The Ford Explorer still looks fresh and is arguably more handsome than many fellow mid-sizers. The base model offers standard exterior features such as automatic LED headlights with auto high beams, LED tail lamps, a power liftgate, and 18-inch alloy wheels. The XLT adds signature LED lighting, black roof-rack side rails, and a grille with a black mesh insert and chrome bars. The ST-Line adds features such as rain-sensing window wipers, the Limited gets satin aluminum roof rails, the ST gets a unique blackout treatment on the head- and taillights and the Platinum rides on a set of 21-inch Bright machined-face aluminum wheels with Luster Nickel-painted pockets. The off-road-focused Timberline receives unique styling with model-specific front and rear bumpers, steel skid plates at the front and rear, Red Ember tow hooks, a dark Carbonized Gray grille, gloss-black 18-inch alloys, quad tailpipes, and Timberline badges on the C-pillar. The King Ranch gets Stone Gray mesh grille inserts, chrome bodyside cladding, 20-inch alloy wheels, and King Ranch badging.
Classified as a mid-size crossover SUV, the Ford Explorer boasts the same dimensions across most configurations. The standard ones include a length of 198.8 inches spanned over a 119.1-inch wheelbase. The Explorer measures 89.3 inches wide including mirrors and stands 69.9 inches tall, except on Timberline, which stand 70.7 inches in height. Most models have a 7.9-inch ground clearance and approach/breakover/departure angles 20.1/17.1/22 degrees for those who fancy going off-road.
There are variations, however. The ST has a bespoke front fascia that makes it 199.3 inches long and increases its approach angle to 21 degrees. The Timberline is the most off-road-focused with 8.66 inches of clearance, and approach/ramp-over/departure angles of 23.5/18.9/23.7 degrees. The Timberline's rear overhang is also 0.7 inches shorter than that of the rest.
The base curb weight is 4,345 pounds, but upper trims increase this to as much as 4,727 lbs with 4x4 and the EcoBoost V6, while the hybrid tips the scales at a mammoth 4,969 lbs.
|Ford Explorer Trims||Base||XLT||ST-Line||Limited||Timberline||ST||Hybrid Limited||Hybrid Platinum||King Ranch|
|Max Width||78.9 in.||78.9 in.||78.9 in.||78.9 in.||78.9 in.||78.9 in.||78.9 in.||78.9 in.||78.9 in.|
|Length||198.8 in.||198.8 in.||198.8 in.||198.8 in.||198.8 in.||198.8 in.||198.8 in.||198.8 in.||198.8 in.|
|Height||70.2 in.||70.2 in.||70.2 in.||70.2 in.||70.2 in.||70.2 in.||70.2 in.||70.2 in.||70.2 in.|
|Wheelbase||119.1 in.||119.1 in.||119.1 in.||119.1 in.||119.1 in.||119.1 in.||119.1 in.||119.1 in.||119.1 in.|
|Ford Explorer Trims||Curb Weight|
|Base||4,345 - 4,437 lbs.|
|XLT||4,345 - 4,437 lbs.|
|ST-Line||4,345 - 4,437 lbs.|
|Limited||4,345 - 4,437 lbs.|
|Hybrid Limited||4,437 lbs.|
|Hybrid Platinum||4,969 - 5,076 lbs.|
|King Ranch||4,345 - 4,701 lbs.|
|Wheels Type||Aluminum Wheels|
|Front Wheel Size||18" x 7.5"|
|Rear Wheel Size||18" x 7.5"|
The color palette for the Ford Explorer in the USA remains broad but largely demure. Not all colors are available on all trims, and the base model, for example, only has access to the five very subdued hues of Agate Black, Iconic Silver, Carbonized Gray, Forged Green, and Atlas Blue. The XLT adds the no-cost options of Stone Gray, Atlas Blue, and Stone Blue, while Rapid Red and Burgundy Velvet carry $495 costs. Star White adds $795 to the bill. The remainder of the trims make do with a more limited palette, but thankfully all get access to Forged Green which looks brilliant on the Explorer's strong lines. Oxford White and Infinite Blue are among the discontinued colors.