It's time to take a closer look at the 2023 Ford Explorer lineup, starting with the ST. Are the additional features of the ST worth the price tag? If it’s within your budget – absolutely. What the ST offers is an upgraded interior, enhanced safety, and added comfort features, which are worth the investment for anyone looking to own their SUV for a long time to come. This comprehensive review guide lets you explore what sets the ST apart from its lower trim counterparts and why it may be the right choice for Ford drivers seeking a blend of performance and comfort.
- The Explorer ST can comfortably seat six passengers and offers three different powertrain options, each delivering more horsepower than the last.
- The defining difference of the Explorer ST lies in its upgraded exterior features, as well as the added safety, comfort, and entertainment features on the interior.
- The average price range for an Explorer ST is approximately $46,000 to $50,000.
POWER AND SPEED: FORD'S FINEST
The Explorer ST maintains the strengths of the base model, offering the same powertrain options as the standard Explorer and its lower trims. If you’ve come to already enjoy the options, the other Explorer offers – then you’re in luck. It does it so well, they aren’t going anywhere with the ST. These reliable options include:
- 2.3-liter EcoBoost I-4 engine with 300 horsepower and 310 lb.-ft. of torque.
- 3.3L V6 Hybrid Engine with 318 horsepower and 322 lb.-ft. of torque.
- 3.0L EcoBoost V6 Engine with 400 horsepower* and 415 lb.-ft. of torque.
The standard drivetrain for the Explorer ST is rear-wheel drive with a 10-speed automatic transmission. It’s a great engine that has surpassed many other SUVs in comparison reviews and can be sure to get the job done either on the long haul or the heavy haul, as it can tow a maximum of 5,000 to 5,600 pounds. The hybrid engine option provides additional value, offering fuel efficiency that can save you money at the pump. On its standard engine, the EPA estimates a combined fuel efficiency of 20 mpg, with 18 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway. If you need some off-road fun, the four-wheel drive model of the Explorer ST is the preferred choice. It’s going to provide better performance on rugged or unpredictable terrain, although it’s not offered on the base engine.
SMALL CHANGES, BIG IMPACT
The design changes are immediately noticeable with the ST. With the upgraded trim, it now sports a new, sleek design that is meant to catch the eye. It continues this suave, stylish trend with a black mesh grille, black hood badging, and black headlight backing. The interior features black with red accents that create a more sophisticated color scheme. The cabin shows off leatherette seating with red stitching, with the floor mats also trimmed in red. The Explorer ST ditches the roof rails found on other trims, further accentuating its sleek appearance. Chrome accents found inside and out, including the 20-inch wheels and exhaust pipe 20-inch wheels and exhaust tips, add a touch of elegance to this ST.
WHAT ELSE IS NEW?
The upgraded interior of the Explorer ST is complemented by additional tech features. During colder months, the heated steering wheel is a lifesaver. LED fog lamps enhance visibility during early morning adventures. The new auto-dimming rearview mirror with ambient lighting offers improved visibility no matter what month or time of day. The wireless charging pad reduces the need to constantly plug and unplug your phone while on the road, helping drivers keep their hands on the wheel at all times. The high-resolution infotainment system now includes a built-in navigation system exclusive to the ST. Looking for some added entertainment. You’ll appreciate the 12-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system, promising a premium sound experience in this trim.
SIDING WITH THE EXPLORER ST
With its array of added features, we believe the extra cost is worthwhile for drivers seeking more reasons to hit the road and enjoy every mile. The average price for an Explorer ST is around $46,000 and while we recommend the ST as the perfect upgrade for this SUV, the Explorer lineup offers various trims to suit different budgets. Contact us today to discuss financing options for your new 2023 Ford Explorer ST, or let us help you find a trim that works best for you.