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Freshly redesigned for the 2020 model year, the 2021 Ford Explorer is a capable three-row SUV with room for your whole crew and power to boot. Plus, the 2021 Explorer is also available as a plug-in hybrid if you're looking for less trips to the pump. An available AWD system lets you choose from seven different traction settings, and the 2021 Ford Explorer is loaded with practical touches, like easy-exit second-row seats and four feet of space between the interior wheel wells.
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Max towing capacity
Regardless of what you need or want from a three-row SUV, the 2021 Ford Explorer has the engine and drivetrain to get the job done. The Explorer offers four competent powerplants, like a hybrid 3.3L V6 engine or a heart-thumping, 400-hp turbocharged 3.0L V6. All engines come paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission. No matter what you're looking for, the 2021 Ford Explorer has an excellent engine for the task.
Do you have a boat, trailer, or RV that you enjoy taking out for some weekend fun? The 2021 Ford Explorer has the hauling power for a variety of trailer needs. The standard, turbocharged 2.3L four-cylinder engine on the RWD 2021 Ford Explorer offers an estimated 5,300 lbs of towing capacity, when properly equipped.
Are you taking the soccer team to the game? Or maybe you're looking for a vehicle to take your crew and your pets to a campground, cottage, or resort. No matter who or what you need to carry, the 2021 Ford Explorer has the space and seating you need. There's a whopping 152.7 cubic feet of passenger volume—plenty of room for the seven people the Explorer seats. Toss your luggage into the 18.2 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row, and away you go.
The 2021 Ford Explorer boasts an interior that can adjust to your storage needs. The easy-folding second- and third-row seating can be configured several dozen ways. If you're picking up something long, short, wide, or tall, the interior of the 2021 Ford Explorer offers plenty of room. Fold down all the seats for an impressive 87.8 cubic feet of cargo volume. There are also four feet of space between the interior wheel wells, which means common construction materials will lay flat.
If the latest in driver-assistance and infotainment technology is one of your must-haves, you'll love the 2021 Ford Explorer. An optional tablet-like 10.1-inch touchscreen takes center stage on the console. A wireless charging pad cuts down on wires and keeps your devices powered. An available 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot is standard on all 2021 Ford Explorers and supports up to 10 devices.
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Eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system
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Height-adjustable driver's seat
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RepairPal gave the Ford Explorer an overall reliability rating of 4 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Above Average. This rating ranks Ford Explorer 20th out of 30 among Midsize SUVs.View RepairPal's full rating of the Ford Explorer
Includes a turbocharged 2.3L four-cylinder engine, six-speaker audio system, 18-inch aluminum wheels, and more.
Adds heated and power front seats, second-row captain's chairs, push-button start, LED signature lighting, and more.
Adds a 12-speaker B&O® Play sound system, heated second-row seating, heated and ventilated front seats, Ford Co-Pilot360™ Assist+, and more.
Adds a 3.3L V6 hybrid platform to the Limited trim's features.
Features a turbocharged, 400-hp, 3.0L V6 engine; an ST appearance package; sport-tuned suspension; a 12.3-inch digital cluster; and more.
Adds adaptive LED headlights, 21-inch alloy wheels, satin-aluminum exterior trim, and more to the Limited trim's features.
Infinite Blue Metallic Tinted Clearcoat
Rapid Red Metallic Tinted Clearcoat
Star White Metallic Tri-coat
18.2 cubic feet of trunk space
Three-passenger third-row bench
Optional 10.1-inch touchscreen
Dual USB charge ports in the second row