The Ford Explorer established itself nearly 30 years ago as a family-friendly mid-size SUV. The roomy interior offers substantial cabin space and cargo storage while still having enough room to spread the legs out and relax comfortably. Coming into its sixth generation, the 2020 Explorer is announced to be released with a Limited Hybrid model that pushes the limits in fuel economy and hybrid capability for a mid-size SUV.

What about the powertrains that make the Explorer top-tier?
Since hybrid engine configurations have entered the roadways, they have been unrivaled in terms of fuel economy through their integration with other drive systems to take the vehicle even further. Within the 2020 Ford Explorer, we see a series of various high performing fuel-economy geared engines such as the stock 2.3-liter EcoBoost Inline-4 engine that is turbocharged to push out 300 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque while earning a combined fuel economy of 24 mpg outperforming many competitors on the mid-size SUV market from the get-go. The truly impressive powertrain comes with the hybrid powertrain brought in for the first time with the 2020 Explorer; the 3.3-liter V6 gas-motor engine paired with a Ford crafted electric motor can push out an improved 318 horsepower, 322 lb-ft of torque all while achieving 27/29/28 mpg city/highway/combined fuel economy. This 2020 Explorer is ready to go for an extended adventure, working with the other systems of the SUV along with an 18-gallon fuel tank to be able to drive for over 500 miles before needing to fill back up.

Does the Hybrid Explorer have to make any compromises in performance?
Ford has made impressive strides in engineering and configuration of this modern mid-size SUV integrating the hybrid powertrain in conjunction with the other systems within the Explorer. Even with the extra electric motor and liquid-cooled advanced lithium-ion battery, the Explorer does not lose any cabin space nor storage capacity. This is due to the Explorers ingenious design that takes the hearty battery and builds it directly into the chassis sitting below the second-row seats. With the snug placement of this battery, this means that passengers have the same expansive legroom and comfortable storage of cargo throughout the SUV. Most impressive are the strides to further enhance the capability of the Explorer's overall performance. While on trips it is handy to be able to carry and tow heavy hauls, which is why Ford has made sure to push the Explorer beyond the competition. With this hybrid engine setup, the 2020 Explorer is impressively benchmarked to be capable of towing up to 5,000 pounds.

The 2020 Explorer benchmarks a new level of mid-size SUV excellence working in a great design with a spacious interior and introducing an all-new hybrid model. The electric-motor/V6 combo works well for the Explorer, taking you over 500 miles before another fill-up and brings the same incredible legroom and impressive towing capacity. If you are interested in learning more about the 2020 Explorer, you can read our full review of the model here! Give us a call to schedule a test drive and check out the 2020 Ford Explorer yourself and check out our all-new lineup of top-notch Explorers by clicking here!

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