The Powerful And Capable 2021 Ford Explorer Continues To Impress In Twin Falls, ID

Now in its sixth production cycle, the Ford Explorer continues to be a great three-row midsize crossover choice. Credit such a status to powerful engine choices and the ability to deliver a smooth ride. The 2021 Explorer is available to Burley, ID shoppers in the following trim levels:

  • Base Explorer
  • XLT
  • Limited
  • ST
  • Platinum

Exterior

The 2021 Ford Explorer rides on 18-inch alloy wheels and incorporates LED headlights and taillights for ultra-bright illumination. The power liftgate includes a spoiler for enhancing aerodynamic performance, and the front doors get powered-glass manual-folding side mirrors. At the XLT trim level, Jerome, ID drivers can enjoy roof rack side rails, and the side mirrors get heating ability and security approach lights.

The Limited gains LED fog lights, dual chrome exhaust tips, rain-sensing wipers, and 20-inch alloy wheels that replace the 18-inch wheels. The sporty ST stands out with its black mesh inserts and unique black-finished treatment on the taillights, headlights, and taillights. This is in addition to added LED signature lighting, an upgrade to hands-free foot activation on the power liftgate, doubling of the number of exhaust tips, and the appearance of side-mirror LED turn-signal indicators and power-folding ability.

True to its naming, the Platinum gets a satin-aluminum finish on the grille, liftgate applique, and bodyside cladding accents, in addition to 21-inch alloy wheels.

Interior

The three rows of the 2021 Explorer can accommodate up to six people with second-row captain's seats (on the XLT and higher) or seven people with a second-row bench-style seat. Front-seat heating and power-assist folding ability on the second row appear at the XLT level. The Limited enters luxury territory with leather seat trim, second-row heating, front-seat cooling, power-folding third-row seats, and a heated steering wheel.

Performance

The 2021 Ford Explorer has a powertrain that combines a 300-horsepower 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, a 10-speed automatic transmission, and a rear-wheel drive. The engine provides lots of acceleration, the transmission shifts smoothly, and the rear-wheel drive delivers a balanced drive. There's the option of four-wheel drive, however, for maximized all-weather driving capability.

In addition, the ST and Platinum stand out around Rupert, ID with their standard four-wheel drivetrains and a larger, more acceleration-ready 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine that produces 365 horsepower on the Platinum and 400 horsepower on the sports-ready ST. Notably, the ST gets a sport-tuned suspension for a firmer, more exciting ride.

The Explorer peaks at an EPA-estimated 21 MPG in the city and 28 MPG on the highway-with the base powertrain. It can be equipped to tow up to 5,600 pounds.

 Tech Features

Inside the 2021 Explorer, there are automatic climate controls for the driver, front passenger, and rear-seat passengers for personalized heating and cooling preferences. Remote keyless entry enables access with a key fob, rather than an ignition key. The SYNC® 3 infotainment system, which comes with an eight-inch touchscreen, brings together a six-speaker AM/FM stereo system, a trial subscription to SiriusXM Radio, a Wi-Fi hotspot, USB ports for connecting mobile devices, and Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ smartphone integration. 

Additional USB ports appear at the XLT trim level. However, if you want a significant tech upgrade, spring for either the ST or the Limited, which have enhancements such as an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a garage-door opener, wireless device charging, a navigation system, and a 12-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system.

Safety

Driver assistance on the 2021 Explorer is provided by:

  • Rearview camera 
  • MyKey 
  • Driver drowsiness monitoring 
  • Blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert 
  • Lane keep assist  
  • Forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection

Most of these features fall into Ford's Co-Pilot360™ suite of safety features. Seven airbags with a post-crash SOS alert system is present to provide crash protection and emergency assistance, respectively.

Reverse brake assist, and parallel and perpendicular park assist appear at the ST level. The Limited, though, is the Explorer's driver-assistance peak, with additions such as front parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, lane centering, traffic sign recognition, and evasive steering assist, as well as the replacement of the rearview camera with a surround-view one.

Test Drive the 2021 Ford Explorer Near Buhl, ID

When you're ready to take the plunge and get a closer look at the new Ford Explorer, give us a call or email to schedule a test drive!