2021 Ford Explorer

What's New For the 2021 Ford Explorer?

Ford's popular mid-size, three-row Explorer crossover SUV gets several new adjustments for the 2021 model year, even though it introduced the sixth generation of this vehicle last year. Most of the adjustments involve making some options standard on certain trims. The XLT trim has the most adjustments, including standard heated seats and an optional heated steering wheel. The XLT now gets an optional Sport Appearance package featuring 20-inch carbonized grey aluminum wheels, a mesh grille with carbonized grey accents, special lower body cladding, dual exhaust outlets, and faux skid plates. Inside, buyers will get light slater colored upholstery.

Other additions include a standard eight-way power-adjustable front passenger seat on the Limited, ST ad Platinum trim, and a new cargo organizer, optional on the XLT, Limited, and ST and standard on the Platinum trim.

What Are the Explorer Trims & Features?

The 2021 Explorer comes in five trims: Base, XLT, Limited, ST, and Platinum. The Base trim an advanced air filtration system, remote start, and Ford Pass Connect 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot. Next up is the XLT, which adds a 10-way power driver's seat, LED lighting, and roof rack side rails. The Limited gives you an auto-dimming rearview mirror, forward sensing system, and dual chrome exhaust tips. The ST provides hill descent control, a towing package, and intelligent four-wheel drive, while the Premium gives you a moonroof, premium stereo system, and special accents.

2021 Ford Explorer Interior

Raw Power and Stellar Performance

The Explorer has three available engines. A 300 hp, 2.3-liter, four-cylinder turbocharged engine is standard on the Base, XLT, and Limited trims. The Platinum trim comes with a 365 hp, 3.0-liter V6 turbocharged engine. For even more power, choose the Explorer ST, which has a sporty 400 hp version of the V6 engine. Buyers also have a hybrid powerplant option that has a 3.3-liter V6 engine with 318 hp paired with an electric motor. All engines pair with a 10-speed automatic transmission. A rear-wheel drive platform is standard with all-wheel drive optional.

Fuel economy ratings vary because of the many powertrain options available. As one would expect, the hybrid powerplant gets the best EPA-estimated gas mileage in the rear-wheel drive configuration with 27/29 mpg city/highway, respectively. Adding all-wheel drive reduces gas mileage by three to four mpg.

Ford Explorer Safety at the Forefront

Explorer Buyers will get a generous number of standard safety features that include a rear camera with washer, forward-collision warning, and automated emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring with rear-cross-traffic alert, lane-departure warning, and lane-keeping assist. Self-parking assist is optional.

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The best way to experience the new Ford Explorer is to take a test drive. Contact the staff at our showroom in Grapevine, Texas, today to schedule yours.

Explorer Questions

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