The 2020 Ford Explorer Hybrid is available, giving buyer's of large three-row SUVs & Crossovers one more hybrid option out there, literally.
Special thanks to Yergeau Ford in Acton Vale, Québec for letting us drive their new 2020 Ford Explorer Limited Hybrid. You can visit their website to find out about their inventory, promotions, and schedule maintenance like I do for my 2006 Ford Focus ZXW here: https://www.yergeauford.ca/eng/
View our previous episode of TestDrive on the 2020 Ford Explorer Platinum 4WD here: https://youtu.be/DW98WrV-Rr8
Two major players in the large SUV/Crossover segment have added hybrid drivetrains for their vehicles this year, the Toyota Highlander, and this Ford Explorer. The Explorer Hybrid is only available on the Limited trim with the 301A package, adding 20" hand-polished aluminium rims, active noise cancellation, a 3.73 rear axle, a pedestrian alert sounder, and the 3.3L naturally aspirated Cyclone V6 engine with a hybrid system.
The electric motor puts out about 35 kW of power and charges a 1.5 kWh battery located under the second row seating area. We go over the options on this 2020 Ford Explorer Limited Hybrid 4WD and the specifications for the engine, transmission, and how it stacks up against the 2.3L EcoBoost engine normally equipped on this trim. We also discuss how this vehicle compares for fuel economy against the EcoBoost engine, and how the pricing and trims work against the 2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid.
We then take the Ford Explorer Hybrid on a road test in-city to see how this engine and hybrid system performs, along with our thoughts on the interior design, comfort, noise control, and other important aspects buyers look for when shopping for a new car.