New Ford Explorer Model Review

2022 Ford Explorer at Harvard Ford

Rediscover the 2022 Ford Explorer SUV with new trim options and enhanced features. From daily carpools to weekend getaways, the new Explorer is the perfect companion thanks to its numerous top-tier premium amenities and spacious interior offerings. With seating for up to seven, lush materials, an available B&O Sound system, and an available Cargo Management System, there isn't a bad seat to be had in the new Explorer. See how the 2022 Ford Explorer compares to the competition in premium performance, amenities, and advanced safety features. Learn more about how the new 2022 Ford Explorer is designed to enhance you and all your passenger's driving experience from the experts at Harvard Ford. When you're ready to take the next step, set up a test drive and browse all our latest available new and used Ford models waiting for you.


Ford Explorer's Efficient Performance

Capable, efficient, and powerful, what more could you really need? The all-new Explorer proves you really can have it all plus great performance offerings like the available responsive 4WD system that let you take command on or off-road with confidence. Choose from four powerful engines, the Terrain Management System™, and the seven available drive modes to unlock a truly freeing driving experience. Additional Ford Explorer performance highlights include:

  • 21 city and 28 highway mpg
  • Hill Descent Control™, Terrain Management System™, and Trailer Sway Control
  • Available Unique Sport-tuned Independent Front and Rear Suspension
  • 2.3L EcoBoost Engine, available 3.3L Hybrid Engine, or available 3.0L EcoBoost® Engine

Ford Explorer's Creature Comforts

Unpack all the premium amenities and entertainment technology waiting for you in the new Explorer. Tailored to all your needs and desires, from all the next-level premium comforts to all the impressive innovative amenities that enhance your drive. With more space and premium entertainment technology, the all-new 2022 Ford Explorer comes road-trip ready at a moment's notice. Ford Explorer's interior highlights include:

  • Seating for up to seven
  • Available Tri-zone Electronic Automatic Temperature Control
  • Available Twin-panel Moonroof
  • Available B&O Sound system by Bang & Olufsen 12 speakers
  • Available Second Row Captain's Chairs with Power-Assist Fold and E-Z Entry

Ford Co-Pilot360™ Technology

Discover all the latest safety features the new Ford Explorer has to offer, like all the impressive standard and available Ford Co-Pilot360™ Technologies. Featuring advanced safety features that don't just look out for you and your passengers but also other drivers and pedestrians. Ford Co-Pilot360™ Technology advanced safety features includes:

  • Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking
  • Rear View Camera with Dynamic Hitch Assist
  • Available Lane-Keeping System and Pro Trailer Backup Assist™
  • Available Ford Co-Pilot360™ 2.0
  • Available BLIS® with Cross-Traffic Alert and BLIS® with Cross-Traffic Alert and Trailer Tow Coverage

2021 vs 2022 Ford Explorer

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.


2022 Ford Explorer Competitive Comparisons

2022 Ford Explorer vs the Chevy Traverse

2022 Ford Explorer Reverse Sensing System
2022 Ford Explorer
Fuel Economy: 21 city / 28 highway mpg
Torque: 310 lb-ft
Transmission: 10-speed automatic w/OD
Power Outlets: 5 12-Volt
Rear Legroom: 39.0"
2022 Chevy Traverse
Fuel Economy: 18 city / 27 highway mpg
Torque: 266 lb-ft
Transmission: 9-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
Power Outlets: 2 12-Volt
Rear Legroom: 38.4"

The new 2022 Ford Explorer outperforms the new 2022 Chevy Traverse in fuel economy, torque, and overall performance offerings. Drive more and stop less thanks to the new Ford Explorer’s dynamic 21 city and 28 highway mpg. Choose from a wide array of premium powertrains, including a 2.3L EcoBoost Engine, a 3.3L Hybrid Engine, or a 3.0L EcoBoost® Engine. Take it off-road with confidence, enjoy the sophisticated Hill Descent Control™, Terrain Management System™, and Trailer Sway Control! Features missing in the latest Chevy Traverse.

2022 Ford Explorer vs the Toyota Highlander

2022 Ford Explorer Rear Wheel Drive
2022 Ford Explorer
Starting Price: $33,745
Horsepower: 300
Torque: 310 lb-ft
Transmission: 10-speed automatic w/OD
Power Outlets: 5 12-Volt
2022 Toyota Highlander
Starting Price: $35,405
Horsepower: 295
Torque: 263 lb-ft
Transmission9: 8-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
Power Outlets: 2 12-Volt

Why pay more for less power, amenities, and technology? At just $33,745, the new 2022 Ford Explorer comes loaded with 300 horsepower, 310 lb-ft of torque, and a 10-speed automatic w/OD transmission. As for advanced safety features, the new 2022 Ford Explorer has the 2022 Toyota Highlander beat with its impressive Co-Pilot360™ Technology. This advanced safety system includes Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking, Rear View Camera with Dynamic Hitch Assist, and more fantastic innovative safety features!


Ford Explorer Trims

  

Explorer

Starting at $33,745


  • 2.3L EcoBoost Engine
  • Second-row 35/30/35 split-fold-flat Bench Seat
  • Ford Co-Pilot360™ Technology
  • Power Liftgate

  

 Explorer XLT

Starting at $37,245


  • 2.3L EcoBoost Engine
  • Second-row Console
  • First-Row Heated Seats
  • Ford Co-Pilot360™ Technology

  

 Explorer ST-Line

Starting at $45,245


  • 12-speaker B&O Sound System
  • Ford Co-Pilot360 Assist+
  • ActiveX Seat Material with Miko Inserts and Red Stitching
  • Power Liftgate

  

Explorer Timberlane

Starting at $46,745


  • Class III Trailer Tow Package
  • First and Second Row Heated Seats
  • 360-Degree Camera
  • Off-Road Front Struts and Rear Shocks

  

Explorer Limited

Starting at $45,995


  • Available 3.3L Hybrid Engine
  • SYNC® with Voice-Activated Navigation System
  • Ford Co-Pilot360™ Technology
  • Wireless Charging Pad
 

Explorer ST

Starting at $47,745

 
  • 3.0L EcoBoost® Engine and Intelligent 4WD
  • Reverse Sensing System
  • E-Z Entry Second-Row Seats
  • Leather Seating Surfaces with Miko® Micro-Perforated Inserts, City Silver Accent Stitching, and ST Logo
  

Explorer King Ranch®

Starting at $53,995


  • 3.0L EcoBoost Engine
  • 20" 10-spoke aluminum with King Ranch Center Cap
  • Del Rio leather with lasso-perforated inserts
  • Power Fold mirrors
 
  

Explorer Platinum

Starting at $52,595


  • 3.0L EcoBoost® Engine and Intelligent 4WD
  • Twin-panel moonroof
  • B&O Sound system by Bang & Olufsen 12 speakers
  • Tri-Diamond Perforated Leather Seating Surfaces with Accent Stitching
 

Ford Explorer FAQs


The base Explorer model starts at $33,745 and can go up to $53,995 with the Explorer King Ranch trim.

The new Ford Explorer offers seating for up to seven passengers.

The 2022 Ford Explorer offers a spacious 152.7 cu-ft of passenger volume.

The new 2022 Ford Explorer offers a 2.3L EcoBoost Engine, an available 3.3L Hybrid Engine, or an available 3.0L EcoBoost® Engine.

The 2022 Ford Explorer boasts an impressive 21 city and 28 highway mpg fuel economy.

Yes, the new 2022 Ford offers Intelligent 4WD for premium traction and confidence in any terrain.

The new Ford Explorer’s dimensions are 198.8” L x 89.3” W x 69.9” H.

The new Explorer offers a slew of premium comforts and amenities to enhance your drive including an available Tri-zone Electronic Automatic Temperature Control, an available Twin-panel Moonroof, and even an available B&O Sound system by Bang & Olufsen 12 speakers.

The new 2022 Ford Explorer comes equipped with Ford Co-Pilot360™ Technology, an advanced safety system that includes:

  • Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking
  • Rear View Camera with Dynamic Hitch Assist
  • Available Lane-Keeping System and Pro Trailer Backup Assist™
  • Available Ford Co-Pilot360™ 2.0
  • Available BLIS® with Cross-Traffic Alert and BLIS® with Cross-Traffic Alert and Trailer Tow Coverage

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Based on 2022 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.

Prices shown are manufacturer suggested retail prices only and do not include taxes, license, doc fee, or destination charge. Manufacturer vehicle accessory costs, labor and installation vary. Please contact us with any questions.

**Based on 2022 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, battery-pack age/condition and other factors. For Fit EV Models, 132 city/105 highway/118 combined miles per gallon of gasoline-equivalent (MPGe) rating; 82 mile combined (city/highway) driving range rating (adjusted). Ratings determined by EPA. Use for comparison purposes only. Your MPGe and range will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, lithium-ion battery age/condition, and other factors. For additional information about EPA ratings, visit http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/label/learn-more-electric-label.shtml.