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2023 Ford Explorer Auto Start-Stop Removal Option Deleted

All-new for the 2020 model year, the current-generation Ford Explorer is set to receive a mid-cycle refresh for the 2024 model year, as Ford Authority previously reported. In the meantime, the 2023 Ford Explorer has already received a small handful of minor updates, though it seems as if those aren’t finished quite yet. As Ford Authority reported yesterday, the crossover is deleting two colors from its available exterior palette, and now, sources familiar with the matter have told Ford Authority that the 2023 Ford Explorer auto start-stop removal option has been deleted, too.

The auto start-stop removal option was introduced back in March 2022 and was required when supply chain issues prevented this particular feature from being installed on those vehicles, as was the case with several models in The Blue Oval’s lineup. Now, the 2023 Ford Explorer has removed this particular option from production, which means that moving forward, the crossover will come standard with auto stop-start, as was the case previously.

Aside from this update, the 2023 Ford Explorer carries on mostly unchanged, aside from removal options for the SecuriCode entry keypad – which may be deleted from future models due to ongoing supplier constraints – and the hands-free liftgate, which has been dropped from the 2023 lineup altogether.

As Ford Authority reported last October, the 2024 Ford Explorer is set to receive a refresh for the new model year, which should introduce some more significant updates to the crossover’s exterior and interior styling, as well as its tech features. To date, Ford Authority has spotted a handful of 2024 Explorer prototypes out testing, a list that includes the the high-performance ST and the off-road-focused Timberline, as well as the model’s interior – which features an updated digital instrument cluster and a new, horizontally-oriented infotainment screen.

We’ll have more on the Explorer soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for more Ford Explorer news and around-the-clock Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. Ron

    I don’t know why people hate the start/stop on the vehicles. It helps save gas, and if you don’t want it on,just push the button to turn it off. I will be glad when they get the 360 degree camera fixed so I can buy the 2022 explorer.

    1. cukimunstar

      It’s bad for turbo engines. You have to let it idle for 5 minutes to turn it off so the engine oil would cool off. It’s also puts strain on the alternator.

  2. cj

    I dont like start stop… one…Escape….annolying going through a fast food…traffic jam…etc…and also having to reset it to void it….it really dangerous when a car ages…and you at a intersection…and car wont crank….make it a option….and lets see how many would pay extra for it….i pay extra not to have it…if Ford idea is to simply its line up….

  3. chip66

    One of the many reasons I haven’t bought a new car since 2009. I have no use for these nanny features.

  4. Robert

    If you don’t like it, just push the button and it won’t do it. What’s the big deal? It does save gas and I like it for that.

  5. Jordan

    I’m still puzzled as to why disabling PASS is done with a button and it is not persistent (setting stays after stop/start cycle). That should be a persistent option in the computer, because some features should have tactile control and some are just console clutter.
    Granted, I’m a bit goofy and think every auto should be push button, since all of the silly joysticks and shifters are purely electronic and just add unnecessary console clutter as well.

  6. Marty

    I was actually looking at buying an explorer and the delete option was definitely one of the reasons! My current car has one I’ll never buy a car I can’t either disable it or remove it


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