2022 Ford Explorer

Original MSRP Range
$33,100 - $55,610
Available Style(s)
Sport Utility
18 - 23 MPG City / 24 - 28 MPG Hwy
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2022 Ford Explorer

What We Like

  • Fuel-efficient drivetrains
  • Ford Co-Pilot360 is standard throughout
  • User-friendly infotainment system
  • Sporty Enthusiast ST performance model
  • New RWD Platinum model


Expert Rating

3.8/ 5

Consumer Rating

3.7/ 5


How Much Does a 2022 Ford Explorer Cost?

The 2021 Ford Explorer comes in standard Explorer, XLT, Limited, Limited Hybrid, Enthusiast ST, Platinum, and Platinum Hybrid versions.   All-wheel drive is standard on several models but a $2,000 option elsewhere. Prices include a $1,245 destination charge. The base Explorer ($33,470) comes with 18-in alloy wheels, LED headlights/daytime running lights/taillights, powered liftgate, remote start/lock/unlock, tri-zone automatic climate control, cloth upholstery, 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, 40/20/40 split/folding second-row seat, 50/50 split/folding third-row seats, 10 cup holders, Ford Co-Pilot360 (forward collision mitigation with automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, lane-keeping assistance, automatic high beams), eight airbags, 8-inch infotainment touchscreen, Bluetooth, two USB ports (one Type-A, one Type-C), AM/FM/satellite radio, Wi-Fi (for up to 10 devices), Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone integration, and 6-speaker audio system. XLT ($35,245) adds roof-rack side rails, acoustic-laminate window glass, heated side mirrors, keyless entry/ignition, leather-wrapped steering wheel, 6.5-inch color LCD driver information cluster, heated front seats, 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, 4-way power-adjustable front passenger seat, power-folding second-row captain’s chairs, and the same USB arrangement for the second row. This trim may also be ordered with a heated steering wheel, the enhanced Co-Pilot360 Assist+ package (with evasive steering assistance, post-impact braking, Active Cruise Control with stop/go, lane centering, speed limit sign recognition, voice-activated/touchscreen navigation, and Sirius XM Traffic/Travel Link). And the new-for-2021 Sport Appearance package with 20-inch alloy wheels and various exterior elements finished in Carbonized Gray.   Timberline (45,760) is an off-road-oriented trim of the Explorer and the first in a new sub-brand for Ford SUVs. It has a unique appearance package plus some features to improve off-road capabilities like standard AWD, hill-descent control, a Torsen limited-slip differential, steel skid plates, special tires and suspension, and increased approach and departure angles compared to the regular Explorer. Other features include 18-inch gloss black wheels, unique tow hook badging, a 360-degree camera, the Ford Co-Pilot360 safety tech suite, and available Forest Green paint that is exclusive to the Timberline model. Limited ($45,955) has 20-in alloy wheels, LED fog lights, rain-sensing wipers, 360-degree camera system, heated/leather-wrapped steering wheel, self-dimming rearview mirror with universal garage-door opener, ambient cabin lighting, leather seating surfaces, 8-way power-adjustable front passenger seat, heated second-row seats, second-row shades, dual chrome exhaust tips, Co-Pilot360 Assist+ driver aids, wireless charging, and a 12-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system. Limited Hybrid ($51,100) has all the features in the regular Limited trim, but swaps in the hybrid drivetrain. Limited trim also offers power-folding third-row seats, memory settings, hands-free liftgate operation, heated side mirrors, and a power-adjustable steering column as options. These features were standard last year. The new lower-priced Explorer Enthusiast ST ($48,750) is an AWD model with leather seating surfaces and perforated inserts along with silver stitching and the ST logo. Also standard on the new Enthusiast ST are a 12.3-in digital cluster and a heated steering wheel with the ST logo and paddle shifters. Quad exhaust tips, in chrome, are complemented by 20-inch machined alloy wheels and side-view mirrors with ST projection lamps. ST ($53,850) brings the turbocharged V6, sport-tuned suspension, paddle shifters, heated sport steering wheel, 2.3-inch configurable driver information display, trim-specific interior accents, Active Park Assist 2.0 (self-parking for parallel and perpendicular spaces), automatic emergency reverse braking, and four chromed exhaust tips. All 2021 Ford Explorer STs also are available with upgraded brakes, red-painted brake calipers, and 21-inch alloy wheels. Platinum ($55,725) goes back to a non-sport suspension, then adds a dual-pane moonroof (optional in the other trims), adaptive headlights, diamond-stitched/perforated-leather upholstery, leather-covered dashboard/door tops/central armrest, run-flat tires, illuminated front scuff plates, and various trim-specific exterior accents. The new lower-priced RWD Explorer Platinum starts at $52,480, while the new Explorer Platinum Hybrid starts at $53,085. As a luxurious King Ranch model, the 2021 Ford Explorer starts at $52,350 (RWD) or $54,350 (4WD). In addition to its mahogany-colored interior leather with multiple King Ranch logos, this new Explorer gets a leather-stitched instrument panel, a Stone Gray mesh grille insert, and 20-in alloy wheels. ST and Platinum trims both qualify for a Premium Technology Package that includes massaging/multi-contour front seats, vertically oriented 10.1-in touchscreen, and a 14-speaker/980-watt Bang & Olufsen surround-sound system. Other options include a Trailer Tow package, cargo management system and a rear-seat entertainment system with dual screens.

Explorer Trims

Sport UtilityOriginal MSRP / PriceEngineHorsepowerCity MPG / Hwy MPGTransmissionDrive
Explorer Base 4WD$35,100 / $34,0484 Cylinder Turbo30020 / 2710-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD / AWD4WD
Explorer Base RWD$33,100 / $32,1084 Cylinder Turbo30021 / 2810-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD / AWD4WD
Explorer King Ranch 4WD$55,610 / $53,3856 Cylinder Turbo36518 / 2410-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD / AWD4WD
Explorer King Ranch RWD$53,610 / $51,4656 Cylinder Turbo36518 / 2410-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD / AWD4WD
Explorer Limited 4WD$47,430 / $45,5334 Cylinder Turbo / Hybrid30020 / 2710-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD / AWD4WD
Explorer Limited RWD$45,430 / $43,6134 Cylinder Turbo / Hybrid30021 / 2810-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD / AWD4WD
Explorer Platinum 4WD$54,115 / $51,9506 Cylinder Turbo / Hybrid31823 / 2610-Speed Shiftable AutomaticAWD4WD
Explorer Platinum RWD$53,740 / $51,5916 Cylinder Turbo / Hybrid36518 / 2410-Speed Shiftable AutomaticAWD4WD
Explorer ST 4WD$49,175 / $47,2096 Cylinder Turbo40018 / 2410-Speed Shiftable AutomaticAWD4WD
Explorer ST RWD$47,175 / $45,2896 Cylinder Turbo40018 / 2410-Speed Shiftable AutomaticAWD4WD
Explorer ST-Line 4WD$46,600 / $44,7364 Cylinder Turbo30020 / 2710-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD / AWD4WD
Explorer ST-Line RWD$44,600 / $42,8164 Cylinder Turbo30021 / 2810-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD / AWD4WD
Explorer Timberline 4WD$46,190 / $44,3436 Cylinder Turbo30020 / 2710-Speed Shiftable AutomaticAWD4WD
Explorer XLT 4WD$37,250 / $35,7604 Cylinder Turbo30020 / 2710-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD / AWD4WD
Explorer XLT RWD$35,250 / $33,8404 Cylinder Turbo30021 / 2810-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD / AWD4WD

Is the 2022 Ford Explorer a Safe Car?

Every Explorer comes with eight airbags and mandatory safety features like stability control, traction control and anti-lock brakes.   The Ford Co-Pilot360 array of driver aids is standard across the 2021 Explorer range. Limited trim and above also have the Co-Pilot360 Assist+ package. In crash tests performed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), this generation of Ford Explorer earned a maximum 5-star score overall, with five stars for front and side-impact protection. Only the rollover test produced a still-respectable four stars. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) made the Explorer a Top Safety Pick+ after it took top scores in most major crash-test challenges. Only the headlights and child seat LATCH points were considered Acceptable, the institute’s second-best score.

Original Warranty

Basic3 Years/36,000 Miles
Drivetrain5 Years/60,000 Miles
Corrosion5 Years/Unlimited Miles
Roadside Assistance5 Years/60,000 Miles

Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction
  • 4-Wheel Anti-Lock Brakes
  • Brake Assist
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Traction Control
Passenger Restraint
  • Child Safety Locks
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Rear Side Curtain Airbags
  • Side Air Bag
  • Side Head Air Bag
Road Visibility
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Fog Lights
Accident Prevention
  • Bluetooth, Hands-Free
  • Parking assist
  • Rearview Camera
  • Alarm System
  • Telematics
  • Vehicle Anti-Theft System


2022 Ford Explorer vs the competition

2021 Honda Pilot — A roomy cabin, comfortable ride, generous standard equipment and strong resale values keep the Pilot attractive year after year. 2021 Chevrolet Traverse — Enjoys a larger third-row seat than many of its rivals. Spacious overall, the Traverse also has a large cargo area. 2021 Toyota Highlander — Plenty of interior space, decent fuel economy and the range includes a hybrid model. The Highlander also has high scores for resale values and durability. 2021 Kia Telluride Kia brings plenty of value with its roomy and well-equipped Telluride. And there’s that great powertrain warranty.

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