Ford Explorer 2022
- FUEL TYPEPetrol
- MILEAGE27 MPG City / 29 MPG Highway
- ENGINE2956 cc
- CAR TYPESUV
Among Ford's vast lineup of trucks and SUVs, the 2022 Explorer is the one that's best suited for family duty. With three rows of seats and generous cargo space, the Explorer is versatile for buyers toting kids and all of their associated gear. Most drivers will be satisfied with the Explorer's base engine—a turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder with 300 horsepower—but a hybrid powertrain and a 400-hp twin-turbo V-6 engine are also available. Although the Ford offers plenty of tech features and driver assists, its overall package isn't as polished as other mid-size rivals that simply offer more refinement, such as the Kia Telluride, the Hyundai Palisade, and the Jeep Grand Cherokee L.
What's New for 2022?
The Explorer lineup now includes a new ST-Line trim, which combines the looks of the high-performance ST trim with the more efficient turbocharged four-cylinder powertrain. The ST-Line model rolls on 20-inch wheels and wears black exterior accents and badging. The cabin sports a performance-oriented look as well, with faux-suede upholstery with red stitching, a sport steering wheel, and door-jamb protector plates bearing the ST-Line logo. Speaking of ST, the Explorer's sportiest model now can be had with rear-wheel drive. High-end King Ranch and Platinum models get a bump to 400 horsepower and can be equipped with either a second-row bench seat or a pair of captain's chairs for no charge. The Timberline model, which joined the lineup last year, is now available with a second-row bench as well.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
- Base - $35,040
- XLT - $38,540
- ST-Line - $46,540
- Limited - $47,290
- Timberline - $48,040
- ST - $49,040
- Limited hybrid - $51,000 (est)
- Platinum - $53,890
- Platinum hybrid - $55,000 (est)
King Ranch - $55,290
We think the mid-level Limited model is the best Explorer for the money. While the hybrid makes sense for people who can take advantage of its lofty EPA-rated city mpg, we found the standard turbocharged four-cylinder engine to be sufficiently potent and more efficient on the highway. It can tow a sizeable 5300 pounds when equipped with the towing package. We'd also add all-wheel drive for $1920. Apart from that, we think the Limited trim's desirable standard features should suffice. These include a 12-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system, 20-inch wheels, a heated and power-adjustable steering wheel, leather upholstery, a power-folding third row, and upgraded driver assists such as adaptive cruise control.
Features & Options
Ford outfits every Explorer with a host of standard driver-assistance technology and offers upgrades such as self-parking assist. For more information about the Explorer's crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features include:
- Standard forward-collision warning and automated emergency braking
- Standard blind-spot monitoring and rear-cross-traffic alert
- Standard lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assist
- Limited warranty covers three years or 36,000 miles
- Powertrain warranty covers five years or 60,000 miles
- No complimentary scheduled maintenance