2021 Ford Explorer

Ford designed Explorer to take customers wherever the road leads. With its broad model lineup, Explorer offers capability, advanced technology and generous space for the day's activities or weekend journeys.

Meet the 2021 Explorer


This year, Explorer introduces the all-new XLT Sport Appearance Package featuring Carbonized Gray-painted 20" aluminum wheels and exterior accents to create an added layer of style. The interior will be treated with light to medium shades of slate tones, including ActiveX Seating Material with contrast stitching. Limited models and above now feature high-gloss black interior finishes on the center stack, along with satin silver or satin aluminum steering wheel bezels. Explorer offers choices with a Hybrid model: RWD or 4WD configuration. The rear-wheel drive architecture offers an excellent balance of performance and capability, providing customers the choice of the standard 2.3L EcoBoost I‑4 engine, available 3.0L EcoBoost V6 or 3.3L Hybrid V6 powertrain and up to 5,600 lbs. of maximum towing capacity.  With its no-compromise approach, the performance-oriented ST paired with 4WD fits the build. Explorer has been the #1-selling SUV in the U.S. over the last 30 years.(1)

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Form Follows Function

The sloping roofline and short front overhang form the foundation for an exterior that's strong and athletic. Designed to look capable and confident, Explorer conveys a classic SUV profile. Each Explorer model features distinct visual cues, and for 2021, XLT customers can add a touch of style with the XLT Sport Appearance Package.

Commanding Intelligence

Explorer is smart and connected. Standard Ford Co‑Pilot360 Technology and available Ford Co‑Pilot360 Assist+ include confidence-inspiring driver-assist technology. SYNC 3 provides the function and feel of advanced technology with an available 10.1" portrait-style center-stack touchscreen, offering full or split-screen view. FordPass Connect features an embedded Wi‑Fi hotspot that supports up to 10 devices and allows owners to schedule a time to remote-start the vehicle.

No-Compromise Hybrid

Explorer Limited Hybrid is a no-compromise Ford hybrid SUV designed to offer a balance between performance, capability and efficiency. With a 3.3L V6 hybrid powertrain that features a 10‑speed modular hybrid transmission, available Intelligent 4WD and cleverly packaged lithium-ion battery, the Limited Hybrid can do everything an EcoBoost-equipped Explorer does.

Protecting Precious Cargo

Explorer includes Reverse Brake Assist and standard safety belt usage sensors. Both features continue the long-standing Ford commitment to safety. Explorer ST changes the way we think about SUVs by offering 400‑horsepower excitement. The Ford Performance team designed ST to be the most powerful Explorer in the lineup. The aggressive black-accented appearance, specially tuned 3.0L EcoBoost engine and sport-tuned suspension deliver a performance-infused driving experience that only Explorer ST provides.

Meticulously Crafted

From the 12.3" digital instrument cluster with Mindful Mode to the new E-Z Entry second-row seats and PowerFold  third-row seats, the interior of the Explorer offers craftsmanship, with spacious and comfortable seating for up to seven. The new XLT Sport Appearance Package includes a unique Light Slate ActiveX Seating Material with darker accent stitching and coordinated door panel inserts. On Limited models and above, high-gloss black accents surround the center stack and buttons.

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    1801 Lantaff Boulevard
    Madisonville, KY 42431

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