2021 Ford Explorer at Columbine Ford

It’s always easy to tell why Ford outperforms all of the competition year in and year out, especially with the Explorer leading the charge. In the 2021 model year, the Ford Explorer is most certainly not playing any games. You’ll even find the addition of a Sport Appearance package for the XLT trim, and even a few changes for the standard and optional feature availability. None of that negates the rear-wheel drive platform that gives you great handling, nor the strong engines that always allow for quick acceleration. Basically, the Ford Explorer is as good as it has ever been, which means it’s time to get behind the wheel of one! Keep reading down below for more information about this SUV.

Whatever You Do. Do it in Style.

Seats that Move to Fit You

Multicontour seats with Active Motion offer an added dose of comfort to the driver and front passenger.

10.1-inch LCD Touchscreen

An available 10.1-inch LCD capacitive portrait touchscreen means connectivity at your fingertips.

Connected Technology for a Commanding Drive

Rear View Camera

Backing up made easy. The Rear View Camera provides a clear view of what’s behind your vehicle.

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.

An SUV That Adapts.

2021 Explorer Outfitters

Package includes roof-mounted Yakima MegaWarrior cargo basket with net, Ford Accessories crossbars, 3-piece Ford Accessories floor liners, and a cargo area protector.

Explorer Outfitters Cargo

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.

Capability Drives Experience

10-Speed Transmission

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.

Side-Wind Stabilization

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.

2021 Ford Explorer Trim Levels


  • SiriusXM
  • Rear-wheel drive
  • Cloth seating surfaces


  • Intelligent 4WD
  • Second-row bucket seats
  • First-row heated seats


  • Bang & Olufsen 12-speaker system
  • Leather seating surfaces
  • Forward sensing system


  • Sport-tuned independent front and rear suspension
  • ST interior
  • Active Park Assist 2.0


  • Second-row captain’s chairs
  • Tri-diamond perforated leather seating
  • Second-row heated bucket seats

What does the Ford Explorer have for engines?

You will be able to choose between two different engines when you get the Ford Explorer. This allows for the ability to upgrade from the base engine, should you be in need of more power. The base engine itself is a 2.3-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder, which produces 310 pound-feet of torque and around 300 horsepower. The other available engine is a 3.0-liter turbocharged V6, which creates 400 horsepower and 415 pound-feet of torque. A ten-speed automatic transmission comes paired with both of these engines, as does rear-wheel drive. You will be able to get all-wheel drive if you choose the Platinum model. As you can tell, this is an SUV that will be able to handle anything, trust us.

What is the 2021 Explorer Lineup?

Even after figuring out which engine you are most interested in getting with your Explorer, you still need to figure out the standard and optional features that are available. The base trim will get you standard features like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, remote monitoring, tri-zone automatic climate control, 50/50-split folding third-row seats, an eight-inch touchscreen, an in-vehicle WiFi hotspot, a power liftgate, and a power-adjustable driver’s seat. The XLT adds onto that trim with second-row USB ports, heated front seats, roof rails, second-row captain’s chairs, keyless entry and ignition, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. The Limited model includes ventilated front seats, a navigation system, interior ambient lighting, a heated steering wheel, a wireless charging pad, second-row sunshades, leather upholstery, and a 12-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system.

Can you tell me about the Explorer’s safety features?

Now that we’ve discussed power and comfort, it’s time to figure out how safe of a vehicle the 2021 Explorer is. The answer is, Ford has provided you with a vehicle that you can absolutely trust with your family. Some of the standard safety features include trailer sway control, lane-keeping assist, rear cross-traffic alert, blind-spot monitoring, and frontal collision mitigation. Some optional safety features include an automated parking system, a surround-view camera system, adaptive cruise control, front parking sensors, and a lane-centering system.

2021 Ford Explorer at Columbine Ford

Anyone should be able to tell by now why we, and everyone else, are so obsessed with the 2021 Ford Explorer. This is an SUV that offers power, comfort, and all of the safety you could ever possibly need. We hope to see you soon here at Columbine Ford, and we’ll make sure that you drive home in the model of your dreams!