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2022 Ford Explorer Review: Specs and Pricing

Ford Explorer


The 2022 Explorer is the truck and SUV in Ford's extensive lineup that is most suitable for family use. The Explorer is a versatile option for parents transporting kids and all of their related gear because it has three rows of seats and a large cargo area.

The Explorer's base engine, a turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder with 300 horsepower, will satisfy the majority of drivers, but a hybrid drivetrain and a 400-hp twin-turbo V-6 engine are also offered.

The Ford has a tonne of technological gadgets and driver aids, but its entire package isn't as refined as some of its mid-size competitors, like the Kia Telluride, Hyundai Palisade, and Jeep Grand Cherokee L, which just offer more refinement.

What Has Changed For 2022?

A new ST-Line trim for the Explorer now exists, fusing the high-performance ST trim's aesthetics with the four-cylinder turbocharged engine's greater efficiency. The 20-inch wheels and black exterior highlights and badging are features of the ST-Line variant. Faux suede upholstery with red stitching, a sport steering wheel, and door-jamb protection plates with the ST-Line emblem give the interior a performance-oriented appearance as well. Speaking of ST, rear-wheel drive is now an option for the Explorer's sportiest trim. A second-row bench seat or two captain's chairs are available as standard equipment on top-tier King Ranch and Platinum models, which have 400 horsepower. There is now a second-row bench option for the Timberline model, which entered the range last year.

Ford Explorer: Interior And Comfort

The Explorer's cabin is utilitarian and pleasant, despite the somewhat uninspiring interior design—at least for those seated in the first two rows. With the push of a button, a device that pulls the second-row seat out of the way makes it relatively simple to enter the regular third row.

However, once there, older children and adults will discover that the seat is uncomfortably near to the ground. Competitors like the Volkswagen Atlas and Chevrolet Traverse offer more comfort in the third row. Four carry-on suitcases fit behind Ford's third seat, and with both back rows folded flat, we could fit a total of 31 bags.

Ford Explorer: Connectivity

A Wi-Fi hotspot and an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are included. Although the system is responsive and appealing, it is not as user-friendly as we would want.

In that case, a rotatory controller might be useful. You must upgrade to one of the Explorer's priciest trims to receive the optional 10.1-inch vertically oriented screen. However, voice-activated navigation and a backseat entertainment system are options for every model. Besides the Explorer base model, a 12-speaker B&O sound system is included as standard.

Ford Explorer: Engine And Performance

The Explorer offers two different engine options. The basic engine is a 2.3-liter four-cylinder turbocharged with 300 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. Most customers should be happy with this engine. It provides robust passing power and aids in this vehicle's quick acceleration. A 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 is available if you want something more powerful. 400 horsepower and 415 pound-feet of torque are produced by this engine. A 10-speed automatic transmission, which is partnered with both engines, shifts well overall but occasionally hesitates when more power is required.

Ford Explorer: Pricing

The MSRP of the base Explorer, which is $33,245, is about normal for a midsize SUV. The King Ranch trim costs $53,610, which is more than the highest trims of several competitors. In addition, Ford sells the Explorer Hybrid, which we examine individually.

Which One To Purchase?

The finest Explorer for the money, in our opinion, is the mid-range Limited variant. Although the hybrid makes sense for drivers who can benefit from its impressive EPA-rated city mpg, we discovered that the basic turbocharged four-cylinder engine is more powerful and efficient on the interstate. When outfitted with the towing package, it has a huge 5300-pound towing capacity. For an extra $1920, we'd add all-wheel drive. Other than that, we believe the Limited trim's appealing standard features should be adequate. These include a power-folding third row, a leather interior, a heated and power-adjustable steering wheel, a 12-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system, 20-inch wheels, and improved driver assistance features including adaptive cruise control.

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