2022 Ford Explorer

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2022 Ford Explorer
2022 Ford Explorer

Key specs

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The good:

  • Responsive, powerful gas engines
  • Sync 3 multimedia system usability
  • Lots of cabin storage
  • Solid braking feel

The bad:

  • First- and second-row seat comfort
  • Third row too small for adults
  • Hybrid acceleration and braking refinement
  • Visibility compromised by large C-pillar

8 trims

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Wondering which trim is right for you?

Our 2022 Ford Explorer trim comparison will help you decide.

Notable features

  • New ST-Line trim level
  • Three-row SUV
  • Rear- or four-wheel drive
  • Choice of two turbocharged gas engines
  • Hybrid drivetrain available
  • Automatic emergency braking standard

2022 Ford Explorer review: Our expert's take

What Is the 2022 Ford Explorer?

The Ford Explorer is a three-row SUV with room for six or seven people, depending on the seating configuration, and is available with rear- or four-wheel drive. The base engine is a 300-horsepower, turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder, and an available turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 makes 365 or 400 hp. Both engines work with a 10-speed automatic transmission. A hybrid drivetrain rated at 318 total hp is also available. Competitors include the Honda Pilot, Toyota Highlander and Kia Telluride.  

What’s New on the 2022 Ford Explorer?

A new ST-Line trim level features design cues from the performance-oriented ST model, but it’s powered by the Explorer’s base four-cylinder engine rather than the V-6. ST-Line features include 20-inch aluminum wheels, quad exhaust tips, a sport steering wheel, red accent stitching, ST-Line scuff plates and a Bang & Olufsen stereo. The ST trim is now available with rear-wheel drive in addition to four-wheel drive. 

What Features in the 2022 Ford Explorer Are Most Important?

Standard features include:

  • 18-inch aluminum wheels
  • Power liftgate
  • Tri-zone automatic air conditioning
  • 8-inch touchscreen multimedia system
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity
  • 4G LTE Wi-Fi hot spot (data subscription required after free trial)
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Lane keep assist
  • Blind spot warning with rear cross-traffic alert
  • Automatic high-beam headlights
  • Rear parking sensors

Available features include:

  • 20- or 21-inch aluminum wheels
  • Panoramic moonroof 
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Heated second-row seats
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Second-row captain’s chairs
  • Power-folding third-row seat
  • Second-row sunshades
  • Digital instrument panel
  • 10.1-inch vertically oriented dashboard touchscreen
  • 360-degree camera system
  • Navigation
  • B&O premium stereo
  • Wireless device charging
  • Adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go capability
  • Lane-centering steering assist
  • Front parking sensors

Should I Buy the 2022 Ford Explorer?

The Explorer offers a wide range of trim levels to appeal to different buyers: We like the performance its gas engines offer, its standard touchscreen multimedia system is intuitive, and the cabin has good storage space. Seat comfort, however, isn’t great, and the third row is small. 

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.2
  • Interior design 4.2
  • Performance 4.2
  • Value for the money 4.2
  • Exterior styling 5.0
  • Reliability 4.8

Most recent consumer reviews


Show me a better bang for the buck

Ordered my 2022 model ST on October 8th, and took delivery December 24th, 2021 I'd love to read anyone's opinion what they view is a comparable vehicle within $30k of the suggested retail price: Heated/Air-conitioned/Massaging leather seats with fully automatic powerfold 3rd row; panoramic moon roof, Bang&Olufsen 14 speaker stereo, 21 inch 7 spoke black rims, 400HP/420lb twin turbo V6, Adaptive cruise with full stop and fully autonomous (it checks that you have your hands on the steering wheel) lane keeping technology. The ride is just as nice, with more room, >way< more performance, and better sounding audio than anything from Toyota, Honda, GM, Hyundai/Kia and Nissan (although I admit not being too familiar with the new Pathfinder). The only thing that comes close (and probably surpasses) is a Durango SRT with the Harman Kardon sound system and for that you'll pay $15k more and get 7-8 mpg less. Heavy foot off the throttle I get 22mpg all day long. I have read a lot about the Telluride/Pallisade platforms, I'll give them the nod on interior material quality, but I'll blow their doors off at the stoplight and not hear one word of complaint because my stereo is way louder than theirs...and, well, they'll be five car lengths behind me. Mine is Forged Green Metallic. I think the Blue choices for Explorer are awesome as well. This is the first Ford I have ever owned: 3 Nissan's (including a Pathfinder) and 2 Dodge's prior to this. I love the upright tablet style center display, but I do not love the number of taps of the screen it takes to get to certain features like sound adjust and massaging seat adjust. I also cannot stand the fact that Auto Start-Stop is default ENABLED and it has to be turned-off manually each time starting the car. I do like the "ST" red illumination projected on the ground every time you lock unlock the doors. I had a custom seat cushion made for the third row (6" of lift at the hip and 2" of lift at the rear) now two 6 foot adults can ride there for as long as the journey takes. No amount of cushion in the third row will support two adults in anything in this class with the exception the Durango, but I've already made my point on that model. It's been only 8 months but so far zero regrets. Happy shopping to you all.


Ford messed this one up...

I received my new 2022 Explorer after waiting for five months, and I am so disappointed. I was an Explorer enthusiast until this one. I have owned two others for the last nine years. My 2022 has really bad wind noise, shifts up and down extremely hard, the engine has a weird rumble, and it feels like you are riding in a square bus the way the frame and body don't go with each other when switching lanes or turning. Just an absolutely terrible ride and even makes both my wife and me a little motion sick. I really wish I could say nice things about this car, but I am already looking at trading it in for a competitor after just 1500 miles, and I have never done this in my 40-plus years of driving. Most of the time, I keep a car for 4-6 years as I have my last 2 Explorers because I loved them so much but definitely not this one.


Transmission, engine, and road noise.

Purchased my Explorer Platinum from DeanSellers Ford in June 2022. My 2019 Explorer was the best SUV I have ever had, so I was really looking forward to the new 2022. Disappointments galore. The 2019 6 speed transmission shifted so smooth and quiet. With The new “improved” 10 speed trans, you hear feel every shift as soon as you accelerate. The 2019 3.5L engine was as quiet as a Bentley. The 2022 3.0L, combined with the 10 speed transmission, makes you feel like you are hearing a 50hp Suzuki 2 stroke outboard motor from the 1980s. The engine noise is pitiful. I also believe the road noise is much worse in the 2022. Ford I believe, may have used cheaper glass, insulation, and wheels which created profound the road and engine noise in the 2022. I told the dealership I was disappointed in the vehicle, and sent an email to Ford also. Ford did contact me and thanked me for my input. In hindsight, I should have kept my 2019, and purchased Fords extended 100,000 mile warranty and I would have been much happier.

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60 months/unlimited distance
60 months/60,000 miles
Roadside assistance
60 months/60,000 miles
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Basic warranty terms
12-Month/12,000-Mile (whichever comes first) Comprehensive Limited Warranty Blue Certified: 90-Day/4,000-Mile (whichever comes first) Comprehensive Limited Warranty Disclaimer: See your dealer for warranty coverage details.
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