Ford Explorer Platinum
Ford Explorer Platinum
Ford Explorer Platinum

2022 Ford Explorer Platinum

Pros: Broad model lineup; roomy first- and second-row seating; acceleration in ST, Platinum, and King Ranch models; high towing capacity

Cons: Third-row room is not among the best in class; top models get very expensive

CG Says: The 2022 Ford Explorer gains a new ST-Line trim that combines the appearance of Explorer’s high-performance ST model with base 4-cylinder turbocharged engine. The Platinum and King Ranch models’ turbo V6 sees horsepower increase from 365 to 400—matching the ST. The ST is now offered in rear-wheel drive. Previously it was all-wheel drive only. Explorer is Ford’s three-row midsize SUV with rear-wheel-drive-based architecture. All-wheel drive is available on all models, except Timberline, where it’s standard. The base engine is a 300-horsepower turbocharged 2.3-liter 4-cylinder. The performance engine is a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 that is rated at 400 hp and is standard in ST, Platinum, and King Ranch. Turbo V6 models can tow up to 5600 pounds. The Hybrid’s powertrain is a 3.3-liter V6 paired with an electric motor that produces a combined 318 hp. All engines are mated with a 10-speed automatic transmission. Available safety features include forward collision warning with pedestrian detection and automatic emergency braking, rear automatic braking, blind-spot alert, lane keep assist, automatic high-beam headlights, and Evasive Steering Assist, which can provide steering support to avoid a collision. Other available features include Active Park Assist 2.0, an automatic parking system that controls the throttle, steering, shifting, and braking; an upgraded Terrain Management System with seven drive modes; and adaptive cruise control that includes stop-and-go capability. The Explorer has long been one Ford’s best-selling vehicles, and the ambitiously expanded model lineup for the 2020 redesign is evidence that Ford continues to consider the Explorer one of its key products. In addition to its “something for nearly everyone” roster of trim levels, the Explorer boasts an impressive menu of available comfort, safety, and technology features, and the move to rear-wheel-drive architecture improves its handling and towing capabilities. It isn’t as outright commodious as rival three-row midsize SUVs, and the bottom-line prices rise very quickly, but Explorer’s attributes make it well worth considering.

The Facts
Class Midsize SUV
Body Style(s) 4-door wagon
Passenger Count 7
Drive Wheels rear-wheel drive, all-wheel drive
Manufacturer Ford
Nation of Manufacture USA
Base Prices Base: $35,505
AWD Base: $37,505
XLT: $39,815
AWD XLT: $41,815
ST-Line: $47,005
AWD ST-Line: $49,005
Limited: $48,315
AWD Limited: $50,315
AWD Timberline: $49,065
ST: $50,005
AWD ST: $52,005
Platinum: $53,620
AWD Platinum: $55,620
King Ranch: $54,875
AWD King Ranch: $56,875
Hybrid Limited: $53,305
AWD Hybrid Limited: $55,305
Platinum: $53,620
AWD Platinum: $55,620

Base Engine
turbocharged 2.3-liter 4-cylinder (XLT, ST-Line, Limited, Timberline)
Horsepower
300
Std. Transmission
10-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
19-21
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
21-28

Optional Engine
turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 (ST, Platinum, King Ranch)
Horsepower
400
Std. Transmission
10-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
18
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
24-26

Optional Engine
3.3-liter V6/electric motor (Hybrid Limited, Hybrid Platinum)
Horsepower
318
Std. Transmission
10-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
23-27
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
24-28

Ford Explorer Hybrid
2022 Ford Explorer Hybrid
Ford Explorer ST
2022 Ford Explorer ST
NHTSA Ratings
Overall - NA
0%

(5 is the highest rating)

Front Crash - NA
0%
Side Crash - NA
0%
Rollover - NA
0%

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