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It looks like we’re still waiting for improvements to be made. While the Ford Explorer is a solid option to consider, it’s often viewed as lacking compared to rivals like the Kia Telluride. The 2025 Ford Explorer just got a refresh, but it’s not enough to compete. 

2025 Ford Explorer: What’s new? 

The 2025 Ford Explorer gained a mid-cycle refresh. It has a new face with a larger, circular grille, larger LED headlights, and a new front bumper design. 

New wheel designs and unique shades of paint complete the package. Also, the taillights have been restyled to spread around the back corners. 

However, the Ford Everest is a rugged SUV that isn’t in America with a much better look. It has C-shaped headlights to match the look of the Maverick, Ranger, and F-150. 

The Explorer also has a new interior design that looks modern and sleek. However, while it did get new soft-touch materials and textured patterns, hard plastics are still noticeable. It’s not as plush as the Kia Telluride. 

The biggest upgrade involves new tech. In the outgoing model, the vertically oriented touchscreen didn’t seem to fit and half of the screen was taken up by blank space. 

2025 Ford Explorer interior and dash
2025 Ford Explorer interior | Ford

But now a 13.2-inch touchscreen is standard with the new Ford Digital Experience software. It provides access to Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Google/Amazon apps and services. 

While parked, the system allows you to stream YouTube videos and other media, browse the internet, and play games. There are now 10 USB ports throughout the cabin and two 12V plugs to keep the entire family’s devices charged. 

Unfortunately, there are fewer trims to enjoy. The lineup was slashed from eight models to four. The Active, ST-Line, Platinum, and ST models get to stay but the base model, Limited, Timberline, and King Ranch options are gone. 

So, you can’t go for the more affordable options, an off-roading trim, or the ultra-luxury model anymore. The 2024 base model has an MSRP of $36,860 and the 2025 Active model starts at $41,220. That’s a $4,360 price increase just to get started. 

The Explorer has the same gas-powered engines as before but dropped the hybrid option. But to be fair, it only got an EPA-estimated 27 mpg in the city and up to 28 mpg on the highway. 

Overall the Explorer is now more expensive with a modern style. It does have a thrilling ST performance, but we will miss the Timberline and other trim levels.