Ford Explorer 2025 Unveils Impressive New Design and Tech-Loaded Interior, Boosting Competitiveness Against Hyundai Palisade

The 2025 Ford Explorer, a large-sized SUV, boasts significant improvements in both its exterior and interior. Additionally, there has been a reduction in the number of available trims for this model.


Explorer is one of the most successful SUV lines of the American car manufacturer. Since its first release in 1990, Ford Explorer has built a strong customer base not only in the United States but also globally.

In the increasingly competitive car market, Ford has officially introduced the 2025 Explorer model with significant improvements, aiming for simplicity and optimal convenience for users. This three-row SUV model not only refreshes its exterior but also significantly improves interior space and enhances standard features while reducing the number of versions available.

In terms of exterior design, Ford has refined the appearance of the Explorer with updated front face and redesigned taillights. Each version has a distinctive grille: Active with a black grille and chrome bar, Platinum with a satin chrome wing design, while ST-Line and ST own a honeycomb-style grille. The new Vapor Blue Metallic exterior color is also introduced.

Ford has reduced the number of Explorer versions from eight to four, including Active, ST-Line, ST, and Platinum. Versions such as XLT, Timberline, Limited, and King Ranch are no longer available.

The 2025 Ford Explorer witnesses a major change with a redesigned cabin space. The dashboard is pushed forward, creating more space for passengers and improving overall layout.

The 13.2-inch infotainment screen is horizontally paired with a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, along with a phone tray with a wireless charging pad. Stripe-like decorative details beneath the screen help passengers easily identify button positions.

The Explorer 2025 is also the first Ford vehicle equipped with the new Digital Experience infotainment system. This system, with five times the processing power and fourteen times the graphics capability of the previous generation, promises a smooth multimedia experience, integrating the most popular apps and services. Google Assistant is the default virtual assistant, but users can also choose Alexa Built-In.

This new system includes the Google Play app store, allowing access to popular services such as YouTube, Amazon Prime, and the Vivaldi web browser, along with Google Chrome in the near future. Users can also play games through Bluetooth controllers.

The Explorer 2025 comes with many standard equipment such as heated front seats, 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, eight USB ports, three 12-volt ports, powered liftgate, and LED headlights.

This full-size SUV is equipped as standard with comprehensive ADAS (Ford Co-Pilot360 Assist+) and also features the BlueCruise system, which enhances hands-free driving on highways.

The engine lineup remains unchanged from the previous model. The EcoBoost 2.3-liter engine generates 300 horsepower and 310 lb-ft (420 Nm) of torque, standard on Active, ST-Line, and Platinum versions.

The EcoBoost 3.0-liter V6 engine, with 400 horsepower and 415 lb-ft of torque, continues to be standard on the ST version and an option for Platinum. A 10-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive are standard, while all-wheel drive is available for all versions. The Explorer Hybrid is no longer available, which means fans of electrification will have to wait for the next generation of the mainstream SUV.

Version Starting Price Difference from 2024 model
Active (New) $41,220 +$2,765
ST-Line $45,980 -$2,615
Platinum $53,120 -$4,190
ST $56,800 +$5,100

Ford has started accepting orders for the 2025 Explorer with a starting price of $41,220, including destination fees. It is expected to be available at dealerships in the second quarter of 2024, slightly higher than the starting price of the 2024 Explorer model at $38,485.