2022 Ford Explorer

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Key specs

Base trim shown


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Seating capacity

198.8” x 70.2”


Rear-wheel drive



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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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 4.4
  • Interior 4.1
  • Performance 4.5
  • Value 4.1
  • Exterior 4.6
  • Reliability 4.5

Most recent consumer reviews


My 5th Explorer

My first Explorer was a 1999, and currently I am in my 5th explorer. This 2022 is an XLT with a few bells and whistles and has not given me any serious issues to date in any areas. The ride is good, and milage and performance are what I was expecting. Some of the craftsmanship in the vehicle leave a bit to be desired, as compared to earlier models I have owned. I felt the price I paid was a bit high, but I was able to get no interest financing which helped a lot.


Great vehicle. Fun to drive.

I love this vehicle. My 2022 Ford Explorer XLT far exceeds my expectations. Handling is great. Performance is far better than expected. Gas mileage is 26mpg combined average for the 16,500 miles I have on the vehicle so far. The interior fit and finish could be better and the original tires...not holding up very well. The vehicle is comfortable and always a pleasure to drive. I always get compliments on the exterior style. In my opinion, it's one of the better looking SUV's on the road. The rear biased drive train give it superior handling, better than anything I test drove. Chevy, Subaru, or the Kia.


2022 Explorer

I am happy with everything about my explorer. Get good gas mileage and is very comfortable ride. Traded my 2020 for this 2022. Love the color and have gotten lots of compliments.

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Based on the 2022 Ford Explorer base trim.
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New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Ford Blue Advantage Blue
New car program benefits
36 months/36,000 miles
60 months/unlimited distance
60 months/60,000 miles
Roadside assistance
60 months/60,000 miles
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
Fords and many non-Ford vehicles up to 10 years old with less than 150,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
90-Day/4,000-Mile (whichever comes first) Comprehensive Limited Warranty
Dealer certification required
139-point inspection
Roadside assistance
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