The 2020 Ford Explorer Gains Major Updates from the 2019 Model

Are you shopping for a new SUV that can accommodate the whole family, but can't decide between the two most recent model years? Those in the market for a Ford SUV will find that the 2019 Ford Explorer continues with the styling and internal components of its predecessors, generally sticking to the parts and pieces that worked. However, for the first time in many years, the 2020 Ford Explorer debuts with a redesigned look, inside and out. Regardless of which you choose from the new inventory here at Koerner Ford, you'll drive home in a capable, durable midsize SUV.

New Performance Capabilities

While the 2020 Ford Explorer holds onto the base level 2.3-liter EcoBoost® I4 engine from 2019, its power is increased to 300-horsepower compared to 280. Still, at the standard level, the 2020 Explorer offers an increased towing capacity thanks to the new 10-speed transmission that pairs with rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, your choice. If you stick with the 2019 model, expect a generous 3,000-pound hauling limit compared to the upgraded 5,300-pounds on the base level.

For 2020, a new Ford Explorer ST trim level is introduced, boasting a range of impressive technology and styling features, but performance-wise, it comes equipped with a 3.0-liter V6 engine that churns out 400-horsepower and 415-pound-feet of torque for Syracuse drivers who want additional grit.

The new year also brings a hybrid powertrain to the Ford Explorer engine lineup. It combines a naturally aspirated 3.3-liter V6 engine with an electric motor that totes impressive fuel consumption numbers around Liverpool, NY.

Technology Changes, Driver's Assistance Stays the Same

At the standard level, the 2020 Ford Explorer features an enlivened suite of technology features. The addition of the ST trim level also makes for greater room for upgrades. If you're a Syracuse family that wants all the basics, enjoy the same features found in 2019 in terms of driver's assistance. Features like pre-collision warnings with automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, automatic headlights, and a blind-spot monitoring system improve security.

2020 brings the 4G LTE WiFi hotspot with room for 10 devices to the base trim. However, upgrades include a larger, 12.3-inch completely digital instrument cluster, a wireless charging pad up front, and a 10.1-inch portrait-oriented infotainment system. As per the 2019 precedent, the 2020 model sticks with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ compatibility.

Styling Reconfiguration

One of the biggest changes drivers of the 2020 Ford Explorer will experience lies in the visual appearance of this SUV for sale near Baldwinsville. Both models hold onto their three-row seating capacity, able to accommodate up to seven passengers comfortably, however, the general wheelbase size has increased.

While the width and height of the 2020 model are pretty much the same, the curb weight has decreased, and the rear end takes on a more angular, muscular shape, resulting in a rear-wheel drive architecture.

Choosing Between the 2020 and 2019 Ford Explorer

To sum things up, Clay, NY families will find that either iteration of the Ford Explorer will offer a reliable, spacious, and stylish ride. Opting for the 2020 model awards drivers with more powerful engine options, the ability to drive a hybrid, a slightly larger exterior stance, and updated technology features that align with this year's trends.

That being said, shopping the Ford SUVs for sale at Koerner Ford from 2019 will result in no compromise of power and technology capability. The driver's assistance features are unchanged across both models, and the exterior design features of 2019 may appeal to some drivers more than the updated look.

2019 Ford Explorer

2020 Ford Explorer

Max Towing Capacity

5,000 pounds5,600 pounds

Hybrid Option?


Seating For..

sevensix to seven

Max Horsepower


Curb Weight

4901 pounds4727 pounds

If you've come to a final decision, it's time to visit your East Syracuse dealership. Our central location makes us easy to find. We can't wait to help you decide between these two fantastic models.

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