The 2025 Ford Explorer is a series of SUVs produced by Ford Motor Company. The 2025 Ford Explorer replaces the two-door Bronco and sits between the Ford Edge and Ford Expedition. Like the 2025 Ford Ranger, the 2025 Explorer takes its name from the equipment package previously offered on Ford F Series pickup trucks. The Explorer was offered in multiple chassis and powertrain layouts.
Ford Explorer draws attention to its powerful engines, large luggage space, and standard safety features. The Ford Explorer has unusually good balance and poise for a midsize three-row SUV. The problem is that the Explorer’s wide range of rivals have many of the same features, and many of them are more refined, including the Hyundai Palisade, Kia Telluride, Jeep Grand Cherokee L, and Toyota Grand Highlander.
2025 Ford Explorer : Interior
The Explorer’s interior design is not bland, its cabin is functional and comfortable, at least for the first two places. The standard third row is quite easy, thanks to the mechanism that moves the second-row seat with the push of a button. Competitors such as the Chevrolet Traverse and Volkswagen Atlas provide more comfort in the third row. An 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system is standard and includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as a Wi-Fi hotspot. The interface is attractive and responsive but not as intuitive as we would like. A rotary controller will help with this. Still, voice-activated navigation and a rear-seat entertainment system are available on every model.
Except for the base Ford Explorer, a 12-speaker B&O stereo is standard. Those who watch the new Explorer will probably be amazed by its three-row seating arrangement. The standard third row isn’t as roomy as some competitors or any minivan, Ford’s is good enough for kids or the occasional adult if the distance is short. Dropping the seats creates a large cargo area, perfect for costco runs and camping trips. You can manage to fit four carry-on bags behind Ford’s third row, and with both rear rows folded flat, we fit a total of 31 bags.
2025 Ford Explorer : Engine
2025 Ford Explorer powered with a 300-hp turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine, motivating the Explorer with a fair amount of authority. A Timberline we tested with this engine hit 60 mph in 6.0 seconds. The down-to-earth drivers among us will prefer the King Ranch, Platinum, or ST models, powered by a 400-horsepower, twin-turbocharged, 3.0-liter V-6 engine. A hybrid joined the Explorer lineup in 2020, but it was discontinued in 2024. Explorer rides on a rear-wheel-drive platform, with all-wheel drive still optional. A 10-speed automatic transmission is generally standard.
The Ford 2025 Explorer has varying EPA fuel economy ratings due to its numerous powertrains and drivetrain combinations. The most economical models are rear-wheel drive and the turbo four is rated at 21 mpg in the city and 28 on the highway, with all-wheel drive dropping both figures by 1 mpg. With the twin-turbo V-6, the Explorer is rated at 18 mpg city and 26 highway with rear-wheel drive and 18 mpg city and 24 highway with all-wheel drive. On our 75-mph highway route, the 400-hp Explorer ST earned 25 mpg, beating its EPA rating by 1 point. In testing, the four-cylinder Explorer with all-wheel drive returned 28 mpg on our 75-mph highway fuel economy route.
2025 Ford Explorer : Safety
Ford offers the Explorer a host of standard driver-assist technologies and upgrades like self-parking assist. Ford Explorer crash test results are available at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features include blind spot monitoring, lane keep assist, automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, rear cross-traffic alert, and lane departure warning.