All You Need to Know About the 2021 Ford Explorer
The Ford Explorer is the mid-size SUV that Ford fans love. Significantly redesigned in 2020 and available in several trim levels, it continues to improve in 2020 with some noteworthy new features.
But it retains what made it so famous in the first place. For example, it includes three rows of seats that you can actually use. That's not always the case in vans of this size. It also has a large cargo area, making it a wise choice for the family while giving it a plus in terms of versatility.
Because it's modern and sophisticated, it also has all the connectivity options that have become indispensable, from Android Auto and Apple Car Play to the possibility of having an Internet network in the vehicle.
All the versions are all-wheel drive, which is not the case with our neighbours south of the border. The base and XLT models are equipped with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine as standard. A hybrid powertrain is available as an option on the Limited model, and the Platinum and high-end sport ST models are equipped with a twin-turbo V-6 engine.
All, without exception, are mated to the 10-speed automatic transmission that Ford has developed.
A few changes
For the year 2021, Ford has chosen to keep the same versions. However, we played a little with comfort by offering heated seats as standard and an optional heated steering wheel.
A sporty-looking package is now available on the XLT version, and it includes 20-inch aluminum wheels covered in Carbon Grey paint. In addition to the upgraded wheels, the package also consists of a mesh grille with Carbon Grey accents, as well as a unique rocker panel, dual exhaust outlets, light slate-coloured interior trim, fake skid plates, and much more, are among the new features available.
Hybrid and economical
There are more powerful versions of the Ford Explorer. The 400 horsepower of the ST version, for example, allows you to move the SUV with unusual enthusiasm in a vehicle of this size. The 3.0- litre twin-turbo V6 engine is impressive. Since the gearbox has also been adapted for this specific, Ford has created an SUV with a lively and dynamic response. Note that the same engine also equips the Platinum version but configured differently for 365 horsepower.
The basic versions are not to be outdone. Their engine, a 300-hp, 2.3-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder with 300 horsepower, is more than enough to get the job done, making the Explorer one of the most fuel-efficient in its class.
However, the real find is the hybrid version, which has joined the Explorer lineup for 2020. It combines a 3.3-litre V-6 engine with an electric motor for a combined output of 318 horsepower.
Interior and comfort
The interior cabin of the Ford Explorer is pleasant and well thought out. It's functional and offers plenty of room for occupants, no matter what seat they're sitting in. Even access to the rear seats has become more accessible thanks to a new mechanism that allows the second- row seat to be removed at the touch of a button.
An 8.0-inch touch screen infotainment display is standard. To get the optional 10.1-inch vertically oriented display, you'll need to upgrade to the Platinum or ST version. However, each model is available with voice-activated navigation and a rear-seat entertainment system. A 12-speaker B&O audio system is standard in almost all models.
Safe, comfortable and powerful - it can tow up to 5100 pounds if adequately equipped - the Ford Explorer certainly has a version that will meet your needs.
- Self-supporting body construction
- 5 versions available
- ST version with 400 horsepower and sports package
- Hybrid version offered
- 10 speed automatic gearbox
- CoPilot360 security system
- AWD with Terrain Management series
- Trailer stabilization system
- Towing capacity of 2268 kilos (5000 pounds)
- Optional 10 inch touch screen
- Optional B & O audio system
- Optional parking assistance