The 2021 Ford Explorer comes in standard Explorer, XLT, Limited, Limited Hybrid, Enthusiast ST, Platinum, and Platinum Hybrid versions.
All-wheel drive is standard on several models but a $2,000 option elsewhere. Prices include a $1,245 destination charge. The base
Explorer ($33,470) comes with 18-in alloy wheels, LED headlights/daytime running lights/taillights, powered liftgate, remote start/lock/unlock, tri-zone automatic climate control, cloth upholstery, 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, 40/20/40 split/folding second-row seat, 50/50 split/folding third-row seats, 10 cup holders, Ford Co-Pilot360 (forward collision mitigation with automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, lane-keeping assistance, automatic high beams), eight airbags, 8-inch infotainment touchscreen, Bluetooth, two USB ports (one Type-A, one Type-C), AM/FM/satellite radio, Wi-Fi (for up to 10 devices), Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone integration, and 6-speaker audio system.
XLT ($35,245) adds roof-rack side rails, acoustic-laminate window glass, heated side mirrors, keyless entry/ignition, leather-wrapped steering wheel, 6.5-inch color LCD driver information cluster, heated front seats, 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, 4-way power-adjustable front passenger seat, power-folding second-row captain’s chairs, and the same USB arrangement for the second row. This trim may also be ordered with a heated steering wheel, the enhanced Co-Pilot360 Assist+ package (with evasive steering assistance, post-impact braking, Active Cruise Control with stop/go, lane centering, speed limit sign recognition, voice-activated/touchscreen navigation, and Sirius XM Traffic/Travel Link). And the new-for-2021 Sport Appearance package with 20-inch alloy wheels and various exterior elements finished in Carbonized Gray.
Timberline (45,760) is an off-road-oriented trim of the Explorer and the first in a new sub-brand for Ford SUVs. It has a unique appearance package plus some features to improve off-road capabilities like standard AWD, hill-descent control, a Torsen limited-slip differential, steel skid plates, special tires and suspension, and increased approach and departure angles compared to the regular Explorer. Other features include 18-inch gloss black wheels, unique tow hook badging, a 360-degree camera, the Ford Co-Pilot360 safety tech suite, and available Forest Green paint that is exclusive to the Timberline model.
Limited ($45,955) has 20-in alloy wheels, LED fog lights, rain-sensing wipers, 360-degree camera system, heated/leather-wrapped steering wheel, self-dimming rearview mirror with universal garage-door opener, ambient cabin lighting, leather seating surfaces, 8-way power-adjustable front passenger seat, heated second-row seats, second-row shades, dual chrome exhaust tips, Co-Pilot360 Assist+ driver aids, wireless charging, and a 12-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system.
Limited Hybrid ($51,100) has all the features in the regular Limited trim, but swaps in the hybrid drivetrain. Limited trim also offers power-folding third-row seats, memory settings, hands-free liftgate operation, heated side mirrors, and a power-adjustable steering column as options. These features were standard last year. The new lower-priced Explorer
Enthusiast ST ($48,750) is an AWD model with leather seating surfaces and perforated inserts along with silver stitching and the ST logo. Also standard on the new Enthusiast ST are a 12.3-in digital cluster and a heated steering wheel with the ST logo and paddle shifters. Quad exhaust tips, in chrome, are complemented by 20-inch machined alloy wheels and side-view mirrors with ST projection lamps.
ST ($53,850) brings the turbocharged V6, sport-tuned suspension, paddle shifters, heated sport steering wheel, 2.3-inch configurable driver information display, trim-specific interior accents, Active Park Assist 2.0 (self-parking for parallel and perpendicular spaces), automatic emergency reverse braking, and four chromed exhaust tips. All 2021 Ford Explorer STs also are available with upgraded brakes, red-painted brake calipers, and 21-inch alloy wheels.
Platinum ($55,725) goes back to a non-sport suspension, then adds a dual-pane moonroof (optional in the other trims), adaptive headlights, diamond-stitched/perforated-leather upholstery, leather-covered dashboard/door tops/central armrest, run-flat tires, illuminated front scuff plates, and various trim-specific exterior accents. The new lower-priced
RWD Explorer Platinum starts at $52,480, while the new Explorer
Platinum Hybrid starts at $53,085. As a luxurious
King Ranch model, the 2021 Ford Explorer starts at $52,350 (RWD) or $54,350 (4WD). In addition to its mahogany-colored interior leather with multiple King Ranch logos, this new Explorer gets a leather-stitched instrument panel, a Stone Gray mesh grille insert, and 20-in alloy wheels. ST and Platinum trims both qualify for a Premium Technology Package that includes massaging/multi-contour front seats, vertically oriented 10.1-in touchscreen, and a 14-speaker/980-watt Bang & Olufsen surround-sound system. Other options include a Trailer Tow package, cargo management system and a rear-seat entertainment system with dual screens.