2021 Ford Explorer for Sale or Lease in NH


The 2021 Ford Explorer comes with everything you could possibly need for an exciting weekend getaway with the family, right down to three rows of seating. The interior is adaptable, spacious, and filled with today’s top automotive amenities, while the exterior shows off an aggressive stance with sharp angles that really turn heads. There are a few notable upgrades for this year. The XLT now contains heated front seats, and it also qualifies for a Sport Appearance Package (special 20-inch wheels, skid plates, a mesh grille, dual chrome exhaust tips, hood lettering, and two-tone seats with accent stitching). The Limited, ST, and Platinum all get a power-adjustable front passenger’s seat, and the Platinum adds a convenient cargo area organizer (which is also available for XLT, Limited, and ST).

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Power and Performance

The ’21 Explorer is sold in five trim levels: the base, XLT, Limited, ST, and Platinum. The first three are given their zest by a 300 hp (310 lb.-ft. of torque) turbocharged 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine. The more robust ST and Platinum are juiced by a 400 hp (415 lb.-ft. of torque) turbocharged 3.0-liter EcoBoost V6 engine. No matter which trim, the transmission is a 10-speed automatic; rear-wheel drive is standard, but four-wheel drive is available (it’s standard on the Platinum). No matter which drivetrain you opt for, the base-engine versions are can tow a maximum of 5,300 pounds, and those with the 3.0-liter V6 can tow up to 5,600 lb.

Comfort and Convenience

The base Explorer provides low-beam LED headlights, LED taillights, a power liftgate, keyless entry, tri-zone automatic climate control, 12-volt power outlets, a rearview camera, a 35/30/35 split-folding second-row bench seat, and a 50/50 split-folding third-row seat. The XLT adds signature LED headlights, roof rails, Intelligent Access (lets you lock and unlock the doors without using the key fob), push-button start, a Terrain Management System, selectable drive modes, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, heated front seats, and second-row USB ports. The Limited gets LED fog lights, rain-sensing windshield wipers, remote start, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a wireless smartphone charger, a power-adjustable front passenger’s seat, leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, ambient interior lighting, second-row sunshades, and heated second-row captain’s chairs (results in a six-passenger seating capacity).

The ST is set up with a sportier suspension, paddle shifters, a hands-free liftgate, interior ST badging, a power-operated third-row bench, and a Class III Trailer Tow Package that delivers a frame-mounted hitch, an engine oil cooler, and tailer connectors. The Platinum drops the ST badging but keeps the rest. It also supplies adaptive headlights, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, perforated leather upholstery, a twin-panel moonroof, and a cargo area organizer. Many of those range-topping features are available for the lower trims.

Technology and Safety

The base and XLT get the base infotainment system, which has an 8-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth (hands-free phone and audio capability), SiriusXM satellite radio, a six-speaker audio system, and connected car services and a Wi-Fi hotspot via FordPass Connect. The Limited and above trims move up to a premium 12-speaker Bang & Olufsen (B&O) sound system and a navigation system, while a 14-speaker B&O audio system and a 10.1-inch touchscreen are optional on the ST and Platinum.

The latest Explorer comes with the Ford Co-Pilot360 bundle of driver-assist features. In the base and XLT, this consists of automatic emergency braking, automatic high beams, a reverse sensing system, lane keeping assist, and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert. The Limited loads up the technology with adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go, a forward sensing system, lane centering, and road sign recognition. The ST and Platinum both furnish automated parking assist.