New for 2021There are no revolutionary changes for the 2021 year, although prices across the range have been reduced slightly compared to the 2020 model. Also, some trims have an expanded range of standard features such as heated front seats, while there's an increased choice of wheel sizes ranging from 18" to 21".
Powertrain OptionsThere are three main powertrain options available for 2021, and even at the base-level the Explorer is well equipped under the hood. A 2.3L turbo engine provides 300 horsepower and 310lb-ft of torque passed through a ten-speed automatic transmission to rear-wheel or all-wheel drive. Next in line is 3.0L twin-turbo V8 mill, which offers an output of up to 400hp and 415lb-ft with the optional sports tuning. Lastly, Ford's hybrid powertrain pairs a 3.3L V6 with an electric motor for a combined output of 318hp.
Reliable SafetyThe 2021 Explorer has earned top marks in crash tests from both the NHTSA and the IIHS. However, it also provides plenty of active technology to greatly reduce the risks of an incident in the first place. Highlights across the range include:
- Automatic emergency braking for forward collision prevention.
- Blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alerts.
- Lane-keeping assist and departure warnings.