New Ford 2022 Ford Explorer for Sale in Wilbraham, MA

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Overview

Since 1991, the Ford Explorer has been one of the most appealing SUVs on the market. It arrived as a replacement for the two-door Bronco II, and while it inherited that SUV’s rugged suspension and off-road chops, it was offered in both two- and four-door body styles (the Explorer was actually Ford’s first four-door SUV). It wasn’t too long after its arrival that the Explorer quickly became not just a hot commodity in its segment, but also a reliable industry icon that’s embraced by many different types of drivers. In fact, the Explorer was named America’s best-selling SUV of all time in 2020, which is a significant feat considering how much stock Americans place on this vehicle segment. The Explorer was redesigned in 2020, but the 2022 model year brings some changes, including the introduction of the ST-Line trim level. Plus, the ST trim, which was previously made only with a four-wheel drivetrain, is now offered with rear-wheel drive.

Trims, Powertrain, and Capabilities

The ’22 Ford Explorer is a three-row, midsized SUV that fits up to seven passengers and comes in eight trim levels: Base, XLT, Limited, ST-Line, Timberline, ST, King Ranch, and Platinum. Most trims (all but the ST, King Ranch, and Platinum) have a turbocharged 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine that makes 300 hp and 310 lb.-ft. of torque. The ST, King Ranch, and Platinum instead get a 3.0-liter twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 that produces 400 hp and 415 lb.-ft. of torque. Both engines pair with a 10-speed automatic transmission. Rear-wheel drive is standard on all but the strictly all-wheel-drive Timberline; AWD is optional on the other trims. With the 2.3-liter EcoBoost, the Explorer can tow up to 5,300 pounds, which increases to 5,600 lb. with the V6.

Noteworthy Standard Features

The well-equipped Base trim gets low-beam LED headlights, a power liftgate, tri-zone automatic climate control, multiple 12-volt power outlets, a 35/30/35-split folding second-row bench seat, and 50/50-split folding third-row seats. The upgrades to the XLT include signature LED headlights, rooftop rails, heated exterior mirrors, keyless entry, push-button start, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated front seats, second-row captain’s chairs, and second-row USB charging ports. The debuting ST-Line is set up similarly to the XLT, but it has black exterior accents, LED fog lights, power-folding side mirrors, rain-sensing windshield wipers, remote start, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a universal garage door opener, ambient interior lighting, a heated leather-wrapped steering wheel with red contrast stitching, simulated leather seats with microfiber inserts and red stitching, and a wireless smartphone charger.

The off-road-oriented Timberline is further toughened up with steel skid plates, a Torsen limited-slip rear differential, a Terrain Management System with seven selectable drive modes (normal, trail, deep snow/sand, slippery, sport, tow/haul, and eco), a higher ride height, trim-exclusive exterior accents, and towing equipment that’s optional on the other trims. The Limited is more comparable to the XLT, but it receives rain-sensing wipers, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a universal garage door opener, ambient interior lighting, a wireless smartphone charger, leather seats, a heated steering wheel, ventilated front seats, heated second-row captain’s chairs, and second-row sunshades. The ST loses some of the Limited’s features (rain-sensing wipers, wireless charger, ambient lighting, auto-dimming rearview mirror, and universal garage door opener), but it ups the performance factor with its sport-tuned suspension, steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters, and leather sport front seats with microfiber inserts. It also gets power-folding third-row seats. The western-inspired King Ranch adds to the Limited’s standard features with a hands-free liftgate, wood interior trim, and unique leather seats. At the top of the range, the Platinum gets adaptive headlights and diamond-quilted leather seats. A twin-panel moonroof is available for every trim but the Base, and most of those top-end features are optional on the lower grades.

Active Safety and Multimedia Technologies

Every ’22 Explorer trim comes with the basic Ford Co-Pilot360 system of driver aids, which includes automatic emergency braking, automatic high beams, a reverse sensing system, lane keeping assist, and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert. The Limited and above trims add some more advanced safety features, like adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go, a forward sensing system, lane centering, and road sign recognition. The ST is eligible for an automatic parking system, which is standard in the Platinum.

The version of the infotainment system in the Base and XLT has an 8-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio streaming, a Wi-Fi hotspot, SiriusXM satellite radio, and a six-speaker sound system. The ST-Line, Timberline, Limited, and ST sweeten things with integrated navigation, voice recognition, and a 12-speaker Bang & Olufsen (B&O) sound system; a 14-speaker B&O system is optional for the ST. The King Ranch and Platinum get the 14-speaker system as standard, and they upgrade to a 10.1-inch touchscreen.