The New 2021 Explorer

The new 2021 Ford Explorer was designed for modern-day comfort and exploration. Its interior is adaptable and comfortable for solo road trips as well as family trips. If you're in the market for a new SUV, consider the Ford Explorer. Its athletic build and connected technology aim to enhance your driving experience. Keep reading to learn more before scheduling a test drive at Bob Allen Ford Ottawa. 

Built for Adventure
The 2021 Ford Explorer was built to take on any adventure with your choice of powerful engines and a rear-wheel-drive platform. In addition to seven selectable drive modes, drivers will love the Explorer's traction. It's provided by the available Intelligent 4WD with Terrain 

Management System.
The base engine is a 300-hp turbocharged four-cylinder. Two twin-turbocharged V6 engines that put out 365 and 400 horsepower are also available. All three transmissions are matched with a smooth-shifting 10-speed automatic transmission. There is also a hybrid version available.The Explorer never falls short on power, regardless of the selected engine, but the twin-turbo V6s offer more pep than the base.

Ride and Handling
If you're concerned about the size of the Explorer, don't be. It handles well and offers athletic steering that outshines its rivals. This SUV was built for an active lifestyle but doesn't compromise on comfort. You can expect it to provide a convenient and comfortable drive, regardless of your destination.

Gas Mileage
The base Explorer engine gets 21 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway, which is above average for its class. The V6 models get estimates of 18/26 mpg city/highway. 

Capable Comfort
Are you gearing up for a family off-road adventure or running the kids between sports activities?  The Explorer is capable of transporting everyone comfortably. It seats seven people-six if you prefer second-row captain's chairs. The SUV's front seats are spacious and comfortable, while the driver enjoys excellent forward visibility. The Explorer's cargo capacity is nothing to sneeze at-many other midsize SUVs fall short here. Behind the Explorer's third row, you'll enjoy 18.2 cubic feet of space. Fold the second and third rows and increase that to 47.9 cubic feet.

Ample Interior Amenities
The Explorer has several modern infotainment features and amenities to offer drivers, including Ford's SYNC 3 interface and an 8-inch touch screen display. The base model even features a handy cubby under the display for your smartphone. The Explorer's standard features include Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, six speakers, four USB ports, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and satellite radio. Also standard is tri-zone automatic climate control, remote start, and push-button start. 

If you're into technology, you may want to upgrade a few features. Options include a 10.1-inch touchscreen display, a 12.3-inch driver display, a rear-seat entertainment system, a 14-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system, and wireless device charging. Other available features include a household-style power outlet and a twin-panel moonroof.

Explore in Style and Safety
The 2021 Explorer is a safe choice, as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration awarded it with an overall safety rating of five out of five stars. The vehicle received four stars in the rollover test and five in the frontal and side crash tests. The Explorer earned the top rating of "Good" in all six Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crashworthiness tests.

2021 Explorer Trim Levels
The 2021 Ford Explorer is available in four trim levels, in addition to the base: XLT, Limited, ST, and Platinum. Most buyers would be happy with the base model, but the XLT is the sweet spot in terms of value. It comes with an excellent array of standard features and offers upgrades you can't obtain with the base model.

If you are looking for luxury, navigate straight to the Limited model. It offers comfort upgrades, including heated second-row seats and leather upholstery. While 4WD is standard in the higher trims, you can add it to any other model if desired. There is also a separate hybrid variant.

The base Explorer comes with the 300-hp 2.3-liter turbo four-cylinder engine, rear-wheel drive, and the 10-speed automatic transmission. The base model comes with cloth upholstery, tri-zone automatic climate control, a power liftgate, push-button start, and remote start. Infotainment features include the SYNC 3 interface with an 8-in touchscreen display, Apple Car Play, Android Auto, six speakers, USB ports, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and satellite radio.

A rearview camera, driver drowsiness monitoring, blind-spot monitoring, lane keep assist, rear cross-traffic alert, forward-collision warning are also standard. Further safety features include forward automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, and MyKey. MyKey allows primary drivers to set speed and audio level limits for secondary drivers. This feature provides extra peace of mind for parents of teen drivers.

The Explorer XLT builds on the base level's features. It adds second-row captain's chairs with a power-assist fold, additional USB ports, and heated front seats. 

The Limited trim level offers luxurious leather upholstery, heated second-row seats, ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, power-folding third-row seats, and a hands-free liftgate. There are also technology upgrades, such as the Bang & Olufsen sound system and wireless device charging. The household-style power outlet is also an excellent addition. The Explorer Limited offers several additional safety features. These include front parking sensors and a surround-view parking camera system. It also has Ford's Co-Pilot360 Assist+. Co-Pilot360 Assist+ provides lane centering, adaptive cruise control, and evasive steering assist. Other perks include traffic sign recognition and navigation.

The Explorer ST is the sportiest option, featuring a 400-hp 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 engine. 
Also standard is a sport-tuned suspension, sport seats, four-wheel drive, parallel and perpendicular park assist, and reverse brake assist. 

The Platinum is the highest trim level and has the same 365-hp engine as in the ST trim. Upgrades include a twin-panel moonroof and enhanced interior materials. The Platinum model only comes in four-wheel drive and has a tow package and front and rear skid plates.

Test Drive the New 2021 Explorer at Bob Allen Ford
Whether you're traveling cross-country or exploring the city, the new 2021 Explorer is the midsize SUV for the job. Our experienced sales professionals are here to help with any aspect of the car buying process. If you're ready for a test drive, stop by our dealership or contact us online today.