2023 Ford Explorer Hybrid

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  • Strong engine for quick acceleration
  • Good gas mileage
  • Roomy cargo area


  • Acceleration lacks smoothness
  • Tight middle-row knee and legroom
  • Third-row uncomfortable for adults

Mileage (EPA estimate)

23 city, 24 highway, 23 combined

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Rugged capability meets fuel economy

The 2023 Ford Explorer Hybrid blends gas mileage and capability with a potent hybrid powertrain to help you go further on less without sacrificing performance. It's ideal for families and adventurers, with spacious seating for up to seven passengers and ample cargo room. Cutting-edge technology features include advanced driver assists, intuitive infotainment, and seamless connectivity options. Whether navigating city streets or cruising open roads, the 2023 Explorer Hybrid offers versatility, comfort, and fuel economy in a stylish package.

All Ford Explorer Hybrid years

5 reasons to buy the 2023 Ford Explorer Hybrid

1. Dynamic performance 

With the 2023 Ford Explorer Hybrid, you're not just getting an SUV but a dynamic driving experience. Its powertrain, comprised of a 318-hp hybrid drivetrain with a 3.3L V6, delivers an eager and balanced ride, complemented by a chassis with standard rear-wheel drive, advanced suspension, and lightweight construction. Whether navigating challenging conditions or cruising on the highway, the optional all-wheel-drive system delivers power seamlessly. Plus, with smooth and powerful performance, every journey becomes a pleasure, making the Explorer Hybrid an excellent choice for all your travels. 

2. Easy on fuel 

If you’re looking for a three-row SUV with commuter-friendly gas mileage, the 2023 Ford Explorer Hybrid is a compelling choice. When equipped with standard rear-wheel drive, the 2023 Explorer’s 3.3L V6 hybrid engine returns an EPA-estimated 27 mpg combined, while available all-wheel drive achieves an EPA-estimated 25 mpg combined.

Whether running carpool, errands, or to the office, you can’t go wrong with making this hybrid SUV your daily driver. 

3. Excellent utility 

The 2023 Ford Explorer Hybrid offers unparalleled versatility, making it the ultimate choice if you seek a blend of capability and convenience. With an estimated 5,000-lb towing capacity, when properly equipped, this hybrid SUV effortlessly hauls trailers, boats, or recreational vehicles, ensuring you're ready for any adventure.

Additionally, with a generous cargo capacity boasting up to 87.8 cu-ft of storage space behind the first row and room for three or four pieces of carry-on luggage behind the third row, you'll have room to transport belongings of all sizes. From hauling equipment for work to packing up for a family road trip, the Explorer Hybrid's impressive utility ensures you never have to compromise on space or capability. 

4. Interior comfort 

Boasting a spacious cabin with seating for up to seven passengers, the 2023 Ford Explorer Hybrid ensures everyone travels in style and comfort. All models come standard with a power-adjustable driver seat and tri-zone automatic climate control, plus the second and third rows include convenient split-folding seats to maximize versatility. XLT and higher trims add a power-adjustable passenger seat and heated front seats, while leather upholstery and second-row sunshades are found in Limited and higher trims. With its roomy cabin and thoughtful amenities, the 2023 Explorer Hybrid ensures every journey is pleasant for you and your passengers. 

5. Standard driver aids 

The 2023 Ford Explorer Hybrid has several standard driver aids to enhance your confidence and convenience. Automatic high-beam headlights ensure optimal visibility, adjusting the brightness according to surrounding conditions. Forward collision mitigation is also included and can warn of potential collisions and even apply the brakes when necessary. With blind spot and rear cross-traffic alerts, you'll always be aware of vehicles beyond your line of sight. Lane departure mitigation keeps you on track by warning of unintended lane departures and providing corrective steering if needed. Plus, standard rear parking sensors and trailer sway damping add an extra layer of confidence no matter where you drive. 

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Ford Explorer Hybrid features and specs

Platinum 2WD 4D Sport Utility

Standard Features

  • 20 Inch Plus Wheels
  • A/C Seat(s)
  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Leather Seats
  • Memory Seat(s)
  • Navigation System
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Parking Sensors
  • Power Folding Third Row
  • Power Hatch/Deck Lid
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Air Conditioning
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear Seat Heaters
  • Rear Sunshade
  • Rear View Camera
  • Remote Start
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Side Airbags
  • Smart Key
  • Third Row Seat
  • Traction Control
  • Automated Cruise Control
  • Automated Parking
  • Bang & Olufsen Audio
  • Full Roof Rack
  • Panoramic Sunroof
  • Quad Seats
  • Running Boards
  • Seat Massagers
  • Tow Hitch

Drive Wheels

Rear Wheel Drive (2WD)

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Leg room

F 43"/M 39"/R 32.2"

Head room

F 40.7"/M 40.5"/R 38.9"

Front tires


Rear tires


Seating capacity


Max towing capacity

500/5000 lbs.



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