2024 Ford Explorer

The 2024 Ford Explorer is the picture of all-around excellence, which is why it’s been so popular since it debuted in 1991. Recognized as one of the industry’s most dependable daily drivers, this stalwart SUV has been designed to effortlessly shuttle you between destinations with the latest accommodations. But beyond its role as a reliable road warrior, the Explorer is also a state-of-the-art adventure vessel, demonstrating remarkable capabilities on and off the pavement. Plus, with its handsome looks and choice of eight trims, the 2024 Explorer ensures a personalized fit for drivers of all types, making it a sensible choice for just about anyone.

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Trims, Powertrain, and Performance

The 2024 Explorer is a midsized three-row utility vehicle offered in Base, XLT, ST-Line, Timberline, Limited, ST, King Ranch, and Platinum. The first five trims come with a turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine making 300 hp and 310 lb.-ft. of torque, while the remaining trims get a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 that puts out 400 hp and 415 lb.-ft. of torque. Both engines work with a 10-speed automatic transmission. While most trims come with standard rear-wheel drive, they can be upgraded with all-wheel drive (standard in the Timberline). With the Class IV Trailer Tow Package (standard with the Timberline and ST), the ’24 Explorer can tow up to 5,600 pounds.

The ’24 Explorer’s fuel economy is dependent on its engine and drivetrain configuration. At its most efficient (RWD with the four-cylinder engine), it returns an EPA-estimated 20 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. The combination of the V6 and AWD is rated to achieve 18 city/24 highway.

Prominent Amenities

The seven-passenger Base trim comes with a number of impressive features, like automatic LED headlights, a power liftgate, tri-zone automatic climate control, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, a Terrain Management System with seven selectable drive modes (normal, trail, deep snow/sand, slippery, sport, tow/haul, and eco), a 4.2-inch gauge cluster, five 12V power outlets, USB-A and USB-C ports, a 35/30/35-split second-row bench seat, and a 50/50-split third-row bench seat. The XLT drops a 12V power outlet but more than compensates with heated front seats, a power passenger’s seat, signature LED headlights, roof rack side rails, heated side mirrors, proximity keyless entry (Intelligent Access), push-button start, a 6.5-inch gauge cluster, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, second-row captain’s chairs (decreasing the seating capacity to six), and a pair of second-row USB charging ports.

The ST-Line gains black exterior accents, LED fog lights, remote start, power-folding side mirrors, rain-sensing wipers, multi-color ambient interior lighting, a heated and leather-wrapped steering wheel with red contrast stitching, wireless phone charging, and ActiveX-upholstered seats with Miko inserts and red contrast stitching.

The rugged Timberline receives most of the equipment from the ST-Line, along with AWD, steel skid plates, a Torsen limited-slip rear differential, front tow hooks, a tad more ground clearance, signature Timberline accents, and special ActiveX seats with heathered-cloth inserts and tangerine contrast stitching. This trim also comes with the Class IV Trailer Tow Package, which is available for the other trims as an add-on.

The Limited builds upon the XLT with ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, heated second-row captain’s chairs, rain-sensing wipers, power-folding side mirrors, a universal home remote, multi-color ambient interior lighting, wireless smartphone charging, leather seats with micro-perforated inserts and accent stitching, and second-row sunshades. The ST omits a few of the Limited’s most premium amenities, but it’s enhanced mechanically with the V6 engine, a sport-tuned suspension, and transmission paddle shifters. It also has front-row performance seats clad in leather with microperforated inserts and silver contrast stitching.

The western-inspired King Ranch resembles the Limited, but with the V6 engine, side mirrors featuring position memory and driver’s-side auto-dimming, wood interior trim, a 110V power outlet, a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, exclusive Del Rio leather seats, and a power-folding third-row seatback. The Platinum lacks the Del Rio leather seats and wood trim but boasts adaptive headlights and diamond-quilted perforated leather seats. A twin-panel moonroof is available for all but the Base, and many of the more enticing features can be optioned into the lower trims.

Driver-Assistive Technologies

The Ford Co-Pilot360 suite of advanced driving aids is standard in the 2024 Explorer, providing pre-collision assist with automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection, automatic high beams, rear parking sensors, lane keeping assist, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, and driver attention alert. The ST-Line and above grades (excluding the ST) get the advanced Ford Co-Pilot360 Assist+ suite, which bundles adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go, lane centering, evasive steering assist, speed sign recognition, and voice-activated navigation. The ST-Line, Limited, Timberline, King Ranch, and Platinum also come with a surround-view monitor. For added safety and convenience, Ford’s automatic parking system, Active Park Assist, is available for the ST and Platinum.

Staying Connected and Entertained

Ford’s SYNC 3 infotainment system is installed in every trim. In the Base, XLT, and ST, the lineup is an 8-inch touchscreen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, voice recognition, Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio streaming, SiriusXM satellite radio, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and a six-speaker sound system. Meanwhile, the ST-Line, Limited, King Ranch, and Platinum receive voice-activated navigation and a 12-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system. The Timberline also comes with navigation, but it reverts to the six-speaker audio system. For a superior multimedia experience, most trims can be upgraded with a 14-speaker B&O sound system and a 10.1-inch touchscreen.


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