The 2020 Ford Explorer Continues Reign as Top of SUV Class

One of the best SUVs on the market gets a new look and improvements for the new year. The 2020 Ford Explorer has long been among the top names in mid-size SUVs. Ford has given the 2020 Ford Explorer a new body design, giving it a classy and sporty look, increased the cabin space and added more trim options, giving you even more options to choose from in this classic SUV. These changes are likely to impress any neighborhood from Monroe to New Milford.

But with so many different models of mid-size SUVs to choose from, how is a Newtown or Brookfield driver supposed to know how they rate against each other? Let Colonial Ford in Danbury help you find the right fit for you.


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2020 Ford Explorer vs. 2019 Honda Pilot


The 2020 Ford Explorer comes with your choice of engines. Sticks with the standard turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder, 3.3-liter V6, a 365-horsepower 3.0-liter V6, or a 400-horsepower 3.0-liter V6. For those keeping track at home, that is four powerful engine options on the 2020 Ford Explorer. The 2019 Honda Pilot gives you a nice 280-horsepower 3.5-liter V6, or a slightly more powerful 285-horsepower 3.5-liter V6. In terms of towing performance, the Ford Explorer will pull up to 5,600 pounds. The 2019 Honda Pilot has a respectable 3,500 pound towing capacity.


Ford's Co-Pilot360 suite of safety features comes standard on every 2020 Ford Explorer. That includes rearview mirror camera, automatic high-beam control, forward collision warning with pedestrian detection and a blind-spot monitor, among other items. Optional features include adaptive cruise control, automatic rear emergency braking and parking assist features. The Honda Pilot includes some of the same standard and optional features.

Ford Explorer Vs. 2020 Chevrolet Traverse


The 2020 Ford Explorer, with the exception of the base level 300-horsepower V6, has more options that outmatch the 310-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 of the latest version of the Chevy Traverse. That is the only engine size the Chevy Traverse offers. The Traverse only has a tow capacity of 1,500 pounds across all trim levels, which is considerably less than the 5,600 pounds of the 2020 Ford Explorer.


Many of the features that come standard on the 2020 Ford Explorer are merely optional for many of the Traverse trim levels, such as surround-vision camera, forward collision warning, rear cross-traffic alert and blind-spot monitoring. The Traverse does include Chevy's Teen Driver system to keep track of how your teen drives your Traverse.



Ford Explorer vs. 2020 GMC Acadia


The Acadia is largely unchanged from 2019. It still offers its base 189-horsepower four-cylinder engine and a decent 3.6-liter V6 with 310 horsepower on its top trim levels. None are as impressive as the 2020 Ford Explorer. It is able to pull a respectable 4,000 pounds. Still less than the 5,300 pounds of the 2020 Ford Explorer.


Ford decided to enlarge the cabin on the 2020 Explorer, to easily fit six passengers and hold even more cargo. Its 87.8-cubic feet of maximum cargo space is much larger than the 79-cubic feet of storage space for the Acadia. Going by just pure cargo space in the back, you'll get 18.2 cubic feet with all the seats up. Compare that to the 12.8 cubic feet of the Acadia.

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