2022 Ford Explorer

MSRP $32,225 Est.

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2022 Ford Explorer Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: May 6, 2021

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John Bedrow

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There have been many strong SUVs in the market which tried to carve their names in the history of SUVs, but none can stand against the mighty Ford Explorer. First introduced in 1991, it has grown over the years from what was once a basic blocky design into a hunky modern-looking monster. Grossing over 8 million units sold worldwide, without any doubt it is the most well-known SUV on the planet and for good reasons. The 2022 Ford Explorer is on its way out of the production line soon, but seeing how it already got a major redesign in 2020, so we do not expect any major changes.

Ford Explorer showcases daunting performance with a smooth driving experience and excellent towing capabilities. Qualities like these make it a perfect utilitarian, and perhaps this is the reason why it is one of the best vehicles in its class. It is offering some serious competition to its rivals such as Kia Telluride, Hyundai Palisade, and Honda Pilot. Let's see how it performs in front of the other giants in the segment.

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Pros

Class-leading acceleration

Smooth handling because of rear-wheel drive

Excellent towing capabilities

Comfortable seats

Cons

Poor noise isolation for the cabin

Average interior material quality

Unreasonable price tag

What's New?

Updates in the front and rear end.

Addition of a new off-road-oriented trim level “Timberline”

Addition of new interior features expected


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$32225

bodystyle

4dr SUV

engine type

displacement

166 cu.in.

horsepower

335 hp @ 5550 rpm

torque

380 lbs.-ft. @ 3250 rpm

warranty

roadside assistance

No


Pictures


Trims

Base $32,225 Est. onwards

335 hp @ 5550 rpm | 2.7L | V-6 |

Colors and Styles

2022 Ford Explorer in Admiral Blue color 2022 Ford Explorer in Silver Birch Metallic color
Admiral Blue

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide


As of now, there is no official information available regarding the pricing of the 2022 Ford Explorer. But it is easy to expect the increased prices across the range, which starts from $34,000 and goes all the way up to $57,000, especially because of the pandemic. 

2022 Ford Explorer Features

Ford offers 7 trim levels for the non-hybrid Explorer. Major differences are seen in the aesthetics of the car. The base version, albeit capable for most uses, misses out on a lot of modern features. Going up the trim levels, the luxury quotient definitely sees a substantial increase, so does the price. It might fall in a price range that extends from $34,000 for its base variant, while the price tag of the new top-end Timberline trim is yet to be announced.

Trim

Base

XLT

Limited

ST

King Ranch

Platinum

Timberline (Expected)

Price

$34,000

$36,000

$46,000

$55,000

$54,000

$57,000

TBA

Key Feature

LED headlights and taillights

Body-colored door handles, black roof rails

fully chrome-finished grille with LED fog lights

power-folding third-row seats

grille finish, 20-inch wheels

21-inch wheels, satin silver finishing on the grille

18-inch black wheels

 

18-inch silver-painted wheels

Heated front seats

turn signal repeaters on side-view mirrors

10.1-inch infotainment touchscreen

Open-pore wood trim in the interior

Illuminated door sills, two-tone perforated leather upholstery

Tow hook on the driver's side

 

automatic emergency braking, lane-keep assist, automatic high-beams, and rear cross-traffic alert

Hands-free keyless entry, push-button start

20-inch wheels, leather upholstery, heated passenger seats

14-speaker audio setup and massaging front seats

twin-turbo V-6, with rear-wheel drive standard and AWD optional

12.3-inch digital gauge cluster display

3.0 L V6 engine with all-wheel drive

We Recommend

We recommend the XLT trim for the Explorer. It finds the perfect balance between luxury and performance. Higher trims, albeit more aesthetically inviting, do not do justice to the upmarket price. If you want to go all out with the Explorer, you can opt for the top-of-the-line Timberline trim, which will bring all the high-end luxury expected from the segment along with the potential for an off-road adventure.

Release Date:

Again there is no official release date available for the 2022 Ford Explorer, but it is expected to come out of the production line in the fall of 2021.

2022 Ford Explorer Engine and Performance

The 2022 Ford Explorer will pack the same engine configurations as the current year model. For the base model, you get the 2.3 Liter Turbocharged Inline-4 cylinder engine, which can produce 300 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and a torque of 310 lb-ft at 3,500 rpm. If you are still not satisfied with the power, then there is the 365 hp 3.0 Liter V6 engine which is surely going to quench your thirst for power. A hybrid version is also available which hosts a combination of a 3.3 Liter V6 engine with an electric motor, which when combined gives you 318 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and torque of 322 lb-ft at 3,000 rpm.

All three engines are connected to a ten-speed automatic transmission which feels best in the class. Rear-wheel drive is standard on Explorer, but buyers can opt for the all-wheel-drive if they want. When put on the road, all three engines shine impressively with their distinct qualities. But we cannot ignore praising the turbocharged four-cylinder engine here. This underdog is jaw-droppingly awesome and feels like the best deal in the whole lineup. 

As for the acceleration, the turbocharged four-cylinder engine can go from 0-60 mph in just 5.6 seconds. The V6 engine, on the other hand, does 0-60 mph in under 5 seconds. Ford Explorer in its base configuration can cover a quarter-mile in 13.8 seconds. These numbers are mind-blowing and clearly demonstrate how impressive the performance is. The roar of the engine is mesmerizing, and the driving experience it offers is unmatched. 

Models

2022 Ford Explorer (expected)

2021 Kia Telluride

2021 Hyundai Palisade

2022 Honda Pilot (expected)

MSRP

$34,000 (est)

$33,415

$33,860

$33,725

Engine

2.3 Liter Turbo Inline-4 cylinder

3.8 Liter V6

3.8 Liter V6

3.5 Liter V6

Drivetrain

RWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

10 speed automatic

8 speed automatic

8 speed automatic

9 speed automatic

Power (hp @ rpm)

300hp @5,500rpm

291hp @6,000rpm

291hp @6,000rpm

280hp @6,000rpm

Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)

310lb-ft @3,500rpm

262lb-ft @5,200rpm

262lb-ft @5,200rpm

262lb-ft @4,700rpm

Despite being such a big vehicle, Explorer feels nimble on its feet while tackling the straights and corners. Ford’s decision for going with a rear-wheel-drive clearly shines here as it offers more controlled and fun handling. Even while towing a heavy load, rear-wheel drive is going to provide a better experience than the front wheels. But one minor flaw it has is that minor bumps are easily felt especially if you opt for bigger wheels. 

When compared to its rivals, despite having a four-cylinder engine, Explorer wins over its rivals. Four-cylinder demolishing six-cylinder engines is a rare sight. But Explorer does so with full confidence as it is the fastest in its class, followed by the Kia Telluride. Honda Pilot stands at the very back with a power and torque output of 280 hp and 262 lb-ft, respectively.

2022 Ford Explorer Fuel Economy

Usually, big vehicles are weak when it comes to fuel economy as they are usually loaded with power-hungry engines. But when it comes to the Ford Explorer, the story is going to be a little bit different. Since the engines are the same as last year, we expect the 2022 Explorer to have the same level of mileage. The SUV has a mileage of 21 mpg in the city, 28 mpg on the highways, and 24 mpg when combined. 

Models

2022 Ford Explorer (expected)

2021 Kia Telluride

2021 Hyundai Palisade

2022 Honda Pilot (expected)

MPG (City)

21

20

19

20

MPG (Highway)

28

26

26

27

MPG (Combined)

24

23

22

23

Fuel Capacity (gallons)

18.6

18.8

18.8

19.5

Range (City/highway/combined) in miles

390.6/520.8/446.4

376/488.8/432.4

357.2/488.8/413.6

390/526.5/448.5

Again when compared to its rivals, Ford Explorer wins over the other by having better mileage, but the fuel tank capacity is lesser than the others. But somehow it offers an awesome driving range, which is only second to what Honda Pilot offers. Honda with its 19.5 gallons of fuel tank capacity manages to offer a range of 390 miles in the city 526.5 miles on the highway, and 448.5 miles combined.

2022 Ford Explorer Interior

The interior design is neat and very attractive as you will find smooth curves with the meaningful placement of everything. The two-tone color grading of the interior is soothing. With a beautiful steering wheel to smooth side curves, everything looks welcoming. But once you get closer, the story changes a little bit as the material quality is not the best in its class. According to us, it is average as most of the surfaces have cheap plastic. This is a seven-seater, and the seats are however fully comfortable which is a good thing. Then comes the dashboard design which is good but not the best as other vehicles in its class offer more appealing designs. The 8-inch infotainment touchscreen is very good and supports various features. An optional 10.1-inch vertical touchscreen is available which might feel good at first but cause problems, especially while navigating the maps and features.

The cabin is very spacious, but the comfort level changes as you go from front to back. The front and second-row seats have an ample amount of room, but the second-row seats lack flexibility as compared to the front row seats. The third-row seats are decent in size. Ford Explorer is already fully loaded with infotainment features such as Bang & Olufsen premium sound system with 12 speakers, Ford’s SYNC 3 system, and BlueTooth wireless phone connectivity. As for the comfort creatures, features like day-night auto-dimming rearview mirror and voice activation are offered as standard. 

Models

2022 Ford Explorer (expected)

2021 Kia Telluride

2021 Hyundai Palisade

2022 Honda Pilot (expected)

Seating Capacity

7

8

8

8

Front Row (headroom/shoulder room/legroom in inches)

40.7/61.8/43

40.9/61.6/41.4

40.7/61.2/44.1

40.1/62/40.9

Second Row (headroom/shoulder room/legroom in inches)

40.5/61.9/39

40.2/59.9/42.4

40.1/60.8/42.4

40.2/62/38.4

Third Row (headroom/shoulder room/legroom in inches)

38.9/54.6/32.2

38.1/55.3/31.4

37.8/55.2/31.4

38.9/57.6/31.9

Trunk Capacity (cubic feet)

18.2

21

18

16.5

While comparing, Hyundai Palisade wins over the others by having the biggest cabin. The Explorer only has a passenger capacity of 7, but the cabin is spacious with the most room for third-row in its class. The 18.2 cubic feet cargo capacity is decent and quickly increases to 83.9 cubic feet once you fold down second and third-row seats. Major infotainment features include-

  • FordPass Connect features
  • 8-inch infotainment display comes standard
  • Voice-activated navigation system
  • 12 speaker B&O audio system for XLT trim level and up
  • 12V Powerpoints, 5 total (2 first row, 2-second row, and 1 cargo area)

2022 Ford Explorer Exterior

Ford Explorer got the last redesign in 2020. Needless to say, it looks dashing as ever. So do not expect much from the 2022 model. We think it will mostly look the same, except for the new ‘Timberline’ trim, which is purely made for offroading or at least stylized as an off-roading edition. The front and rear ends have been updated with a more beefy look. On the front, the grille has a wide bar in the center with the Ford logo attached to it. Then comes the front bumper which has a different design with orange-colored lining providing a sporty look. The rear end has the same kind of design going on with color-matched recovery hooks. And then there are new wheels with Bridgestone Dueler Revo 3s in 265/65R18.

Models

2022 Ford Explorer (expected)

2021 Kia Telluride

2021 Hyundai Palisade

2022 Honda Pilot (expected)

Curb weight (lbs)

4,345

4,211

4,127

3,982

Length (inches)

198.8

196.9

196.1

196.5

Width (inches)

78.9

78.3

77.8

78.6

Height (inches)

69.9

68.9

68.9

70.6

Ground clearance (inches)

7.9

8

7.9

7.3

Wheelbase (inches)

119.1

114.2

114.2

111

Overall this new edition looks very beefy. As for the other trims of the upcoming Explorer, we don't think they will get any changes exteriorly. After all, the current design is more than enough to attract the crowd as the beautiful sleek headlights with perfect-sized grille are attractive. The body is surely hunky but also feels consistent from front to back. Size-wise it is the longest and widest in its class with excellent ground clearance, making it perfect for all terrains. Below are some of its main key features-

  • 20-inch premium painted aluminum wheels
  • Speed sensitive rain detecting variable intermittent wipers
  • Galvanized steel/ aluminum panels 
  • Roof-rail crossbars
  • Dual panel moonroof

2022 Ford Explorer Safety

Ford always focuses on making their vehicles safe, which is why the Explorer is already fully loaded with all the necessary safety features. So expect the 2022 model to have the same level of safety. The 2021 Explorer got a full five stars from the NHTSA and the maximum possible rating of ‘Good’ from the IIHS. The IIHS also rewarded it with ‘Top Safety Pick+’ which is an achievement on its own. This ensures how well safe it actually is. Expect the upcoming version to have standard features like blind-spot detection, lane departure warning and prevention, forward collision detection and rear cross-traffic alert, and front and reverse sensing system right from the base trim. Other standard features include:-

  • Front, side, knee, and overhead impact airbags
  • Anti-lock brakes, stability control
  • Ignition disable device for added security
  • Tire pressure monitoring
  • Post-collision safety system

2022 Ford Explorer Competition

2022 Ford Explorer vs 2021 Kia Telluride

Kia Telluride is very new when compared to the other vehicles in its class, and pretty quickly, it has risen up to be one of the best in its class. Needless to say, it offers some serious competition to the Explorer, especially when it comes to the cargo capacity and classy visuals. Overall, Explorer wins over it in everything else.

2022 Ford Explorer vs 2021 Hyundai Palisade

Hyundai Palisade might be less powerful than the Explorer, but it sure holds the biggest cabin in its class. But still, it can’t catch up to it. The interior of the Palisade might look a bit plusher, but the Explorer is still a more practical vehicle. Explorer is capable of towing more weight and offers better performance than the Palisade.

2022 Ford Explorer vs 2022 Honda Pilot

Honda Pilot is one of the oldest rivals of Explorer. Though it never managed to win over in every aspect, it does offer the best driving range in its class and the biggest fuel tank. If only it could hold the same performance as an Explorer. All in all, Explorer has a better deal between the two, therefore is the recommended choice.

2022 Ford Explorer Final Verdict

As we mentioned already, the Ford Explorer is one of the best in its class. As it offers extreme performance with a fun driving experience, excellent fuel economy, and stunning visuals. But we would surely want a bigger fuel tank from Ford with this SUV. The popularity is most probably going to stay the same, maybe it will increase further because of the upcoming Timberline trim. Taking everything into consideration, the 2022 Ford Explorer comes out to be a lucrative option in the segment.

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