Interested in the 2021 Ford Explorer? Ford’s three-row, midsize crossover SUV gets better every year, introducing drivers to rich, family-friendly comfort and cutting-edge tech and safety gear. Let’s take a closer look.
What’s the difference between the 2020 Ford Explorer and the 2021 Explorer?
For 2021, Ford is rolling out lots of new features. A new Sport Package, available for the mid-grade Explorer XLT, dresses up your ride with exclusive styling inside and out. The Explorer ST, the line’s high-performance model, gets a lower price tag. And a new off-road-ready Explorer Timberline trim model is making its debut, with standard features that include all-wheel drive and a TORSEN limited-slip differential.
Is the 2021 Ford Explorer reliable?
The Explorer offers three reliable engine options:
- Turbocharged 2.3L EcoBoost engine (300 horsepower, 310 lb-ft of torque)
- Turbo 3.0L EcoBoost engine (400 hp, 415 lb-ft)
- 3.3L hybrid engine (total 318 hp)
Each comes with a quick-shifting, fuel-efficient 10-speed automatic transmission. And it also gets standard rear-wheel drive, a setup that creates a very sporty performance and helps the Explorer tow up to 5,600 pounds.
If something does go wrong with your new Explorer, you can rely on Ford’s warranty coverage to help you get back on the road. Powertrain components are covered for the longest amount of time, which should give you peace of mind.
- Bumper to bumper: 3 years/36,000 miles
- Powertrain: 5 years/60,000 miles
- Corrosion (perforation only): 5 years/unlimited miles
- Roadside assistance program: 5 years/60,000 miles
What features are available?
You’ll love the 2021 Ford Explorer interior, which provides generous space for six or seven passengers, depending on whether you select second-row captain’s chairs. And you can equip this midsize crossover with a wealth of luxury features, including:
- Tri-diamond perforated leather seating surfaces
- Heated front seats
- Second-row heated captain’s seats
- Heated, leather-wrapped steering wheel
- Twin-panel moonroof
On the tech front, the Explorer offers lots of cutting-edge infotainment features and safety aids. Standard equipment includes:
- Lane-Keeping System (Lane-Keeping Assist, Lane-Keeping Alert, Driver Alert)
- Rearview camera with washer
- Reverse Sensing System
- Trailer Sway Control
- Ford Pass Connect
- 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot
- Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration
For an even savvier ride, check out these high-tech options:
- Wireless charging pad
- 12-speaker B&O sound system
- SYNC with voice-activated navigation system
How much does a fully loaded 2021 Ford Explorer cost?
Price range varies according to which Explorer trim model you select. Entry-level Ford Explorers start around $32,925, but a fully loaded model can cost about $54,730.
For example, the stylish Explorer King Ranch starts at $52,350, but when you add all-wheel drive, the price goes up to $54,730, the line’s most expensive MSRP.
The brand new, off-road-ready Timberline starts at $45,760. And you can nab a very luxurious, very efficient Explorer Platinum Hybrid starting at $53,085.