As the Ford Explorer nears its 30th birthday, Ford Motor Company returns to its roots and unveils the latest-generation model with its vaunted rear-wheel drive platform. The 2020 Explorer may look modern yet it has a touch or two that tie it in with its colorful past.
The platform, as mentioned is mainly rear-drive. This means the engine is mounted longitudinally and sends power to the back wheels. Of course, all-wheel drive is available for those that want the assurance of more grip. Either way, buyers can opt for either a 300hp 2.3-liter turbocharged four or the top-spec 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 with 365 horses.
Both engines are paired with a 10-speed auto and feature a multi-mode drive select system. The rear-drive model gets 6 choices while the Terrain Management system on the all-wheel drive version adds an extra mode for snow and mud.