It may not look markedly different from the outgoing model, but the Explorer has been completely redesigned for 2020. We enjoy its agile handling and spacious, quiet cabin, but the clunky transmission, noisy engine, and stiff-edged ride leave it with a middling rank among three-row midsized SUVs. Further, some comparably equipped rivals, such as the Hyundai Palisade and Subaru Ascent, cost about $6,000 less.
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Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride


Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

Would you buy this car again?

2020 vehicles
Acura MDX
Audi Q7
Cadillac XT6
Chevrolet Blazer
Chevrolet Traverse
Ford Edge
Ford Explorer
GMC Acadia
Honda Passport
Honda Pilot
Hyundai Palisade
Hyundai Santa Fe
Jeep Grand Cherokee
Jeep Wrangler
Kia Sorento
Kia Telluride
Land Rover Defender
Land Rover Discovery
Lexus GX
Lexus RX
Lexus RX L
Lincoln Aviator
Lincoln Nautilus
Mazda CX-9
Mercedes-Benz GLE
Nissan Murano
Nissan Pathfinder
Subaru Ascent
Subaru Outback
Tesla Model X
Toyota 4Runner
Toyota Highlander
Volvo XC90
Percentage of owners who would definitely purchase that same vehicle again. Owner-satisfaction Ratings are determined by the percentage of those who answered "definitely yes" to the question asked by the Consumer Reports Annual Auto Survey "Considering all factors (price, performance, reliability, comfort, enjoyment, etc.), would you get this car if you had to do it all over again?". If we don’t have sufficient data, a similar model might be used to form the owner-satisfaction score.
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