Russell & Smith Ford

3440 S Loop West Houston, TX 77025

2021 Ford Explorer OVERVIEW Overview icon

2021 Ford Explorer in Houston

  • EPA-Est. MPG City/Hwy 27/29
  • Seating for 7
  • Ford Co-Pilot360 Technology
  • Available Intelligent 4WD
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2021 Ford Explorer MODELS

  • Explorer


  • Explorer XLT

    Explorer XLT

  • Explorer Limited

    Explorer Limited

  • Explorer ST

    Explorer ST

  • Explorer Platinum

    Explorer Platinum

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2021 Ford Explorer performance

Intelligent 4WD with Terrain Management System

The standard Terrain Management System can help tackle any adventure. Available Intelligent 4WD comes with seven selectable drive modes, accessed through a single easy-to-use dial in the center console. Normal, Trail, Deep Snow/Sand, Slippery, Sport, Tow/Haul and Eco mode that each come with special 3D animated graphics in the available 12.3-inch digital cluster. Plus, Hill Descent Control helps control braking and speed on steep grades. And with Intelligent 4WD, there's also the added benefit of enhanced control on your day-to-day commute, especially when conditions are rough.

2021 Ford Explorer performance

3.0L EcoBoost® Engine

As the backbone of the ST and Platinum powertrains, that available 3.0L EcoBoost® takes the athletic feel of Explorer a step further. By using turbocharging and direct injection, the Platinum powertrain generates 365 horsepower plus 380 lb.-ft. of torque. The ST combines this muscular engine with Ford Performance engine tuning for a powertrain like nothing before it. With 400 hp plus 415 lb.-ft. of toque and top speed of 143 mph, the 2021 ST really brings the power.

2021 Ford Explorer performance

Rear-Wheel Drive

The 2021 Explorer comes equipped with RWD to maximize performance and design. Rear-wheel drive architecture enables a sportier, more athletic design, improved on- and off-road capability and 600 pounds more in maximum towing capacity when equipped with the Class III Trailer Tow Package.

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Explorer Limited Hybrid

The Explorer Limited Hybrid is the only Hybrid in its class that can tow 5,000 pounds* and it's also fully off-road capable. The rear-wheel-drive model also offers more miles traveled between fill-ups with the 3.3L Hybrid Engine.

2021 Ford Explorer performance

10-Speed Transmission

The 10-speed transmission makes transitioning between speeds a more efficient process, ensuring smooth upshifts and downshifts. Compared with a 6-speed, the 10-speed delivers improved overall performance, with enhanced acceleration at the low and mid ranges of the power band.

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Explorer ST

The 2021 Explorer ST blends utility with bold performance. It features an athletic stance, unique ST badging and a bold grille. And with the power to back it up, the ST combines a muscular 3.0L EcoBoost® engine with twin turbos equating to 400 hp plus 415 lb.-ft. of torque and a top speed of 143 mph.

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2021 Ford Explorer appearance

Great Performance With the Looks to Match

The first thing you'll notice about the 2021 Explorer is its dynamic design, including signature LED headlamps and other strong exterior details. The interior is also crafted with an array of defining attributes including available Tri-Diamond perforated leather seating surfaces on the Platinum, an available hexagon carbon-fiber-lined dash on the ST and a precision-engineered center console and rotary gear shift dial throughout the lineup.

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Where Beauty and Muscle Meet

This unique, muscular-looking grille with satin aluminum finish was made exclusively for the Platinum.

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Explorer ST

The 2021 Explorer ST rounds out its athletic stance with unique ST badging and a bold grille. Inside, the Explorer ST also offers unique leather micro-perforated seating surfaces. City Silver Accent stitching and ST logo. The twin-turbocharged 3.0L EcoBoost produces 400 HP, 415 lb.-ft. of torque, and a top speed of 143 mph proving its got power to go along with its style.

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2021 Ford Explorer comfort

FordPass. Built to Keep You Moving.

Access complimentary remote features, like start/stop, lock/unlock, schedule a start, locate vehicle and vehicle status check on the FordPass App when your vehicle is equipped with FordPass Connect You can even check your fuel level and oil life with the tap of a finger.

2021 Ford Explorer comfort

10.1-Inch LCD Capacitive Portrait Touchscreen

An available 10.1-inch LCD capacitive portrait touchscreen means connectivity at your fingertips. Use it just like your smartphone to queue up directions, play music or call your friends and much more.

2021 Ford Explorer comfort

Seats that Move to Fit You

Multicontour seats with Active Motion® offer an added dose of comfort to the driver and front passenger. The Active Motion component offers five massage themes for an isolated back massage that focuses on either the upper or lower back. The combination of these amenities helps prevent fatigue so you can stay fresh on long drives.

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Seating For Up to Seven

Available third-row PowerFold® seats make it easy to accommodate both passengers and cargo. With the seats up, the Explorer can carry seven passengers. Or, fold them down and make room for cargo.

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Customize Your Display

Tailor your instrument panel to your drive. With a 12.3-inch customizable cluster, standard on Platinum and ST, Explorer lets you configure the look and function of your driving information.

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Available Hands-Free, Foot-Activated Liftgate

With the available Intelligent Access key in your pocket or purse, just give a little kick under the rear bumper and the hands-free, foot-activated liftgate automatically opens — making it easier to load and unload cargo. You can also adjust the liftgate height, which is helpful for lower overhangs.

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Tri-Zone Climate Control

Tri-zone climate control lets you personalize the comfort level in all three rows with available individualized temperature settings. And the available heated steering wheel and heated and cooled seats are sure to keep you comfortable behind the wheel.

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Twin-Panel Moonroof

The available twin-panel moonroof offers an open-air feel and great views for the first and second rows.

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New Vehicle Limited Warranty

Bumper to Bumper: 3-Years/36,000 Miles Powertrain: 5-Years/60,000 Miles  Corrosion: 5-Years/Unlimited Miles Hybrid/Electric Drivetrain Components: 8-Years/100,000 Miles  Diesel Engine: 5-Years/100,000 Miles Roadside Assistance: 5-Years/60,000 Miles

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Towing and Trailer Sway Control

Building on AdvaceTrac® with Roll Stability Control, standard trailer sway control selectively brakes and adjusts engine power to maintain trailer control. The result is stability and control, even when towing large loads. When equipped with the class III trailer tow package and the 3.0L V6 engine, the Explorer can tow a maximum of 5,600lbs.* The Class III Trailer Tow Package is available with the 2.3L EcoBoost® and 3.3L hybrid engines and comes standard with the 3.0L EcoBoost engine.

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Post-Collision Braking

Post-Collision Braking, standard on all series, can potentially lessen the severity of a secondary collision by automatically applying moderate brake pressure when an initial collision is detected in an attempt to slow down the vehicle and potentially lessen injury to occupants and damage to the vehicle.

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Available Reverse Brake Assist

With increasing audio and visual warnings, Reverse Brake Assist helps alert you to any objects you may be missing while slowly backing up. The system can detect both stationary and moving objects, including people and vehicles behind the SUV, and can even apply the brakes to help prevent a collision.

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Side-Wind Stabilization

Side-wind stabilization, standard on all series, can help counteract heavy wind conditions. This feature helps to stabilize the vehicle in situations where you are likely to encounter heavy gusts of wind. The system keeps you from having to fight the wind and put in extra effort when overtaking large trucks, crossing a bridge or simply driving on the open road.

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Adaptive LED Lighting

Available adaptive headlamps help brighten your adventure, adjusting with your vehicle. When you turn, the lights turn with you, aiding in your visibility around corners and helping you to react to what's around the bend. And with LED lighting in the front and rear, you get excellent illumination while using less energy. Standard on Platinum.

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360-Degree Camera

The available 360-Degree camera with split-view10 display uses four cameras (one in the grille, liftgate and under each of the sideview mirrors), enabling you to see all sides of the vehicle on the center screen. It's especially useful when maneuvering in tight spaces or on trails.

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Michelin® Self-Sealing Tires

Available self-sealing tires have a material on the inside of the tire that can seal punctures up to 6mm (1/4 inch) in diameter in the tread area.

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Confidence-Driving Technology

With Ford Co-Pilot360 on board, it's easy to enjoy getting there. In an increasingly crowded and stressful world, we can all use more confidence on the road. Introducing available features to help you stay confident behind the wheel. Features include:

  • Auto High-Beam Headlamps
  • Rear View Camera
  • Lane-Keeping System
  • Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB)
  • BLIS® (Blind Spot Information System) with Cross-Traffic Alert
  • Reverse Brake Assist

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