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After more than three decades since its debut, the Ford Explorer midsize SUV is still going strong. It offers powerful engine options, good driving dynamics, plenty of interior space, and many safety features. Are you considering getting the new 2023 Ford Explorer? Check out its attractive exterior paint color options.

What are the 2023 Ford Explorer exterior paint color options?

Front angle view of new 2023 Ford Explorer SUV with Rapid Red exterior paint color
Rapid Red 2023 Ford Explorer | Ford

Prospective buyers of the new 2023 Ford Explorer midsize SUV can configure it in various ways. This includes the trim, drive system, feature options, packages, and accessories. You can also personalize the Explorer with an exterior paint color option. 

Here are the colors that the 2023 Ford Explorer offers:

  • Stone Blue
  • Agate Black
  • Forged Green
  • Carbonized Gray
  • Rapid Red
  • Iconic Silver
  • Jewel Red
  • Star White
  • Atlas Blue

Something to keep in mind about these exterior paint color options is the availability varies for each Explorer trim. Also, some of the hues are premium paint colors, which cost extra. 

What’s new for the 2023 Explorer?

Front angle view of new 2023 Ford Explorer SUV with Forged Green exterior paint color
Forged Green 2023 Ford Explorer | Ford

The new 2023 Ford Explorer midsize SUV is a carryover model, with no significant changes. Updates for the 2023 model year include minor changes for the availability of standard and optional features across the trim lineup. 

Initially, it was rumored that the 2023 Explorer would have major updates, especially after the unveiling of a redesigned Explorer in China. However, the redesigned version of the Explorer likely won’t be available until the 2024 model year in the United States. 

2023 Explorer specs: Engine options, gas mileage, and towing

Front angle view of Agate Black 2023 Ford Explorer
Agate Black 2023 Ford Explorer | Ford

One of the biggest strengths of the 2023 Explorer is the lineup of powerful engine options. The base-level 2.3-liter EcoBoost I-4 engine generates 300 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque, while the available 3.0-liter EcoBoost V-6 engine doles out 400 horsepower and 415 lb-ft of torque.

Additionally, the Explorer offers a 3.3-liter V-6 hybrid powertrain, which produces 318 horsepower and 322 lb-ft of torque. On the efficiency front, the Explorer has an estimated gas mileage of up to 27 city/28 highway mpg for the hybrid model and 21 city/28 highway mpg for the fully gas-powered model.

When properly equipped, the Explorer can tow up to 5,600 pounds. Also, the Explorer offers a choice of either a rear-wheel drive system or a traction-enhancing four-wheel drive system. Additionally, for wilderness adventures, there’s the off-road-focused Timberline trim.

2023 Explorer: Trims and price information

Front angle view of new 2023 Ford Explorer SUV with Star White exterior paint color
Star White 2023 Ford Explorer | Ford

The trims offered for the new 2023 Ford Explorer midsize SUV include Base, XLT, ST-Line, Limited, Limited Hybrid, Timberline, ST, Platinum, Platinum Hybrid, and King Ranch. The starting price of the 2023 Explorer ranges from $36,760 MSRP for the Base trim up to $54,130 MSRP for the King Ranch trim. Also, the 2023 Explorer costs $1,250 MSRP more than the 2022 version, which has a starting base price of $35,510 MSRP.

What’s the warranty coverage for the 2023 Ford Explorer?

For warranty coverage, the 2023 Explorer is backed by a 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty and a 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty. However, unlike some of its midsize SUV competitors, such as the Toyota Highlander and Hyundai Palisade, the Explorer doesn’t offer a complimentary maintenance plan. 

With the new 2023 Ford Explorer midsize SUV, you can choose from a variety of attractive color options. Whether it’s Rapid Red, Atlas Blue, Star White, or Agate Black, you can select a hue that’s visually appealing for you. 


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