At this point in time, the modern auto market revolves primarily around SUVs. SUVs currently make up the most popular, trendiest class of vehicles. Major automakers are consistently upgrading their SUVs or fully designing new ones with each passing model year, which makes it difficult for an SUV to compete with other models within their vehicle class. The 2020 Ford Explorer is a mid-size SUV that is a top-rated model in Ford’s vehicle lineup.

For the 2020 model year, the Ford Explorer underwent a major redesign that helped boost the engagement and popularity of this full-size SUV. Virtually every feature of the Ford Explorer was updated, upgraded, or completely redesigned for the 2020 model year. 

So what is it exactly that makes the Ford Explorer a good SUV? How does the Explorer manage to stand out in the oversaturated market of mid-size SUVs? Keep reading to discover 5 features of the Ford Explorer that make this mid-size SUV a top choice among drivers who are in the market for their next vehicle. 

  1. New Platform 

The 2020 Ford Explorer is very different than Explorer models from previous years. Even its foundation is different—the 2020 Explorer is built on an all-new platform. 

This new rear-wheel-drive platform improves the handling, agility, and responsiveness of the Explorer. It also increases the towing capacity of the Explorer to an impressive 5,600 pounds and helps this mid-size SUV offer a smoother, more enjoyable ride for both drivers and passengers alike. 

  1. Multiple-Engine Options 

The 2020 Ford Explorer comes equipped with multiple engine options, which include some of the most powerful engines across the board among all mid-size SUVs. 

The engine options for the 2020 Ford Explorer include a V6 engine that delivers 400 horsepower, a turbocharged 2.3-L inline-four engine that provides 300 horsepower, and a twin-turbo 3.0-L V6 engine that delivers 365 horsepower. The 2020 Explorer is also

available with a hybrid drivetrain that pairs a 3.3-L V6 engine with a 44-horsepower electric motor to deliver 318 horsepower combined. 

All engine options for the 2020 Ford Explorer are paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission that ensures a smooth, quiet, and steady ride at all times for both drivers and passengers alike. 

  1. Comfortable Cabin 

Cabin comfort is an underrated factor for most car buyers. Its importance tends to get overlooked by drivers who are in the market for their next vehicle. Whether or not the cabin of your vehicle is comfortable and spacious can make a major difference in your satisfaction with your car, so cabin comfort is definitely a factor that is important to consider when you’re in the process of buying your next vehicle.



The cabin of the 2020 Explorer seats 6 to 7 passengers and includes three rows of seats. This mid-size SUV’s second-row captain’s chairs give backseat passengers plenty of leg and headroom and allow passengers to move around the Explorer’s cabin freely without feeling cramped. Plus, the 2020 Explorer’s cabin also offers an impressive amount of cargo space—up to 47.9 cubic feet behind the SUV’s second-row seats—without sacrificing room for passengers. 

  1. Abundant Standard Safety Features 

A host of advanced safety features come standard for the 2020 Ford Explorer SUV via Ford’s Co-Pilot360 safety and driver-assistance suite. 

Some of the most notable of these advanced safety features include rear cross-traffic alert, lane keep assist, forward collision warning, blind-spot monitoring, automatic emergency braking, post-collision braking, a rearview camera, and more. 

  1. Upgraded Infotainment System 

The infotainment system for the Ford Explorer was updated significantly for the 2020 model year. Every 2020 Ford Explorer comes equipped with a built-in touchscreen display that is fully integrated with its state-of-the-art infotainment system. Depending on the trim level you choose, your Explorer will include either an 8.0-inch or 10.1-inch touchscreen display.

Standard Bluetooth connectivity and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility in the 2020 Explorer help drivers stay connected even while on the go. As an added bonus, several USB ports are scattered conveniently through the first two rows of seats in this mid-size SUV in order to keep your and your passengers’ mobile devices charged while you’re on the road.