Two years into the pandemic, a fair number of people continue to take a break from their house/and immediate urban environs by heading outdoors and getting away from everything. For instance, Ford Explorer owners report a 56 percent increase in off-road use over the past three years, according to the company. Whether that’s partially caused by lockdowns or changes in consumer tastes, the fact is more people are into off-road-oriented vehicles. That’s why Ford launched the Timberline subbrand: It delivers slightly more capability off the pavement for those who want to hit the trails more often while looking a little more badass. The 2022 Ford Explorer Timberline is the first model to boast this package, and Ford has also announced an Expedition Timberline.
The 2022 Ford Explorer Timberline also targets Subaru customers who are avid campers and hikers. Although the Timberline is equipped so as to sit a level above any standard Subaru, it would pair well with the Ascent Wilderness rumored to be coming later this year.
How does the 2022 Ford Explorer Timberline compare to its regular sibling? Are the upgrades worth the price? We headed from Los Angeles to the San Francisco Bay Area and back to find out.
For the full story, check out this article from Motor Trend.