How are the Explorer Models Different?

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The Ford Explorer comes in four models:

  • XLT
  • Limited
  • Sport (ST)
  • Platinum

To help you figure out which model is best for your driving needs, we have created a table of features that explains the differences between each model. We have broken down sections by Power & Handling, Interior Appearance & Features, Entertainment System, Seating, Exterior Appearance & Features, and Protection & Safety.

If you'd prefer to speak to a member of our sales team, call us at (709)722-6600, or visit your Ford authorized dealership at 177 Kenmount Road, in St.John's, NL.

Power & Handling


All models include the following:

  • Hill Descent Control
  • Terrain Management System
  • Intelligent 4WD
  • Trailer Sway Control
  • 10-Speed Automatic Transmission
  • SelectShift Capability.

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Explorer XLT

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Explorer Limited

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Explorer ST

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Explorer Platinum

Est. L/100km
(City/Hwy)
11.6 / 8.711.6 / 8.713.3 / 9.813.3 / 9.8
Engine2.3L EcoBoost2.3L EcoBoost

3.3L Hybrid (Optional)
3.0L EcoBoost3.0L EcoBoost
Front & Rear SuspensionN/AN/AUnique Sport-Tuned IndependentN/A

Interior Appearance & Features

All models include the following:

  • Air Filtration System
  • Tri-Zone Electronic Temperature Control
  • Rear Auxiliary Climate Control
  • Cargo Hooks
  • Non-Configurable Daytime Running Lights,
  • Dome-Map Lights in All 3 Rows
  • Easy Fuel Capless Fuel Filler
  • Post-Collision Braking
  • Side-Wind Stabilization
  • Rotary Gear Shift Dial
  • First-Row Centre Floor Console
  • Wrapped Armrest & Storage Bin
  • Integrated Key Fob
  • Intelligent Access with Push-Button Start
  • Lane Keeping System
  • MyKey
  • Overhead Console with Dome/Map Lights
  • Sunglasses Holder
  • Passenger-Assist Grab Handles
  • Power Door Locks
  • Power Windows
  • 1-touch-up-and-down Driver/Passenger Window
  • 12V PowerPoints (3 Total)
  • Rearview Camera with Washer
  • Reverse Sensing System

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Explorer XLT

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Explorer Limited

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Explorer ST

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Explorer Platinum

Rear View MirrorManual Day/NightAuto-DimmingAuto-DimmingAuto-Dimming
Active Park Assist 2.0NoNoYesYes
Second-Row SideblindsNoYesYesYes
360-Degree Camera w/ Split-View & WasherNoYesYesYes
Wireless Charging PadNoYesYesYes
Reverse Brake AssistNoNoYesYes
LCD Productivity Screen6.5"6.5"12.3"12.3"
Floor Mats (Front & Second Row)NoNoYes, w/ Unique BadgingYes, Black Carpet w/ Brunello Stitching, Platinum Branded
Steering WheelManual Tilt/Telescoping ColumnPower Tilt/Telescoping ColumnPower Tilt/Telescoping ColumnPower Tilt/Telescoping Column
Remote StartOptionalYesYesYes
Twin-Panel MoonroofOptionalOptionalOptionalYes
Forward Sensing SystemNoYesYesYes
Front & Rear Scuff PlatesEmbossed with EXPLOREREmbossed with EXPLORER and Bright InsertsEmbossed with Ford PerformanceIlluminated Front Scuff Plates (Front only)
Ambient LightingNoYesYesYes
Heated Steering WheelOptionalYes, Leather-Wrapped with Paddle Shifters Yes, with ST Logo & Paddle ShiftersYes, Leather-Wrapped with Paddle Shifters
Universal Garage Door OpenerNoYesYesYes
Windshield Wiper De-IcerNoYesYesYes
Pedestrian Alert Sounder (Hybrid Only)NoNoOptionalNo

Entertainment System

All models include the following:

  • FordPass Connect
  • Dual Second-Row Smart Charging USB Ports
  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio
  • FordPass Connect 4G LTE WI-FI Hotspot

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Explorer XLT

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Explorer Limited

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Explorer ST

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Explorer Platinum

Stereo SystemAM/FM, SYNC 3 & MP3-Compatible w/ 6 speakersB&O Sound System by Bang & Olufsen (12 speakers)B&O Sound System by Bang & Olufsen (12 speakers)

14 Speakers (Optional)
B&O Sound System by Bang & Olufsen (14 speakers)
Voice-Activated Touchscreen Navigation SystemOptionalYesYesYes

Seating

All models include the following:

  • Second-Row 35/30/35 Split-Fold-Flat Bench Seat
  • E-Z Entry & Armrest

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Explorer XLT

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Explorer Limited

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Explorer ST

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Explorer Platinum

StyleUnique Cloth

ActiveX Seating Material (Optional)
Leather Seating Surfaces w/ Micro Perforation & Accent StitchingLeather Seating Surfaces w/ Micro Perforation & Silver Accent Stitching/ST LogoTri-Diamond Perforated Leather Seating Surfaces w/ Accent Stitching
Second Row FeaturesConsoleConsole, Armrest, Dual Cupholders, Heated Outboard Seats and Captain's ChairsConsole, Armrest, Dual Cupholders, Heated Outboard Seats and Captain's ChairsConsole, Armrest, Dual Cupholders & Heated Outboard Seats and Captain's Chairs
Second Row Captain's Chairs w/ E-Z EntryYesYes, w/ Power-Assist FoldYes, w/ Power-Assist FoldYes, w/ Power-Assist Fold
Third Row50/50 Split-Fold Bench, ManualPowerFoldPowerFoldPowerFold

Exterior Appearance & Features

All models include the following:

  • Auto High-Beams
  • Automatic LED Low-Beam Headlamps
  • Body Colour Liftgate Spoiler
  • Headlamps – Autolamp Auto On/Off
  • LED Low Beams
  • Halogen Reflector High Beams
  • LED Signature Lighting
  • LED Taillamps
  • Acoustic-Laminate Windows Glass Front Row Side
  • Privacy Glass (2nd and 3rd Rows)
  • Rear Bumper Step Pad

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Explorer XLT

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Explorer Limited

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Explorer ST

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Explorer Platinum

LiftgatePowerHands-Free, Foot-Activated LiftgateHands-Free, Foot-Activated LiftgateHands-Free, Foot-Activated Liftgate
Door HandlesBody-Colour w/ InsertBody-Colour w/ Bright InsertBody-Colour w/ InsertBody-Colour w/ Satin Aluminum Insert
Exhaust TipsN/ADual ChromeQuad ChromeQuad Chrome
LED Fog LampsOptionalYesYesYes
Liftgate AppliqueChromeChromeBlackSatin Aluminum
MirrorsPower&Heated Glass, Manual Folding, Security Approach Lamps w/ Black CapsPower Folding & Auto-Fold, Power&Heated Glass, LED Turn Signal Indicators, Security Approach Lamps, Driver/Passenger Side Memory & Gloss Black CapsPower Folding w/ Auto-Fold, Power & Heated Glass, LED Turn Signal Indicators, Security Approach Lamps, Driver/Passenger Side Memory & Gloss Black CapsPower Folding w/ Auto-Fold, Power & Heated Glass, LED Turn Indicators, Driver Side Auto-Dimming, Driver/Passenger Side Memory & Premium Finish
PowerFold MirrorsNoYesYesYes
Rain-Sensing WipersNoYesYesYes
Roof Rack Side RailsBlack w/ Black End CapsSatin Aluminum w/ Black End CapsBlack w/ Black End CapsSatin Aluminum w/ Black End Caps
EXPLORER Badge on HoodNoNoYesNo
Tires/Wheels18" Five-Spoke Sparkle Silver Painted Aluminum

20" Premium Painted Aluminum (Optional)
20" Premium Painted Aluminum

20" Hand Polished Aluminum (Optional)
20" Machined Aluminum

21" Aluminum Wheels (Optional)
20" Bright Machined Face Aluminum

21" Aluminum Wheels (Optional)
GrilleBlack Mesh Insert w/ Chrome BarsBright Silver Painted Mesh Insert w/ Chrome BarsBlack Mesh InsertUnique w/ Satin-Aluminum Finish
Unique EXPLORER Badge on HoodNoNoYesNo
Lower Body Side CladdingChrome AccentChrome AccentBlack AccentSatin Chrome
LED TaillampsNoNoNoYes, w/ Unique Blackout Treatment on ST

Protection & Safety

All models include the following:

  • AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control
  • Belt-Minder
  • Front Driver/Passenger Knee Airbag
  • LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tether Anchors for Children)
  • Safety Canopy System
  • SOS Post-Crash Alert System
  • Battery- Saver Feature
  • Individual Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Perimeter Alarm
  • Remote Keyless/Illuminated Entry
  • SecuriCode Keyless Entry Keypad
  • SecuriLock Passive Anti-Theft System


Interested in test-driving one of our new Ford SUVs in St. John's, NL?

Drop by Cabot Ford Lincoln, your authorized Ford dealership on 177 Kenmount Road or call (709)722-6600, today!