Ford Explorer: Drive Mode Control / Drive Modes

Ford Explorer 2020-2021 Owners Manual / Drive Mode Control / Drive Modes

Deep Snow/Sand (If Equipped)

For deep snow or soft dry sand.


For efficient and responsible driving. This mode helps deliver maximum fuel efficiency and increases driving range.


For everyday driving. This mode is a perfect balance of excitement, comfort and convenience.


For less than ideal road conditions, such as snow or ice covered roads.


For aggressive on-road driving. This mode increases throttle response, provides a sportier exhaust sound and steering feel, along with quicker shifting. The transmission holds gears longer, helping your vehicle accelerate faster when shifting gears.


For improved transmission operation when towing a trailer or a heavy load. This mode moves upshifts to higher engine speeds to reduce the frequency of transmission shifting. This mode also provide engine braking in all forward gears, which slows your vehicle and assists you in controlling your vehicle when descending a grade. The amount of downshift braking provided varies based on the amount you press the brake pedal.


For muddy, rutted, soft or uneven terrain.

    Selecting a Drive Mode

    Note: Drive mode changes may not be available when the ignition is off or when the engine is not running. Note: Button icons shown may vary from your vehicle...

    Load Carrying


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    4 Inch Display

    A - Tachometer.

    B - Information display.

    C - Speedometer.

    D - Fuel gauge.

    E - Engine coolant temperature gauge.

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