2020 Ford Explorer ST 0-60
2020 Ford Explorer ST 0-60 Interior
Ford used its own in-house expert, the seats were very comfortable, but still provided adequate support where it was needed. Ford claims the slimmer design of the front seats frees up second-row space, something we’re inclined to believe given how roomy it felt back there. However, we wished the ST’s seats had more side bolstering, given that model’s sportier character. In general, we felt Ford could have done more to distinguish the ST’s interior from the other Explorer models.
The 2020 Explorer is available in six-seat or seven-seat configurations. Six-seat versions have captain’s chairs in the second row, while seven-seat models have a second-row bench that adds a middle seat. With maximum passenger volume of 152.7 cubic feet (146.8 cubic feet for Platinum models), the Explorer is more spacious than the Honda Pilot, but slightly behind the Subaru Ascent, Kia Sorento, Nissan Pathfinder, Chevrolet Traverse, and Volkswagen Atlas.
At 18.2 cubic feet, 47.9 cubic feet, 87.8 cubic feet behind the first, second, and third rows, respectively, cargo space is fairly competitive for the segment. Ford also offers power-folding second and third-row seats as optional extras. However, the Chevrolet Traverse and Volkswagen Atlas offer more space for your stuff.
As part of the interior overhaul, the 2020 Ford Explorer gets two notable pieces of techy eye candy. An optional 10.1-inch portrait-oriented touchscreen juts up from the dashboard, looking like designers simply glued an iPad to the top of the dash and called it a day.
What it lacks in aesthetic appeal, the screen makes up in functionality. The Explorer features Ford’s familiar Sync 3 infotainment system, which is as easy to use as ever. The screen’s graphics are clear and easy to read, although we couldn’t find a specific advantage to the portrait configuration.
2020 Ford Explorer ST 0-60 Price and Release Date
The 2020 Explorer ST will start at $54,740. For comparison, Dodge Durango R/T AWD starts around $48,000. The Durango SRT starts at $64,000.
The new 2020 Ford Explorers are starting to ship to dealers now, so you should be able to get them soon.