Ford Unveiled the 2025 Explorer With a New Look and Better Tech

Chris Teague
by Chris Teague

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.

[Images: Ford]

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Chris Teague
Chris Teague

Chris grew up in, under, and around cars, but took the long way around to becoming an automotive writer. After a career in technology consulting and a trip through business school, Chris began writing about the automotive industry as a way to reconnect with his passion and get behind the wheel of a new car every week. He focuses on taking complex industry stories and making them digestible by any reader. Just don’t expect him to stay away from high-mileage Porsches.

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  • William Piper William Piper on Feb 02, 2024

    So….the basic trim is now called “Platinum”? Kind of an odd trend of switching what were once “top of the line” trim names downmarket.

    • EBFlex EBFlex on Feb 02, 2024

      No, platinum is still platinum. Base is now called active.

  • NJRide NJRide on Feb 03, 2024

    Boringggg. Im sorry this looks too much like a 2011 Explorer to be potentially still being sold in the late 2020s. This is the car version of gerontocracy. Ford can obviously design nicer looking trucks like the Bronco whats the problem here?

    • EBFlex EBFlex on Feb 04, 2024

      The Bronco is an awful design. And this looks nothing like the 2011 Explorer

  • SCE to AUX I've always said that consumer/business pressures will reign in government decrees, as they have in the past in places like California. That state has moved the goalposts many times for "ZEV" mandates.But the problem is the depth of politicization of the EPA. Mfrs need continuity and long-term commitment to requirements, not living on a 4-year political cycle of who's in the White House and Congress. Your President - whomever that is - isn't going to be around forever.
  • Dukeisduke The administration is slowly dribbling out details of the change - it's like they don't want to piss off environmentalists, the auto manufacturers, or the UAW. John McElroy covered this very well in today's installment of Autoline Daily: AD #3751 - 2024 U.S. EV Sales Could Grow 43%; China Price War Spreads To ICE; U.S Vehicles Biggest Ever, Also Lowest CO2 - AutolineAlso, even though vehicles in the US have gotten larger, heavier, and more powerful (thanks to the shift away from sedans to trucks and SUVs), according to a year-end report by the EPA, in 2023, average fuel economy was at its highest ever, and CO2 emissions of new vehicles were at their lowest ever ( The 2023 EPA Automotive Trends Report: Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Fuel Economy, and Technology since 1975, Executive Summary (EPA-420-S-23-002, December 2023 ).
  • Golden2husky How about real names instead of alphabet/numeric soup?
  • Alan I think its the far left that want to ban fossil fuel powered vehicles. The left can mean many things. So don't place all into the "Left" if they don't believe in your right wing agenda.If one looks at a breakdown of political beliefs you'll find approximately 20% are dedicated wackos on the right, sort of Trumpian types. The same occurs on the left 20% are wackos, I call them Green types.This leaves the middle 60% shaking their heads at the nonsense, BS, misinformation, lies, etc that is spruiked by the extremes of both sides of politics.Australia is lucky in some respects as we have multiple political parties. The Labour Party (Dem equiv) don't have the extreme left as they migrate to the Greens. The Liberal Party (GOP equiv) don't have such luxury and has been infiltrated by right wing knobs.So, you'll find many Dems might have more conservative views than those that are GOP and vice versa.Stop with this nonsense.I don't envisage a ban on fossil fuel powered vehicles in Connecticut as this will not fit in with the economic development of the State. There will be changes of course.This is nothing but a piece of red meat.