The 2023 Ford Explorer is a stylish midsize crossover SUV with quiet and comfortable interiors, a broad selection of gas and hybrid powertrains options, excellent safety ratings, and all the capability you need. When you need to get up to seven people around Martinsville, Danville, Rocky Mount, and Greensboro in comfort and style, there’s almost certainly a model in the Explorer lineup that will be perfect for the job.
There are at least eight different versions of the 2023 Ford Explorer for shoppers to choose from, and every one is worth considering as they cover a broad range of specifications and budgets. The lineup starts with the entry-level Base Explorer, and from there, the range goes to the XLT, ST-Line, Timberline, Limited, ST, Platinum, and range-topping King Ranch. Rear-wheel drive is the standard format for all models other than the Timberline, but AWD is an option for every trim level.
While many SUVs in the same class as the Explorer adopt an overtly utilitarian approach to exterior styling, the Ford delivers a sportier demeanor with performance available that lives up to the sporty styling.
Placing a four-cylinder engine under the hood of a vehicle as large and capable as the 2023 Ford Explorer would have been unthinkable once, but not anymore. The standard powerplant for the Explorer is a 2.3-liter turbo-four that provides the Ford with a considerable 300 horsepower and 310 lb.-ft. of torque, which gets to the rear or all four wheels through the Blue Oval’s outstanding ten-speed automatic transmission. That’s plenty of power to live up to the promises of the exterior styling, but more power is available if you want it.
The extra power is available from a 3.0-liter turbo V-6, which develops 400 horsepower and 415 lb.-ft. of torque and comes standard with ST, Platinum, and King Ranch trim levels. Hybrid versions of the Limited and Platinum trim levels are also available. These pair a 3.3-liter V-6 gas engine with an electric motor and hybrid batteries for a combined output of 318 horsepower and 322 lb.-ft. of torque. That’s more power than the base powerplant, and in its standard rear-wheel-drive format, the hybrid helps the 2023 Explorer to an EPA-rated 28 mpg combined fuel economy and 25 mpg combined with all-wheel-drive.
The Base Explorer is well equipped with standard 18-inch alloy wheels, plenty of active safety tech, seating for up to seven people across three rows, tri-zone automatic climate control, and an excellent 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system. The Explorer Base is the only model with a maximum seven-seat capacity, as all other models replace the second-row bench with a pair of very comfortable captain’s chairs. Most retail shoppers will likely start with the XLT trim that adds a ten-way power driver’s seat and heated front seats, opening up a swathe of options unavailable for the Base model.
Platinum and King Ranch models touch on genuine luxury with standard features that include leather upholstery, Bang & Olufsen sound systems, a wireless charging pad, and an instrument panel cluster with a 12.3-inch digital screen.
The 2023 Ford Explorer is among the most popular choices in the midsize crossover SUV segment for its style, performance, comfort, capability, and generous standard equipment levels. Discover what the Explorer can do for you with a test drive from Nelson Ford at 201 East Commonwealth Boulevard, Martinsville, VA, or call us at (276) 638-2331 to book an appointment that fits your schedule.