I looked at getting one of the new Explorers (and the Aviator) with the hybrid powertrain. The Explorer hybrid is a mechanical AWD setup with a "modular electric motor" (their words) at the transmission. We decided against the Explorer and I am glad we did. Ford is having a very hard time with that vehicle right now, check this out for instance: https://www.autoblog.com/2019/09/16/2020-ford-explorer-lincoln-aviator-quality-control-issues/So a bit off topic, but I see that the 2020 Ford Explorer will be available in a hybrid V6 version that can tow up to 5,000 lbs. With "Intelligent 4WD", the SUV is rated 23 city/26 hwy/25 combined mpg, giving it a potential 450 mile range per tank. OK, that highway rating is not impressive but the city and combined ratings are pretty good, as is the towing capability. I doubt that powertrain would fit in the new Ranger but Ford might have hybrid plans for it too. One thing is certain: mid-sized truck competition is only going to get tougher for the RL. Is Honda up to the challenge?
The interior of the Explorer just does not do it for me either, I thought it did look interesting. I just don't think the reliability is going to be there in the 2020 Explorer/Aviator after seeing the issues they are having.
I prefer Honda's 2-motor hybrid setup as it makes sense to me personally...I just don't know if they will ever get it to tow anything. I also like the 2-motor setup because it reminds me of how diesel freight train locomotives function and I am a weird train guy so there. I actually thought GM would have done this first since they used to own Electro-Motive Diesel (EMD) and had this setup for decades, guess it didn't dawn on them to try it in a car.