2021 Ford Explorer Review

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$32,225starting msrp

300 HPhorsepower

27 city / 29 hwyfuel economy

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The 2021 Ford Explorer is an iconic SUV akin to no others in its class. This vehicle offers cutting-edge technology, luxury from the inside out, superb driver-assistance features, and more. Need more information? Check out our review of the 2021 Ford Explorer below to see why it should be your #1 pick.

Performance and Handling

The 2021 Explorer has outstanding performance. The standard model has a turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine with 300 horsepower. It also has a 10-speed automatic transmission. If you have a penchant for more power, opt for the Platinum trim that has a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 engine with 365 horsepower. The Explorer ST has the same engine but is packed with 400 horsepower. The Explorer hybrid edition combines a 3.3-liter V-6 engine with an electric motor for a total output of 318 horsepower. Towing your trailer or boat along for an adventure is no sweat with the Explorer. It can tow up to 5,600 pounds when equipped with a proper towing package.

Ford Explorer driving on a road

Interior & Technology

If it’s a comfy and functional interior you’re looking for, this vehicle has it – and more! The SUV comes standard with a third row that has a six-seat or seven-seat layout option. New to the 2021 Explorer is a mechanism that moves the second-row seat with a quick touch of a button. Unveil even more premium features when you upgrade to get heated seats and steering wheel, a cargo organizer, and an eight-way power-adjustable front passenger’s seat. The tech features of the 2021 Explorer are as useful as they are impressive. An 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment screen comes standard and equipped with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, plus a Wi-Fi hotspot. Beginning with the base model, there’s voice-activated navigation as well as a rear-seat entertainment system. When you upgrade to the Platinum or ST trim, you’ll gain an optional 10.1-inch vertical screen. Also, the 12-speaker B&O audio system comes standard with higher trims.

Exterior Features

The sporty design of the 2021 Explorer is both fun and durably built. The athletic exterior has a lip spoiler, deep-tinted glass, a shiny metal-look grille, 21-inch bright machined-face aluminum, and other striking features. If you want to enhance your new Explorer with even more eye-appealing aesthetic, opt for the Sport Appearance package available on the XLT trim. This package includes 20-inch aluminum wheels coated in Carbonized Gray paint, a mesh grille with Carbonized Gray accents, faux skid plates, and more.

Safety and Security

The 2021 Explorer received a five-star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), so you can be confident you’re in a safe SUV. Ford equips every Explorer model with a variety of standard safety features such as Lane Departure Warning, Lane-Keeping Assist, Rear-Cross Traffic Alert, Blind Spot Monitoring, Forward-Collision Warning, and Automated Emergency Braking. Unlock more safety and security features such as self-parking assist when you upgrade.

Explorer interior

Your Questions, Answered:

What are the engine options with the 2021 Ford Explorer?

The 2021 Ford Explorer offers three different engines: 2.3-liter turbocharged inline-four, 3.0-liter turbocharged V-6, and a 3.3-liter V-6 with an electric motor.

Does the 2021 Ford Explorer have an all-wheel drive (AWD)?

The base and XLT models come standard with rear-wheel drive, but an all-wheel drive is optional.

What trim levels are available for the 2021 Ford Explorer?

The 2021 Ford Explorer comes in five trim levels: The Explorer is available in base ($32,225), XLT ($35,245), Limited ($46,950), ST ($53,850), and Platinum ($55,725).

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We offer VIP delivery to anyone that buys a new or used vehicle through Five Star Automotive. You can value your trade and request financing for your new SUV through our website as well, which means that you can buy your new Ford without ever having to leave the house. Tuscaloosa Ford has been providing Ford vehicles to members of the Tuscaloosa, Birmingham, and surrounding Alabama community for years, offering follow-up services that make a difference. Our dealership offers a lifetime PowerTrain warranty, because we believe in Ford quality, and want to keep your vehicle up and running for as long as possible. Contact us with any questions you might have, and we can get you in a brand new Ford SUV, totally hassle-free.

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