How are the Explorer Models Different?


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:

Intelligent 4WD, Terrain Management System, Electronic Power Assist Steering (EPAS), Hill Descent Control, Hill Start Assist, Trailer Sway Control, and 230-amp Alternator.

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Explorer XLT

2019 Ford

Explorer Limited

2019 Ford

Explorer ST

2019 Ford

Explorer Platinum

Est. L/100km
(City/Hwy)
13.1 / 9.213.1 / 9.215.2/10.915.2 / 10.9
Engine2.3L EcoBoost I-4

3.5L Ti-VCT (Optional)
2.3L EcoBoost I-4

3.5L Ti-VCT (Optional)
3.5L EcoBoost3.5L EcoBoost
Intelligent 4WDYesYesYesYes
Front & Rear Suspension SystemsIndependentIndependentUnique Sport-Tuned IndependentIndependent

Wheels & Tires

All models include the following:

Mini Spare Tire.

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Explorer XLT

2019 Ford

Explorer Limited

2019 Ford

Explorer ST

2019 Ford

Explorer Platinum

Size20"20"20"
20"
StyleFive-Split Spoke Sparkle Silver Painted Aluminum

20" Polished Aluminum (Optional)

20" Magnetic Metallic Painted 10-Spoke (Optional)
Premium Lustre Nickel-Painted Aluminum

Polished Aluminum (Optional)
Painted Aluminum Wheels w/ Painted Pockets

Premium Dark Tarnish-Painted Aluminum (Optional)
Bright Machined-Face Aluminum

Premium Painted Machined Aluminum (Optional)

Interior Appearance & Features

All models include the following:

Electronic Automatic Temperature Control- Dual Zone, Air Filtration System, Rear Auxiliary Climate Control, 12V Powerpoints (4), Cruise Control, Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror, Blind Spot Information System (BLIS with Cross-Traffic Alert), Cargo Hooks, Optional All-Weather Floor Liners, Dome/Map Lights in All Three Rows, Optional Twin-Panel Moonroof, First-Row Centre Floor Console with Wrapped Armrest & Storage Bin, Integrated Key Fob, Intelligent Access with Push-Button Start, Leather-Wrapped Shift Knob, MyKey, Overhead Console w/ Dome/Map Light & Sunglasses Holder, Passenger-Assist Grab Handles, Power Door Locks, Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel with Cruise Control, 5-way Controls & Secondary Audio Controls, Power Windows with 1-Touch-Up-and-Down/Passenger Window, Remote Start, Reverse Sensing System, Forward Sensing System, Sun Visors, Colour-Keyed, Single Blade with covered Illuminated Vanity Mirrors, Intelligent Access with Push-Button Start, Passenger-Assist Grab Handles (3), Power Door Locks, and Rearview Camera with Washer.

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Explorer XLT

2019 Ford

Explorer Limited

2019 Ford

Explorer ST

2019 Ford

Explorer Platinum

110V/150W AC Power OutletNoYesYesYes
Adaptive Cruise Control & Collision Warning w/ Brake SupportOptionalOptionalYesYes
Ambient LightingNoYesYesYes
Floor MatsColour-KeyedColour-KeyedUnique BadgingPlatinum-Branded
Enhanced Active Park Assist w/ Parallel Park, Park Out Assist, Reverse Perpendicular Parking, Forward & Reverse & Side Sensing SystemNoOptionalNoYes
Front & Rear Scuff PlatesEmbossed w/ "EXPLORER"Bright Inserts Embossed w/ "EXPLORER"Lighted Front Plates Embossed w/ "EXPLORER"Lighted Front Plates Embossed w/ "EXPLORER"
Lane Keeping SystemOptionalOptionalYesYes
Steering columnManual Tilt/TelescopingPower Tilt/TelescopingPower Tilt/TelescopingPower Tilt/Telescoping
Front 180-degree Camera w/ WasherNoYesYesYes
Heated Steering WheelNoYesYesYes
2nd Row Centre Floor ConsoleNoOptionalOptionalOptional
Active Noise ReductionNoNoNoYes
Upgraded, All Digital Instrument ClusterNoNoNoYes
Universal Garage Door OpenerNoYesYesYes
Leather-Wrapped Door & Console ArmrestsNoNoNoYes
Leather-Wrapped IP & Door RolloversNoNoNoYes

Entertainment System

All models include the following:

FordPass Connect with Wi-Fi Hotspot, Forward Media Hub with 1 Smart-Charging USB, 12 V Powerpoints (4), and SiriusXM Radio.

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Explorer XLT

2019 Ford

Explorer Limited

2019 Ford

Explorer ST

2019 Ford

Explorer Platinum

Stereo SystemAM/FM, SYNC 3 & MP3-Compatible w/ 7 speakersAudio System frmo Sony w/ 12 Speakers & SYNC 3Premium Audio System from Sony w/ SYNC 3, ClearPhase & Live AcousticsPremium Audio System from Sony w/ SYNC 3, ClearPhase & Live Acoustics
Voice-Activated Touchscreen Navigation SystemOptionalYesYesYes

Seating

2019 Ford

Explorer XLT

2019 Ford

Explorer Limited

2019 Ford

Explorer ST

2019 Ford

Explorer Platinum

StyleUnique Cloth

Unique Seating Material (Optional)

Leather-trimmed w/ Miko Inserts on Sport Appearance Pkg (Optional)

Leather-trimmed w/ Unique Inserts on Desert Copper Pkg (Optional)
Perforated Leather-Trimmed Climate-Controlled Front Bucket Seats

Multi-Contour Front Seats (Optional)
Sport InteriorMulti-Contour

Nirvana Leather w/ Micro-Perforation & Quilted Inserts, 1st Row "Platinum" Embroidery & Multi-Contour Driver/Passenger Seats
Power Type8-Way Heated Power (Front Passenger)10-Way Heated & Cooled Power (Front-Passenger)10-Way Heated & Cooled Power (Front- Passenger)10-Way Heated & Cooled Power (Front- Passenger)
Second Row60/40 Split-Fold-Flat Bench

Dual Bucket Seats (Optional)
60/40 Split-Fold-Flat Bench

Heated Dual Bucket Seats (Optional)
60/40 Split-Fold-Flat Bench

Heated Dual Bucket Seats w/ Power-Assist Fold (Optional)
60/40 Split-Fold-Flat Bench

Heated Dual Bucket Seats w/ Power-Assist Fold (Optional)
Heated Second RowNoOutboard PositionsOutboard PositionsOutboard Options
Third Row50/50 Split-Fold Bench, ManualPowerFold 50/50 Split-Folding BenchPowerFold 50/50 Split-Folding BenchPowerFold 50/50 Split-Folding Bench

Exterior Appearance & Features

All models include the following:

Black Lower Front & Rear Bumpers, Wheellip Mouldings & Bodyside Cladding, Body-Colour Liftgate Spoiler, Automatic LED Low-Beam Headlights, Daytime Running Lights, LED Fog Lamps, LED Signature Lighting, Optional Burgundy, Ruby Red or White Velvet Metallic Tinted Clear Coat Paint, and Easy Fuel Capless Fuel Filler.

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Explorer XLT

2019 Ford

Explorer Limited

2019 Ford

Explorer ST

2019 Ford

Explorer Platinum

Bodyside Cladding AccentChrome ChromeNoSatin Chrome
Door HandlesBody-ColourChromeBlackBody-Colour
Exhaust TipsDual ChromeDual ChromeQuad ChromeQuad Chrome
GrilleSilver Painted Mesh Insert w/ Chrome Bars

Magnetic Metallic (Optional)
Bright Silver Pained w/ Chrome BarsHigh Gloss BlackSatin Chrome
Headlights: Unique Blackout TreatmentNoNoYesNo
TaillightsLEDLEDLED w/ Unique Black Out Treatment LED
LiftgatePower (Optional)Hands-Free Foot-Activated PowerHands-Free Foot-Activated PowerHands-Free Foot-Activated Power
Liftgate AppliqueChromeChromeHigh Gloss BlackSatin Chrome
MirrorsBlack, Power Electric Remote, Manual Folding w/ Integrated Blind Spot Mirrors

*Integrated Blind Spot Mirrors not included, when equipped with BLIS
Body-Colour, Power-Folding w/ Auto-Fold, Power & Heated Glass, LED Turn Signal Indicators, Drivers-side Memory w/ Integrated Blind Spot MirrorsHigh Gloss Black, PowerFold w/ Auto-Fold, Drivers- Side MemorySatin-Chrome Mirror Cap
Powerfold MirrorsNoYesYesYes
Rain-Sensing WipersOptionalOptionalYesYes
Roof Rack Side RailsSilver

Black (Optional)
ChromeHigh Gloss BlackSatin Chrome
Unique EXPLORER Badge on HoodOptionalNoYesNo
Front & Rear Skid Plate ElementsYesYesNoNo
Rear Bumper Step PadMoulded-in-Colour BlackMoulded-in-Colour w/ Bright Chrome SurroundMoulded-in-Colour w/ Black Painted SurroundMoulded-in-Colour w/ Satin Chrome Surround
Rear FasciaNoNoNoPainted Accent Colour
Tailgate AppliquesNoNoNoChequered

Protection & Safety

All models include the following:

Remote Keyless Entry System, AdvanceTrac w/ Roll Stability Control (RSC), Traction Control, Belt-Minder, Front-Passenger Knee Airbag, LATCH (Lower Anchors & Tether Anchors for Children), Safety Canopy System, SOS Post-Crash Alert System, NHTSA 5-Star Crash Safety Rating, Battery-Saver Feature, Perimeter Alarm, SecuriCode Keyless Entry Keypad, SecuriLock Passive Anti-Theft System, and Individual Tire Pressure Monitoring System.

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Explorer XLT

2019 Ford

Explorer Limited

2019 Ford

Explorer ST

2019 Ford

Explorer Platinum

Industry-First Inflatable Rear Outboard Safety BeltsOptionalOptionalYesYes

Windows & Glass

All models include the following:

Acoustic-Laminate Windshield Glass, Privacy Glass (2nd & 3rd Rows), and Solar Tinted Front Door & Windshield Glass.


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!