2022 Ford Explorer  RealSafeCars91Safety Rating

#17 of 2022 SUVs

#23 of all 2022 vehicles

Pictured: 2020 Ford Explorer
The Explorer, part of Ford's lineup since 1991, is a three-row midsize SUV with seating up to 7. The Ford Explorer provides superior horsepower for its class, offering great power. With optional all-wheel drive (AWD), it handles mud, snow, and sand with ease. Ford offers a 3-year, 36,000-mile basic warranty, and a 5-year, 60,000-mile powertrain warranty on its lineup.

The 2022 Ford Explorer is safe compared to all vehicles.

Comparison to all vehicles.  This plot shows RSC safety scores on the horizontal axis vs. the number of vehicles with each safety score (depicted by bar height and percentages at the bottom). Colors reflect vehicle safety, ranging from red (not that safe) to green (safer). For reference, a score of 0 implies a 0.15% chance of driver death (13% chance of driver injury) over 15 years, and a score of 100 reflects a 0.016% chance (1.4% chance of driver injury). The 2022 Ford Explorer has a score of 91, implying a 0.028% chance of driver death (2.5% chance of injury). If equipped with optional advanced driver safety features, the chance of death falls to 0.024%, and the chance of injury falls to 2.2%.

We estimate that the 2022 Ford Explorer has a vehicle lifetime fatality chance of 0.0281% and a vehicle lifetime injury chance of 3.2068%, meaning the average driver has a 0.0281% chance of dying in an accident if they drive the car under regular conditions for fifteen years, and a 3.2068% chance of being injured.

Compared to the average vehicle, the 2022 Ford Explorer is 40% less likely to result in a fatal accident. Compared to other suvs, the 2022 Ford Explorer is 31% less likely to result in a fatal accident.

2022 Ford Explorer offers AEB optionally. With AEB, the vehicle lifetime fatality chance drops by 14%.

Active safety features with Ford's Co-Pilot360 can substantially reduce the risks of harm to vehicle occupants by preventing severe accidents. The following active safety systems are included even on lower trims/versions of the 2022 Ford Explorer: Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking, Lane Keeping System, and BLIS Blind Spot Detection with Cross-Traffic Alert.

Another vehicle feature may make a vehicle safer, even if not at the forefront of technological advances. Optional side mirror turn signals alert others of your intention to turn or switch lanes allowing them to react accordingly, which can prevent accidents caused by not seeing a vehicle in the blind spot.

But it is about as safe as many comparable models.

9882Chrysler PacificaBuick EnclaveCadillac XT6Honda PilotM.-B. GLE-ClassINFINITI QX60Audi Q7Mazda CX-9Honda OdysseyJ. Grand Cherokee WKAcura MDXFord ExplorerComparison to similar models.  This plot compares the RSC rating of the 2022 Ford Explorer with its main competition. Models are plotted on a scale from 82 to 98. The 2022 Ford Explorer is safer than the 2022 Chrysler Pacifica, the 2022 Buick Enclave, the 2022 Cadillac XT6, and the 2022 Honda Pilot and less safe than the 2022 Audi Q7. It is about as safe as the 2022 INFINITI QX60, the 2022 Acura MDX, the 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee WK, and the 2022 Honda Odyssey.

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