After you've narrowed down your options and have decided that the Ford Explorer is the right SUV for your drives around East Stroudsburg and Nazareth, you still have one more decision to make: which Ford Explorer trim level is right for you?

The team at Ray Price Stroud Ford is happy to help out with this important choice. Therefore, we've laid out the key differences between the four Explorer trim levels in this detailed review. Keep on reading to find out which Explorer trim is the best choice for your drives around Lehigh Valley, Stroudsburg, and Easton!

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Ford Explorer Base Trim: The XLT

The base trim, called the Ford Explorer XLT, comes standard with a 2.3L 4-cylinder engine that generates 300 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque.

With this engine, you can reach a towing capacity of up to 5,300 pounds. To achieve to this towing figure, though, you'll want to opt for the Class III Trailer Tow Package. It comes with:

  • Class III frame-mounted hitch
  • Trailer connectors
  • Engine oil cooler
  • Cargo management system

Another standout performance feature is the Auto Start-Stop Technology, which has been designed to improve fuel economy. With Auto Start-Stop Technology in place, your engine will shut off automatically when you come to a complete halt. As soon as you release the brake pedal, the engine jumps back to life and you're on your way!

As for the drivetrain, rear-wheel drive comes standard. However, you can upgrade to equip the Explorer with Intelligent 4WD.


Additionally, your SUV will be loaded with infotainment features even on the standard trim. SYNC® 3 is the premier infotainment system, complete with an 8-inch touchscreen. With Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ compatibility, you can easily pair your smartphone with SYNC® 3.

To keep you connected on the go, use FordPass Connect™, which comes with a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot. It can connect up to 10 devices at once, so you and your passengers can access your favorite apps and websites on the road. Don't worry about driving with a low battery level on your phone, either. Hook up your smartphone to one of the two smart-charging USB ports to keep it juiced up.

Finally, we come to safety-a high priority for the base trim of any Ford vehicle! With the 2020 Explorer, you can rely on the intelligence of Ford Co-Pilot360™, a safety suite that comes with:

  • BLIS® (Blind Spot Information System)
  • Rear View Camera
  • Lane-Keeping System
  • Automatic Emergency Braking
  • Auto High-Beam Headlamps

Explorer Limited

In addition to features found in the XLT, soft leather with accent stitching comes standard on the Ford Explorer Limited trim.

For easy loading, use the PowerFold® third-row seat! It allows you to lay the third row down flat with the simple press of a button. This trim also introduces the helpful hands-free, foot-activated liftgate, a feature that is especially useful for parents who have their hands full of groceries or backpacks but need to open the trunk.

The Explorer Limited is also the preferred choice for drivers who require a crystal-clear audio experience. Why? Well, it comes with the B&O Sound System by Bang & Olufsen. With 12 high-performance speakers, it ensures you have an immersive sound experience when you play your favorite songs and podcasts.

You can also add on an optional wireless charging station to stay connected to the world even on the go.

The Limited's traction and stability are boosted by the Terrain Management System™, which allows you to choose among seven selectable drive modes. That way, the Explorer Limited can adjust its driving dynamics based on the terrain you're traveling on. The modes include:

  • Trail
  • Deep snow/sand
  • Slippery
  • Tow/Haul
  • Sport

You can track the progress of the modes by following the 3D animated graphics that appear on the 12.3-inch digital cluster display.

Limited Hybrid

Today, efficiency is a top priority for many drivers. Therefore, we'd like to introduce you to the Ford Explorer Limited Hybrid, a version of the Explorer Limited trim. The main difference? It comes with a 3.3L V6 Hybrid motor along with a regenerative braking system and a liquid-cooled lithium ion battery.

With its eco-conscious technology, it features an EPA-estimated range of over 450 miles per tank with the Intelligent 4WD system. With the rear-wheel drive system, it has an EPA-estimated range of 500 miles. That way, you can cruise by gas stations and enjoy your road trips without interruption.

However, don't let this hybrid model fool you-going hybrid doesn't mean you'll be sacrificing power. The hybrid still delivers 5,000 pounds of maximum towing capacity!  

Explorer ST

Specifically tuned to appeal to performance-seeking drivers, the ST trim of the 2020 Explorer comes equipped with a 3.0L EcoBoost® V6, which delivers 400 horsepower and 415 lb-ft of torque.

You'll quickly identify this SUV cruising down the road thanks to the black mesh grille insert with the ST logo and the available 21-inch aluminum wheels. Inside the cabin, the ST design appears once again! You'll also have leather seating surfaces with micro-perforation, City Silver accent stitching, and ST logos.

Fuel capacity in the ST also exceeds that of the XLT and Limited trims. The previous two trims could hold 17.9 gallons of fuel, while the ST trim-and the Platinum trim-hold 20.2 gallons.

How does the ST trim deliver the sportier handling feel on the road? In addition to the refined engine, it also utilizes a sport-tuned independent front and rear suspension and Hill Descent Control™.

Ford Explorer Platinum


The Platinum trim is the top-tier model for the Ford Explorer! It comes standard with a 3.5L EcoBoost® V6, a powerful engine that churns out 365 horsepower and 380 lb-ft of torque. 

If you want an even more luxurious experience, opt for the Premium Technology Package. By doing so, your sound system will get an upgrade with 14 total speakers. Use the 10.1-inch LCD Capacitive Portrait Touchscreen to access your apps, messages, and maps.

Elegance is the name of the game on the interior, where you'll find leather-trimmed seats with tri-diamond perforated accent stitching. The exterior makes a bold statement with its quad chrome exhaust tips, LED turn signal indicators, and LED Signature lighting.

Learn More About the Ford Explorer Trim Levels

If you need help deciding between the four Ford Explorer trim levels for your drives around Stroudsburg, Lehigh Valley, Easton, East Stroudsburg, and Nazareth, come speak with the team at Ray Price Stroud Ford!

We can get you out for a test drive around the surrounding areas. That way, you can fully experience each Explorer trim level. Contact us now to schedule yours today!

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