When you’re the reigning champion, competitors take aim. For years, the Ford Explorer was the best-selling mid-size SUV in America. But now, for the 2020 model year, the completely redesigned Ford Explorer faces new challenges to its segment dominance. And while some of those challenges are self-inflicted, like rising prices, some are posed by newcomers to the family-SUV class such as the 2020 Hyundai Palisade.
The new 2020 Ford Explorer comes off of its Chicago assembly line ready for a fight. In addition to three primary trim levels, you can choose the performance-tuned Explorer ST and the fuel-efficient Explorer Hybrid. Rear-wheel drive is standard, with all-wheel drive optional. Meanwhile, the South Korean-made Hyundai Palisade offers a single engine, front-wheel or all-wheel drive, and a choice of three trim levels. Does keeping it simple help Hyundai to beat the former champ from Ford? That’s what we’re going to find out in this Ford Explorer vs. Hyundai Palisade comparison.