What’s New for the 2022 Ford Explorer ST-Line?

The 2022 ST-Line is a new vehicle in the Ford SUV lineup. The 2022 ST-Line is the most performance-oriented trim level yet in the Explorer series. The ST-Line uses a popular engine from Ford for its power, but it also gives you a choice of drivetrains for improved performance. Four-wheel drive is optional for the Ford ST-Line, and you also have the option of sticking with rear-wheel drive, which is Ford’s standard drivetrain. A pleasant interior and numerous technology features are other highlights of the Ford Explorer ST-Line.


2022 Ford ST-Line Horsepower

The 2022 Ford ST-Line uses one of Ford’s most popular engines, a 2.3L engine that can crank out 300 HP in power. The Ford has a 10-speed automatic transmission. Although it has standard rear-wheel drive, you can get four-wheel drive instead. The Ford’s engine has EcoBoost technology so that you can choose between speed or power efficiency as needed.

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I’m more than a little confused by the 2020 Ford Explorer ST. Oh, it’s a great new SUV, what with its turbocharged V6, 10-speed automatic transmission, and 21-inch wheels. Throw in a rear-wheel-drive-based platform — the 2020 now has a more even front-to-rear weight distribution compared with the relatively front-heavy previous generation — and the new Explorer is really quite nice. But still, I am confused.

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But we had some issues

All that flattery aside, this particular Explorer ST tester had a few minor problems. In theory, the Sync 3 infotainment — as mentioned above — should work like a pro, but sometimes would not turn off. I’d push the power button and it would still just keep pumping out Rush — and I’m not a fan. Weirder yet, and this was a first in over 30 years of testing cars, was that radio tuning knob didn’t work. Actually, it did work, but every half-revolution — which would get me about halfway from 90s on 9 to Classic Vinyl — the knob would gum up to the point where it was distinctly hard to turn. That occurred in both directions. It’s weird, when in today’s increasingly complicated electronics, it’s something mechanical that generated the most frustration.

What the Critics Say

"The switch back to traditional rear-wheel drive (all-wheel drive is optional) makes sense on many levels. Handling and overall balance improve dramatically when you stop trying to steer and power a vehicle from the same end. Towing stability and powertrain selection also benefit. Indeed, the Explorer is one of the better choices in the midsize three-row SUV class for towing." — Edmunds

"Although certainly spacious and family friendly, the latest Explorer is for those who want their SUV to have guts. The standard 2.3-liter turbo engine pumps out more power and torque than its competitors' V6 engines, while bettering their fuel economy as well. The optional V6 engines, meanwhile, are turbocharged and obliterate everything else in the segment, topping out at 400 horsepower in the Explorer ST." — Autoblog

Trims Specs



  • Starting at $33,245 MSRP*
  • 2.3L EcoBoost® I-4 with 10-speed automatic transmission
  • Power Liftgate
  • Ford Co-Pilot360™
  • FordPass Connect™ 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot with SYNC® 3
  • 18-inch Painted Aluminum Wheels
Explorer XLT

Explorer XLT

  • Starting at $34,000 MSRP*
  • Tri-zone Electronic Automatic Temperature Control
  • First-Row Heated Seats
  • SecuriCode™ Keyless Entry Keypad
  • Auto High Beams and LED Low-Beam Headlamps
  • Reverse Sensing System

Explorer ST-Line Starting at $44,745 MSRP* ActiveX Seat Material with Miko® Inserts and Red Stitching Unique Blackout Treatment on Headlamps and Taillamps Door-Sill Scuff Plates, Front and Rear (ST-Line Branded Inserts, Front only) Heated Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel with Red Stitching Multi-Color Ambient Lighting

Explorer Limited (Limited Hybrid Available)

Explorer Limited (Limited Hybrid Available)

  • Starting at $45,495 MSRP*
  • Available Hybrid Powertrain
  • B&O Sound system by Bang & Olufsen
  • Leather seating surfaces with micro-perforation and accent stitching, second-row heated captain seats
  • Ford Co-Pilot360™ Assist+ and 360-Degree Camera
  • Intelligent Access with Push-Button Start
Explorer Timberline

Explorer Timberline

  • Starting at $46,245 MSRP*
  • Unique Timberline Grille and Badges – Dark Carbonized Gray
  • 3.58 TORSEN® Limited-Slip Rear Axle
  • ActiveX™ Seat Material with Heathered Cloth Insert, Deep Tangerine Stitching, Timberline Logo
  • 18-inch High Gloss Black-Painted Aluminum with Laser-Etched Timberline Logo
  • Rear Bumper Step Pad – Molded-In-Color with Black

Explorer ST Starting at $47,245 MSRP* 3.0L EcoBoost® V6 Engine with Auto Start-Stop Technology Unique sport-tuned independent front and rear suspension ST Interior with PowerFold® third row 20-inch machined aluminum wheels Intelligent 4WD with Terrain Management System™

Explorer King Ranch®

Explorer King Ranch®

  • Starting at $53,610 MSRP*
  • Del Rio Leather Upholstery with Lasso-Perforated Inserts
  • 20-inch 10-Spoke Aluminum Wheels with King Ranch® Center Caps
  • Powerfold® Power and Heated Glass Sideview Mirrors
  • Forward Sensing System
  • Wireless Charging Pad

Explorer Platinum Starting at $54,115 MSRP* Tri-Diamond Perforated Leather Seating Surfaces with Accent Stitching Voice-Activated Navigation System Active Park Assist 2.0 Twin-panel moonroof Heated, leather-wrapped steering wheel with paddle shifters


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