2020 Ford Explorer Fuel Economy Rated At 24 MPG

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, Automotive Editor - June 12, 2019

Ford made some dramatic changes for the Explorer's 2020 model year. The midsize SUV moved to a rear-wheel-drive architecture, there’s a new 10-speed automatic transmission, a hybrid powertrain is now available, and the turbocharged engines now make more power. It also weighs less than before. These changes result in a SUV that’s more efficient than before.

The EPA has released its official fuel economy figures for the Explorer and they’ve improved. With the base turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine and rear-wheel drive, the Explorer can get up to 21 mpg in the city, 28 mpg on the highway, and 24 mpg combined.

Adding all-wheel drive into that mix lowers figures by one mpg in each category to 20/27/23. Fuel economy figures for the Explorer’s turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 haven’t been announced. There’s still no information for the Explorer’s hybrid variant, either.

Compared to last year, the new Explorer’s figures are slightly better. While last year’s Explorer came with the same 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine, it was rated at up to 19/27/22. Less weight, a new platform, and a 10-speed automatic have clearly helped (last year’s model used a six-speed automatic).

2020 Ford Explorer

The Explorer manages to be on par with the rest of its segment. The Honda Pilot, Kia Telluride, Mazda CX-9, and Hyundai Santa Fe all have better fuel economy figures. The Santa Fe is the most efficient of the bunch with a combined rating of 25 mpg. Other options, like the Chevrolet Traverse and the Volkswagen Atlas, match the Explorer’s combined rating of 22 mpg.

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, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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