2024 Ford Explorer ST Release Date, Models, Price – The 2024 Ford Explorer is a three-row SUV with plenty of capacity for passengers and cargo. It’s geared at families—or, better still, a crowd—with abundant goods. It pits itself against a slew of family dream cars, including the Honda Pilot, Kia Telluride, Subaru Ascent, Toyota Highlander, and Chevrolet Traverse. That is on our honor roll for a new vehicle we are presently selling. The Explorer’s minor weaknesses prohibit it from climbing farther.
2024 Ford Explorer ST Redesign
Following a price decrease for the 2024 Ford Explorer, the SUV now offers a more affordable Enthusiast ST performance variant, a more affordable Platinum trim with rear-wheel drive only, and for the first time, a hybrid powertrain on the top Platinum grade. Additionally, Ford revealed a new Timberline trim level geared for off-roading. Ford’s Explorer lineup comprises the base model, the XLT trim, the Enthusiast ST trim, the Limited trim, the ST trim, and the Platinum trim.
The bulk of Explorers sold will be powered by a 2.3-liter turbo-4 engine delivering 300 horsepower and coupled to a 10-speed automatic transmission. While rear-wheel drive is standard, many Explorers will be equipped with all-wheel drive. According to the EPA, Explorer Limited and Platinum may be equipped with a hybrid powertrain that combines a 3.3-liter V-6 engine with an electric motor and a hybrid battery pack to produce 318 horsepower and get up to 28 miles per gallon in the city and on the highway.
Ford’s 2024 Ford Explorer has evolved from its boxy, “Jurassic Park” look to a longer, broader, but still family-friendly, design. It is nearly as large as its Honda, Kia, and Subaru competitors, but lacks the third-row comfort afforded by those three-row rivals. The Explorer receives an 8 for comfort, thanks to its considerable space for five or more people, sufficient luggage storage, and spacious front row. The second-row seats are adequate, but difficult to change.
Although the seats are low, they provide a good outward view. Whether upholstered in tough fabric or elegant leather, the seats hug us in the right places. In the second row, it is customary to have a three-person bench, but captain’s chairs are available (and preferred by us). They’re equally as comfortable, and three people of average size can fit on the bench if necessary.
The base engine is a 2.3-liter turbo-4 borrowed from, among other vehicles, the Ford Mustang. It produces 300 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque in the Explorer and uses a 10-speed automatic gearbox to transfer power to the rear or all four wheels. It’s more than sufficient power for city errands and highway speeds; it’s more than sufficient to please us in the majority of circumstances. The Explorer Enthusiast ST, ST, and Platinum trim levels all come standard with a 3.0-liter turbocharged V-6 engine that generates 400 horsepower and 415 pound-feet of torque, or 365 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque, respectively.
The Explorer Hybrid, which is offered in limited and Platinum trim levels, shines in terms of fuel efficiency, at least for large family haulers. It produces 318 horsepower and 322 pound-feet of torque with a combination of a 3.3-liter V-6 engine, an electric motor, and hybrid batteries. The most fuel-efficient Explorer Hybrid is rear-wheel drive only (EPA-rated at 28 miles per gallon combined), although all-wheel drive is available for a little boost in fuel efficiency (25 mpg combined).
2024 Ford Explorer ST Release Date and Price
Ford introduced the simple 2024 Ford Explorer late last year, with the base model costing around $34,000 for a rear-wheel-drive variant. All-wheel drive adds around $2,000 to the price, depending on the trim level (it is standard on ST levels), and the most costly Explorer Platinum may exceed $62,000.