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Ford Explorer:Review the specs, features and pros & cons

Ford Explorer side view
Ford Explorer angular front perspective
Ford Explorer angular rear perspective

Overview of the Ford Explorer

Learn about the Ford Explorer

Ford Explorer Summary

The Ford Explorer is one of the most popular SUVs around, and for good reason. Surprisingly efficient fuel economy and the option of a high-power V6 turbo engine make this a serious contender on the road. Even the older models still stand up well, offering superb value for drivers looking for something durable and practical. The all-wheel drive means the Explorer handles well on the road. Generous space throughout means this sleek SUV is a solid choice for large families or drivers who regularly carry lots of gear.

Pros and cons of the Ford Explorer

  • Turbo V6 optional
  • User-friendly tech features
  • All-wheel drive
  • Limited legroom in third-row seat
  • Automatic braking is unavailable
  • Big pillars reduce outward visibility
This is general information and should not be relied on as purchasing advice.

Safety ratings of the Ford Explorer

Safety ratings provided by NHTSA

  • Number of airbags7 - 8Number of airbags depend on trim choice.

Specifications of the Ford Explorer

Key specifications available across all trim levels
  • Seats6 - 7
  • Doors5
  • Fuel typeGas
  • TransmissionAutomatic
  • City consumption10.1 - 13.4 L/100km
  • Highway consumption8.6 - 9.8 L/100km
  • Width2004 mm
  • Length5049 - 5062 mm
  • Trunk space515 - 2376 L
  • Cargo space1410 - 2486 L
Exact values depend on trim and engine choice.

Trims available with the Ford Explorer

What is a trim? Trims are different options of the same car with different features and equipment. The specs depend on the trim you choose.This variant of the Ford Explorer 2020 - 2023 is available in 7 trims:

XLT trim features and specs

Frequently asked questions about the Ford Explorer

Dimensions of the Ford Explorer

Vehicle dimensions
YearHeight fromWidth fromLength from
Exact values depend on trim choices.
20231783 mm2004 mm5050 mm
20221783 mm2004 mm5050 mm
20211783 mm2004 mm5050 mm
20201775 mm2004 mm5049 mm

Towing capacity of the Ford Explorer

Unbraked is when the trailer being towed does not have its own braking system. Braked is when the trailer being towed has its own braking system.
Braked and unbraked towing capacities
Exact values depend on trim choices.
20231361 kg
20221361 kg
20211361 kg
20202267 − 2540 kg