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2020 Ford Explorer Hybrid’s EPA Ratings Released, RWD Model Returns 28 MPG Combined


The EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings for the 2020 Ford Explorer Limited Hybrid are out and fans of long road trips will be pleased.

The rear-wheel drive model returns an EPA-estimated 27 mpg (8.7 l/100 km) city/29 mpg (8.1 l/100 km) highway/28 mpg (8.4 l/100 km) combined, which combined with the 18-gallon fuel tank results in an EPA-estimated driving range of over 500 miles (805 kilometers) between fill-ups.

Customers who opt for the four-wheel-drive model will be able to cover over 450 miles (724 kilometers) between fill-ups as the 2020 Explorer Limited Hybrid 4WD has EPA-estimated ratings of 23 mpg (10.2 l/100 km) city/26 mpg (9 l/100 km) highway/25 mpg (9.4 l/100 km) combined.

As Ford exemplifies in the press release, the driving range of the 2020 Explorer Limited Hybrid RWD is enough to cover a round trip from New York City to Washington, D.C. (454 miles), from Detroit to Toronto (466 miles), or from Los Angeles to Las Vegas (just over 500 miles).

“Explorer is the ultimate family adventure vehicle – and fewer pit stops is one of the latest reasons why. Explorer provides space for the whole family and their gear, it’s got great towing capability, and now it has range like no Explorer before,” said Bill Gubing, Explorer chief engineer.

The 2020 Ford Explorer Limited Hybrid features a 318 hp 3.3-liter hybrid engine and all-new 10-speed modular hybrid transmission. It also packs a specially designed liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery, built directly into its chassis below the second-row seats to help preserve cargo and passenger space.

Also read: 2020 Ford Explorer Is Competent, Modern And “Green” – And It’ll Do Off-Road, Too

The Explorer Limited Hybrid can tow up to 5,000 pounds (2,268 kg), which is the same as a properly equipped 2019 Explorer with 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine. Ford also wants you to know that the all-new Explorer Limited Hybrid equipped with a Class III Tow Package tows 1,500 pounds (680 kg) more than a 2019 Toyota Highlander Hybrid — that’s the old model, not the all-new one.

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