Whatever You Do. Do it in Style.
The power and driving dynamics of the 2021 Explorer come wrapped in an eye-catching design that boasts authentic comfort and style. And because it was built for the active lifestyle, you can also expect an interior space that accommodates the kids, the dog, the sports equipment, camping gear and just about anything else you may need on the road to exploration.
Great Performance With the Looks to Match
The first thing you’ll notice about the 2021 Explorer is its dynamic design, including signature LED headlamps and other strong exterior details. The interior is also crafted with an array of defining attributes including available Tri-Diamond perforated leather seating surfaces on the Platinum, an available hexagon carbon-fiber-lined dash on the ST and a precision-engineered center console and rotary gear shift dial throughout the lineup.
The 2021 Explorer ST rounds out its athletic stance with unique ST badging and a bold grille. Inside, the Explorer ST also offers unique leather micro-perforated seating surfaces. City Silver Accent stitching and ST logo. The twin-turbocharged 3.0L EcoBoost produces 400 HP, 415 lb.-ft. of torque, and a top speed of 143 mph proving its got power to go along with its style.
Shown with optional ST Street Package.
Enjoy the view from the comfortable Explorer ST leather seating surfaces with micro-perforation and accent stitching.
The unique ST badging lets everyone knows that you drive an Explorer that blends utility with driving performance.
10.1-Inch LCD Capacitive Portrait Touchscreen
An available 10.1-inch LCD capacitive portrait touchscreen means connectivity at your fingertips. Use it just like your smartphone to queue up directions, play music or call your friends and much more.
Seats that Move to Fit You
Multicontour seats with Active Motion® offer an added dose of comfort to the driver and front passenger. The Active Motion component offers five massage themes for an isolated back massage that focuses on either the upper or lower back. The combination of these amenities helps prevent fatigue so you can stay fresh on long drives.
Seating For Up to Seven
Available third-row PowerFold® seats make it easy to accommodate both passengers and cargo. With the seats up, the Explorer can carry seven passengers. Or, fold them down and make room for cargo.
Customize Your Display
Tailor your instrument panel to your drive. With a 12.3-inch customizable cluster, standard on Platinum and ST, Explorer lets you configure the look and function of your driving information.
Connected Technology for a Commanding Drive
The 2021 Explorer comes equipped with plenty of smart and capable features to prepare you for any adventure. For added assistance, Explorer comes with Ford Co-Pilot360™ Technology, a lineup of available driver-assist features designed to enhance your driving experience. You’ll also find that staying connected is easy with features like SYNC® 3 and FordPass Connect™ on your side.
Auto High-Beam Headlamps
With Auto High-Beam Headlamps, unlit roads, dark peripheries and other low-visibility situations don’t have to catch you off guard. Auto High-Beam Headlamps can sense poor lighting conditions and switch on to light your path ahead. They can even sense oncoming headlights and dim automatically so you don’t have to worry about blinding other drivers. As a result, you can keep your focus – and both hands on the wheel.
Rear View Camera
Backing up made easy. The Rear View Camera provides a clear view of what’s behind your vehicle. It also comes with a built-in washer so you can keep the camera lens free of debris (like snow or dust) and navigate Reverse with confidence.
BLIS® (Blind Spot Information System) with Cross-Traffic Alert
BLIS® can help detect and alert you to vehicles in your blind spots, while Cross-Traffic Alert can detect traffic behind you when you’re slowly backing out of a parking spot or driveway.
Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB)
This feature scans the road ahead and can alert you to potential collisions with vehicles or pedestrians detected in your path. If an impact becomes imminent and you don’t take corrective action, the brakes can apply automatically. But don’t worry – they’ll only activate if they’re needed.
Lane-Keeping System can help you stay in your lane, even during a moment of distraction. This smart feature scans your vehicle’s position between the lines on the road ahead and can alert you if you’re starting to edge out of your lane. Having trouble staying on track? After you’ve drifted a few times, you’ll see a coffee cup icon, letting you know it’s time to take a break.
Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control
Not only does Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) help you keep pace on your journey, it also features Speed Sign Recognition that can slow down your vehicle if the traffic ahead has stopped or slowed. As soon as things clear, you’ll resume your set speed. And that’s not the only way it levels up your cruise control experience. The added Lane Centering feature scans lane markings to help you keep your vehicle centered between the lines.
Staying connected from just about anywhere is easy because Ford and available SYNC® 3 has teamed up with Amazon’s cloud-based voice service – Alexa. Ford+Alexa brings the amazing capabilities of Amazon Alexa from your home to the road. By using the Ford+Alexa app that you can download to your iPhone® or Android™ smartphone, and then connecting to SYNC® 3 AppLink,® you’ll have access to voice navigation, traffic information, Amazon Prime shopping and more. You can even control your supported smart-home devices while you keep your eyes on the road and your hands on the wheel.
Order a pizza, schedule a business meeting or even turn up the home thermostat while keeping your eyes on the road and your hands on the steering wheel. With its many available features and compatible apps, available SYNC® 3 makes it easy to do all those things and more. The SYNC 3 system is our easy-to-use, voice-activated technology that also has a capacitive touchscreen. Its sleek, user-friendly interface helps SYNC 3 deliver more than just the ability to make phone calls and play your favorite music – it’s also about making connectivity fast, smart and simple.
Ford and Waze
The crowd-sourced navigation and traffic app is compatible with available SYNC® 3 AppLink.® By accessing Waze capability through SYNC 3 AppLink, you can collaborate with other users, outsmarting traffic by sharing information to get the best routes, and receive real-time alerts about accidents, road hazards and traffic jams. You can operate Waze through your vehicle’s touchscreen, as well as use voice commands for hands-free control, helping to keep your eyes on the road.
Your Home Away From Home.
The 2021 Explorer gives you the tools for seamless adventures. With the help of innovative technology, you can sit back and relax, staying connected with features like SYNC® 3 and an in-vehicle Wi-Fi hotspot. The added benefit of an available wireless charging pad gives you a reason to keep your phone on standby while you enjoy some time away in your personal sanctuary.
Active Park Assist 2.0
Available Active Park Assist 2.0 makes it easy to nail an impressive park, time after time – even in tight parallel or perpendicular spots. With the push of a button, it will detect an appropriate parking spot and let you know when to stop and put the car in neutral. Once you’re there, all you have to do is hold the Active Park Assist button for the duration of the park and the system does the rest. This feature also offers park out assist with side-sensing capability so you can confidently navigate out of a spot when someone’s parked too close to you.
An SUV That Adapts.
The 2021 Explorer is designed to make the most of any situation. It gives you the tools to take on your adventures or your errands with your choice of Outfitters packages plus a number of features that include available Michelin® self-sealing tires, extra cargo space and a B&O Sound System by Bang & Olufsen.
Explorer Outfitters Cargo – SkyBox
Equip your 2021 Ford Explorer with a Yakima SkyBox 16 Carbonite Roof Box, Ford Accessories Crossbars, 3-piece Ford Accessories floor liners and a cargo area protector behind the third row.
2021 Explorer Outfitters Cargo – MegaWarrior
Package includes roof mounted Yakima MegaWarrior cargo basket with net, Ford Accessories crossbars, 3-piece Ford Accessories floor liners, and a cargo area protector behind the third row.
2021 Explorer Outfitters Bike – FrontLoader
You’ll be ready to ride with the Yakima roof mounted FrontLoader bike carriers with locks, Ford Accessories crossbars, 3-piece Ford Accessories floor liners and a cargo area protector behind the third row.
Pack It All, No Compromises.
Explorer delivers when you need configurable cargo space. With the second- and third-row seats in the upright position, you have maximum seating plus enough cargo space to haul the essentials. * If you need more room, the Explorer provides up to 87.8 cubic feet of cargo space behind the first row.
E-Z Entry Second Row
Even with a car seat in place, the adaptable E-Z Entry second-row seating makes for easy entrances and exits. There’s no need to get out and help either, because your rear-seat passengers can navigate their seating arrangement with the pull of a lever.
The available 360-Degree camera with split-view display uses four cameras (one in the grille, liftgate and under each of the sideview mirrors), enabling you to see all sides of the vehicle on the center screen. It’s especially useful when maneuvering in tight spaces or on trails.
Michelin® Self-Sealing Tires
Available self-sealing tires have a material on the inside of the tire that can seal punctures up to 6mm (1/4 inch) in diameter in the tread area.
Tri-Zone Climate Control
Tri-zone climate control lets you personalize the comfort level in all three rows with available individualized temperature settings. And the available heated steering wheel and heated and cooled seats are sure to keep you comfortable behind the wheel.
Capability Drives Experience
The 2021 Explorer is ready for adventure, thanks to an array of capability-enhancing features. From RWD and a 10-speed transmission to the available 3.0L EcoBoost® engine and available 4WD with Terrain Management System,™ the Explorer is prepared for the road ahead.
Intelligent 4WD with Terrain Management System™
The standard Terrain Management System™ can help tackle any adventure. Available Intelligent 4WD comes with seven selectable drive modes, accessed through a single easy-to-use dial in the center console. Normal, Trail, Deep Snow/Sand, Slippery, Sport, Tow/Haul and Eco mode that each come with special 3D animated graphics in the available 12.3-inch digital cluster. Plus, Hill Descent Control™ helps control braking and speed on steep grades. And with Intelligent 4WD, there’s also the added benefit of enhanced control on your day-to-day commute, especially when conditions are rough.
3.0L EcoBoost® Engine
As the backbone of the ST and Platinum powertrains, that available 3.0L EcoBoost® takes the athletic feel of Explorer a step further. By using turbocharging and direct injection, the Platinum powertrain generates 365 horsepower plus 380 lb.-ft. of torque. The ST combines this muscular engine with Ford Performance engine tuning for a powertrain like nothing before it. With 400 hp plus 415 lb.-ft. of toque and top speed of 143 mph, the 2021 ST really brings the power.
The 2021 Explorer comes equipped with RWD to maximize performance and design. Rear-wheel drive architecture enables a sportier, more athletic design, improved on- and off-road capability and 600 pounds more in maximum towing capacity when equipped with the Class III Trailer Tow Package.
Towing and Trailer Sway Control
Building on AdvaceTrac with Roll Stability Control,™ standard trailer sway control selectively brakes and adjusts engine power to maintain trailer control. The result is stability and control, even when towing large loads. When equipped with the class III trailer tow package and the 3.0L V6 engine, the Explorer can tow a maximum of 5,600lbs.* The Class III Trailer Tow Package is available with the 2.3L EcoBoost and 3.3L hybrid engines and comes standard with the 3.0L EcoBoost engine.
*Max towing varies based on cargo, vehicle configuration, accessories and number of passengers.
Explorer Limited Hybrid
The Explorer Limited Hybrid is a no-compromise hybrid SUV that’s engineered for big adventures. Not only is it the only hybrid in its class* that can tow 5,000 pounds,** it’s also fully off-road capable.
*Class is Large Utilities. **Max towing varies based on cargo, vehicle configuration, accessories and number of passengers.
Post-Collision Braking, standard on all series, can potentially lessen the severity of a secondary collision by automatically applying moderate brake pressure when an initial collision is detected in an attempt to slow down the vehicle and potentially lessen injury to occupants and damage to the vehicle.
Available Reverse Brake Assist
With increasing audio and visual warnings, Reverse Brake Assist helps alert you to any objects you may be missing while slowly backing up. The system can detect both stationary and moving objects, including people and vehicles behind the SUV, and can even apply the brakes to help prevent a collision.
Side-wind stabilization, standard on all series, can help counteract heavy wind conditions. This feature helps to stabilize the vehicle in situations where you are likely to encounter heavy gusts of wind. The system keeps you from having to fight the wind and put in extra effort when overtaking large trucks, crossing a bridge or simply driving on the open road.
Dealer installed Outfitter package shown.
The 10-speed transmission makes transitioning between speeds a more efficient process, ensuring smooth upshifts and downshifts. Compared with a 6-speed, the 10-speed delivers improved overall performance, with enhanced acceleration at the low and mid ranges of the power band.
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