We’ve all heard the famous Ford tagline, “built Ford tough.” It reflects Ford’s values and dedication to the craft and is a way to set customer expectations exactly where Ford wants them. This rugged, all-American automaker has spent over a century building cars, trucks, and SUVs that are as beautiful as they are sturdy. So when it came time for Ford to release the 2022 Ford Explorer, a crown jewel of its lineup, it went to work developing trims that flattered and enhanced this superb SUV. We checked out the eight available trim levels and found our favorite: the Timberline. While it falls right in the middle of the pack in terms of price, the 2022 Ford Explorer Timberline caught our eye with its impeccable attention to detail, knock-out performance, and a stack of versatile options.
The popularity of SUVs means a market segment that is flooded with options. It takes a lot to be noticed when you’re competing against three-row SUVs like the Kia Telluride, the Hyundai Palisade, the Toyota Highlander, and others in the class. Ford understood that in order to stand out, the 2022 Ford Explorer needed to bring the “oomph” factor. All eight (count ’em!) trims of the Explorer display a keen understanding of Ford’s target market, with the Timberline trim embodying all the qualities desired by today’s active family. Through intelligent design elements like cargo space, performance, technology, and off-roading capabilities, this SUV lives up to all the hype. Keep reading to learn more about why we love the 2022 Explorer Timberline.
Fans of Ford will all agree that performance is a key factor, and the 2022 Explorer Timberline doesn’t disappoint. Under the hood is a 2.3L EcoBoost four-cylinder engine that pumps out 300 hp. That’s plenty of power to feel the excitement of the Explorer without compromising fuel efficiency. The powertrain features a 10-speed automatic transmission that is standard on all 2022 Explorers. SelectShift capability with paddle shifters lets you take control of your drive and feel like one with your vehicle. The Timberline’s intelligent four-wheel drive configuration is great for handling and connectivity with the road.
Many of Ford’s customers are adventurous and looking for a vehicle that can match their speed. That’s why the Timberline trim performs great both on and off the road. Designed with the adventurous driver in mind, this trim is stacked with extras like the 3.58 Torsen limited-slip rear differential, off-road front struts and rear shocks, and steel skid plates. The off-roading enhancements continue in the form of Hill Descent Control and a Terrain Management System. These features specifically increase the Explorer’s ability to navigate rough terrains like mud, dirt, and rock.
When you’re ready for your next camping trip, the Explorer Timberline can be a perfect companion. Easily load your tents, supplies, sleeping bags, and more into the 87.8 cu.ft. of cargo space. To maximize storage, you can fold down the back seats and slide in larger items. The third row folds easily with the help of an optional mechanism that lets you operate the seats at the touch of a button. If all that cargo space still doesn’t suffice, you can equip your Explorer Timberline to tow up to 5,300 lbs. Attach the proper tow hitch and take your bigger gear with you wherever you go. Standard Trailer Sway Control means you can tow with confidence.
State of the Art Technology
Today’s drivers have come to expect a lot from their cars, and rightfully so. With technological advancements taking over the automotive industry, we now demand the best in sound, infotainment, convenience, and driver assist features. That’s why Ford loaded the 2022 Explorer Timberline with all of the above. The suite of tech features elevates the vehicle and makes for a comfortable and fun experience in the cabin, all wrapped up in a stylish bow.
The infotainment system features a state-of-the-art eight-inch LCD touchscreen with intuitively located controls. As expected, it’s compatible with all your favorite devices through Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. You can stay connected on the go with a WiFi hotspot and get turn-by-turn directions with voice-activated navigation. Driving around restless little ones? The available rear-seat entertainment system will keep them distracted so that they don’t distract you. With 12 B&O speakers for your stereo, you know you’re getting the clearest and most crisp sound while enjoying your favorite music, audiobooks, and podcasts.
When discussing technology, we can’t leave out the impressive package of driver assistance features incorporated into the 2022 Explorer Timberline. Get ready for helpful features like the Ford Co-Pilot360 Assist+, intelligent access with push-button start, and illuminated entry with an illuminated ignition switch to greet you upon climbing into your Explorer. Ford didn’t skimp on safety either. The Explorer Timberline comes with a Blind Spot Information System with Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Keeping System, Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking, and a 360-Degree Camera. Together, these features make driving and parking less stressful and reduce the chance of accidents.
One thing that really makes the Timberline trim stand out from the pack is its style. While affording customers all the technology and performance perks of a higher-level vehicle, this particular trim also extends its value by offering a beautiful design throughout the exterior and interior. On the outside of the Explorer Timberline, you’ll find sleek 18-inch High Gloss Black painted aluminum wheels with a laser-etched Timberline logo. The Timberline badging continues on the C pillars and the power liftgate.
Exterior lighting is enhanced with automatic LED low-beam headlamps, LED fog lamps, and LED signature lighting, with a unique blackout treatment on the headlamps and LED taillamps. Stand out of the crowd with the satin chrome lower bodyside cladding, black roof rack side rails, and the dark carbonized gray grille. You also get a body-color liftgate spoiler and a molded-in-color rear bumper step pad.
Speaking of stylish details, the second-row, third-row, and liftgate windows come with privacy glass that looks sleek and helps keep the vehicle cooler during the summer months. The available exterior color palette for the Timberline has six eye-catching paint options to choose from, including Star White, Forged Green, Carbonized Gray, and more. The side mirrors got the royal treatment, too. They’re power-adjustable and include heated glass to clear away snow and frost. The attention to detail goes a long way.
That’s a Wrap
While the other seven trims can hold their own, the Timberline has just the right amount of extras at a great price to pull ahead of the rest. Ford customers have come to expect a lot from their three-row SUVs, and the 2022 Explorer Timberline delivers. It puts up stiff competition for the other vehicles in its class. With an intelligent mix of top-notch performance, innovative technology, and beautiful touches, this SUV stands out from the pack. Indulge in plenty of cargo space to transport you, your loved ones, and your stuff. Plus, the powerful engine keeps things exciting while still maintaining a focus on fuel efficiency. Whether you’re running daily errands, taking long road trips, or heading into the wild, you’ll find everything you need in one place. The 2022 Ford Explorer Timberline is an overall smart choice that’ll have you feeling great every moment you’re behind the wheel.