Buying a three-row family vehicle doesn’t mean surrendering your enthusiast card at the door. That’s the message Ford is sending with the 2020 Explorer ST, a 400bhp crossover. And if you like your SUVs set to Eco rather than Sport, the sixth-generation Explorer family also expands to include its first hybrid variant. Previously front-drive-based, Explorers now ride on Ford’s new rear-drive architecture with available all-wheel drive. Rear drive makes the Explorer, especially the ST, more exciting. It still feels like a large vehicle, but on the roads outside Portland, Oregon, it showed an agility its predecessor didn’t possess. Off-road, it benefits from short overhangs, as we discovered on a course with an 18-degree grade.