We build the perfect 2020 Explorer using the online configurator tool

We build the perfect 2020 Explorer using the online configurator tool


The Ford Explorer is heading to driveways, drop-off lines at your local elementary and, of course, Ford showrooms soon. We’ve recently run it through its paces, so we figured it was time to hop on Ford’s configurator to see what our ideal Explorer would cost. Of course, you can’t play with an automaker’s configurator without building out the most expensive and most price-sensitive versions of whatever you’re building, too. Don’t worry, we’ve included those.


Check them out below.

The 2020 Ford Explorer Limited Hybrid might be the best blend of high-end options and price-conscious utility.

1. The sweet spot — the 2020 Ford Explorer Limited Hybrid


Let’s get this out of the way first: This isn’t the most expensive Explorer. It’s up there, sure, but there is still plenty more you can add to make the Explorer hit its peak price. This Explorer is a full level below the top Platinum trim. The Limited trim Explorer starts at $48,130, which includes leather seating, Ford Co-Pilot360 Assist Plus and an upgraded sound system.

We hike the price further by adding the new 3.3-liter V6 hybrid powertrain and the available all-wheel-drive system. Opting for the hybrid powertrain added $4,150 to the sticker, with the all-wheel-drive system tacking on another $2,195. Both aren’t exactly must-buys, but for our northern clime, the all-wheel-drive system is a common choice, and we’re interested in trying out the latest hybrid drivetrain from Ford.

From there, we’ve added a few other options — namely the Class III Trailer Tow Package, which raises the towing capacity of this Explorer Limited Hybrid to a usable 5,000 pounds. We also added a set of roof-rail crossbars for the princely sum of $325. Finally, add the $1,095 worth of destination fees and sign on the dotted line.

The 2020 Ford Explorer Platinum can become expensive, quickly. 

2: The no-expense-spared Explorer: The 2020 Ford Explorer Platinum


If you thought the other Explorer was pricey, meet the top dog. The 2020 Ford Explorer Platinum starts, per the configurator, at $58,250. That’s before adding the requisite $1,095 worth of destination charges. As the range-topper, it’s kind of difficult to raise the price that much, considering it already includes expensive options like all-wheel drive and a 3.0-liter EcoBoost V6 making 365 hp. That’s a small step below the Explorer ST’s 400 hp, but the slight horsepower dip comes with a lot more comfort features.

The standard interior for the Platinum-badged Explorers includes perforated leather with accent stitching, a twin panel moonroof and the 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster. Still, as nice as that interior is, you can make it even better by adding the $995 Premium Technology Package to get the massive touchscreen on the dash and the $1,995 Dual-Headrest Rear Seat Entertainment System. Oh yeah, and you can also add a middle bench seat for only $495. We also added the optional star white paint ($595) and the same roof-rail crossbars from the Explorer above. The upgraded sound system and the suite of safety features also carry over from the Limited model.

The base-model 2020 Ford Explorer XLT seems basic compared to these well-optioned counterparts but still packs plenty of features.

3. The budget build: The 2020 Ford Explorer XLT


The most price-conscious Explorer is the base XLT without any extra add-ons. Starting at $36,675, the only extra money spent on this Explorer was getting it delivered for $1,095. Still, the Explorer comes with a standard safety suite, 18-inch alloy wheels and a power liftgate. Most obviously, you’ll be able to tell the XLT models apart from their higher-optioned stablemates by the black grille insert with chrome horizontal lines.

This rear-wheel-drive Explorer moves by way of a 2.3-liter EcoBoost I4. Maybe not as potent as the high-output EcoBoost V6 above, the 2.3-liter still makes an impressive 300 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque. That should have no problems moving the Explorer down the highway.

Cloth covers the seats and your favorite podcasts will play through a six-speaker standard AM/FM stereo that runs SYNC3. The base Explorer is still chock-full of features like automatic headlamps, acoustic glass, privacy glass in the second and third rows and LED low-beam headlights.

How would you spec out your Explorer? Let us know in the comments below.

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