Adventurers Can Outfit the All-New Explorer With Yakima Accessories

America’s favorite all-time SUV the Ford Explorer is about to get even more adventure-ready, with new Yakima vehicle accessories available in Ford showrooms when the all-new SUV goes on sale this summer.

Explorer owners who want to customize their vehicle to better suit their adventurous lifestyle can add Takima outdoor accessories right at the Ford dealership. The Yakima catalog of Explorer accessories will include an assortment of different racks to haul your bike, kayak, canoe, skis, snowboard, and more.

“Explorer drivers are doers, they’re adventure-seekers,” said Craig Patterson, Ford SUV brand manager. “The availability of Yakima accessories in our Ford showrooms is one more way we can help people own the Explorer that best fits their adventure.”

The 2020 Explorer will become the second Ford vehicle to offer in-dealership availability of Yakima accessories, following the new Ranger. F-150 and Super Duty trucks will soon offer similar convenience.

The Yakima catalog isn’t limited to only their versatile roof racks, they offer stand-alone accessories like the single-key system that allows one key to unlock various pieces of equipment, heavy-duty hook straps that will secure all your gear easily, and holders for gear such as canoe paddles.

Highlights of the Yakima catalog for Explorer include:

Bike carriers

  • Hitch-mounted tilting bike rack, available in two-bike and four-bike designs

  • Hitch-mounted swinging bike rack, can carry up to four bikes

  • Hitch swing adapter converts nearly any 2.0-inch hitch-mount bike rack to a swing rack

  • Roof-mounted bike carrier  

Watersport equipment carriers

  • Canoe carrier mounts to nearly any roof rack

  • Kayak carrier holds one kayak in the angled position, or two kayaks side by side; integrated boat ramp helps make loading easy

  • Kayak carrier load assist lowers 26 inches from rack height and provides up to 45 percent weight assistance

  • Paddleboard carrier holds up to two stand-up paddleboards; integrated rollers help with loading.

Snow-sport equipment carriers

  • Hitch-mounted ski and snowboard rack converts any tilting or swinging four-bike hitch-mounted carrier to a ski and snowboard carrier; can hold up to six pairs of skis or four snowboards

  • Rack-mounted snow-sport carrier holds up to six pairs of skis or four snowboards; large locking button is easy to use, even when wearing gloves

Cargo carriers

  • Cargo box provides 16 cubic feet of storage space to fit snowboards or skis up to 185 centimeters long; dual-side openings provide easy access from either side of the vehicle

  • Small, medium and large roof-mounted baskets; weather-resistant construction


  • 6.5 by 6.5-foot awning provides 42 square feet of cover; nylon shade rolls and fastens to roof rail.

Make your new Explorer even more adventure ready with Yakima accessories!

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