Is the New 2020 Explorer Worth the Hype?

2020 is proving to be a big year for the auto-industry as many manufacturers aim to improve existing models. Because drivers demand more from their vehicles, automakers continue to push the envelope in affordability, space and technology.

Seeing as there have been several complaints over Ford’s 2019 Explorer model, the company debuted an all-new, redesigned 2020 Ford Explorer. Will this new design be able to compete with the new 2019 Volkswagen Atlas? Let’s see.

The new 2020 Ford Explorer remains a three-row SUV. It has a starting price of $36,675 – significantly higher than the 2019 Volkswagen Atlas’ starting MSRP of $30,895. That’s a more than $5,000 difference; shoppers can use those savings for amazing upgrades or stick with the more cost-efficient base model.

Perhaps some of the biggest changes on the 2020 Ford Explorer are its standard rear-wheel drive, available all-wheel drive, and two new trim options, including a Hybrid and more powerful ST trim. This gives it a total of 4 trim levels. The 2019 Volkswagen Atlas offers two drivetrains: front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive, and has a total of three trims.

When pitted against the 2019 Volkswagen Atlas, an SUV known for its spacious interior, here’s how the 2020 Ford Explorer stacks up:

The 2020 Ford Explorer can seat up to 7 passenger but many reviewers call out the Explorer’s third row for being cramped. Caranddriver.com says, “passengers will find that the seat is too close to the floor to be comfortable for older kids or adults.”<sup>[1]</sup> Drivers can expect something different from the Atlas; it seats up to 7 passengers and has been praised for having third-row seating comfortable enough for adults.

The maximum cargo capacity on the new 2020 Ford Explorer is 87.8 cu.ft. While that’s a huge jump from its previous model-year, it still falls short of competitors like the Atlas, which has 96.8 cu.ft. in cargo space. 

Shoppers will, however, enjoy the plethora of technology offered in both SUVs. Impressive features like: rear view camera, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and a digital instrument panel can be found on both SUVs.
 
We can’t deny it, the 2020 Ford Explorer underwent huge changes that helped it become its best yet. But it is still playing catch up to other brands. If you were considering the new 2020 Ford Explorer, think again. Try the new 2019 Volkswagen Atlas. Stop by any one of our convenient locations across South Florida to better serve you.

[1] https://www.caranddriver.com/ford/explorer
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