2020 Ford Explorer Trims Difference | XLT vs. Limited vs. ST vs. Platinum

2020 Ford Explorer

Coming into its sixth generation, the 2020 Ford Explorer combines decades of development and growth with state-of-the-art automotive design, all aiming to deliver the best possible driving experience. If this exceptional Ford SUV has caught your attention, take a look at our 2020 Ford Explorer trim level breakdown below to learn more. After you've read through our analysis of the XLT, Limited, ST, and Platinum trims, click through to explore our Matteson, IL, dealership inventory and offer pages. If you have any questions, please contact a representative from our Matteson, IL, dealership at (708) 720-8350 .

Performance Specs & Engine Options

The 2020 Ford Explorer offers the choice of three engine types, each with specific performance capabilities. Look through the following list to see which engine spec is right for you:

2.3L EcoBoost® I4

  • Horsepower: 300 HP
  • Torque: 310 lb.-ft.
  • Towing Capacity: 5,300 lbs.
  • Trim Availability: XLT, Limited

3.3L Hybrid V6

  • Horsepower: 318 HP
  • Torque: 336 lb.-ft.
  • Towing Capacity: 5,000 lbs.
  • Trim Availability: Limited

3.0L Twin-Turbo EcoBoost® V6

  • *Horsepower: 365 HP
  • *Torque: 380 lb.-ft.
  • Towing Capacity: 5,600 lbs.
  • Trim Availability: ST, Platinum
  • *ST trim provides 400 HP and 415 lb.-ft. of torque

Interior & Design

Trimmed to perfection, the interior of the 2020 Explorer is prepared to pamper you and your passengers. See the great lengths the Ford SUV will go to keep you comfortable and content in the list below:


2020 Ford Explorer XLT

Starting at $36,675 MSRP

  • Tri-zone electronic temperature control
  • Second-row captain seats with power-assist fold
  • Cloth seating surfaces
  • Air filtration system


2020 Ford Explorer Limited

Starting at $48,130 MSRP

XLT features plus:

  • Heated steering wheel
  • Leather seating surfaces with micro-perforation and accent stitching
  • Second-row heated captain seats
  • PowerFold® third row
  • Universal garage door opener


2020 Ford Explorer ST

Starting at $54,740 MSRP

Limited features plus:

  • First- and second-row floor mats with unique badging
  • Steering wheel, Heated- sport style with ST logo and paddle shifters


2020 Ford Explorer Platinum

Starting at $58,250 MSRP

Limited features plus:

  • Tri-diamond perforated leather seating surfaces with accent stitching
  • Heated first- and second-row seats
  • Optional second-row captains chairs
  • Heated, leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Twin-panel moonroof

Safety & Technology Features

Equipped to take on the modern world, the 2020 Explorer is sure to impress with its suite of tech and safety features. See how the Explorer keeps you connected and protected with these specs:

2020 Ford Explorer Model

Safety & Technology Features

XLT - Starting at $36,675 MSRP

  • Ford Co-Pilot360™
  • Lane keeping system (includes lane-keeping assist, lane-keeping alert and driver alert)
  • Rear view camera with washer
  • Remote Start
  • Reverse Sensing System
  • 8-in. LCD touchscreen
  • FordPass Connect™
  • MyKey®
  • Sound system with six speakers

Limited - Starting at $48,130 MSRP

XLT features plus:

  • Ford Co-Pilot360™ Assist+
  • Forward sensing system
  • Voice-activated navigation system
  • B&O Sound system by Bang & Olufsen™ with 12 speakers

ST- Starting at $54,740 MSRP

Limited features plus:

  • Reverse brake assist
  • Intelligent 4WD

Limited - Starting at $48,130 MSRP

XLT features plus:

  • Active Park Assist 2.0
  • Hill Descent Control™
  • Terrain Management System™
  • 12.3-in. digital cluster

2020 Ford Explorer Trims for Sale in Matteson, IL

Is the 2020 Ford Explorer right for you needs? If so, head to our Matteson, IL, dealership inventory to find your preferred model, then match it with our Explorer offers. Get in touch with a Sutton Ford team member at (708) 720-8350 if you have any other questions.

Difference between 2019 Ford Explorer Trims | XLT vs. Limited vs. Sport vs. Platinum


You and your family deserve the best, which is why the superior design and capability of the 2019 Ford Explorer is the perfect choice for your next vehicle! Designed from the ground up and packed with technology for the modern age, the Explorer is a big thinking, full-sized SUV that will elevate your driving experience.

Our Matteson, IL, dealership has amazing lease deals available for 2019 Ford Explorer models in our new inventory, so browse through once you've found your favorite trim. If you have any questions, please call a Sutton Ford team member at (708) 720-8350 or contact us online.

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2019 Ford Explorer Trims Specs Overview

With a diverse range of trim options, you're sure to find the right 2019 Ford Explorer for you. Look through the list below for an overview of 2019 Explorer trim levels.

Ford Explorer Base

starting at $32,365 MSRP

  • Cloth upholstery
  • 8-way power driver seat
  • Leather & chrome shift knob
  • Trailer Sway Control
  • Multifunction steering wheel

Ford Explorer XLT

starting at $34,400 MSRP


All Base trim level features, plus:

  • Premium cloth upholstery
  • 10-way power driver seat
  • 6-way power passenger seat
  • Leather-trimmed steering wheel
  • 10-way power-adjustable driver's seat
  • LED Signature Lighting
  • Dual-zone electronic climate control

Ford Explorer Limited

starting at $42,765 MSRP


All XLT trim level features, plus:

  • Leather upholstery
  • Chrome & wood tone accents
  • 8-way power passenger seat
  • Heated & ventilated driver and passenger seats
  • Heated rear seats
  • Heated steering wheel
  • 3rd-row PowerFold® 50/50 split-folding bench seat

Ford Explorer Sport

starting at $46,625 MSRP


All Limited trim level features, plus:

  • Perforated leather seating with red accent stitching
  • Quad chrome exhaust tips
  • Sport-exclusive perforated leather upholstery and accent stitching
  • Paddle shifters
  • Illuminated door sill trim

Ford Explorer Platinum

starting at $54,165 MSRP


All Sport trim level features, plus:

  • Premium Nirvana Leather upholstery with micro-perforation and quilted bolsters
  • Ford Safe and Smart™ package
  • Panoramic moonroof w/ sliding sunshade, one-touch open/close
  • Rear sunroof
  • Leather & genuine wood steering wheel

2019 Ford Explorer Engine Options: 2.3L EcoBoost® vs. 3.5L EcoBoost® vs. 3.5L

You have the choice of three engines when outfitting your 2019 Explorer: a 2.3L I4, 3.5L EcoBoost®, and a 3.5L V6. The table below contains key specs for each engine type.


2.3L EcoBoost® I4

3.5L EcoBoost®

3.5L Ti-VCT V6


280 HP

365 HP

290 HP


310 lb.-ft.

350 lb.-ft.

255 lb.-ft.

Max. Towing Capacity*

3,000 lbs.

5,000 lbs.

5,000 lbs.

Fuel Efficiency*

19 MPG city/27 MPG hwy

16 MPG city/22 MPG hwy

17 MPG city/24 MPG hwy

Trim Availability

Base, XLT, & Limited

Sport & Platinum

Base, XLT, & Limited

*When properly equipped

2019 Ford Explorer Safety and Technology Features

The 2019 Ford Explorer is equipped with the latest and greatest technology, from advanced safety measures to intuitive and immersive infotainment. For details on each trim's safety and tech features, look through the table below.

Ford Explorer Model

Safety & Technology Features

Explorer Base

  • AdvanceTrac® w/ RSC™
  • Belt-Minder®
  • MyKey®
  • Rear view camera
  • Safety Canopy® system
  • SOS Post-Crash Alert System™
  • SYNC®


Includes all Base features plus:

  • Intelligent access w/ push-button start
  • Reverse sensing system
  • SecuriCode™ keyless entry keypad
  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio®


Includes all XLT features, plus:

  • 3rd-row PowerFold® 50/50 split-folding bench seat
  • Ambient lighting
  • BLIS® w/ cross-traffic alert
  • FordPass™ Connect
  • Forward sensing system
  • Front view camera
  • Remote start
  • Sony® audio system w/ 12 speakers
  • SYNC® 3
  • Voice-activated navigation system
  • Wi-Fi® hotspot


Includes all Limited features, plus:

  • Hill Descent Control™
  • Intelligent 4WD
  • Terrain Management System


Includes all Sport features, plus:

  • Adaptive cruise control & collision warning w/ brake assist
  • Enhanced active park assist w/ pull out assist, perpendicular park, & flank guard
  • Lane departure warning w/ lane keep assist

2019 Ford Explorer Trims for Sale in Matteson, IL

Enjoy the moment with the 2019 Ford Explorer! Take advantage of our money saving offers on new Explorers in our Sutton Ford inventory and drive off the lot in a beautifully crafted Ford SUV today. If you have any further questions, give our Sutton Ford team a call at (708) 720-8350.

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