The Ford Explorer is a competitive midsize SUV with three comfortable rows of seats. The Explorer recently received a design refresh in 2020, which means that it doesn't have too many changes for 2021 except for some adjustments to standard and optional features by trim. The XLT trim can also now be adorned with a new Sport package to give it a more athletic look. Aside from the fact that it has plenty of power and a large, luxurious interior, one feature that makes the Ford Explorer stand out is its unique unibody construction that enhances its durability. Also notable for the Explorer in 2021 is the fact that it returns to rear-wheel drive as the standard drivetrain. All-wheel drive is available.
|Specs||2021 Ford Explorer|
|Fuel Economy (City/Hwy)||27 city / 29 hwy mpg|
|Standard Engine||2.3L EcoBoost I-4 - 3.0L V6 (trim dependent)|
|Horsepower||300 - 400 horsepower (trim dependent)|
|Towing Capacity||5,300 - 5,600lbs (trim dependent)|
|Transmission||10-Speed Automatic Transmission|
The 2021 Ford Explorer has a respectable tow rating of 5,000 pounds. There are two engines available for the Ford Explorer based on trim. The first engine, which powers most trim levels, is a zippy and responsive turbo with four cylinders. The base engine has a 2.3L displacement. With this engine, the Explorer is capable of 300 HP. Its maximum torque is 310 LB-FT. A second engine powers the ST trim level and higher. This engine is a turbo V6 with a higher power output of 400 HP. Its torque output increases to 415 LB-FT. You will get an automatic transmission with either engine that you choose.
The 2021 Explorer has plenty of space in its cabin. Its seating occupancy is seven to start, but you can lower the number of seats to six if you select captain's chairs. The 2021 Explorer has wide seats with an exceptionally comfortable front passenger's seat. The cabin is quiet and provides a smooth ride regardless of the terrain you're driving over. Starting with the Limited, the Ford adds more upscale amenities including leather seats and interior ambient lighting. Sportier seats come with the ST trim, which is the sportiest trim level of the lot, while the Platinum gets upgraded leather upholstery.
The Ford Explorer has many features to enjoy beginning at the base level. The 2021 Explorer ensures everyone stays connected and entertained with a premium infotainment system with a highly visible eight-inch screen. The Ford also has Android Auto and Apple CarPlay at every trim level. WiFi is standard, and the Explorer also gets smartphone-controlled remote monitoring. More amenities are added to successive trims starting with the XLT. The XLT offers the option of captain's chairs for six seats and more space in the back row. It adds some connectivity features including more USB ports in the back row. The XLT gains heated front seats and a leather steering wheel for a touch of elegance. Fully climate controlled seats come with the Limited trim. The Limited also gets an enhanced infotainment system with the addition of navigation. The Limited's audio system is upgraded as well to a Bang & Olufsen sound system. A wireless charging pad is included in the list of features from the Limited trim up. Along with sporty styling cues, the ST adds a digital instrument panel. Add-on options for most trims include a sunroof, a larger 10-inch display screen, and a second-row entertainment system.
All trim levels of the 2021 Explorer come with a basic set of advanced safety aids that includes lane-keep assist, blind-spot monitoring, forward collision mitigation, rear cross-traffic alert, and trailer sway control. More safety aids come with the Limited, including a surround view camera, adaptive cruise control, lane-center assist, and parking sensors on the front end.
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