What are the Differences Between the 2020 Ford Explorer Trims?

2020 Ford Explorer exterior and interior

Style and Features For You

The 2020 Ford Explorer is an indomitable midsize SUV with sleek workmanship for you and your family to enjoy. However, which combination of features and style do you need? That's where this guide comes in. The 2020 Ford Explorer trim levels XLT, Limited, ST, and Platinum each exhibit their own unique appointments that will suit different lifestyles.

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Quick Overview

Each of the 2020 Ford Explorer trims have something unique to offer a driver and their passengers. Read through the lists below to see the key features and MSRPs of all four of the all-new Ford Explorer trim levels.

2020 Ford Explorer

XLT

Starting MSRP $36,675
White 2020 Ford Explorer XLT

Key Features

  • SecuriCode™ Keyless Entry Keypad
  • Tri-zone electronic temperature control
  • Automatic LED low-beam headlamps
  • FordPass Connect™ with 4G LTE Wi-Fi® hotspot
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Limited

Starting MSRP $48,130
2020 Ford Explorer Limited blue

Key Features

  • Leather seating surfaces with micro-perforation and accent stitching
  • Hands-free and foot-activated liftgate
  • B&O Sound System by Bang & Olufsen™
  • Heated and leather-wrapped steering wheel with paddle shifters
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ST

Starting MSRP $54,740
2020 Ford Explorer ST Black

Key Features

  • Leather seating with city silver accent stitching, ST logo, and micro perforation
  • LED taillamps with blackout treatment
  • Outside mirrors with ST projection lamps
  • 3.0L EcoBoost® V6 engine
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Platinum

Starting MSRP $58,250
2020 Ford Explorer Platinum Red

Key Features

  • Twin panel moonroof
  • Unique floor mats
  • Satin aluminum grille
  • Available wireless charging
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XLT vs. Limited vs. ST vs. Platinum

The all-new Ford Explorer has four trim levels to select from: XLT, Limited, ST, and Platinum. Right off the bat, the XLT offers safety specs and space for all of your crew, making this SUV trim worth a second look. The Limited trim kicks things up a notch with upgraded aesthetics and powerful interior convenience aspects, making this ride sweet indeed. The ST trim is equipped with the best performance capabilities of the four Explorer trims and also features sport-style design to match the engine. And last, but certainly not least, the Platinum comes standard with views of the sky overhead and unique interior seating, making it truly a one of a kind SUV.

Performance

The 2020 Ford Explorer provides three powerful engines for the discerning driver: two EcoBoost® engines and a hybrid. Examine the following table to see the specifications.

Engine

2.3L EcoBoost®

3.0L EcoBoost® V6

3.3L hybrid V6

Horsepower

300 HP

365 HP

318 HP

Torque

310 lb.-ft.

380 lb.-ft.

336 lb.-ft.

Towing Capacity

5,300 lbs.

5,600 lbs.

5,000 lbs.

Trim Availability

XLT & Limited

ST* & Platinum

Limited

*ST trim provides 400 HP and 415 lb.-ft. of torque

Interior Features

2020 Ford Explorer interior

The interior features of the latest Explorer cannot be fully appreciated unless you are within the cabin itself, but the table below can give you an idea of what to expect.

2020 Explorer Trims

Interior Features

XLT

  • Seating for 7
  • Cloth seating surfaces
  • Second row captain seats w/ power-assist fold
  • Third row 50/50 split-fold bench seat

Limited

Includes XLT features, plus:

  • Seating for 6
  • Ambient lighting
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Power tilt/telescoping steering column
  • Heated second row captain's seats
  • PowerFold® third row

ST

Includes Limited features, plus:

  • First and second row floor mats w/ unique badging
  • Heated, sport-style steering wheel w/ ST logo & paddle shifters

Platinum

Includes ST features, plus:

  • Seating for 7
  • Tri-diamond perforated leather seating surfaces w/ accent stitching

Exterior Design Options

The Explorer XLT, Limited, ST, and Platinum all offer distinctive exterior features, so your decision may rest largely on appearance. You can judge an SUV by the cover by examining the table below.

2020 Explorer Trims

Exterior Features

XLT

  • LED taillamps
  • Heated glass & manual folding power outside mirrors w/ LED turn signal indicators & black caps
  • Power liftgate
  • Rear bumper black step pad
  • Black roof rack side rails
  • Chrome grille w/ black mesh insert

Limited

Includes XLT features, plus:

  • LED fog lamps
  • PowerFold® outside mirrors
  • Satin aluminum roof rack side rails
  • Chrome grille w/ bright silver painted mesh insert

ST

Includes Limited features, plus:

  • EXPLORER badge on hood
  • Black roof rack side rails

Platinum

Includes ST features, plus:

  • Satin aluminum lower bodyside cladding accent
  • Satin aluminum roof rack side rails

Tech Features

In this day and age, technology features are a must have. Glance at the following table to learn what each Ford Explorer can offer you.

2020 Explorer Trims

Tech Features

XLT

  • Intelligent access w/ push-button start
  • MyKey®
  • Remote start
  • SiriusXM® Satellite Radio
  • Dual second row smart charging USB ports

Limited

Includes XLT features, plus:

  • Universal garage door opener

ST

Includes Limited features.

Platinum

Includes ST features.

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Safety Options

2020 Ford Explorer safety

Travel the streets with peace of mind knowing that the all-new Explorer contains multiple safety systems, as the below table illustrates.

2020 Explorer Trims

Safety Features

XLT

  • Lane keeping system w/ lane-keeping assist, lane-keeping alert, & driver alert
  • Rear view camera w/ washer
  • Reverse sensing system
  • AdvanceTrac® w/ Roll Stability Control™
  • Safety Canopy® System
  • SOS Post-Crash Alert System™
  • Traction control
  • Perimeter alarm
  • SecuriLock® Passive Anti-Theft System

Limited

  • Forward sensing system

ST

  • Active Park Assist 2.0
  • Hill descent control
  • Terrain Management System™

Platinum

  • Includes ST features.

Available Packages

You may want to spruce up your new ride further than the standard features can take you. Discover which packages are optional with which trim level in the following 2020 Explorer packages table.

Available Packages

Trim Availability

Ford Co-Pilot360™ Assist+

XLT

Class III Trailer Tow Package

XLT & Limited

Comfort Package

XLT

Premium Technology Package

ST & Platinum

High Performance Package

ST

Smoker's Package

XLT, Limited, ST, & Platinum

ST Street Pack

ST

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