2021 Ford Explorer

2021 Ford Explorer

This mid-size crossover has been redesigned recently and if we consider all the novelties that came, there is no doubt that the changes for the 2021 Ford Explorer will be minimal. The famous nameplate came through significant changes once again. We didn’t see a completely new platform type this time, but changes are still pretty huge. The new model is bigger, with a completely different layout and more capable than before. Therefore, we are pretty sure that a couple of new standard features is the only thing we could see for the next year.

Pros:

  • Powerful engines
  • RWD ensures great driving experience
  • Great towing capacity
  • Lots of tech features

Cons:

  • High starting price
  • Interior quality could be better

Scorecard:

Styling:4
Features:4
Performance:4
Comfort & Quality:4
Safety:4
Critics Rating:4
Total:4

Exterior

2021 Ford Explorer Exterior

In terms of base design characteristics, the recent overhaul has brought plenty of changes. So, we are pretty sure that the 2021 Ford Explorer will remain untouched. The new model now features the company’s new CD6 platform, which is projected for the next-generation Mustang. Therefore, it’s no wonder this crossover features an RWD layout, which is a quite rare thing these days.

That’s not the only major change that came with this redesign. The new model also features a significantly longer wheelbase, which now measures more than 119 inches. With such numbers, the Explorer can easily compare with competitors like Chevy Traverse and Honda Pilot in terms of Interior space. Interestingly, visual changes weren’t that big with this redesign. We saw just an evolution of the previous model. The best we could see for the next year could be a couple of new color options.

Interior

2021 Ford Explorer Interior

From the inside, the new model is more spacious than before. Moreover, it offers more legroom in all three rows and more cargo volume. Of course, the size enlargement isn’t the only improvement that came with the recent redesign. There is also a completely new cabin layout, which looks more modern and features higher-quality materials. For the next year, we could see a couple of additions in terms of standard equipment, but nothing more than that.

Engine

2021 Ford Explorer Engine

The engine lineup will definitely remain the same for the next year. Base models will carry on with a familiar 2.3-liter turbo-four, which is good for about 300 horsepower. Of course, there is also a new 3.0-liter V6, which is good for about 365 horsepower. A hi-performance ST version comes with a more powerful version of this engine, which is good for full 400 horsepower. All engines come in pair with a new 10-speed automatic transmission. Max towing capacity goes up to 5.600 pounds.

2021 Ford Explorer Release Date and Price

We expect to see 2021 Ford Explorer sometime late in the next year. Considering that there are no changes to come, the price should remain pretty much the same as well. The current model starts at around  $33,000.

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