The Ford Explorer wasn’t the first sport utility vehicle, but it hit on the right formula to become the best-selling SUV and help fuel the popularity of the class. Starting as a truck-based SUV, the Explorer continually added carlike features and refined ride quality. Eventually, sales took a hit thanks to increased competition and the Firestone tire failures, but they’ve been improving with the popularity of recent versions. The Explorer has been redesigned for the 2020 model year, and this new generation marks a return to the SUV’s rear-wheel-drive-based roots. Other previous variations included the Explorer Sport Trac, which had a pickup bed, and the Explorer Sport, a name used on early two-door versions as well as a later performance offering. The Explorer’s architecture was also used for the Mercury Mountaineer, Lincoln Aviator and Mazda Navajo.
Towing vehicles can tow a minimum of 2,000 pounds (see specifications for maximum). May require specific trim level and/or optional features.
Large Family vehicles seat six or more occupants in three rows.
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