2020 Ford Explorer Prices Bumped From $400 To $5,365, ST $8,115 More Than Old Sport

The 2020 Ford Explorer may be a significant improvement over the outgoing model, but those improvements do come at a cost. Up to $8,115 in fact.

Cars Direct recently found the order guide for the new Explorer, and in it, the pricing details for all new Explorer models.

Buyers of the entry-level 2020 Explorer will need to part ways with $33,860, including the $1095 destination charge. That’s a $400 increase over last year. Which is very modest when you consider all the new features the 2020 model has, including automatic emergency braking as standard.

Moving up in the range is the Explorer XLT that’s priced from $37,770. That’s a considerable $2,275 price increase over the 2019 model. The price jumps continue with the Explorer Limited, up $5,365 from the previous-gen, bringing the base price to $49,225, while the range-topping Platinum boasts a $59,345 sticker, $4,085 more over the 2019MY.

Some of these price jumps are quite substantial, but they’re not as wild as things get. Instead, it is the Explorer ST that experiences the largest jump in price over its predecessor, the 2019 Explorer Sport. Priced from $55,835, the ST is $8,115 more expensive. However, we will give Ford a pass for this one as the ST is much more performance-oriented than the Explorer Sport ever was and utilizes a 3.0-liter EcoBoost engine with 400 hp and 415 lb-ft (562 Nm) of torque.

In addition, the 2020 Explorer ST has a quick-shifting 10-speed automatic transmission as standard, which works alongside a four-wheel drive system with selectable traction control. Buyers will also find bold new styling elements across the exterior and a number of sporty trimmings throughout the cabin.

Are these price hikes enough to deter you from buying the new, much improved 2020 Explorer? Sound off in the comments section right below.

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  • no25

    Can I save money if I supply my own iPad/tablet, Ford?

    • ErnieB

      You might be kidding but I wish this was an option in the near future.. why not allow it? Think it would be an awesome alternative to native info systems..

    • Baeyoung ❂

      That’s a $56 Android Pad from Coles, higher end tablets won’t fit there

  • MarketAndChurch

    Maybe they’re pulling a vw. If they’re successful, maybe vw will bring back the Touareg to the US. I think they don’t want to pull down the value of the Aviator, so they will bring up the value of the explorer, which will be okay only if they are class-leading in standard features at each trim level… Otherwise I don’t see why anyone would choose it over a Palisade or Telluride.

  • ErnieB

    I am happy with an XLT ., hopefully they also have a sports package for it ..

  • Rocket

    If the vehicle is as improved as it appears to be on paper, then no, the higher prices wouldn’t deter me. And I don’t expect it to deter many potential customers, either. Besides, it won’t be long until the incentives kick in. Nobody will be paying MSRP anyway.

    The Platinum does go pretty deep into Aviator territory, but I have no doubt you’ll get more kit for your dollar in the loaded Explorer. That Aviator sure is pretty though …

  • EL CHAPO THA GREAT

    Ford is becoming like GM now.

    • brn

      El Chapo Tha Great is like GM now.

      • EL CHAPO THA GREAT

        -Obvious ford fangirl

        • brn

          Is that better or worse than being like GM?

          • EL CHAPO THA GREAT

            both

  • Pissed Canuck

    Explorer base and XLT model price increases no such much. Limited and the new ST model debatable.

  • Super Rob

    Ford is pricing in their big discounts. Now they can advertise a $10k discount for Christmas like they do with the trucks.

  • Bash

    I think it is not a handsome car, Ford could have done better to price it less than the previous model.

  • Da Only Skid

    Never really kept track of model price increases but my thought is these are increased in this order because they know people will mostly buy the higher trims, thus more profit, therefore offsetting a likewise entry price increase.

    Would never spend $55k on an Explorer.

    That infotainment is absolutely hideous and whatever convention all the industry auto designers went to should be banned. If I want something that big on my console I can slap my laptop on the dash.

  • Blade t

    Wow 56k for an explorer st ..yikes

  • Stealth333

    That screen looks horrible my god! >__<

    • Bullitt2605

      Yep, a lot of manufacturers are doing that now like Acura. It looks terrible.

  • Alduin

    LOL @Ford thinking this thing is worth $60k. Make an RS Explorer then maybe.

  • SteersUright

    Damn good looking. Ford seems to have nailed it with the update in all ways but pricing. Its climbed way to high. I expect highly subsidized leases like always though.

  • Bullitt2605

    Wow! Glad I bought my 2017 Sport when I did. I don’t care for the new styling at all and the big price jump doesn’t help. As far as giving “Ford a pass for this one as the ST is much more performance-oriented than the Explorer Sport ever was”. These writers have got to stop comparing it to performance vehicles. It’s a large SUV with plenty of Sport when compared to it’s competitors. It accelerates better then anything in it’s price range, stops extremely well even while towing and handles the twisties very well.

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