dual-zone temperature control system. XLT editions have picked up ActiveX upholstery and E-Z Entry captain's chairs. This set-up includes a center console and armrests. Limited and higher editions will have second-row sunshades and a bigger instrument panel screen. The new display is either a 6.5-inch LCD screen or a class-leading 12.3-inch digital screen. For more safety, these trims will now have a Split view touch screen with a 360-degree camera system. Drivers can check the entire perimeter of the SUV. Platinum editions add adaptive headlamps to help you see the road better. All models benefit from Ford's side-wind stabilization system.

While there's time, stop by Fort Mill Ford to see the 2019 and 2020 Explorers side by side. With many trims for both model years, please be sure to schedule a test drive today!

* EPA-estimated city/hwy mpg for the model indicated. See for fuel economy of other engine/transmission combinations. Actual mileage will vary. On plug-in hybrid models and electric models, fuel economy is stated in MPGe. MPGe is the EPA equivalent measure of gasoline fuel efficiency for electric mode operation.

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