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PostHeaderIcon This Video Showcases Just What Happens In Vancouver When it Snows

I don’t know about you guys, but where I’m at up here in the mountains of northern California, Mother Nature has decided to dump a winter’s worth of snow in just a few weeks’ time. It’s great for the skiing and snowboarding, but if you don’t have the right equipment at your disposal, you’re gonna have to improvise – as the folks in this video quickly found out.

PostHeaderIcon 2020 Ford Explorer gets Yakima accessories for outdoorsy types

Buying an SUV you also buy into the idea of a more outdoorsy style and Ford is promoting that idea with the new dealer-fit accessories it’s showing at the 2019 Chicago auto show.The move also aims to hint at the vehicle’s off-road capability and encourage future owners to use their Explorer to… do more exploring.

PostHeaderIcon 2020 Ford Explorer vs 2019 Mazda CX-9

The sleek 2019 Mazda CX-9 SUV is one of the least-obvious rivals of the 2020 sixth-generation Explorer. The two models share nothing in terms of exterior design, and this affects the cabin as well. The Mazda is also only available with only one engine and one transmission, and you can only get it with either FWD or AWD. There’re a lot of options if you’re in the market for a three-row SUV and Ford should take into consideration all of its rivals if it wants to keep topping the sales charts with the latest Explorer. Sure, the Mazda CX-9 isn’t for the same kind of person as the Ford but, size wise, they play ball in the same league so here’s how the two stack up against one another.

PostHeaderIcon 2019 Ford Explorer vs 2020 Ford Explorer

First introduced in 1990, the Ford Explorer quickly became a sales success and evolved into America’s all-time best-selling SUV. In January 2019, Ford launched the sixth-generation model to replace the ageing, eight-year-old, fifth-gen SUV with a more capable, comfortable, sportier, and roomier vehicle. Is the new Explorer a massive departure from its predecessor? Does it have more and better tech? Is Ford offering more powerful engines with enhanced fuel economy? Find out all about that in the new vs. old Explorer comparison below.

PostHeaderIcon 2020 Ford Explorer vs 2019 Chevy Traverse

The Ford Mustang vs. Chevrolet Camaro battle may be the most iconic rivalry among Detroit-based automakers, but it has fallen behind the SUV wars in recent years. Both Ford and Chevy are playing hard on the crossover market, and the midsize war just got a lot more interesting now that the Traverse has a brand-new Explorer to take on.

While the Explorer has been around since 1990, the Traverse was born rather recently, in 2008. But despite being only 11 years old as of 2019, the nameplate enjoys great success. It’s not as successful as the Explorer, America’s best-selling SUV, but it definitely has what it takes to give the Ford a run for its money. How do these SUVs compare? Find out in the comparison below.

PostHeaderIcon Why should Ford stop with the Explorer ST? It could make an RS

Ford started ST-ing its high rider range with the Edge ST it revealed last year and this year at the Detroit auto show it showed an ST version of its new Explorer. The manufacturer’s intention couldn’t be clearer – it intends to inject some youthfulness and fun into vehicles not usually known for their sporty credentials.

PostHeaderIcon 9 Little Known Facts About the 2020 Ford Explorer

The debut of the new 2020 Ford Explorer is definitely one of the most expected vehicle debuts of this year. It happened. President and CEO of Ford, Jim Hackett and Executive Vice President Jim Farley, presented the new car in Detroit in casual attire. Visually similar to its predecessor, the sixth generation Ford Explorer goes back to its roots with a rear wheel drive platform, longitudinal engine layout, and far more athletic appearance than ever before.

I compiled a list of little-known facts about the new 2020 Ford Explorer that just shows how dedicated Ford engineers and designers have been with the creation of the most advanced Ford Explorer of all time.

PostHeaderIcon 2020 Ford Explorer vs 2019 GMC Acadia: How They Compare

The new, redesigned, Ford Explorer is here, and Ford touts it as an “adventure enabler.” It’s got more room on the inside, more gizmos, and it can tow a heavier payload than before. But, as the mid-size crossover SUV segment gets busier and busier, the Explorer must execute to perfection in all areas to remain at the top of the pile. One of its competitors will be GMC’s Acadia.

Ford launched the new, sixth-generation, Explorer at an event at Ford Field in Detroit on Wednesday. The automaker says its focus has been on the customer 100%, trying to see what are the areas that the customers are most displeased with and then eliminating these “pain points.” The result, Ford says, is a “reinvented” Explorer. Let’s see how well it stacks up against the soon-to-be 3-year-old GMC Acadia.

PostHeaderIcon Ford Explorer

The Ford Explorer is one of the most recognizable nameplates in the SUV segment, and arguably one of the first models to establish the segment outright. These days, the Explorer is getting close to 30 years old, but it’s still one of the best-selling SUVs out there. Now Ford is offering a fresh sixth-generation for the 2020 model year, introducing a more diverse model lineup, additional muscle under the hood, a more capacious interior, and the very latest technology bits as well.

PostHeaderIcon Ford Tries to Be a Big Player, Schedules Standalone Event for Debuting the 2020 Ford Explorer

The sixth generation of the Ford Explorer will be unveiled at a media-only event that will be held at Ford Field, home of the Detroit Lions NFL team, the week before the Detroit Auto Show opens its doors. Ford will also exhibit the new Explorer at the NAIAS, potentially next to the new Escape.

Ford’s confirming in a way that the decision to move the Detroit Auto Show to a June date makes sense. The American automaker recently sent invitations to the media for the launch event of the highly-awaited Explorer SUV that will take place on January 9. Thereafter, expect to see the Explorer in showrooms in the first half of 2019.

PostHeaderIcon Ford is Dragging Its Feet on the New Bronco, Will Debut the new F-150 and Explorer First

After years of speculation, Ford finally confirmed that a new-generation Bronco will be unveiled soon. However, a new report claims that FoMoCo isn’t in a big hurry to launch the SUV and may have opted to roll out the new-generation F-150 pickup truck instead.

PostHeaderIcon If You Don’t Like Cops, You’re Going to Hate this 2020 Ford Interceptor SUV

We knew that the next-gen police cruiser from the Blue Oval was in works. Finally, we have something to show for. A set of new spy photos of the Ford Explorer in uniform have surfaced the net. From what we see under the camouflage, we have to admit that the fear-inducing machine looks even better now.

PostHeaderIcon Ford Explorer Sport by MAD Industries

One of the Ford Utility Concepts scheduled to debut at the SEMA this month is a rather fashionable piece finished by MAD Industries. This California-based tuner has worked with Ford numerous times before usually tuning cars for the SEMA. This time is no different as they have revealed a custom Ford Explorer with a cool two-tone exterior paint job. Now, I have to tell you that, at first glance, the MAD Industries Explorer looks a bit like a Range Rover. Maybe the Evoque.

Nevertheless, there is much more to it than that. MAD Industries did a thorough job refreshing the Explorer inside and out.

PostHeaderIcon Ford Explorer Limited Luxury Edition

In a state where SUVs rule the roads, Ford dropped four larger-than-life special edition SUVs at the 2018 Texas State Fair. One of the four models is the Explorer Limited Luxury Edition, a unique take on the popular Explorer SUV that adds appearance upgrades on the vehicle’s exterior and interior. The Ford Explorer Limited Luxury Edition is joined by the Explorer Desert Copper Edition and a pair of Expedition special editions — the Expedition Stealth Edition and the Expedition Texas Edition — in the annual fair.

PostHeaderIcon Ford Reveals Fastest Police Vehicle In America

Ford has released the Police Interceptor Utility, considered by the Michigan State Police as the fastest police car available for 2019. The new Interceptor is based on the yet-to-be-unveiled Explorer SUV. It replaces the outgoing Explorer-based Police Interceptor Utility model and the Taurus-based Police Interceptor sedan. The new Police Interceptor Utility is more than just a fast law enforcement vehicle; it’s also loaded with state-of-the-art technology the likes of which the production version of the new Explorer won’t have. That comes with the territory of being a cop car.

PostHeaderIcon Ford Explorer Desert Copper Edition

The Ford Explorer was well-represented at the 2018 Texas State Fair after Ford brought a pair of special edition versions, including the Explorer Desert Copper Edition. Created to diversify its Explorer lineup, the Desert Copper Edition is based on the XLT trim of the SUV. The special edition Explorer comes with a number of upgrades in the exterior and interior. The automaker hasn’t said if the Explorer Desert Copper is going to be available to the public, but with the popularity of SUVs these days, don’t be surprised if the Explorer Desert Copper Edition arrives in a dealership near you sooner than later.

PostHeaderIcon 10 Best 3-Row SUVs of 2018

SUVs rose to popularity in the early 2000s, with customers being drawn to their large cabins, higher ride height, and perceived safety. The fact that automakers scored bigger profit margins from them also contributed to the surge. Starting in 2015, sales of SUVs started dominating the auto industry, and carmakers began building them in all shapes and sizes. But, while you can buy everything from compacts to full-size vehicles with taller ride height, three-row SUVs are limited to only midsize and large SUVs.

It’s obviously a matter of practicality here. And, while most haulers aren’t exactly practical, three-row vehicles retain one of the most important features of original SUVs: the ability to carry more than five people. With minivans almost extinct, the three-row SUV is arguably the most practical of its kind. With that in mind, we’re going to take a look at the ten best three-row SUVs you can buy today and compare what they offer in terms of features, power, and third-row practicality.

PostHeaderIcon 8 SUVs That Went From Being Tough as Nails to Lightweight Family Haulers

Adapting to customer needs and trying to achieve efficiency levels proposed by the governing bodies, manufacturers had to shift whole production systems to accommodate their factories for efficient SUV and crossover production. However, the tough body-on-frame design of traditional SUVs simply did not cut it anymore. SUVs became too heavy, too ungainly, and too expensive to maintain. Then, some automakers started to experiment with unibody construction for their SUV-looking cars. Soon, what was a misfit became the norm and today with crossovers being the only way forward. Even the famous off-road specialists like Jeep and Land Rover had to make changes and some famed names from history sacrificed all that made them famous in the first place.

PostHeaderIcon The Ford Explorer and Jeep Grand Cherokee Fail Miserably in Recent IIHS Crash Testing

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has flagged the Ford Explorer and Jeep Grand Cherokee after both SUVs scored an overall rating of “poor” in the agency’s recent crash test examination. According to results of the passenger-side small overlap front crash tests, both SUVs showed a high risk of injury to a front passenger with potentially fatal ramifications.

PostHeaderIcon Anonymous Report: 400+ HP Ford Explorer ST in the Pipeline

An anonymous source within Ford in conjunction with confirmed speculation suggests the next-generation Ford Explorer will return to a rear-wheel-drive architecture and come with four new engine options, one of which will offer more than 400 horsepower in a sporterized ST variant.

The news comes from The Truth About Cars, which speculated about the rear-drive platform some time ago. TTACs insider source then revealed details about the next-generation Explorer’s powertrain options, along with the new ST trim. This follows Ford’s recent release of the Edge ST – a two-row crossover gussied up by Ford Performance with 335 horsepower and a stiff suspension. The same is expected with the Explorer ST, but with the 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6 currently used in the Lincoln Continental and MKZ. In the Lincolns, the engine makes an even 400 horses and 400 pound-feet of torque. The insider source says power will likely increase since the V-6 will be longitudinally mounted in the new rear-drive Explorer.

Continue reading for more information.

More on the 2020 Ford Explorer


Anonymous Report: 400+ HP Ford Explorer ST in the Pipeline
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“Rear-wheel drive will come standard, but either a part-time 4WD or a full-time AWD system will be offered”

Beyond the halo trim, the ST, the new Explorer will have three other engines. According to TTAC’s inside source, they include the carry-over 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder, the F-150’s new 3.3-liter V-6, and a gasoline-hybrid powertrain. Ford’s new 10-speed automatic is expected to be the sole transmission choice. Rear-wheel drive will come standard, but either a part-time 4WD or a full-time AWD system will be offered.

Power specs could easily change, but the current 2.3-liter EcoBoost is rated at 280 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. The 3.3-liter V-6 in the 2018 F-150 makes 290 horsepower and 255 pound-feet of torque.


Anonymous Report: 400+ HP Ford Explorer ST in the Pipeline
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“Despite being a rear-drive SUV, the 2020 Explorer is expected to ride on a unibody platform, specifically the CD6 architecture”

Despite being a rear-drive SUV, the 2020 Explorer is expected to ride on a unibody platform, specifically the CD6 architecture. That means we can expect a fully independent suspension system, as well. The insider also says Ford won’t be using vast amounts of aluminum on the new Explorer, but rather steel. That makes sense after reports of Ford’s slumping profits in the wake of rising aluminum costs.

Speculation on the next-generation Ford Explorer should come to an end at the 2018 L.A. Auto Show this coming November. The new three-row SUV will then arrive in showrooms sometime in 2019 as a 2020 model.

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