All hail the return of the rear-wheel-drive Ford Explorer


When the Ford Explorer moved to a front- or all-wheel-drive crossover platform in 2011, fans of old-school truck-like SUVs shed a tear as one more ladder-frame vehicle bit the dust. Not that anyone else seemed to mind: Sales doubled that year and kept climbing to the Explorer’s modern sales peak of 238,056 in 2017 (a record 445,017 units were sold in 2000). Now, with the 2020 model riding on an all-new, rear- or all-wheel-drive platform, enthusiasts and soccer moms alike can once again unify under the same banner.

This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.hagerty.com/articles-videos/articles/2019/01/09/rear-wheel-drive-ford-explorer-return