March 6th, 2023 by
The Ford Explorer has been a trustworthy family SUV for decades, and in 2023, the Explorer is packed with reliability and style. Whether you’re looking for an SUV to take on the road, drive around town, or commute back and forth to work, the 2023 Ford Explorer is versatile for any lifestyle. 

With eight trim levels, our team Parks Ford Hendersonville will help you get behind the wheel of the right 2023 Ford Explorer for you. Read on to learn more!


The 2023 Ford Explorer is outfitted with the latest tech features, comfortable interior, and the SUV’s recognizable sporty styling. This capable, three-row SUV is perfect for carrying passengers or cargo – whichever fits your needs.


The 2023 Ford Explorer maintains its sporty, athletic exterior design that makes it so recognizable on the road. This paired with its powerful towing capability and space for the whole family, you’ll be able to live life on your own terms.

The 2023 Ford Explorer comes in eight available models with many impressive features available on each. Those trim levels include: 

  • Base
  • XLT
  • ST-Line
  • Timberline
  • Limited
  • ST
  • Platinum
  • King Ranch 

For the ST-Line and ST models, you’ll see a more aggressive design with a focus on performance. The Timberline model is designed for off-road excursions, equipped with skid plates, a cargo carrier, over-molded fenders, and an off-road light kit all ready for adventure. The Limited and Platinum are the Explorer’s premium models and are styled with chrome and aluminum accents to deliver a luxurious touch. 

You can enjoy the wind in your hair with the twin-panel moonroof that’s available on all 2023 Explorer models – except the base. You’ll get an expansive view of the sky above while soaking in the warmth of the sun. 

Your 2023 Ford Explorer comes with automatic LED low- and high-beam headlamps and LED taillamps. You’ll be able to load and unload your cargo with ease, thanks to the power liftgate. It can easily be opened or closed with just the press of a button. 

This year, the Ford Explorer comes in five different color options:

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

The 2023 Ford Explorer is equipped with classic black exterior door handles and rear bumper step pad, but you’ll sport a stylish body-color rear spoiler.

If you’re looking for a little more, the 2023 Explorer has three available upgrade options to make your Explorer perfect for you.

  • XLT Sports Appearance Package: With this package, you’ll get carbonized gray 10-spoke wheels, grille bars, mesh insert, liftgate applique, lower body cladding insert, skid plate elements, and Explorer badge, as well as chrome dual exhaust tips and gloss black cap on side view mirrors.
  • ST Street Pack: This package comes with 21” aluminum wheels, performance brakes, red-painted performance front, and rear brake calipers.
  • ST High Performance Pack: This package also comes with 21” aluminum wheels, red-painted performance front, and rear brake calipers, but also includes high-performance brakes.


With all the good looks on the outside, your passengers won’t be able to resist the comfortable, stylish design on the inside. With seating for up to seven passengers, the 2023 Explorer’s configurable seating and tech to keep everyone connected will be ready for the road at any given moment.

You’ll enjoy a 10.1-inch LCD Capacitive Touchscreen for a vibrant, customizable display with available SYNCⓇ 3 technology. Plus, drivers will enjoy an instrument panel cluster with a 4.2-inch color productivity screen to give you all the information you need without taking your eyes off the road.

You and your front seat passenger can kick back in the road trip ready available multi contour seats, equipped with active motion and massage features for added comfort. For third-row seating, you have the option of the available PowerFoldⓇ seats that can easily accommodate your passengers.

The PowerFoldⓇ third-row seats can be quickly folded down to create 87.8 cubic feet of cargo space when both rows are folded down. Plus, you’ll have extra pockets on the side and storage room underneath the seats for added cargo management.

Create an immersive experience for you passengers with seven available colors of ambient lighting in the first and second rows. Plus, set the mood for your drive with music with the available B&O® Sound System by Bang & Olufsen® with 12 speakers, including a subwoofer to jam to your favorite tunes in the best way.

The 2023 Ford Explorer comes with Ford’s SYNCⓇ 3 technology, which includes Apply CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, plus, you can enjoy FordPass Connect technology. When the SYNCⓇ 3 technology is paired with the available voice-activated navigation audio system, you’ll have the advantage of voice recognition with the 10.1-inch LED touchscreen.

You’ll enjoy an advanced center console with a rotary gear shift dial that is engineered for precision. Both front and rear passengers will enjoy USB-A and USB-C port connectivity, and you’ll be able to stay plugged in with multiple powerpoints, including 12-volt and 110-volt plugs.

You’re never far from connectivity in the 2023 Ford Explorer with your push to start button, the tech-forward center touchscreen, and the tri-zone temperature control.



The 2023 Ford Explorer is not only ideal for carrying passengers, but can also easily tow your cargo with exceptional power.

In 2023, the Ford Explorer has the power to tow up to 5,600 pounds with the available Class IV Trailer Tow Package paired with the available 3.0L EcoBoost V6 engine. You’ll be equipped with the tech to make hauling easier than ever, thanks to the Tow/Haul mode on your Explorer’s standard Terrain Management System™ outfitted with seven selectable drive modes.

With the 2023 Explorer’s standard turbo 2.3L EcoBoost I-4, you’ll be able to tow up to 5,300 pounds with the available Class IV Trailer Tow Package. If you’re in the market for a hybrid powertrain with impressive towing abilities, the 2023 Ford Explorer hybrid boasts up to 5,600 pounds of towing capacity.

The 2023 model’s standard trailer sway control feature, AdvanceTrac® with RSC® (Roll Stability Control™), helps your Explorer control the brakes and adjust its engine power to accommodate the trailer and maintain control while towing. 

The 2023 Ford Explorer lineup comes with three engine options, all with their own unique capabilities. You’ll enjoy impressive power no matter which engine you choose.

The turbocharged 2.3L EcoBoost I-4 engine comes standard on the Base, XLT, ST-Line, Timberline®, and Limited models and packs 300 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque that’s perfect for any drive.

You can upgrade your engine to the available 3.0L EcoBoost V6 with Auto Start-Stop Technology, which puts out up to 400 horsepower and 415 lb-ft of torque. You also have the option of the 3.3L V6 Hybrid that comes with 322 lb-ft of torque and puts out 400 horsepower.

All 2023 Ford Explorer models come standard with intelligent all-wheel drive and the Terrain Management System, making it ideal for off-roading adventures. The Explorer’s standard 10-speed automatic transmission makes for a smooth, efficient ride that can easily tow your cargo and maintain optimal performance.

If a manual transmission is more your style, you can turn your 2023 Explorer’s automatic transmission into a manual transmission with the available paddle shifters with SelectShift® capability.



With its impressive features both inside and out, the 2023 Ford Explorer is a powerful, capable SUV that is ready for your adventures, no matter where the road takes you. Here at Parks Ford Hendersonville, we’re focused on getting you and your family in the right Ford Explorer for you.

Come by our lot in Hendersonville to check out our selection of Ford SUVs, trucks, and cars, and test drive your next ride. We’re just a quick drive from Asheville, Brevard, and Tryon, NC, so stop by or start shopping for your new Ford online today! 

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