Ford Explorer Simplifies Its Lineup For The 2025 Model Year

Explorer Is Now Available In Just Four Trims...

Ford’s 2025 Explorer stands out with a refreshed design and upgraded features in the ever-evolving world of SUVs. It promises a driving experience that’s both familiar and futuristic. Let’s take a closer look at what this revamped model offers.

Exterior Design – 
At first glance, the 2025 Explorer makes a statement with its updated exterior. The larger grille is the most striking change, giving each trim its style. Sleeker LED headlights and wider air curtains in the front bumper add a touch of modernity. At the same time, the redesigned rear liftgate features sharp LED taillights and a horizontal “Explorer” badge that spans across the back. New wheel designs in various sizes, including the eye-catching Vapor Blue Metallic paint option, further enhance its visual appeal.

2025 Ford Explorer ST AWD. (Ford).

Interior Revamp –
Step inside, and you’ll find a cabin reimagined for simplicity and sophistication. Ford has pushed the dashboard forward, creating more space and a revamped layout. The centerpiece is a 13.2-inch infotainment screen that sits higher on the dash, accompanied by a convenient tray with a wireless charging pad below it. Ribbed trim beneath the screen adds a tactile element, making it easier for passengers to navigate. The interior feels more airy and open, thanks to the streamlined design and the use of soft-touch materials throughout.

Technology Upgrades –
The 2025 Explorer is packed with cutting-edge technology to enhance the driving experience. The new 13.2-inch wide-format touchscreen infotainment system dubbed the “Ford Digital Experience,” supports wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto and integrates Google Built-In software. Paired with a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, the car’s native navigation system is powered by Google Maps, offering seamless navigation integration. Additionally, features like web surfing, streaming services, and even video games are accessible when parked, making long journeys more enjoyable.

2025 Ford Explorer ST AWD. (Ford).

Powertrains – 
Under the hood, the 2025 Explorer offers familiar powertrain options. The standard 2.3-liter EcoBoost turbocharged four-cylinder engine delivers 300 horsepower and 310 lb.-ft. of torque, while the optional twin-turbo 3.0-liter EcoBoost V6, available on the ST and Platinum trims, boasts 400 horsepower and 415 lb.-ft. of torque. Both engines are mated to a smooth 10-speed automatic transmission, with rear-wheel drive (RWD) as standard and all-wheel drive (AWD) available across the lineup.

Trim Lineup –
Ford has streamlined the trim offerings for the 2025 Explorer, focusing on four distinct models: Active (the new base trim), ST-Line, ST, and Platinum. Each trim offers its own unique features and styling cues, catering to different preferences and driving needs. The ST and ST-Line trims, in particular, come with additional appearance add-ons and the option to attend Ford Performance’s SUV racing school for free, adding a touch of excitement to the driving experience.

2025 Ford Explorer ST AWD. (Ford).

Pricing and Availability –
Ordering for the 2025 Explorer opened in February. The starting price, including destination, is $41,220. While this represents a slight increase over previous models, including more standard equipment and simplified options makes it a compelling choice in the SUV market. The first vehicles are expected to arrive at dealerships in the year’s second quarter, alongside its sibling, the 2025 Lincoln Aviator.

Pricing for 2025 Ford Explorer Trims (excluding destination):

  • Explorer Active (Base): Starting at $39,625
  • Explorer ST-Line: Starting at $44,385
  • Explorer ST: Starting at $55,205
  • Explorer Platinum: Starting $51,525
2025 Ford Explorer ST AWD. (Ford).

Its refreshed exterior, revamped interior and upgraded features set a new standard for what a modern SUV should be. Whether navigating city streets or exploring off-the-beaten paths, the 2025 Explorer is ready to take you there in style and comfort.