October 25, 2020

Test drive: The 2020 Ford Explorer ST is a sportier utility vehicle

When Ford announced it was giving up on cars not named Mustang in the U.S., its sporty four-doors like the Fiesta ST and Focus ST were done.

Instead, it has been busy adding high performance SUVs to the lineup to replace them under the ST name.

It started with the 2019 Ford Edge ST and new this year is the first Explorer ST, which leverages the large utility vehicle’s rear-drive-biased platform with the most powerful engine ever offered in the model.

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It’s a 400 hp version of the Explorer’s 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 that also sends 415 lb-ft of torque to all four wheels in this application through a 10-speed transmission related to the Mustang’s.

The ST also has a firmer suspension compared to other Explorer models and beefier brakes that can be further enhanced with optional larger calipers and better pads that come with a set of 21-inch wheels and

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Ford F-150, Explorer and Mustang part of 620,000-vehicle recall for blank backup cameras

Every vehicle but the Ecosport is included in this recall.


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Following news of two new Ford recalls for broken Mustang brake pedals and poor welds in the F-250 and F-350 Super Duty pickups, Ford on Wednesday announced a third recall that affects nearly every new vehicle it sells today. Specifically, 620,246 vehicles will need to go back to the dealership for blank backup cameras.

The vehicles involved in the large recall are all 2020 models. They are the Ford Explorer, F-150, Mustang, Transit, Super Duty pickups, Expedition, Escape, Ranger and Edge. If you’re keeping track, that’s every Ford on sale today save for the Ecosport. None of the affected cars have sufficient electrical conductivity for the internal camera’s circuit board, which can result in completely blank backup cameras or images that flicker where the display is supposed to provide

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