The 2022 Ford Explorer Timberline will be able to go on more adventures

With the advent of the Explorer Timberline, Ford adds additional "exploration" to the Explorer lineup. The trim, which was introduced last year, is more than just a cosmetic package. The 2022 Ford Explorer Timberline comes with hardware enhancements that let it to travel further afield. These include dampers adapted from Ford’s Explorer-based Police Interceptor Utility, which operate in tandem with reworked springs and Bridgestone Dueler A/T Revo 3 tires placed on trim-specific 18-inch wheels to provide the mid-size SUV a total of 8.7 inches of ground clearance.

The all-wheel-drive Timberline’s off-pavement capabilities are further enhanced with the addition of a Torsen limited-slip rear differential, underbody skid plates, front rebound springs, and restyled fascias by the Blue Oval. The latter, along with the vehicle’s higher ride height, allows it to achieve improved approach and departure angles of 23.5 and 23.7 degrees, respectively. Furthermore, the Timberline’s 18.9-degree breakover angle outperforms its tarmac-focused counterparts by 1.8 degrees. Those statistics, however, fall well short of the approach, departure, and breakover angles of a standard four-door Ford Bronco, which are 35.5, 29.7, and 20.0 degrees, respectively.

The 2022 Explorer Timberline makes a good case in comparison to its siblings, costing just $2420 more than a comparably equipped all-wheel-drive XLT. The Explorer Timberline is one of the greatest incarnations of the Explorer available today, with its extra off-road performance, cohesive suspension system, and tough-yet-attractive appearance. Despite this, the Timberline fails to address the Explorer’s other flaws, including as its unattractive four-cylinder engine, sluggish infotainment, and mediocre inside materials. Buyers in this category should continue to look at alternative possibilities.

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