2023 Ford Explorer at Zeigler Ford North Riverside

Thirty years ago, the first Ford Explorer made its debut, starting a new version of the SUV that is still going strong today. Fast forward to the 2023 version of the Ford Explorer, and you will see that it comes with high-powered engine options, the best cargo space in the class, and some of the best safety features that money can buy. In addition, when you take a peek under the hood, there will be a choice of two different engine options, both of which give you a massive amount of horsepower and torque and allows you to haul around just about anything. There is plenty to tell you about this version of the Explorer, and we have all the juicy details below!


Trailer Sway Control

Working with AdvanceTrac with RSC (Roll Stability Control™), standard trailer sway control selectively brakes and adjusts engine power to help you maintain trailer control.

Take All You Need On Every Trip

2023 Ford Explorer models offer seating for up to six passengers when equipped with available second-row captain's chairs and seating for up to seven when equipped with the second-row bench seat. Combined with 87.8 cu. ft. of cargo capacity behind the first row with the rear seats folded flat, 47.9 cu. ft. behind the second row with the third row folded and 18.2 cu. ft. behind the third-row seats, you can take everything from tents and coolers to sports equipment - along with everyone - on trips near or far.


3.0L EcoBoost V6 Engine

The 3.0L EcoBoost V6 engine with Auto Start-Stop Technology is the backbone of the ST, King Ranch, and Platinum model powertrains. It combines turbocharging and direct injection to produce 400 hp* and 415 lb.-ft of torque.

2.3L EcoBoost I-4 Engine

This turbocharged powerplant churns out 300 hp and 310 lb.-ft. of torque* for spirited drives around town or far from it. The 2.3L EcoBoost I-4 engine comes standard on the Base, XLT, ST-Line, Timberline, and Limited models.


Road Trip Ready

The 2023 Explorer Hybrid 2WD model features a wanderer-inspiring range.

Hybrid Perks

Hybrid vehicles combine traditional gasoline engines with a battery for impressive range and performance. In fact, the off-road-ready 2023 Explorer® Hybrid model produces 318 hp and 322 lb.-ft of torque.


Twin-Panel Moonroof

Available on all 2023 Ford Explorer models except Base, the twin-panel moonroof does more than just let light in. It offers an expansive view of the sky and lets you feel the warmth of the sun.

Adaptive LED Headlamps

Available on the 2023 Ford Explorer Platinum model, adaptive headlamps help guide you through the darkness and adjust with your vehicle's movement. When you turn, the lights turn with you, aiding in your visibility around corners and helping you to react sooner to what's around the bend.


PowerFold Third-Row Seat

When you need it, the available PowerFold third-row seat gives you the ability to fit up to seven passengers. When you don't, fold it down with the push of a button for extra cargo space.

Multi-Color Ambient Lighting

Set the mood with seven colors of available ambient lighting for the first and second rows. This lighting system adds to the immersive experience that comes with the available B&O Sound System by Bang & Olufsen with 12 speakers, including a subwoofer.

2023 Ford Explorer Trim Levels


  • Terrain Management System
  • Power Liftgate
  • Turbocharged Four-Cylinder


  • Air Filtration System
  • ActiveX Seating Material
  • Rear Parking Sensors


  • Ford Co-Pilot Assist
  • Red Stitching
  • B and O Sound System


  • Automatic Temperature Control
  • Limited-Slip Rear Axle
  • Unique Timberline Grille


  • Sync 3 System
  • Hybrid Engine
  • Leather-Trimmed Seats


  • Reverse Brake Assist
  • Twin-Pane Moonroof
  • 14 Speaker Sound System

The Power of the 2023 Explorer

With the 2023 Ford Explorer, three extremely impressive engines are available, all of which will get you a highly impressive amount of horsepower and torque for all your towing needs. The base engine is a turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder that delivers a spectacular 300 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque. If you go with one of the higher trims of the Ford Explorer, you will be treated to a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 that pounds the pavement with 400 horsepower and 415 lb-ft of torque. The final engine is a hybrid! This impressive hybrid is a 3.3-liter V6 that knocks out up to 318 horses. Every engine comes with a smooth ten-speed automatic transmission, and while most will come with rear-wheel-drive, all-wheel-drive is available for those looking for more traction for those slippery winters. On the Timberland trim, all-wheel-drive comes standard.

Talk About the Explorers Features

There are a whopping eight trim levels available for the 2023 Ford Explorer, and each one is pilled high with luxury, tech, and performance features that drivers and passengers are sure to love. We start with the base trim, which is anything but basic as it comes standard with LED headlights, a power liftgate, tri-zone climate control, an 8-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a six-speaker sound system. If you want more creature comforts, you will find them on the XLT trim, as it has roof rails, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated front seats, and a power driver's seat. For performance, there is the ST-Line which is standard with 20-inch wheels, a black exterior trim, a wireless smartphone charging pad, and simulated leather upholstery. Wondering if the Explorer can go off-road? Well, it can, thanks to the exciting Timberland trim, which comes with all-terrain tires, front tow hooks, limited slip-differential, and underbody skid plates. Higher trims also have plenty more luxury and tech items, such as a digital instrument panel, paddle shifters, a digital gauge cluster, extended leather upholstery, a larger 10.1-inch touchscreen, and a spectacular 14-speaker B&O sound system.

Keeping You Safe in the Ford Explorer

Safety has always been a top priority for Ford, and so every trim level comes with an extraordinary amount of features that will keep you and your family secure as you go wherever this world takes you. Coming standard is a Forward Collision Mitigation system that lets you know when you are about to get into a head-on collision and will even apply the brakes for you if you are too close to another vehicle. There is also a Blind-Spot Monitoring system with Rear-Cross Path Detection that will monitor the areas around the Explorer so you know that it is safe to get into the other lane. The final safety system we need to talk to you about is the innovative Trailer Reverse Control system, which adjusts the brakes of the Explorer while controlling the trailer movement so your trailer won't sway as you move down the highway. Higher trims of the Explorer also come with adaptive cruise control and evasive steering assist.

Where to get the Ford Explorer near me

We hope you are as excited about the 2023 Ford Explorer as we are! The three-engine options will give you plenty of power, while all eight trim levels are extraordinary as you get tons of luxury, tech, and performance features that you will be sure to love. If you're looking to take a test drive of the Explorer, then be sure to head down to Zeigler Ford North Riverside, where our team will set you up with your test drive and answer any questions you may have. If you enjoy your test drive, then be sure to check out our finance department, where our team will be there for you every step of the way and get you a great loan. You can also view our complete Explorer inventory here on our website.

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