2021 Ford Explorer

What's New For the 2021 Ford Explorer?

The differences for the Ford Explorer in 2021 are mostly minor changes. This year's Ford Explorer has some additional features added to its list of standard amenities. More add-on options are offered as well. The XLT trim gets a Sports Appearance package that beefs up the exterior styling. The Explorer still comes in five trim levels, and it features many standard amenities on all trims.

2021 Explorer Is Impressive No Matter Which Trim You Choose

The base trim has an abundance of standard features, including a power liftgate for convenience and a potent turbocharged engine. The base trim's climate control has three zones for optimal passenger comfort. The driver's seat can be adjusted in multiple ways with power, and the seats in both back rows have a split-folding design. An eight-inch touchscreen display with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, Wi-Fi, and several smartphone controls, including remote monitoring, are also standard.

A higher-end cabin and more conveniences await with the XLT. The second Explorer trim adds additional USB ports in the back seat. It also gets captain's chairs to hold six people and create more room in the cabin. Other upgrades include a leather steering wheel and heated seats in the front. The Limited adds in ambient cabin lighting, more safety features, a comprehensive set of driver-assist aids, and more. You can also get an available hybrid powertrain on the Limited. The ST has unique sporty exterior touches, sport-themed front seats, and a transmission controlled with paddle shifters. The Platinum has plush leather seats, memory functions for the front seats, and a different suspension.

2021 Ford Explorer Interior

How Well Does the 2021 Explorer Perform?

The Ford Explorer is offered with a choice of two turbocharged engines in 2021. The first engine is a four-cylinder with a power output of 300 HP. The second engine, standard on the ST and offered on the other trims, has a greater power capacity of 400 HP. The two engines are both linked to a 10-speed automatic transmission. On the Limited trim, the available hybrid powertrain is a 318 HP 3.3L V6 mated with an electric motor. For most trims, the standard drivetrain is rear-wheel drive, but you can select all-wheel drive on most Explorer trims as well. All-wheel drive is standard on the Platinum trim.

Technologies to Keep You Safe

The 2021 Explorer gets Ford's CoPilot360 safety suite with a handful of driver-assist safety aids. This package has forward collision avoidance, lane departure warning, lane-keep assist, automatic emergency braking, and cruise control. An automated parking system is added to the ST trim, and you also get automatic emergency braking in the back along with the front. Other safety aids, including parking sensors, are added to the top trim levels.

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