When we compare the 2020 Ford Explorer's and the 2020 Volvo XC90's specifications and ratings, the 2020 Ford Explorer has the advantage in the areas of typical lower range of pricing for used cars, reliability, resale value, interior volume and base engine power. The 2020 Volvo XC90 has the advantage in the areas of fuel efficiency and overall quality score. Based on this comparison of the 2020 Ford Explorer's and the 2020 Volvo XC90's specifications and ratings, the 2020 Ford Explorer is a better car than the 2020 Volvo XC90.
2020 Ford Explorer vs. 2020 Volvo XC90 Pricing
A used 2020 Ford Explorer ranges from $26,598 to $43,434 while a used 2020 Volvo XC90 is priced between $34,414 to $47,541.
2020 Ford Explorer vs. 2020 Volvo XC90 Resale/Retained Value
Looking at the 5-year depreciation rate for both models, the 2020 Ford Explorer loses 46.2 percent of its value and the 2020 Volvo XC90 loses 48.9 percent of its value. This means the 2020 Ford Explorer retains 2.6 percentage points more of its value and has the advantage of higher resale value versus the 2020 Volvo XC90.
2020 Ford Explorer vs. 2020 Volvo XC90 Quality Rating
The iSeeCars Overall Quality rating for the Ford Explorer is 8.2 out of 10 while the Volvo XC90's quality rating is 8.8 out of 10. This results in the Ford Explorer being ranked 6 out of 21 Best 7-Seater SUVs and the Volvo XC90 being ranked 1 out of 3 Best Luxury 6-seater SUVs.
2020 Ford Explorer vs. 2020 Volvo XC90 Reliability Rating
iSeeCars’ Reliability Rating for the Ford Explorer is 8.6 out of 10. For the Volvo XC90 the reliability rating is 8.5 out of 10. This gives the Ford Explorer a slight advantage in reliability compared to the Volvo XC90.
Engine Power and Fuel Efficiency Comparison
For engine performance, the 2020 Ford Explorer’s base engine makes 300 horsepower, and the 2020 Volvo XC90 base engine makes 250 horsepower. The Explorer is rated to deliver an average of 24 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 538 miles. The XC90 is rated to deliver an average of 25 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 564 miles. This gives the 2020 Volvo XC90 the fuel efficiency and maximum range advantage over the 2020 Ford Explorer. The Explorer uses regular unleaded, and the XC90 uses premium unleaded.
Passenger Space Comparison
While both models are crossover/midsize SUVs, the 2020 Ford Explorer has the advantage of offering more front head room, front shoulder room, front leg room, rear head room, rear shoulder room, rear leg room, and cargo space.
Safety Ratings Comparison
When comparing crash test ratings from NHTSA, both the 2020 Ford Explorer and the 2020 Volvo XC90 have the same average safety rating of 5 out of 5 Stars.