New Ford Explorer For Sale in Millstadt IL

Explore More in the Fully Redesigned 2020 Ford Explorer

The Ford Explorer is one of the industry's most popular and recognizable nameplates, and one of the first models to usher in the modern era of SUVs. Over its 30-year lifespan, Explorer has cultivated a reputation for robust performance, practical utility, and roomy and comfortable accommodations.

All-new for the 2020 model year, the Explorer kicks off its sixth generation with a refined, feature-packed cabin, new potent powerplants, and increases to passenger space and cargo capacity. Plus, the latest Explorer offers a generous assortment of standard amenities, including many advanced driver-assistance technologies.

Whether you're seeking something versatile and safe for your Belleville IL family or looking to add extra utility to your Waterloo IL commute, the all-new Ford Explorer is a most compelling option.

Interior Accommodations

Inside the attractive and inviting cabin, Explorer provides roomy accommodations for up to seven people in its standard configurations. If you don't need the extra seatbelt, second-row captain's chairs are available to open up the space even further and improve ease of access to the back seats. The well-cushioned and supportive seats are great for journeys of all durations, and a range of amenities are available for drivers to customize and enhance the experience to their liking.

Standard dual-zone automatic climate control ensures passengers stay comfortable, and available details like tri-Diamond perforated leather upholstery, a carbon-fiber-lined dash, and heated and ventilated seats add a premium touch.


With all seats in use, Explorer retains 20 cubic feet for cargo. And when more capacity is a priority, the split-folding second and third rows offer numerous passenger and cargo configurations and up to 88 cubic feet of space.

Need even more cargo accommodations? The XLT trim adds roof rails, and when properly equipped, Explorer can tow up to 5,600 pounds.


Despite its larger midsize SUV dimensions, the Ford Explorer gets up to speed quickly, thanks to the standard turbocharged 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine. A 10-speed automatic transmission sends 300 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque to the rear wheels, providing ample acceleration for confident highway merging or passing maneuvers.

For drivers seeking even more under-hood motivation, Platinum models feature a turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 (365 horsepower, 380 pound-feet of torque). The track-inspired ST trim equips a higher-output version of the same engine (400 horsepower, 415 pound-feet of torque), as well es many performance upgrades.


The 2020 Explorer's 8-inch SYNC 3 touchscreen infotainment system helps drivers stay connect and entertained without distraction. Standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration provides easy and intuitive access to important apps and functions like hands-free communication, maps and directions, streaming media, traffic and weather data, and more.

With available Active Park Assist 2.0, you won't have to skip over a prime parking spot because you're unsure of your parallel parking abilities. Press the button, and the system will detect an adequate parking spot and instruct you to shift into neutral. Next, press and hold the Active Park Assist button, and Explorer will steer into the space for you.

Safety Features and Driver Aids

All Explorer models come with the Ford Co-Pilot360 suite of advanced driver-assistance technologies. These systems serve as an extra set of eyes to enhance driving awareness and hazard avoidance. Standard safety features include:

  • Automatic Emergency Braking with Pre-Collision Assist
  • BLIS® (Blind Spot Information System) with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
  • Auto High-Beam Headlamps
  • Rear View Camera
  • Lane-Keeping System

For added security and convenience, the Co-Pilot360+ package is optional on XLT and standard on higher tiers. Features include adaptive cruise control, upgraded lane-keeping assist, evasive steering assist, a 360-degree parking camera, and integrated navigation.

Trim Levels and Feature Highlights

Explorer Standard Features (base)

Though technically the entry-level tier, the Explorer's base mode offers a generous assortment of features. Notable amenities include 18-inch alloy wheels, a power liftgate, an 8-way power-adjustable driver's seat, dual-zone automatic climate control, SYNC 3 infotainment with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and Ford Co-Pilot360 advanced safety features.

Explorer XLT

Stepping up one trim, Bellevue and Waterloo families can enjoy upgrades like sound-reducing windows, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, keyless entry and ignition, roof rails, heated mirrors, an extra USB port, and upgraded upholstery.

Options for the XLT trim include the Co-Pilot360+ package with adaptive cruise control, remote start, LED fog lights, heated first and second-row seats, a heated steering wheel, and a power-adjustable passenger's seat.


The middle tier comes standard with the XLT's optional equipment and adds extra comfort and convenience amenities. Features include 20-inch wheels, parking sensors, a hands-free liftgate, power-folding rear seats, ventilated front seats, and a household-style power outlet. Limited models also get tech upgrades like wireless smartphone charging, a surround-view camera, and a 12-speaker Bang & Olufsen premium audio system.

Explorer Platinum

The top-tier Platinum trim moves Explorer into luxury territory. It includes all the optional features of the supporting trims and adds finishing touches like upgraded leather, steering-adaptive headlights, a dual-pane sunroof, and a 10.1-inch infotainment screen.

Explorer ST

The racing-inspired ST trim equips a high-performance twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6, plus a sport-tuned suspension, sport seats, 20-inch wheels, a digital instrument panel, and an automatic parking system.

Test Drive the 2020 Ford Explorer at Mertz Ford, Serving Freeburg and Smithton, IL

Mertz Ford is happy to offer the 2020 Explorer at our Millstadt IL Ford dealership. To learn more about the Explorer and its available features, financing options, and lease deals, feel free to call or reach out to us via our website. And if you'd like a closer look at the amenities, accommodations, and performance, we encourage you to visit us for a test drive.

  1. Mertz Ford

    100 E Washington St
    Millstadt, IL 62260

    • Sales: 618-476-3051
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