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2025 Ford Explorer Cheaper Than Outgoing Model In Some Cases

Following a bit of a delay, the refreshed 2025 Ford Explorer was just revealed yesterday, ushering in updated exterior and interior styling for the popular crossover, along with a handful of new tech features – most notably, the new Ford Digital Experience software, which was developed in conjunction with Google. Now, pricing for the 2025 Ford Explorer is out, and interestingly, the revised version of the crossover is actually less expensive than the outgoing 2024 model in certain cases.

2025 Ford Explorer Pricing
2025 Ford Explorer 2024 Ford Explorer + / – 2025 Price
Base N/A $36,860 N/A
Active (XLT) $39,625 $38,670 +$955
ST-Line $44,385 $46,455 $-2070
Limited N/A $47,520 N/A
Timberline N/A $49,430 N/A
King Ranch N/A $54,625 N/A
ST $55,205 $50,105 +$5100
Platinum $51,525 $54,770 $-3245
Destination and Delivery $1,595 $1,595 $0

For starters, the new entry-level Active – formerly known as the XLT – is a bit more expensive than its predecessor, but it’s worth noting that it also has more standard equipment that was previously optional, including adaptive cruise control, the new infotainment system, and the Trailer Tow Package. The ST-Line, however, is quite a bit cheaper than the 2024 model, but this is due to the fact that some previously standard features are now part of the optional Premium Package.

That particular package consists of the center floor console-mounted AC power outlet, ambient lighting, the auto-dimming rearview mirror, power-folding side mirrors with heated glass and LED turn signals, rain-sensing wipers, a memory driver’s seat, multi-contour front, second-row heated seats, a power-folding third-row seat, second-row sunblinds, a power tilt and telescoping steering wheel, and a wireless charging pad. Taking all this into account, the two models are essentially priced the same – $48,695 versus $48,720.

As for the high-performance ST, it’s a whopping $5,100 more expensive than the 2024 model, but again, this is because of some equipment changes. The 2025 Ford Explorer ST comes standard with the ST High Package, which was previously optional, and when we factor that in, it’s actually a bit cheaper – $56,800 versus $58,235. Finally, we have the Platinum, which is $3,245 cheaper than its predecessor, but in this case, that’s because the 2.3L I-4 EcoBoost is now the standard engine choice, while the 3.0L V6 EcoBoost has become optional – though it’s worth noting that even when opting for the 3.0, this combination is still less expensive.

We’ll have more on the 2025 Ford Explorer soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for the latest Ford Explorer news and comprehensive Ford news updates.

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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