The 2020 Ford Explorer and the 2020 Subaru Outback are two fully redesigned compact and midsize SUVs with two different styles. Let’s look at both to see what style is yours. Brighton Ford is here for you when you are making your choice.
The completely redesigned 2020 Ford Explorer is not only stylish on the outside, but the inside does not disappoint. Comfortable with three rows of seating, including two captain chairs, this SUV seats 6 with the option to seat 7. With plenty of legroom and cargo space, the Explorer is a comfortable ride. Its cargo space has grown with the new design from 43.9 cubic feet to 47.9 cubic feet behind the second-row seats. When all of the rear seats are folded down, you will get 87.8 cubic feet of cargo space. The Ford’s standard turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine with 300 hp comes with a smooth and sturdy 10-speed automatic transmission and a rear-wheel-drive platform. It improves handling and towing; and it transmits power to its wheels more effectively. When properly equipped this SUV can tow an impressive 5,600 pounds. For pulling heavy loads, the Ford Explorer is a smart choice.
The fully redesigned 2020 Outback has plenty of passenger and cargo space for a compact SUV. It seats five people with ample head and legroom and comfortable seating. There is 32.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind its second row with a maximum capacity of 75.7 cubic feet when the back seats are folded down. Cloth upholstery is standard and leather seats are available. Optional features include heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, and a heated steering wheel. The Outback has just enough power to get you up to speed, with a standard 182 hp 2.5-liter four-cylinder boxer engine. An available 2.4-liter turbocharged engine with 260 hp is also introduced this year. When properly equipped the Outback can two up to 2,700 pounds with the standard engine and 3,500 pounds with the turbo engine.
The new 2020 Ford Explorer offers impressive safety and tech features with its Ford Co-Pilot360 technology and driver-assist. Its highly rated infotainment system can quickly connect to your smartphone with added Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. For your safety and assistance, your mind will be put to rest with Blind Spot Information System, Rear View Camera, Lane-Keeping System, Automatic Emergency Braking, and Auto High-Beam Headlamps.
The Outback’s standard EyeSight driver assistance technology comes with adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, forward automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, and lane keep assist. The base Outback offers a dual-screen infotainment system that measures 7 inches on each screen. The new available 11.6-inch touch screen may be intimidating and require a bit of a learning curve. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, as well as satellite radio and two front USB ports come standard.
The base list price for the 2020 Ford Explorer starts at $36,675, with a fully loaded Platinum starting at $58,250. This pricing is comparable to most midsize SUVs. Explorer’s most efficient base engine gets 21/28 mpg in the city and highway.
The Subaru Outback base price starts at $26,646 and ranges to $39,695 for the Outback Touring XT. Its base engine offers an estimated 26/33 mpg in the city and highway.
Clearly the 2020 Ford Explorer and the 2020 Subaru Outback offer some great features for their size. It comes down to the size and power you need for your off-road adventures and your trips around town. Come test drive an Explorer and see for yourself at Brighton Ford.