With the New 2020 Explorer Hybrid, Ford Brings Green to Its Family-hauling Machine

  • Based in Los Angeles, Warren Clarke loves providing readers with the information they need to make smart automotive choices. He's provided content for outlets such as Carfax, Edmunds.com, Credit Karma and the New York Daily News.

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Ford is bullish on SUVs, as is evident in the brand’s recently announced plans to kill off all its sedans in favor of an SUV-focused lineup. The Explorer has always been one of the stars on Ford’s SUV roster, and the automaker gives the model a sweeping overhaul for 2020. With the redesign, Ford adds a hybrid variant to the Explorer lineup.

Sleek and Frugal

Blue 2020 Ford Explorer Hybrid
With its chiseled lines, the 2020 Ford Explorer Hybrid strikes a confident stance. (Ford)

With its sculpted exterior design, the 2020 Ford Explorer Hybrid looks modern and purposeful. A dramatic grille makes a confident statement up front, bordered by long, frowning headlights. Slab-like side panels and a rising beltline give the new Explorer a fashionable silhouette.

A 3.3-liter V6 hybrid powertrain lives under the hood, producing a net output of 318 horsepower. Power is sent to the rear wheels by a 10-speed modular hybrid transmission. The Explorer Hybrid can travel for more than 500 miles between fill-ups, and it can tow up to 5,000 pounds when properly equipped.

Loaded With Content

2020 Ford Explorer Interior Dashboard
Amenities such as tri-zone automatic climate control are standard with the 2020 Ford Explorer Hybrid. Some features shown in this photo might not be offered for the hybrid version. (Ford)

The new Explorer offers impressive refinement within its cabin. With shapely seats and a clean design, the overall aesthetic is fresh and premium.

The battle for the hearts and pocketbooks of car buyers begins with feature selection, and the 2020 Ford Explorer comes armed with a rich assortment of content. Relative to the outgoing model, the new Explorer adds more than a dozen new standard features.

Based on the Explorer Limited trim level, the 2020 Explorer Hybrid comes with amenities such as tri-zone automatic climate control, a wireless charging pad, 10-way power-adjustable front seats, and heated second-row seats. Also, all versions are equipped with a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot that can connect up to 10 mobile devices.

Today’s car shoppers expect an up-to-date range of driver-assist features, and the 2020 Explorer Hybrid delivers. All versions come with Ford Co-Pilot360 Assist, a suite of amenities that includes:

  • Automatic high-beam headlights
  • Blind-spot warning system
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Lane-keeping assist system
  • Forward collision warning system with pedestrian detection
  • Backup camera
  • Adaptive cruise control with speed-limit sign recognition, a technology that monitors speed signs and adjusts cruise control settings to reflect speed limits

Mr. Green

2020 Ford Explorer Hybrid Limited in Blue
The 2020 Ford Explorer Hybrid brings a venerable nameplate into the burgeoning green-car segment. (Ford)

Ford’s 2020 Explorer offers features that make it a more competitive and desirable SUV than its predecessor. The new Explorer Hybrid represents a fresh and attractive choice for shoppers seeking a green, family-friendly SUV.


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  • Based in Los Angeles, Warren Clarke loves providing readers with the information they need to make smart automotive choices. He's provided content for outlets such as Carfax, Edmunds.com, Credit Karma and the New York Daily News.

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