- February 25, 2011
- Reaction score
- City, State
- Year, Model & Trim Level
- 2020 Explorer ST
I don't really disagree with the fellow's assessment. He did say he liked the vehicle. I do too, and I think it drives really well for a big SUV. But I think it really does have some issues. We have the ST and it is way too expensive for what you get, especially here in So. CA where it doesn't look like we get the sorts of rebates other areas of the country get, nor desperate dealers. The cost is in German car territory without the build quality or refinement. If it wasn't for the rear drive, 400HP engine ST, we probably would have looked elsewhere at this price.
Also I think they did a very poor, haphazard job with the in vehicle technology. The dash and 10 inch screen are poorly laid out, don't provide information very well, and don't seem to be easy to customize in a way that you get the info you want. I also think the sound system is crap, especially given the additional 1K we paid for it. I think it's so bad I figured I'd find my subwoofer and tweeters in the same place as my rear deflector, tow hook, fuel funnel, and whatever else they forgot to bolt on the car that I haven't noticed yet.
But I do like driving it.
I also think the sound system is crap, especially given the additional 1K we paid for it.
Mine has been in the shop for the past month, I've had a few of the main issues that people here are mentioning, but I still like this vehicle, and don't agree at ALL with most of what that reviewer was saying. I don't think the fit and finish is nearly as bad as it was in previous models, the ride is definitely FIRM in the ST, but that's what I wanted when I purchased it. The 10 speed is way better than in the 14 Sport model I had. The 3.0 is a beast in this vehicle. Honestly, this is the most fun, and most useful vehicle I've ever owned, and I'm guessing this is my 20th NEW purchase, and maybe close to that used. (ummmm….I like cars)
Its mostly people that don't test drive a car before buying. If you see a lot of plastic and cheaper interior and you wanted a more luxury, then go for a different brand like Aviator or Palisade or something. I got this vehicle because it is fast, tight steering in sport mode and a very pleasant vehicle to drive besides the suspension noise.
Since the 2020 Explorer has been on the road for months, I was wondering if it is worthwhile to upgrade to the 2020 Explorer? I've got my 18 XLT AWD right now (N/A 3.5), biggest problem is lack of power. I managed to tune what I could out of the engine and trans. The difference is now night and day, but I can't make this engine produce another 100 hp.
So is it worth $60k to get the Explorer ST or shell out $50k for the Limited or perhaps XLT? How do these compare to the 16-19 Explorer?
On my last fill-up I got 18.4 with the 3.0L with about 60-40 hwy/city.