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What Makes the 2022 Ford Explorer ST the Next SUV for You?

Posted at Thu, Feb 3, 2022 6:00 PM

Ford has revamped the Ford Explorer ST for 2022 with several fundamental changes to cater to the needs of its brand enthusiasts. It includes an all-new standard rear-wheel-drive option and an optional all-wheel drive. The ST base trim is modified for Dallas drivers who opt for the rugged ST look, excluding the additional powertrain and suspension upgrades. 

At Planet Ford Dallas in Dallas, Texas, we discuss why the 2022 Ford Explorer ST is the ultimate travel companion for your adventures around Texas. It is also larger than its predecessor and competitors, which is an added advantage.

2022 Ford Explorer ST Interior

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The three-row midsize SUV is an excellent vehicle for Dallas families as it provides a comfy, functional interior. An optional bench for the middle row or the captain's chair is included too. When the third-row seats are folded, the Ford Explorer acquires 47.9 cubic feet of cargo space from 18.2 cubic feet. A moonroof is also optional for the Ford Explorer ST Platinum trim.

All ST seats are equipped with City Silver accent stitching, leather upholstery, and perforated microfibers. Optional features include heated second-row captain's seats and a power-folding third row. The ST-Line Explorer also has a heated and power-adjustable tilt and telescopic steering wheel and heated front seats with unique red accent stitching. 

It also gets a 12-speaker Bang and Olufsen stereo system, a 12.3-inch touchscreen, dual second-row smart-charging USB ports, satellite radio, and a 360-degree camera. Also included is an auto-dimming rearview mirror, Executive Black floor mats with City Silver stitching, as well as door sill scuff plates with unique ST-Line badges. 

The 12.3-inch touchscreen also entails voice-activated navigation powered by Ford's exclusive Co-Pilot 360 Assist+ tech. Additional features include adaptive cruise control and an evasive steering assist. Passenger assist grab handles, an overhead console with map lights, second-row sun blinds, a wrapped armrest on the first-row center console, and a storage bin are also included.

Further interior features are an integrated key fob, a push-button start with intelligent access, 12-volt powerpoints, a capless fuel filler, and cargo hooks. Climate control features are a refresh cabin air filter with an air filtration system, rear auxiliary climate control, and a tri-zone electronic automatic temperature regulation system.

2022 Ford Explorer ST Powertrain Options

The 2022 Ford Explorer ST-Line is powered by a 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine connected to a 10-speed automatic transmission which generates 300 total horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. The Explorer ST boasts a 3-liter EcoBoost V-6 Engine which emits 400 total horsepower and 415 pound-feet of torque. 

The engine is also paired with a 10-speed auto transmission which sends power to the rear axle. The maximum towing capacity for the Explorer ST is 5,600 pounds for the 3-liter V-6 four-wheel drive. The Explorer ST also has a smooth ride with the additional power and upgraded suspension, boosting its overall performance and prowess. 

The Ford Explorer ST has a fuel economy of 25 mpg, and a top speed of 143 mph for the Platinum and King Ranch trim models. It accelerates from 0-60 mph in approximately 6 seconds. The all-wheel-drive version gets a fuel economy of 20/27 mpg in the city and highway, respectively.

2022 Ford Explorer ST Exterior

Two new exterior color options are now included: Burgundy Velvet and Stone Blue for the 2022 Explorer ST-Line. The Explorer ST and ST-Line are equipped with all-season 55R20/P255 20-inch alloy wheels and other vital features such as a blacked-out grille, dual exhaust tips integrated onto the fascia, and black LED headlamps and tail lamps. For Dallas drivers who prefer an Explorer with dark accents, the ST is undoubtedly a go-to option. Larger 21-inch aluminum wheels equipped with painted pockets are optional.

The 2022 Ford Explorer ST also has Black insert body paint door handles, LED signature lighting, LED foglamps, auto on/off high beams, and low beam headlamps. Also included as standard features are power fold mirrors, an Explorer hood badge, black liftgate, Gloss black caps, ST projection lamps, and power and heated side-view mirrors. A privacy glass liftgate is also available on the second and third rows, while the front row side is equipped with acoustic-laminate window glass.

Optional exterior colors include Iconic Silver, Stone Blue Metallic, Forged Green, Carbonized Gray, Atlas Blue, Star White Metallic Tri-Coat, Agate Black, and Rapid Red Metallic Tinted Clearcoat. LED turn signal indicators, auto-dimming on the driver's side, passenger and driver's seat memory settings, and black roof rack side rails are optional.

2022 Ford Explorer ST Safety Features

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The Explorer ST has several safety features: automated emergency braking, forward collision warning, rear-cross traffic alert, blind-spot monitors, lane departure warning, and lane-keeping assist. A standard class four trailer tow package is also available, equipped with a cargo management system, front-passenger knee airbags, LATCH anchors, seatbelt reminder, and a safety canopy system. 

Other driver-assistance features include an active parking assist that controls the steering wheel, gas, and brake pedals. Also, the gear shifter's touch button assists the driver with perpendicular and parallel parking. A perimeter alarm, a remote keyless entry system, a passive anti-theft system, and an individual tire pressure monitoring system are availed as standard security features.

Get Your 2022 Ford Explorer ST at Planet Ford Dallas

At Planet Ford Dallas, Dallas, Texas, we have Ford models to cater to different customer needs and preferences. They include the Ford Mustang Mach, Expedition, Ranger, Edge, Escape, Explorer, Fusion, and C-Max Hybrid. Contact us today or visit our dealership for a test drive for your next Ford. Irrespective of your credit score, our automotive experts will assist you in financing options to get your preferred vehicle as soon as possible.

We also have affordable pre-owned cars in our inventory for Dallas families on a strict budget. Whether you opt to lease or buy your Ford Explorer ST on an auto loan, we are here to guide you on the best financing option. If you have no credit record or bad credit, we will also help you rebuild your credit score with affordable auto financing options.

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