Used 2020 Ford Explorer Hybrid
2020 Ford Explorer Hybrid Review
- Sharp steering and stable handling for a SUV
- Pleasing acceleration from the hybrid powertrain
- Lots of cargo space
- Hybrid model limited to a single upper-level trim
- Elevated noise from wind and hybrid system
- Lackluster second- and third-row interior space
- Interior materials could be better
- The Ford Explorer is fully redesigned for 2020
- Part of the sixth Explorer generation introduced for 2020
The 2020 Ford Explorer is fully redesigned. Conceptually, it's pretty similar to previous Explorer models. This is a midsize three-row SUV that can handle just about any task you throw at it, whether it be hauling around your family or towing a medium-size trailer. But the 2020 model brings some notable changes. Besides the subtle styling updates, you'll find improved handling abilities, new safety features, a roomier interior and new engines. The latter includes the Explorer Hybrid, which promises both quick acceleration and higher-than-average fuel economy.
The engine holds up its end of the bargain when it comes to power, and it is a smooth highway cruiser. The trouble is that this hybrid powertrain doesn't feel as well sorted as it should. Acceleration isn't as smooth or predictable as what you get from other hybrids, such as the Toyota Highlander Hybrid. Clumsy is too strong a word, but the Explorer Hybrid's system could certainly use more polish.
We also found ourselves constantly monkeying with the automatic climate control system to maintain comfort, which shouldn't be necessary. There's more wind noise than there should be too, and it's the sort that stands out because of its gusty and localized nature. As for the hybrid system itself, it emits enough clunks, clicks, sighs and whirs than it should.
You'll get a full complement of standard driving safety aids, including a forward collision warning system that can automatically brake for you if you don't react in time. It all works well, but the alerts for these various systems sound overly similar and the lane-centering system may falsely accuse you of taking your hands off the wheel.
The Explorer is especially well suited to towing, and the 5,000-pound maximum tow rating is quite good for a hybrid SUV. The optional Trailer Tow package comes with just about everything you'll need, including an easily accessed receiver hitch, four- and seven-pin wiring, full support for an add-on electric trailer brake controller, a tow/haul transmission mode, and an enhanced blind-spot monitoring system that covers the length of the trailer.
The AWD version of the Highlander Hybrid is better off at 28 mpg combined (29 city/27 highway). You can get a 28 mpg combined estimate with the rear-wheel-drive Ford Explorer Hybrid.
For the most part, this is no hollow promise because the driving experience exceeds that of any previous Explorer. It's quick, it has poise and balance, and it likes to be hustled through corners. This is the one to get if your daily drive includes mountain roads or interesting corners. The hybrid isn't quite as refined as its non-hybrid brethren when driven around town, but it still satisfies beyond city limits.
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2020 Ford Explorer models
The 2020 Ford Explorer Hybrid is available in a single trim level: Limited Hybrid. All Explorer Hybrids come with a V6 engine and a hybrid system (318 total horsepower) paired to a 10-speed automatic. Rear-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is optional.
The Limited Hybrid comes fairly well equipped with standard features that include:
- Full leather seating
- Heated and ventilated front seats
- A hands-free liftgate
- LED lighting
- A 12-speaker B&O sound system
You also get Ford's Co-Pilot360 suite of driver aids that includes:
- Traffic-adaptive cruise control
- A lane keeping and centering system
- Speed sign recognition
- An automatic emergency evasive steering-assist system
Significant options for the Explorer Hybrid include:
- A panoramic sunroof
- A tow package
- A rear-seat entertainment system
Most helpful consumer reviews
Features & Specs
Our experts like the Explorer models:
- Lane Keeping System
- Alerts the driver as the Explorer starts to drift out of its lane. Also applies pressure to the wheel to guide the car back into the lane.
- Post-Impact Braking
- Applies the brakes after a collision to reduce the effects of a secondary crash.
- Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control
- Maintains the distance between the Explorer and the car in front. Also includes a system that keeps the Explorer centered in the lane.
NHTSA Overall Rating5 out of 5 stars
- Frontal Barrier Crash RatingOverall5 / 5Driver5 / 5Passenger5 / 5
- Side Crash RatingOverall5 / 5
- Side Barrier RatingOverall5 / 5Driver5 / 5Passenger5 / 5
- Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsFront Seat5 / 5Back Seat5 / 5
- RolloverRollover4 / 5Dynamic Test ResultNo TipRisk Of Rollover14.7%
- Side Impact TestGood
- Roof Strength TestGood
- Rear Crash Protection / Head RestraintGood
- IIHS Small Overlap Front TestNot Tested
- Moderate Overlap Front TestGood
Used 2020 Ford Explorer Hybrid Overview
The Used 2020 Ford Explorer Hybrid is offered in the following styles: Limited Hybrid 4dr SUV (3.3L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 10A), and Limited Hybrid 4dr SUV AWD (3.3L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 10A). The Used 2020 Ford Explorer Hybrid comes with rear wheel drive, and all wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 10-speed shiftable automatic. The Used 2020 Ford Explorer Hybrid comes with a 3 yr./ 36000 mi. basic warranty, a 5 yr./ 60000 mi. roadside warranty, and a 5 yr./ 60000 mi. powertrain warranty.
What's a good price on a Used 2020 Ford Explorer Hybrid?
Price comparisons for Used 2020 Ford Explorer Hybrid trim styles:
- The Used 2020 Ford Explorer Hybrid Limited Hybrid is priced between $47,999 and$56,845 with odometer readings between 19617 and19617 miles.
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