Most significant changes: Performance-focused four-wheel-drive ST joined by new rear-wheel-drive variant; ST-Line adds look of ST without powertrain and suspension enhancements; 400-horsepower, turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine now standard for King Ranch and Platinum trims
Pricing: Prices start at $34,540 for a base Explorer with RWD, rising across eight trim levels to $55,410 for a top Platinum trim with all-wheel drive. Prices reflect an increase of between $230 and $1,020, with the biggest increases on higher trims. Platinum and Timberline trims come with standard AWD, a $2,000 option for other trims. Prices for 2022 include a $1,295 destination charge, up from $1,245 in 2021.
On sale: Now
Which should you buy, 2021 or 2022? With no major changes to most trims for 2022, a 2021 model might be a better buy. That’s especially true if you’re looking for a King Ranch or Platinum trim and can do without the added power. If a RWD ST or the new ST-Line intrigues you, a 2022 is your only choice.
Ford’s venerable Explorer three-row SUV returns for 2022 with some changes to the lineup and more powerful engines for the top trims, plus modest price bumps across the board.