The Cars.com editorial team has historically had a (tail)bone to pick when it comes to the comfort of the seats in the Ford Explorer. But the design in the all-new 2020 model promises a seat that provides more cush for your tush.
Enter “Dr. Derriere” — otherwise known as Mike Kolich, supervisor of Ford’s global seating and comfort team — and his prescription for the literal pain in the butt our commutes can be. Thanks to a battery of in-lab tests, the new seat design is in line with the Ford standards for shape and softness — all in a slightly smaller package than before.
“Our lab testing has changed the way we operate,” Kolich said in a statement, harkening back to the times before measurable comfort objectives, when building a seat was more trial and error. “We’re smarter than that today — we know what people expect.”
As for what exactly you can expect on your next road trip after the redesigned SUV goes on sale this summer, here are four reasons the seats in the 2020 Ford Explorer may be just what the doctor ordered:
1. Comfort Up Front, Legroom in the Back
The seats up front maintain a standard level of comfort inside a less cumbersome design, according to Ford. The thickness of the shoulder area is reduced and the seatback features sculpted-out panels that provide more knee space to passengers in the second row. The second-row seats also feature a one-touch “EZ-entry” function — new for 2020 — which allows access to the third row without having to take out booster seats in the second.
2. Every Booty Wins!
The new design is meant to be inclusive, comfortable for every body — and every bottom. The V-shaped seats offer torso support “for a wider range of body types and sizes,” Ford says.
3. Adjustable to Your Liking
Your backside has options. In the 2020 Explorer, eight- and 10-way adjustable seats are available for full customization of your seating experience. And in the ST and Platinum trims, there are five different massage patterns to choose from.
4. Cool New Ventilation Feature
Comfort is not just about the right level of softness — it’s also about being at the right temperature. Rather than pushing cold air through seat perforations like older models, Ford says the new seats will draw warm air away from your body, cooling you down more naturally.
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