2019 Ford Explorer XLT vs. Limited

Are you wondering what the differences between the 2019 Ford Explorer XLT vs. Limited are? Greenbrier Ford in Lewisburg, WV, has the information you're looking for. This page explores the similarities, differences, engine options, and interior features standard on these two SUV trim levels.

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What are the Similarities?

The 2019 Explorer XLT and Limited have many similarities. Have a glance at the list below to see some of them.

  • Both SUVs come with leather-wrapped steering wheels that have cruise control, 5-way controls, and secondary audio controls.
  • Automatic low-beam LED headlamps and LED taillamps are standard on both the XLT and Limited.
  • These Ford SUVs were both designed to seat 7 people total.
  • Both have leather-wrapped shift knobs.
  • XLT and Limited both come with intelligent access with push-button start.
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What are the Differences?

One of the key differences between the 2019 Ford Explorer XLT and Limited is the starting MSRP. The XLT starts at $34,400 MSRP, while the Limited starts at $42,765. Have a glance below to see some of the other important differences.

  • The XLT can achieve 17 city and 24 highway MPG, while the Limited can accomplish 19 city and 27 highway MPG.
  • The Limited comes standard with a hands-free, foot-activated liftgate, while the XLT does not.
  • The Limited has standard PowerFold® mirrors, but the XLT doesn't.

Engine Options Available for the Ford Explorer

Both the XLT and Limited have powerful capabilities, but which SUV's capacities are what you need most in your day-to-day commute? Read the table below to find out which engine option is the right fit for you.


2019 Ford Explorer Trim Level


3.5L Ti-VCT V6


2.3L EcoBoost® I-4


MPG (city/hwy)


290 HP


280 HP

255 lb.-ft.


310 lb.-ft.

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Interior Features: What's the Difference?

The 2019 Limited and XLT have quite a few interior feature differences. The list below illustrates just some of these unique characteristics so that you can make an informed decision.

  • The Limited has a PowerFold® 3rd row 50/50 split-folding bench seat, while the XLT only has a manual 50/50 split-folding 3rd row seat.
  • The XLT comes with manual single-zone climate control, while the Limited comes with dual-zone electronic automatic temperature control.
  • The Limited comes standard with a power tilt/telescoping steering column, while the XLT only has a manual tilt/telescoping column.
  • The Limited comes standard with a heated steering wheel and the XLT does not.

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