The Ford Explorer has been among the top-selling SUVs for years, but the current generation is a bit stale. Ford’s solving that in 2025 with a refreshed Explorer that brings a new face, an updated interior, and new tech.
The new Explorer comes in Platinum, ST, ST-Line, and Active trims, each with a unique look. The Platinum gets a satin chrome and black grille, while the ST and ST-Line move to a gloss-black grille. The Active trim gets a sawtooth design with a black mesh grille and chrome. Seven new wheel options grace the lineup, ranging in size from 18 to 21 inches, depending on the model.
A turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine is standard, but a 400-horsepower turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder is available. The Explorer remains rear-drive-oriented, and four-wheel drive is available for all trims. That V6 produces a whopping 415 pound-feet of torque, making the SUV surprisingly quick with it equipped.
Interior updates are notable and include a new 13.2-inch touchscreen. Ford also equips a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, heated and power-adjustable front seats, eight USB ports, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Alexa functionality, and more.
The SUV is available with a range of options, depending on the trim, including the Platinum Ultimate Package, the ST-Line Premium Package, and the ST-Line Street Pack, which add powertrain upgrades and unique interior finishes. Ford’s excellent hands-free Blue Cruise is also available.
Though we’re talking about a 2025 Explorer, Ford plans to release the new SUV in the second quarter of this year. The order books open today, and the SUV’s price starts at $41,220, including destination.
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