2022 Ford Explorer ST

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  • Overview

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    Performance, style, prestige. These are the words frequently used to describe the powerful yet practical 2022 Ford Explorer ST, a model designed to give those who like to push the pedal to the metal in a sporty SUV. The Explorer ST is all about giving you more than you could ask for, all while still being practical enough for everyday outings, commuting, and family gatherings. The 2022 Ford Explorer ST is the go-to trim for those who enjoy the prestige of the Explorer but are absolutely enthralled with an SUV that can sate their need for speed.

    The 2022 model year for the Explorer is an exciting one because it features many new additions, including the new ST trim and all new packages and updates for existing trims. However, the real story for the 2022 Ford Explorer ST is the new powertrain configuration introduced for the new model year. While previously the Explorer ST was available with Ford’s Intelligent 4WD system, the 2022 model has added the option for rear-wheel drive. This means that if you don’t need the four-wheel drive mechanisms for off-road traveling, you can opt for the more power-driven rear-wheel drive option for the Explorer ST.

    The ST trim is one of eight different available models for the 2022 Explorer, positioned as the high-performance option for those who want a crossover SUV with a kick. It sits between the Timberland and Platinum trims and can be outfitted with a special ST Street Package. You can get the Explorer ST in eight different exterior colors, including Atlas Blue, Agate Black, Carbonized Gray, Star White, Forged Green, Stone Blue, Rapid Red, and Iconic Silver.

    400

    Horsepower (hp)

    415

    Torque (lb-ft)

    18/25

    Fuel Economy (city/hwy mpg)

    Starting at

    $49,260[a]

  • Performance

    A red 2022 Ford Explorer ST is shown driving on a city street.

    The bread and butter of the 2022 Ford Explorer ST is in its power plant. It’s not just another typical three-row crossover but rather a propulsion-heavy iteration of the concept that feeds you a lot of horsepower and torque for a vehicle its size. The 3.0-liter turbocharged EcoBoost V6 delivers an impressive 400 hp at 415 lb-ft of torque. Paired up with the venerable 10-speed automatic transmission with SelectShift technology so you can manually paddle-shift the gears from the steering wheel, the Explorer ST manages to bring sports car appeal to a midsize SUV, with a maximum top speed rating of 143 mph.

    A Variety of Drive Options

    The real highlight of the 2022 model year is that the ST is no longer exclusive to four-wheel drive. You can now get the high-performance model of the Explorer in rear-wheel drive. This makes a difference across several facets, including fuel economy and handling. With rear-wheel drive, you can take advantage of additional fuel gains, with the Explorer ST managing an impressive 18 MPG in the city and up to 25 MPG on the highway. However, if you still prefer the Explorer ST with Ford’s Intelligent 4WD system, you can still get the crossover with this feature. Intelligent 4WD enables drivers to take advantage of up to seven different drive modes, which include Normal, Trail, Deep Snow and Sand, Slippery, Sport, Tow/Haul, and Eco Mode.

    Powerful Trailering Capabilities

    With built-in trailer sway control, hill descent control, and the Terrain Management System, you can easily take the Explorer ST into charted and uncharted territory alike. What’s more, with the standard 3.58 non-limited slip rear axle differential and sports tuned suspension, you can trailer up to 5,600 lbs. This not only makes the Explorer ST a great performance SUV but a functional utility vehicle as well.

  • Style

    A close up of the side of a white 2022 Ford Explorer ST is shown.

    Having a performance-oriented Ford Explorer isn’t just about how fast you can go and how quickly you can get off the line. It’s also about being part of a legacy known to be steeped in style. The Ford Explorer isn’t just an SUV; it’s a part of an automotive culture that exudes a level of sophistication you won’t find from just any other SUV nameplate in its market segment; this is evident from the exterior of the Explorer ST to when you step foot inside the cabin.

    A Detailed Exterior

    From the modern profile with aerodynamic lines along the body to the utilitarian front fascia with the bold grille and blue oval Ford logo in the center, there’s a chic but refined personification to the Explorer ST. A sporty rear overhang, shark fin antenna, and quad chrome exhaust tips help fill out the identity of the Explorer ST’s exterior. This attention to exterior design also provides an abundance of practical features. On the back, you have a power liftgate with available hands-free foot activation, black skid plate elements on the front and rear of the underbody, and a rear bumper step. You also have access to a full LED light array featuring automatic low-beam headlamps, fog lamps, and signature lighting.

    A Comfort-Focused Interior

    Inside the 2022 For Explorer ST, you’ll find just as many useful and illuminating amenities. An available auto-dimming rearview mirror and multi-color ambient lighting setup for the first two rows can help set the mood, regardless of where you’re traveling. Tri-zone automatic electronic climate control, standard floor mats, and cabin particulate air filtering means you get comfort as soon as you step foot inside the ST. Those comfort levels are raised further with the standard inclusion of Miko micro-perforated inserts featuring silver accent stitching and the ST logo for the leather upholstered contour seats.

    With seating for multiple passengers across three rows, including the standard inclusion of second-row captain’s seats, it’s not just about comfort but an overall air of luxury. You have a sporty and luxurious SUV under your command when you sit behind the wheel of the Explorer ST. And with the available heated and ventilated first-row seats with a 10-way power driver and 8-way power front passenger seat, you can see why the Explorer ST is such a sought-after trim.

  • Technology

    The black and silver interior of a 2022 Ford Explorer ST is shown.

    Technology is an important part of a vehicle like the 2022 Ford Explorer ST, and this echoes throughout all of its performance-oriented tech to achieve the kind of top-of-the-line handling and stability it does on the road. This includes a full suite of safety features thanks to the Ford Co-Pilot360 system. This means you get the standard assortment of features like the Belt-Minder to remind occupants to buckle up before hitting the road, as well as the Safety Canopy System featuring a full array of airbags that protects even those outboard passengers most susceptible to injury during side collisions. And with the SOS post-crash system in place, you can immediately alert the surrounding area of the accident by activating the horn and emergency flashers.

    Convenience Tech to Make Your Driving Experience Easier

    Beyond the active and passive driver safety tech, such as lane-keeping assists and alerts and reverse sensors, there are also a lot of convenient tech inclusions such as push-button start, MyKey to personalize your driving experience by controlling many of the vehicle settings, and remote start for those bitter cold winters and blazing hot summers. With the availability of the universal garage door opener and the standard inclusion of smart-charging USB ports, you can also make easy use of peripherals inside the Explorer. In fact, there’s an entire infotainment suite centered around smart technology.

    Connectivity Features

    The Ford SYNC 3 comes standard with every 2022 Ford Explorer ST model, giving you easy access to MP3-compatible media streaming and the inclusion of FordPass Connect with 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot connectivity, great for when you need to stay connected while away from any major network connections. A 3-month trial to SiriusXM Satellite Radio comes with the ST trim, as well as an instrument panel cluster with a 12.3-inch digital productivity screen that helps display necessary vehicle health and media information through Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The availability of a 10.1-inch LCD touchscreen with pinch-to-zoom capability enhances these connectivity features even further. You can also stay mobile thanks to the available wireless charging pad, so you can get in and out of the ST without worrying about being tethered to any cords, making it as user-friendly and functional as it is performance-heavy and safe.

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