Is the 2022 Ford Explorer ST Good on Gas?

Gizmo Highlights:

Does the 2022 Ford Explorer ST get good gas mileage?

The fuel economy of this Explorer model is:

  • Bad compared to all other cars.
  • Substandard compared to other non-hybrid cars.
  • Bad compared to other non-luxury cars.
  • Substandard compared to other mid-size SUVs.
  • Substandard compared to other 6-cylinder cars.

The 2022 Explorer ST has a bad fuel economy, with a combined gas mileage of 21 MPG (18 MPG city – 26 MPG highway). In comparison, the average car in 2022 has a gas mileage of 23.95 MPG (not including fully electric vehicles).

The 2022 Explorer ST is 12% less fuel-efficient than the average vehicle and is in the 34th percentile of fuel economy for all cars.

  • ST RWD SUV – 18/26 MPG (21 MPG Combined)
  • Platinum RWD SUV – 18/26 MPG (21 MPG Combined)
  • King Ranch RWD SUV – 18/26 MPG (21 MPG Combined)
  • ST AWD SUV – 18/24 MPG (20 MPG Combined)
  • Platinum AWD SUV – 18/24 MPG (20 MPG Combined)
  • King Ranch AWD SUV – 18/24 MPG (20 MPG Combined)

The 50th percentile or median gas mileage for all cars in 2022 is 23 MPG. You can generally gauge how good a car’s fuel economy is by looking at which percentile of gas mileage it falls under.

If your gas mileage is above the median, you are better than the majority. If your gas mileage falls below the 50 percentile, then most people have a better gas mileage than you.

Consider the 0-35th percentiles as bad, the 40th-60th percentiles as acceptable, and the 65th-100th percentiles as good.

Cost of Fuel

The 2022 Ford Explorer ST takes regular unleaded, the price of which will vary depending on where you live.

At $3.5 per gallon of regular unleaded, driving this SUV will cost you:

  • 1-mile trip: $0.17
  • 5-mile trip: $0.83
  • 15-mile trip: $2.5
  • 10000 miles per year: $1666.67
  • 12500 miles per year: $2083.33
  • 15000 miles per year: $2500

When driving 15000 miles per year, the average and median cost of fuel for all cars is $2676.92 and $2550 respectively (in 2022).

The 2022 Explorer ST is 6.6% less costly to drive than the average vehicle in 2022. It is in the 42nd percentile of fuel costs for all cars, meaning it’s less expensive to drive than most vehicles.

Range

The 2022 Ford Explorer ST can go 424.2 miles on a full tank of gas.

Compared to other cars, the range of the Explorer ST fares okay. The average range for all vehicles, in 2022, is 417 miles. Its range falls into the 56th percentile, above the median of 414 MPG.

By Vehicle Category

The 2022 Ford Explorer ST is classified as a mid-size SUV. The average and median fuel economy for this segment is 21.1 MPG and 21 MPG, respectively. This puts it in the 43rd percentile of the gas mileage for mid-size SUVs.

The 2022 Explorer ST is a non-luxury vehicle. Non-luxury cars are, on average, 20.8% more fuel-efficient than their luxury counterparts.

The average gas mileage for non-luxury cars is 26.52 MPG.

The average SUV has a gas mileage of 23.41 MPG. The 2022 Explorer ST is 10.29% less fuel-efficient than the average SUV.

By PowerTrain

The 2022 Ford Explorer ST is a gas car. This means that the car is powered by a gasoline engine, which takes gasoline as a fuel source.

The average combined gas mileage for a gas car is 22.75 MPG. At 21 MPG, the 2022 Explorer ST is 7.69% less fuel-efficient than the average gas vehicle. It is in the 39th percentile of gas mileage for the segment, putting it below the median of 22 MPG.

The 2022 Ford Explorer ST is fitted with a 6-cylinder engine. The average and median fuel economy for a 6-cylinder car is 21.34 MPG and 21 MPG respectively. The engine is turbocharged. Turbocharged engines are generally 20-30 percent more fuel-efficient than non-turbocharged engines.

Horsepower-Gas Mileage Multiple

The 2022 Ford Explorer ST has a gas mileage-horsepower multiple of 8400 MPG.HP. The average mid-size SUV has an MPG-HP multiple of 7368. The higher the number, the better.

The gas mileage-horsepower multiple is an easy-to-understand indicator of how efficiently the powertrain moves the vehicle, relative to its power.

Heavier vehicles and cars with undersized engines will typically have lower scores. Sports cars and hybrids typically score higher. It’s best to compare scores with cars that are in the same vehicle category.

Vs. Other Ford Cars

2022 Ford cars have an average fuel economy of 22.89 MPG. The median (50th percentile) is 21 MPG. With a gas mileage of 21 MPG, the Explorer ST is placed in the middle of its brand’s lineup in terms of fuel economy for 2022.

There are 28 2022 Ford models and trims (by per engine spec) sold in the United States. The Explorer ST ranks 14 by fuel economy, tied with the 2022 Edge ST and 2022 F-150 XL.

Carbon Emissions

The 2022 Explorer ST emits 13993 pounds of carbon per year.

The average 2022 automobile, driving 15000 miles, burns roughly 13149 pounds of carbon per year.

Gizmo Score

We score the fuel economy of the 2022 Ford Explorer ST based on how well it fares when compared to other vehicles of its year. An average or standard score is 50.

Many factors are considered, such as the vehicle’s category, power, weight, and engine size (relative to other vehicles). For example, if a full-size pickup truck and a small sedan both do 25 MPG, the full-size pickup truck will typically have the higher score. This is because 25 MPG is considered excellent gas mileage for a pickup truck, but bad gas mileage for a small sedan.

All factors are not weighed equally, however. Most points go towards the fuel economy relative to all vehicles.

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