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2022 Ford Explorer

2022 Ford Explorer Overview

Notable Features

  • New ST-Line trim level
  • Three-row SUV
  • Rear- or four-wheel drive
  • Choice of two turbocharged gas engines
  • Hybrid drivetrain available
  • Automatic emergency braking standard

The Good

  • Responsive, powerful gas engines
  • Sync 3 multimedia system usability
  • Lots of cabin storage
  • Solid braking feel

The Bad
  • First- and second-row seat comfort
  • Third row too small for adults
  • Hybrid acceleration and braking refinement
  • Visibility compromised by large C-pillar

What Is the 2022 Ford Explorer?
The Ford Explorer is a three-row SUV with room for six or seven people, depending on the seating configuration, and is available with rear- or four-wheel drive. The base engine is a 300-horsepower, turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder, and an available turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 makes 365 or 400 hp. Both engines work with a 10-speed automatic transmission. A hybrid drivetrain rated at 318 total hp is also available. Competitors include the Honda Pilot, Toyota Highlander and Kia Telluride.  

What’s New on the 2022 Ford Explorer?
A new ST-Line trim level features design cues from the performance-oriented ST model, but it’s powered by the Explorer’s base four-cylinder engine rather than the V-6. ST-Line features include 20-inch aluminum wheels, quad exhaust tips, a sport steering wheel, red accent stitching, ST-Line scuff plates and a Bang & Olufsen stereo. The ST trim is now available with rear-wheel drive in addition to four-wheel drive.

What Features in the 2022 Ford Explorer Are Most Important?

Standard features include:

  • 18-inch aluminum wheels
  • Power liftgate
  • Tri-zone automatic air conditioning
  • 8-inch touchscreen multimedia system
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity
  • 4G LTE Wi-Fi hot spot (data subscription required after free trial)
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Lane-keeping assist
  • Blind spot warning with rear cross-traffic alert
  • Automatic high-beam headlights
  • Rear parking sensors

Available features include:
  • 20- or 21-inch aluminum wheels
  • Panoramic moonroof
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Heated second-row seats
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Second-row captain’s chairs
  • Power-folding third-row seat
  • Second-row sunshades
  • Digital instrument panel
  • 10.1-inch vertically oriented dashboard touchscreen
  • 360-degree camera system
  • Navigation
  • B&O premium stereo
  • Wireless device charging
  • Adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go capability
  • Lane-centering steering assist
  • Front parking sensors

Should I Buy the 2022 Ford Explorer?
The Explorer offers a wide range of trim levels to appeal to different buyers; we like the performance its gas engines offer. Its standard touchscreen multimedia system is intuitive, and the cabin has good storage space. Seat comfort, however, isn’t great, and the third row is small.

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