2022 Ford Explorer Problems and Top Complaints – Is Your Car A Lemon?

Seating and structural issues are among the top complaints from vehicle owners

By Brian Jones | Updated on

By Brian Jones | Updated on

The 2022 Ford Explorer is a top vehicle on the roads these days. After all, the manufacturer claims that the SUV is “the ultimate exploration vehicle.” Yet, auto publications and consumers can’t seem to agree, especially considering the issues with the seating and trouble with the structure.

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Problems with the Seating

The 2022 Ford Explorer is hailed as a family-friendly SUV, especially since it contains three rows of seating. However, these seats don’t seem to offer the room that they should have.

Here’s one example from a prestigious auto publication. Car and Driver says, “Only kids will fit in the third row,” and the “interior materials could use some polish.”

This isn’t the first time that Ford has overstated or tried to misrepresent what the Explorer can offer. In fact, the tagline of the vehicle itself is an overreach. It states that the vehicle is meant for “exploration,” but doesn’t list the fact that it will only fit children in the back row. If the owner plans to take a trip with larger adults, two cars will be necessary. Would it look silly to have a caravan of Explorer vehicles? Maybe not, but it will put a huge dent in the driver’s wallet with all the additional gas used. What’s the point in having a large SUV if it won’t hold the whole family comfortably?

Problems with the Vehicle Structure

The way the Ford Explorer was manufactured also shows the level of defects present. No one would expect these problems from a family-friendly vehicle that costs this much.

In fact, Edmunds states that there is “too much wind noise at highway speeds.”

Ford isn’t immune to structure-related issues. It was only a few years back that models contained door latches that were faulty, causing false ‘door ajar’ warnings that caused plenty of panic, especially with children secured in the back. Thankfully, the warnings were a simple malfunction that didn’t lead to widespread destruction, but imagine how much worse it could have been. Clearly, this automaker doesn’t know how to put together a basic SUV and can’t be trusted for even the tamest “exploration.”

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Brian Jones

About the Author:

Brian Jones spent more than 20 years working as an ASE Certified Master Tech and Parts Specialist at multiple dealerships. Brian has become an authority in the industry, traveling across the country to consult for car dealerships and contributing his expertise as a writer for several major automotive publications. In his spare time, Brian enjoys working on pickup trucks, muscle cars, Jeeps and anything related to motorsports.

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    My dad bought a 2022 Ford Explorer cash. He drove it one day and the electrical problem started. He has been in a rental for over 2 weeks now, and they say that that they are having trouble getting the part (with no estimate on when it will be fixed). What a ridiculous situation.

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