2021 Ford Explorer Review: Updates, Performance, Interior


The 2021 Ford Explorer is the latest in a long line of popular midsize 3-row SUV/crossovers to wear the Explorer badge. This is now the second year of the vehicle’s sixth generation. And although the exterior design couldn’t be mistaken for anything else but an Explorer, there’s a different story beneath the skin. Let’s review the 2021 Ford Explorer with Bestechz!


2021 Ford Explorer Review: Updates, Performance, Interior

Performance and fuel economy

Here is where the 2021 Ford Explorer really shines. Standard on the base, XLT and Limited trims is a 2.3-liter turbocharged inline-four that produces 300 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. That’s considerably better than the naturally aspirated V6 engines found in most competitors. A 10-speed automatic and rear-wheel drive are standard, but all-wheel drive is optional. Fuel economy matches the current segment best with rear-wheel drive: 21 mpg city, 28 mpg highway and 24 mpg combined. It lowers to an equally competitive 20/27/23 with AWD.

2020 Ford Explorer ST

Standard on the Platinum is a 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 good for 365 hp and 380 lb-ft of torque – that blows away anything offered by a competitor apart from the V8-powered Dodge Durango. That doesn’t come close to the Platinum’s fuel economy, however, which is 18/24/20 with standard all-wheel drive. It too has a 10-speed automatic.

The Explorer ST gets an enhanced version of the same engine good for 400 hp and 415 lb-ft of torque. Ford says it’ll go from zero to 60 mph in 5.5 seconds, which is certainly quick, but not as quick as we’d expect given its power and the performance of certain competitors. Fuel economy is apparently the same as the Platinum, but we strongly suspect it would be much lower in the real world than in the EPA’s laboratory given the power discrepancy.

Finally, the Explorer Hybrid pairs a 3.3-liter naturally aspirated V6 to an electric motor and a lithium-ion battery pack under the passenger-side cabin. Its total output is 318 hp. EPA-estimated fuel economy stands at 27 mpg city, 29 mph highway and 28 mpg combined with rear-wheel drive. It lowers to 23 mpg city, 26 mph highway and 25 mpg combined with all-wheel drive. This is admittedly underwhelming as according to those same EPA estimates, you’d only save about $100 on average per year by going with the hybrid instead of the standard engine. Also, for comparison, the all-wheel-drive 2021 Toyota Highlander Hybrid gets 35 mpg combined. That’s as big a difference as it seems.


Every Explorer comes with eight air bags and mandatory safety features like stability control, traction control and anti-lock brakes. 

The Ford Co-Pilot360 array of driver aids is standard across the 2021 Explorer range. Limited trim and above also have the Co-Pilot360 Assist+ package.

In crash tests performed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), this generation of Ford Explorer earned a maximum 5-star score overall, with five stars for front and side impact protection. Only the rollover test produced a still-respectable four stars.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) made the Explorer a Top Safety Pick+ after it took top scores in most major crash-test challenges. Only the headlights and child seat LATCH points were considered Acceptable, the institute’s second-best score.

Interior, Comfort, and Cargo

2021 ford explorer st interior

While the interior design may border on uninspired, the Explorer’s cabin is functional and comfortable—at least for those in the first two rows. Getting into the standard third row is now easier thanks to a new mechanism that moves the second-row seat out of the way at the touch of a button. Once back there, however, older kids and adults will find that the seat is too close to the floor to be comfortable. Rivals such as the Chevy Traverse and the Volkswagen Atlas provide more comfort in the third row. We managed to fit four carry-on suitcases behind the Ford’s third row, and we fit a total of 31 bags with both back rows folded flat.

Exterior Design

2021 Ford Explorer Exterior
2021 Ford Explorer Review: Updates, Performance, Interior

The initial thing with regards to the approaching Ford Explorer is it appears costlier as compared to it seems. Standard Encouraged front lights, top grille, plus fender tend to be supplying a great high-end physical appearance. These bonnet looks bulgy and also shaped ends are searching good. Within a community just where Sports utility vehicles are usually revealing an increasing number of properties together with the minivan, you may also mix up Explorer for any van. It is reputation is extraordinary. A new Sport design appearance intense in addition to there are several blacked over reduce, in particular over the barbecue grill, and also the 20-inches tires are usually healthy. Minimal and even Platinum toned degrees are usually or perhaps much less identical to Sports product; however, with additional stainless elements. The common for all 3 concentrations is often hands and wrists-totally free potential liftgate. The following attribute will assist you to available Explorer’s liftgate without trouble. To achieve that, all you need to conduct is usually to place your ft. Below the back fender plus the hatch out may start or even near. Nevertheless, we need to point out that 2021 Ford Explorer will probably be supplied together with hues Agate Dark coloured, Ingot Gold Violet Metal, Ruby Crimson, Burgundy Purple velvet, Baltic Seas Gree, Bright Platinum, Rock Grey along with Ford`s Operation Violet.