The 2022 Ford Explorer is a force to be reckoned with in the midsize SUV segment. Designed for adventure, this three-row SUV checks every box. Family-friendly and packed with innovative features, the Explorer has the ability to take you and your loved ones anywhere in style. Plus, the Ford Explorer delivers strength when you need it, easily conquering a variety of terrain. Stylish and comfortable, the Explorer’s interior offers the driver and passengers tons of modern features, creating an environment to enjoy during short commutes and long road trips.
For the 2022 Explorer, Ford added an ST-Line trim, upped the horsepower for the King Ranch and Platinum trims, and made a few other tweaks in options across the board. Ford continues to invest in improving the Explorer, and the 2022 model is the best one yet. Whichever trim and options you choose, you’re getting a top-quality Ford at a great price. Keep reading to learn more about what makes the 2022 Ford Explorer so special.
MSRP: $35,510 [a]
Horsepower (hp): 300-400
Cargo Space (cu.ft.): 87.8
Screen Size (in): 10.1
It’s All About the Cabin
It’s all about the cabin for the 2022 Ford Explorer. As a three-row SUV, the Explorer stands out for its comprehensive suite of convenience features, advanced infotainment system, and endless cargo space. People are buying this SUV to transport their families and friends, so the cabin is a key draw for the Explorer. There are amenities around every corner that simplify life’s activities.
The Explorer prioritizes cargo space because Ford knows you prioritize it, too. With three rows of seating, this SUV can easily transport up to seven passengers and all their stuff. There’s plenty of space for luggage, groceries, sporting equipment, and even family pets. If you need additional room, folding down the second and third rows gets you up to 87.8 cu.ft. of cargo space. The flexible E-Z Entry Second Row allows for hassle-free entrances and exits by pulling a user-friendly lever, so there’s no need for the driver to get out to assist.
Comfort and Convenience
Seating is designed for comfort, no matter how long your commute is. Depending on trim, your Explorer comes with cloth, ActiveX, or tri-diamond perforated leather seating with an optional heated and ventilated driver’s seat. The bucket seats are up to 10-way adjustable for the driver and eight-way adjustable for the passenger, with available lumbar support. However, even the base trim comes with a standard eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat.
Soft, ambient lighting helps you function at night. The dials and buttons are placed intuitively around the dash to give a streamlined feel and diminish distractions while you drive. In the middle, you’ll find a well-designed and spacious center console and a handful of other convenient storage spaces for your accessories. Available Intelligent Access with Push-Button Start eliminates any chance of locking your keys in the car and protects your starter from the weight of a heavy keychain that would cause wear and tear over time.
There are tons of options to keep you and your passengers entertained on your travels. The 2022 Explorer comes standard with an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system that pairs with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. With the SYNC 3 software, you can even link your Amazon Alexa and enjoy voice-activated capabilities. Easily ask for navigation, order groceries, book appointments, or anything else you can access from your Amazon Alexa device.
The radio is user-friendly, sleek, simple to scan, and comes with a lock, controls on the steering wheel, and internal memory. Every trim apart from the base Explorer is available with a 12-speaker B&O stereo system to provide top-quality audio for all your favorite music, podcasts, and audiobooks. Upgrading to a higher trim will get you an optional 10.1-inch vertically-oriented touchscreen. Plus, the available WiFi hotspot that can connect to up to 10 devices at once will keep you and your passengers connected even on the go.
Making Driving Easier
Drivers of the 2022 Ford Explorer love it for its powerful performance. Everything about the design of the Explorer is there to help make driving easier, whether you are traveling alone or with friends and family. With a capable powertrain and specialized driving modes, the Explorer has been designed for the perfect drive every time. The engine components are built to last, grounded in the best quality parts, and designed to support speed, handling, and intuitive response in any conditions. There are three available powertrains, but each option is a merger of capability and efficiency, shaped around your needs.
The starting trims of the 2022 Explorer include a 2.3L turbocharged I-4 engine with an output of 300 hp. It’s plenty of power for city and highway commutes yet maintains a generous fuel economy of up to 21 MPG in the city and 28 MPG on the highway, thanks to the turbocharged configuration. Moving to the King Ranch, Platinum, or ST trim paves the way to a larger, more potent 3.0L V6 with an output of 400 hp. Finally, the Limited and Platinum offer a 3.3L V6 hybrid engine with an electric motor and a combined output of 318 hp. The fuel economy of the hybrid Explorer is an EPA-estimated 27 MPG in the city and 28 MPG on the highway. It’s important to note that every model comes with a 10-speed automatic transmission.
There’s more to the 2022 Ford Explorer’s unmatched performance than just the engine output. Drivers craving power in other areas will appreciate the towing capacity, variable driving modes, and off-road capabilities. With the 3.0L V6 engine, your Explorer can tow up to 5,600 lbs. It comes with an available Class IV Trailer Tow Package to streamline the process of using the hitch and towing cargo. When it’s time for some adventure, the Explorer comes with different driving modes to optimize moving through various conditions.
The different modes include Eco, Sport, Normal, Slippery, and Deep Snow/Sand. Operating in one of these selected modes will adjust the electronic stability control system and traction control system without any additional input from the driver. Optional Hill Descent Control and Intelligent four-wheel drive make exploring the outdoors easy and fun, especially with the rugged Timberline trim.
Safety Is a Priority
The 2022 Ford Explorer was engineered with safety as a priority. Many design aspects are built around safety and driver-assist technology so you can drive confidently. The driver-assist technology includes upgrades from previous models, as well as existing features that are carried over, all wrapped up in the Ford Co-Pilot360 suite. Every Explorer comes standard with Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking, a Blind Spot Information System with Cross-Traffic Alert, a Lane-Keeping System, Auto High-Beam Headlamps, and Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control. These standard driver-assist features are complimented by a suite of available upgrades to make the most of every commute.
To help ease daily commutes, you can outfit your Explorer with optional Active Park Assist 2.0. This feature, along with an available 360-degree camera with split-view, makes parking in even the tightest spaces a breeze and helps protect your vehicle from the minor dings that often occur in busy parking lots. Available Reverse Brake Assist works by detecting moving and stationary objects behind your Explorer, including people and other vehicles, signaling an alert to the driver, and applying the brakes if necessary to help prevent a collision. Finally, Side-Wind Stabilization is there to assist in extreme wind conditions on open roads.
To get the most out of your 2022 Ford Explorer, you can outfit it with driver-assistance technology that optimizes off-roading adventures. Depending on the trim, you can get the available Intelligent four-wheel drive configuration with a Terrain Management System. The off-road Timberline trim adds steel skid plates to the SUV to protect it from rugged terrains such as dirt roads or rocky hillsides. Speaking of hills, Hill Descent Control is a handy driver-assist tool so you can confidently handle steep roads wherever they may take you. It helps control braking and speed up or down hills, so your vehicle is there to assist, no matter the grade.
Serving Sacramento Drivers
Future Ford of Sacramento is here to serve the automotive needs of drivers in and around the greater Sacramento area. Our professional and experienced staff is here to help you whether you are buying, trading, leasing, or looking to service your current vehicle. Above all else, we value giving you the best possible customer service experience. That’s why we are proud recipients of the President’s Award from Ford, the most prestigious award given by our brand for sales and customer satisfaction.
Our expert team is here to streamline the car-buying process at every step and help you get into the vehicle of your dreams hassle-free. We have friendly staff waiting to help with narrowing down options, securing financing, delivering your Ford, and helping you keep it running like new after your purchase. The sales, service, and parts departments are here to answer all of your questions and help you feel confident in your new Ford. Easily check out our inventory by visiting our website, giving us a call, or stopping by in person at our dealership located at 4625 Madison Ave, Sacramento, CA. We look forward to working with you!