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The 2020 Ford Explorer and its subsequent trims will be the most advanced (and sporty) Explorers to date, so I suppose it only follows that they won’t come cheaply either. They will be loaded with safety features and come with an ST and hybrid version, which will cause the price of the Explorer to jump by as much as $8,115. Updated with correct numbers.

When tapped for pricing, a Ford spokesperson sent along the following information (excluding destination and delivery), which I have organized into a chart for your perusal:

From this, it looks like the base model is the best bang-for-your-buck option. That is, of course, if you can even find a base model on the dealer lot. And most buyers probably don’t want just the base. Features like Ford’s driver safety assist technology will also come as standard equipment here, which definitely helped in bringing up the price.

Also note that this is the first time that Ford will offer an ST version of the Explorer, so it’s been compared it to the old Explorer Sport. I have no idea what kind of price hike an ST badge warrants, but it seems like it’s an $8,000 one. For that extra money, you’ll also get sport-tuned suspension, exclusive wheels and additional safety features

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The Explorer pricing starts to make a little more sense when you consider the 2020 Lincoln Aviator. It’s built on the new Explorer’s platform, so it’s basically the Explorer with a fancy suit on. And it starts at $51,100. That is not a cheap SUV! But I guess that’s our new reality—big cars for big prices.

Update 3:08 p.m. EST: The original numbers Ford provided us accidentally included destination and delivery fees. This post has been updated with the correct figures.