The FordExplorer is a tried-and-tested SUV that has earned the trust of families around the country for decades. With three rows of seats, generous cargo space, a capable engine lineup, and loads of infotainment and safety technologies, it’s no surprise the Ford Explorer has become such a staple of the family-friendly SUV segment.
What’s New for 2022?
Rather than rest on its laurels, Ford has launched the 2022 Explorer with various upgrades and a new ST-Line trim level that boosts the SUV’s curb appeal. The Timberline model, which was new for 2021, rejoins the lineup in 2022. At the top of the line, the Explorer King Ranch and Explorer Platinum models now make 400 horsepower and are offered with standard captain’s chairs at no extra charge. There are other cool new features, so make sure to keep on reading.
Standard Turbocharged Engine
The 2022 Ford Explorer uses a turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine at the base, XLT, and Limited trim levels. This is a powerful engine that, despite having only four cylinders, feels more responsive than the standard V6 in many competing vehicles thanks to 300 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque. New for 2022 is an optional stop/start feature that can help save fuel economy, giving the Explorer up to 28 mpg on the highway. All versions of the Explorer use a 10-speed automatic transmission and standard rear-wheel drive, with all-wheel drive optional.
Available 400-Horsepower V6
For a little more oomph, the 2022 Explorer ST, King Ranch, and Platinum are offered with a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine rated at 400 horsepower and 415 lb-ft of torque. This is an exceptionally powerful engine that makes getting up to speed on the highway a breeze, even with a full complement of passengers and a trailer in tow. When properly equipped, the latest Explorer can tow up to 5,600 pounds, enough to handle a small boat and many travel trailers.
Ford Explorer ST-Line
All-new for the 2022 model year is the Explorer ST-Line, which combines the best features of the popular, sporty Explorer ST with the efficient turbo-four engine. It has 20-inch wheels, black exterior accents, and various interior details aimed at enhancing the SUV’s performance vibe — like a sport steering wheel and ActiveX seat material with Miko® inserts and red stitching. Notable standard features include a 12-speaker B&O® sound system, tri-zone automatic climate control, and a voice-activated SYNC® navigation system.
Ford Explorer Timberline
Introduced in 2021, the Ford Explorer Timberline has been a big success. Inspired by off-road adventures, it features steel skid plates to better protect the front, rear, and underbody of the Explorer while spending time off the beaten path. It also has a Torsen® limited-slip differential to enhance traction as well as unique exterior details and graphics — like a dark carbonized gray grille and laser-etched Timberline 18-inch wheels — that leave no doubt as to your lifestyle.
Ford Explorer King Ranch®
The Ford Explorer King Ranch, along with the Explorer Platinum, is the most luxurious Explorer you can buy. It features a larger 10.1-inch center touch screen, massaging front seats, and a beautiful Western-inspired interior wrapped in 85 square feet of sumptuous Mesa Del Rio leather. Handstitched logos, 20-inch wheels, and countless hand-crafted details really sell the luxury experience. When you’ve got to get your family somewhere in total comfort, the King Ranch is hard to beat.
Ford Explorer Hybrid
Since the 2020 model year, the Ford Explorer has been offered with a hybrid powertrain that significantly improves city fuel economy without compromising performance. In fact, the hybrid is slightly more powerful than the entry-level four-cylinder. By combining a naturally aspirated 3.3-liter V6 with an electric motor, the Ford Explorer Hybrid produces 318 horsepower and 322 lb-ft of torque while returning an EPA-estimated 27 mpg in the city. That’s six more miles per gallon than the smaller four-cylinder engine gets.
High-Tech Safety Features
Every 2022 Ford Explorer comes standard with the Ford Co-Pilot360™ suite of advanced driver assistance systems. It includes standard forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, lane departure warning, lane-keeping assistance, and automatic high beams. Additional safety features and upgrades to the Ford Co-Pilot360™ system are offered such as self-parking assistance and adaptive cruise control.
Generous Interior Space
There’s no shortage of space inside the 2022 Ford Explorer. There are lots of cubbies and cup holders throughout the cabin, making it easy for kids to store small items. Behind the third-row seat is 18.2 cubic feet of cargo space, which grows to 47.9 cubic feet with that row folded flat. Folding the second-row seats increases cargo space to an impressive 87.8 cubic feet, which is enough to haul around construction materials, medium-sized furniture, or enough groceries to feed the whole family for a month.
Advanced Infotainment System
All Ford Explorer models use the advanced SYNC® infotainment system, which runs on either an 8-inch or 10.1-inch high-definition touch screen. Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ smartphone integration are standard along with USB-A and USB-C ports, satellite radio, a six-speaker sound system, and built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi.
All models are available with a rear-seat entertainment system and voice-activated navigation. Starting at the ST trim level, every Explorer also gets a beautiful 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, which can be configured to minimize distractions at the wheel. There’s no doubt that when it comes to technology, Ford hasn’t cut any corners.
 EPA-estimated city/hwy mpg for the model indicated. See fueleconomy.gov for fuel economy of other engine/transmission combinations. Actual mileage will vary. On plug-in hybrid models and electric models, fuel economy is stated in MPGe. MPGe is the EPA equivalent measure of gasoline fuel efficiency for electric mode operation.
The Ford Explorer is an American icon, and for good reason. The all-time bestselling SUV in the United States, the Explorer has a reputation for delivering when it comes to power, presence, and versatility. With the new and improved 2021 Explorer, available now at Sanderson Ford in Glendale, Ford takes its rugged icon and makes it even more robust.
Under the hood
The 2021 Ford Explorer comes with four engine options, offering impressive performance for a wide range of needs. Great for saving on fuel, the 2.3-liter EcoBoost® engine delivers a vigorous 300 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque.
Ford offers two powerful versions of its twin-turbocharged3.0-liter EcoBoost® V6. With the Explorer Platinum, you’ll get 365 horsepower and 380 lb-ft of torque. With the incredibly powerful Explorer ST, the stakes are raised and output is boosted to 400 horsepower and 415 lb-ft of torque.
If you’re looking to cut your carbon footprint, the 3.3-liter Hybrid engine doesn’t make you compromise, delivering 318 net system horsepower and 322 lb-ft of torque.
The Explorer is built to be versatile and functional. This fun-to-drive SUV comes with available Intelligent 4WD, which optimizes handling on harsh terrain and lets you enjoy the ride as you please. Perfect for an active lifestyle, the Explorer also lets you tow up to 5,600 pounds when properly equipped — making it ideal for hauling small boats, ATVs, and more. You can also cut loose thanks to the Terrain Management System™, which lets you choose between various driving modes, while a MacPherson® strut front suspension creates a comfortable ride wherever you go.
You won’t want to leave the driver’s seat of the Explorer thanks to its wide range of amenities. Part of the excitement that surrounds the Explorer is due to its striking design inside and out, which includes available perforated leather, accented stitching, and aluminum accents. This model seats seven comfortably, which means everyone in the family has space.
You can also find an available B&O premium sound system, which is great for music lovers, while the family-friendly interior has an impressive 87.8 cubic feet of total cargo room behind the first row. Plus, the optional twin-panel moonroof creates an open-air atmosphere as you drive.
The value of the Explorer doesn’t just stop with its refined materials, as this model also comes with several high-tech features. Every 2021 Ford Explorer features SYNC® 3 infotainment, which includes Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ compatibility. With available SYNC® 3 AppLink®, you can tap into handy features like Waze navigation and Ford+Alexa. And with a built-in FordPass Connect™ Wi-Fi hotspot, up to 10 devices can connect to high-speed internet on the go.
The Explorer breaks away from the competition when it comes to engineering and design, which drivers will notice at first glance. The striking exterior design comes with sweeping contours, and athletic stance, and a distinguished front fascia. You can upgrade to the Explorer ST for a particularly sporty ride, which comes with Adaptive LED lighting and available LED fog lamps to improve visibility, while aluminum accents and a liftgate spoiler add an air of sportiness to the look.
You can also opt for several exterior features, such as rain-sensing wipers, an alloy-finished grille, a roof rack, or power-folding mirrors. Plus, an available hands-free power liftgate makes loading and unloading cargo easier.
Stay better protected when you drive the 2021 Ford Explorer. This SUV has several smart features, such as the Ford CoPilot360™ system, which is a suite of driver-assist technologies that monitor your vehicle to keep your safe. This includes Auto High-Beam Headlamps, which turn on and off depending on traffic and visibility, a Rear-View Camera to make reversing easier, and a Lane-Keeping System to prevent you from drifting out of your lane.
The 2021 Ford Explorer is an impressive specimen that’s ideal for everyone from young professionals to families on the grow. If you’re ready to upgrade your ride, check out the selection of Ford Explorer SUVs available at Sanderson Ford in Glendale, Arizona.