If you want to explore Alberta, there is no better vehicle than the one that bears the name Explorer. I recently had the opportunity to take the all-new 2020 Ford Explorer to Jasper for a multi-day road trip. In this review, I will be documenting my experience with the Explorer and sharing my opinions on its comfort and interior, handling, performance, and finally, its cavernous cargo space. In addition to my review, I will share my experience with it and highlight the users I feel would be best suited to purchasing the Ford Explorer.
When it comes to comfort, the Ford Explorer is pretty high on the list. Being an SUV, you get a more elevated view over the road, which is excellent for long road trips. The cabin is also really spacious, and passengers reported it feeling like you’re sitting on the comfiest couch in your home. The Explorer also seats up to eight passengers, which is excellent for large families. The interior dash is also well designed and easy to use with lots of cubby holes to store purses or other belongings. The Explorer really is a road trip machine and great for adventure seekers as well.
When it comes to handling and performance, the Explorer is plenty adequate for any family or outdoor person. The model I reviewed was outfitted with the standard 2.3L EcoBoost engine from Ford, which is rated for 300 HP and 310 ft-lb of torque, which provides a good balance of power and fuel efficiency (I recorded 9.4L/100KM over my trip which is good fuel economy). Explorers can also tow up to 3,000lbs which equates to a small trailer.
All Explorers are also fitted with All Wheel Drive, which helps you in the snow and will allow you to confidently cover most off-road terrain. The steering is competent, however, I would’ve liked it if Ford had aimed for a slightly more sporty feel with a heavier wheel response and slightly more road feel. On the other hand, the suspension is really good with good tautness around the corners, but it is still easily able to soak up the bumps.
Lastly, the single-handedly biggest perk of owning a Ford Explorer is it’s utterly cavernous cargo room once you drop the seats. Once the seats are down, you get a flat floor that you can use to transport toys such as bikes, camping equipment, etc. I could easily transport my road bike and camping gear to Jasper with lots of room to spare; the Ford Explorer is truly a remarkable vehicle if you need lots of space.
In conclusion, the Ford Explorer is a super comfortable and roomy SUV that is one of the best vehicles on the market if you wish to go on long road trips. It also has a powerful and fuel-efficient EcoBoost engine that, when mated to an All Wheel Drive transmission, will take you to your destination even when the pavement ends. If you’re a family looking for a new ride or needing lots of room to bring their toys with them, the Explorer is a really good choice and something you should seriously consider.
Written and Photo by Alex C.