New Ford Explorer Model Review

2021 Ford Explorer at Harvard Ford

Take the time to unpack the all-new 2021 Ford Explorer, the ultimate SUV equipped for whatever life throws your way. From daily carpools to weekend getaways, the new Explorer is the perfect companion thanks to its numerous top-tier premium amenities and spacious interior offerings. With seating for up to seven, lush materials, an available B&O Sound system, and an available Cargo Management System, there isn't a bad seat to be had in the new Explorer. See how the all-new 2021 Ford Explorer compares to the competition in premium performance, amenities, and advanced safety features. Learn more about how the new 2021 Ford Explorer is designed to enhance you and all your passenger's driving experience from the experts at Harvard Ford. When you're ready to take the next step, set up a test drive and browse all our latest available new and used Ford models waiting for you.


Ford Explorer's Efficient Performance

Capable, efficient, and powerful, what more could you really need? The all-new Explorer proves you really can have it all plus great performance offerings like the available responsive 4WD system that let you take command on or off-road with confidence. Choose from four powerful engines, the Terrain Management System™, and the seven available drive modes to unlock a truly freeing driving experience. Additional Ford Explorer performance highlights include:

  • 21 city and 28 highway mpg
  • Hill Descent Control™, Terrain Management System™, and Trailer Sway Control
  • Available Unique Sport-tuned Independent Front and Rear Suspension
  • 2.3L EcoBoost Engine, available 3.3L Hybrid Engine, or available 3.0L EcoBoost® Engine

Ford Explorer's Creature Comforts

Unpack all the premium amenities and entertainment technology waiting for you in the new Explorer. Tailored to all your needs and desires, from all the next-level premium comforts to all the impressive innovative amenities that enhance your drive. With more space and premium entertainment technology, the all-new 2021 Ford Explorer comes road-trip ready at a moment's notice. Ford Explorer's interior highlights include:

  • Seating for up to seven
  • Available Tri-zone Electronic Automatic Temperature Control
  • Available Twin-panel Moonroof
  • Available B&O Sound system by Bang & Olufsen 12 speakers
  • Available Second Row Captain's Chairs with Power-Assist Fold and E-Z Entry

Ford Co-Pilot360™ Technology

Discover all the latest safety features the new Ford Explorer has to offer, like all the impressive standard and available Ford Co-Pilot360™ Technologies. Featuring advanced safety features that don't just look out for you and your passengers but also other drivers and pedestrians. Ford Co-Pilot360™ Technology advanced safety features includes:

  • Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking
  • Rear View Camera with Dynamic Hitch Assist
  • Available Lane-Keeping System and Pro Trailer Backup Assist™
  • Available Ford Co-Pilot360™ 2.0
  • Available BLIS® with Cross-Traffic Alert and BLIS® with Cross-Traffic Alert and Trailer Tow Coverage

2020 vs 2021 Ford Explorer

The 2021 Ford Explorer now offers an all-new available XLT Sport Appearance Package that features unique Carbonized Gray-painted 20-inch wheels with matching grille, rugged skid plates, hood lettering, and new dual chrome exhaust tips.


2021 Ford Explorer Competitive Comparisons

2021 Ford Explorer vs the Chevy Traverse

2021 Ford Explorer Lifestyle
2021 Ford Explorer
Fuel Economy: 21 city / 28 highway mpg
Torque: 310 lb-ft
Transmission: 10-speed automatic w/OD
Power Outlets: 5 12-Volt
Rear Legroom: 39.0"
2021 Chevy Traverse
Fuel Economy: 18 city / 27 highway mpg
Torque: 266 lb-ft
Transmission: 9-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
Power Outlets: 2 12-Volt
Rear Legroom: 38.4"

The new 2021 Ford Explorer outperforms the new 2021 Chevy Traverse in fuel economy, torque, and overall performance offerings. Drive more and stop less thanks to the new Ford Explorer’s dynamic 21 city and 28 highway mpg. Choose from a wide array of premium powertrains, including a 2.3L EcoBoost Engine, a 3.3L Hybrid Engine, or a 3.0L EcoBoost® Engine. Take it off-road with confidence, enjoy the sophisticated Hill Descent Control™, Terrain Management System™, and Trailer Sway Control! Features missing in the latest Chevy Traverse.

2021 Ford Explorer vs the Toyota Highlander

2021 Ford Explorer Seating
2021 Ford Explorer
Starting Price: $32,225
Horsepower: 300
Torque: 310 lb-ft
Transmission: 10-speed automatic w/OD
Power Outlets: 5 12-Volt
2021 Toyota Highlander
Starting Price: $34,910
Horsepower: 295
Torque: 263 lb-ft
Transmission9: 8-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
Power Outlets: 2 12-Volt

Why pay more for less power, amenities, and technology? At just $32,225, the new 2021 Ford Explorer comes loaded with 300 horsepower, 310 lb-ft of torque, and a 10-speed automatic w/OD transmission. As for advanced safety features, the new 2021 Ford Explorer has the 2021 Toyota Highlander beat with its impressive Co-Pilot360™ Technology. This advanced safety system includes Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking, Rear View Camera with Dynamic Hitch Assist, and more fantastic innovative safety features!.


Ford Explorer Trims

 

Explorer

Starting at $32,225


  • 2.3L EcoBoost Engine
  • Second-row 35/30/35 split-fold-flat Bench Seat
  • Ford Co-Pilot360™ Technology
  • Power Liftgate

 

 Explorer XLT

Starting at $34,000


  • 2.3L EcoBoost Engine
  • Second-row Console
  • First-Row Heated Seats
  • Ford Co-Pilot360™ Technology

 

 Explorer Limited

Starting at $45,705


  • Available 3.3L Hybrid Engine
  • B&O Sound system by Bang & Olufsen 12 speakers
  • Ford Co-Pilot360™ Technology
  • Wireless Charging Pad

 

Explorer ST

Starting at $52,605


  • 3.0L EcoBoost® Engine and Intelligent 4WD
  • EXPLORER badge on hood
  • B&O Sound system by Bang & Olufsen 12 speakers
  • Leather Seating Surfaces

 

Explorer Platinum

Starting at $54,480


  • 3.0L EcoBoost® Engine and Intelligent 4WD
  • Unique with Satin Aluminum Finish Grille
  • B&O Sound system by Bang & Olufsen 12 speakers
  • Tri-Diamond Perforated Leather Seating Surfaces with Accent Stitching

Ford Explorer FAQs


The base Explorer model starts at $32,225 and can go up to $54,480 with the Explorer Platinum trim.

The new Ford Explorer offers seating for up to seven passengers.

The 2021 Ford Explorer offers a spacious 152.7 cu-ft of passenger volume.

The new 2021 Ford Explorer offers a 2.3L EcoBoost Engine, an available 3.3L Hybrid Engine, or an available 3.0L EcoBoost® Engine.

The 2021 Ford Explorer boasts an impressive 21 city and 28 highway mpg fuel economy.

Yes, the new 2021 Ford offers Intelligent 4WD for premium traction and confidence in any terrain.

The new Ford Explorer’s dimensions are 198.8” L x 89.3” W x 69.9” H.

The new 2021 Ford Explorer comes equipped with Ford Co-Pilot360™ Technology, an advanced safety system that includes:

  • Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking
  • Rear View Camera with Dynamic Hitch Assist
  • Available Lane-Keeping System and Pro Trailer Backup Assist™
  • Available Ford Co-Pilot360™ 2.0
  • Available BLIS® with Cross-Traffic Alert and BLIS® with Cross-Traffic Alert and Trailer Tow Coverage

The new Explorer offers a slew of premium comforts and amenities to enhance your drive including an available Tri-zone Electronic Automatic Temperature Control, an available Twin-panel Moonroof, and even an available B&O Sound system by Bang & Olufsen 12 speakers.

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Based on 2021 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.

Prices shown are manufacturer suggested retail prices only and do not include taxes, license, doc fee, or destination charge. Manufacturer vehicle accessory costs, labor and installation vary. Please contact us with any questions.

**Based on 2021 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, battery-pack age/condition and other factors. For Fit EV Models, 132 city/105 highway/118 combined miles per gallon of gasoline-equivalent (MPGe) rating; 82 mile combined (city/highway) driving range rating (adjusted). Ratings determined by EPA. Use for comparison purposes only. Your MPGe and range will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, lithium-ion battery age/condition, and other factors. For additional information about EPA ratings, visit http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/label/learn-more-electric-label.shtml.