Ford has completely redesigned the Explorer for the 2020 model year in the quest to surpass its many talented and popular rivals. One of those rivals is the third-gen Honda Pilot that has been around in its current form since 2016 and recently facelifted for the 2019 model year. Both models are popular, but now that the new Ford is out, is a mere facelift enough to keep the Honda up to date and competitive?
The latest Explorer changes the previous model’s formula a bit through the fact that its platform is now rear-wheel-drive biased. It is also lighter than before, offers better performance, better fuel economy, and Ford is even going to make a hot ST version of it. Honda’s Pilot refresh brought with it more aggressive exterior styling, new tech (especially on the safety front, with the full Honda Sensing suite), but no new engines - only one non-turbo V-6 is offered.
Wallpaper of the Day: 2020 Ford Explorer
The Ford Explorer has been the quintessential go-to in the midsize SUV segment. It’s only been around since 1990, but it’s been recognized, on more than a few occasions, as one of the models that helped to establish the segment outright. The 2020 model represents the introduction of an all-new generation, the sixth generation, and while there’s a lot of new going on, it’s still easily recognizable as the Explorer fans of the model have grown to love over the last 30 years. This generation of the explorer is sportier than ever, and the roof has a very slight slope to it for the first time – something that helps to assert its dominance in a segment that’s moving more toward coupe-style rooflines. Like a lot of competing models, the Explorer can be had with huge wheels if you wish, and they really do accent the overall profile of the body nicely. With four models on offer in this year’s lineup, there’s a model for everyone and the interior borders on the line of premium usually only approached by luxury models. It’s not a slouch, either, as the base model offers up a fair 300 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque while the range-topping Platinum trim will bring a V-6 with 365 horsepower and 380 pound-feet to your driveway. You really can’t go wrong with any trim level. And, now that the sixth-gen model has begun to establish itself as a true successor to the outgoing model, we felt it was time to showcase it as our wallpaper of the day. We’ve picked our favorite desktop and mobile wallpaper, but we’ve also included a smaller gallery below so you can pick your own favorite.
Leaked Images Show Off the 2021 Ford Ranger Long Before Its Scheduled Debut
Wait, what? It’s barely been a year since the fourth-generation Ranger, that marks the nameplate’s return to the North American market, was shown at the Detroit Auto Show and now we get to see the next one? Apparently, this is actually true, and you are looking at a car that you shouldn’t have seen for at least two more years, the fifth-generation Ranger that will share its platform with the upcoming Amarok, both models destined for the European and African markets.
When manufacturers are preparing to launch a new vehicle, they go about their business in a tried and tested way. They either try to take the test mules out on the road either in more secluded areas where there’s less of a likelihood that someone with a camera, hiding in a bush, might be tracking down their movements or, when city testing or highway testing are on order, they wrap the vehicle in question in as odd a camouflage pattern as possible. The point of the camo is to deter those that try to pick out the new model’s key aesthetic features that differentiate it from the older one or, in case of brand-new standalone models, to make it hard for folks to figure out whether or not that model is bringing with it a new design language or not. Basically, most often, it’s a game of hiding your hand in plain sight.
This time, though, it seems like an Australian automotive outlet got its hands on some leaked images. We know that the T6 generation of the Ranger built for international markets (although it did debut in the U.S. as well in 2018) was conceived by Ford Australia and, most probably, the engineers Down Under are now working on the upcoming international model because the T6 has been around since 2011 although it received a facelift in 2015. Obviously, with the T6 Ranger arriving in the U.S. last year and selling well, don’t expect what you see in these pictures to spot rolling down American roads pretty soon.
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.
The New Ford F-150 Harley-Davidson is a Fat Boy on Four Wheels
The Ford F-150 is once again on the receiving end of a Harley-Davidson makeover. The 2019 Ford F-150 Harley-Davidson Edition is the latest creation in a long line of collaborations between what is arguably America’s most popular car brand and its Wisconsin-based motorcycle counterpart. In keeping with the theme of past F-150 Harley-Davidson Edition models, the 2019 model packs plenty of aesthetic touches, a lot of which are there to celebrate the long-standing partnership between the two American icons. It’s not just about the visuals, either. Form meets function in this creation; the F-150 Harley-Davidson Edition builds on the F-150’s all-world, go-anywhere capability with new equipment that lives up to the tradition of past F-150 Harley-Davidson Editions. The special edition pickup is on the clock to make its debut at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show. Pricing starts at $97,415 and goes all the way up to $98,433 depending on the exterior paint color of the pickup.
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.
2018 Ford Mustang RTR
Part of the Ford Mustang’s appeal lies in its ability to be easily customized. We’ve seen so many versions of the ‘Stang over the years, and there are a handful of them that are head and shoulders above the rest, including the Ford Mustang RTR. Created by Ford in partnership with Pro Formula Drift driver Vaughn Gittin Jr., the Mustang RTR stands tall as one of the sickest interpretations of the iconic muscle car. It’s essentially a Mustang on steroids, accomplished in part because Ford is always looking for ways to improve the car’s status as one of the best pony machines in the market today.
Those of you who are familiar with the RTR badge will know that it’s become somewhat of a tradition for Ford and Gittin Jr. to collaborate on this specific kind of creation. In fact, the past decade has given birth to a good number of Mustang RTRs, ranging from the subtle to the over-the-top. Hard to think of the 2014 Mustang RTR as anything but outlandish, but that’s the whole point on why the RTR badge has become synonymous with Ford’s legendary muscle car. This year, a new version of the Mustang RTR is set to make its debut at the 2017 SEMA Show, and really, where else would it do it? Ford and Gittin Jr.’s aftermarket firm are once again heavily involved in its creation, and the result is nothing short of our expectations. Improved looks, more power, and a seal of approval from one of the best race drifters in the world. This is what awaits us when we get a hold of the latest version of the Mustang RTR.
Updated 01/29/2019: We added a new set of images taken during the 2019 Detroit Auto Show.
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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.
2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500
Dating back to the late 1960s, the Shelby GT500 returned in 2019 after a five-year hiatus. The first iteration of the sixth-gen Mustang to sport a supercharged V-8 engine, this GT500 is also the most powerful street-legal Ford, even when compared to the Ford GT supercar. The GT500 also borrows some tech from the GT, as well as from the race-spec Mustang GT4. The first GT500 in five years is aimed at the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat and Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. And, although final specs aren’t yet available, it seems that it will have enough power to compete with both. Arguably the biggest news is that the supercharged V-8 delivers in excess of 700 horsepower, but enthusiasts also have to cope with the fact that Ford doesn’t offer a manual gearbox. Let’s find out more about that in the review below.
Why the 2020 Ford Explorer Stole the Show from the 2020 Cadillac XT6
Cadillac showed off its new XT6, three-row crossover at the 2019 Detroit auto show, but its debut took place at a private event prior to the kickoff of the Detroit Auto Show. As such, the other SUV debut (the 2020 Ford Explorer) received a lot more attention at the show. Is the Ford Explorer cooler and more desirable than the Cadillac XT6?
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.
The 2020 Ford Explorer Hybrid Features a Weird Drivetrain Layout
Ford made somewhat of a surprise move at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show and introduced a couple more versions of the brand-new Explorer. Unveiled just last week, the Explorer came to Detroit in new ST and Hybrid trims. The latter features a rather weird drivetrain layout, especially given what FoMoCo offers in other hybrids.
Ford Explorer steals the show in Detroit
There’s no denying that the Ford Explorer is a popular SUV. America’s best-selling crossover with more than seven million units sold 1990s, the Explorer is an SUV that Chevy can’t keep up with. The sixth-gen model just debuted at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show and stole the show by drawing a big crowd of journalists at the Ford booth. Actually, the Explorer was the only reason why people gathered in the Chevrolet booth, from where they watched the unveiling event.
2020 Ford Explorer Hybrid promises 500 miles range
The Explorer line up now feels complete with the debut of the 2020 Ford Explorer Hybrid. It feels like the Blue Oval is a little late to the Hybrid-SUV party, but the company has made sure to capitalise on all the hype the Explorer has created over the years and has launched the Explorer SUV in the Hybrid from with an acclaimed range of 500 miles!
2020 Ford Explorer ST has 400 HP, wants to be taken seriously as a performance SUV
Ford’s new 2020 Explorer has already raised some eyebrows with its rear-wheel drive platform and proportions, as well as its unusual front fascia. But even if you aren’t fond of the way the regular Explorer looks, then the new Explorer ST might change your mind, since it just adds another layer of aggression.
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.
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.
Six Generations of the Ford Explorer
The Ford Explorer has been around for almost 30 years. In that time, the SUV segment has evolved in ways no one could’ve dreamed of. Through it all, the Explorer has remained one of the segment’s backbones, a pillar from which the SUV world has stood on for close to three decades. The Explorer’s life reads like a Hollywood script, too. It started off with a bang, establishing itself as one of the most popular SUVs on the market. That success lasted for more than a decade before the Explorer lost its way as other SUVs arrived. Sales eventually cratered, leaving Ford desperate to recapture the magic the Explorer had when it became the breakout hit of the early ’90s. The return to form eventually took place as the SUV segment in the U.S. exploded. With the Explorer now entrenched as one of the most popular SUVs in the market, Ford’s banking on the sixth-generation model to keep that momentum. Whether it does so or not remains to be seen, but the all-new Explorer appears fully equipped to take on that challenge.
2020 Ford Explorer
The 2020 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.
2018 Ford Ranger Storm Concept and Ford Ranger Black Edition
Some gems appeared at the Sao Paulo International Motor Show - the Ford Ranger Storm Concept definitely being one of them. The other one? The Toyota Hilux Gazoo Racing truck. Interestingly enough, neither will be coming to the U.S. Well, the Ranger Storm Concept, if approved for production, will be one of the closest things to a Ranger Raptor without actually being the Raptor. Considering that Ford confirmed that the Ranger Raptor wouldn’t be coming in the U.S., something like the Ranger Storm Concept or the other one that appeared at the Sao Paulo International Motor Show - the Ranger Black Edition could be a wonderful addition to the U.S. range.
Without further ado, let’s see what the Ranger Storm Concept and the Ranger Black Edition are all about.
Want an All-Electric Ford Mustang? Aviar Motors in Russia Might Hook You Up
The market for restomods is growing as we see more and more cars modified with a modern twist. Now, there’s a new wave of constructors that try to tease you with a slightly altered recipe: a classic-looking car with modern, eco-friendly, propulsion. One fine example of this is the Aviar Motors R67 built in Russia that, as the name subtly suggests, strongly resembles a Ford Mustang from the year 1967.
Have you ever thought of buying a Mustang replica from a Russian company? What about a Mustang replica from a Russian company that’s also electric and has over 700 pound-feet of torque? As strange as it may sound, Aviar Motors is planning to build just that. This new start-up company has showcased its plans for a retro-looking EV that’s nothing more than a slightly modified 1967 Ford Mustang Fastback. As far as we’re concerned, that’s not a bad starting point at all, as long as Ford agrees with the whole thing.
2019 Ken Block’s F-150 Hoonitruck
When Ken Block unleashed the original Hoonicorn back in 2014, we went just a little bit of crazy. And why not? With an all-carbon widebody paying homage to the ’65 Mustang, a race-spec AWD system, and 845 horsepower from a 410-cube race-spec V-8 with velocity stacks rising more than a foot out of the hood, it was pretty much the perfect machine for grabbing eyeballs on the Internet. Now, Block and the Hoonigan team have once again managed to one-up themselves. The latest is called the Hoonitruck, and it’s bigger, more powerful, and crazier than the original Hoonicorn.
Like the Hoonicorn, the Hoonitruck took about two years to build. This time around though, the machine is “based” on a 1977 Ford F-150. And by based, I mean the Hoonitruck employs the same general shape as the factory pickup. That’s it though, as everything else is custom-built to put on a tire-killing speed show. The Hoonitruck is now headed for a starring role in the tenth iteration of Block’s über-viral Gymkhana video series, but until then, read on for all the details on this wild new smoke factory.
Leaked Accessory List for the 2019 Ford Ranger Proves Ford isn’t Playing Around
Ford’s not messing around with the list of accessories available to the upcoming 2019 Ford Ranger. Leaked documents shown via the Ranger5G forum reveal an extensive list of accessories that includes bull bars, racks, carriers, tow hooks, cup holders, and different versions of roadside assistance kits. The list of accessories points to one inevitable conclusion: you’re going to have to drop a serious amount of money to get what you want.