The Ford Explorer is known as one of the most capable vehicles in its class. Complete with the towing capacity and features Ford is known for, the Explorer sets itself apart from the pack.

Drivers around Doylestown, Philadelphia, and Warminster, PA, can discover more about the Ford Explorer towing capacity and features with this in-depth review from Fred Beans Ford of Doylestown.

2021 Ford Explorer Quick Facts

  • Three powerful engines that can tow 3,000 pounds, or a maximum of 5,600 pounds when properly equipped
  • Available 10-speed automatic transmission
  • Terrain Management System comes standard for off-roading adventures
  • The 2021 model won an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award
  • Six available trims to choose from

Powerful Engines for Towing and Hauling

The base engine for the Ford Explorer is a 2.3L EcoBoost® I-4 that produces 300 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque. Other engine options include: a 3.0L EcoBoost® V6 engine with 400 horsepower and 415 lb-ft of torque, which can tow as much as 5,600 pounds; and a 3.3L Hybrid engine with 318 horsepower and 322 lb-ft of torque, which can tow up to 5,000 pounds.

With these numbers, the Explorer can tow a small camper, boat, or trailer loaded up with ATVs.

The hybrid model, which can tow up to 5,000 pounds, is the only hybrid in its class that can tow that much, and it is also fully off-road capable. This makes the Ford hybrid one of the only models in its class that is capable of providing you more.

Engine Configuration

Maximum Towing Capacity

2.3L EcoBoost® I-4 RWD

5,300 lbs.

2.3L EcoBoost® I-4 4WD

5,300 lbs.

3.0L EcoBoost® V6 4WD

(Axle Ratio 3.58 in ST Model only)

5,600 lbs.

3.0L EcoBoost® V6 4WD

(Axle Ratio 3.16 in all others)

5,600 lbs.

3.3L Hybrid V6

5,000 lbs.

In the Terrain Management System™, driving modes offer Normal, Trail, Deep Snow/Sand, Slippery, Sport, Tow/Haul, and Eco modes.

Towing Features

Though there's plenty of existing towing capacity and security, the 2021 Ford Explorer also comes with a variety of standard and optional towing technology for a smooth towing experience.

A rearview camera comes standard, which is helpful in many driving situations. This feature not only makes it easier to maneuver in a tight parking lot, but it also gives you a great view of the attached trailer and helps guide you during hookup.

Trailer Sway Control is also available, which uses course-correcting technology to keep the Explorer and trailer stable and protect the cargo. The Explorer can be fitted with the optional Class III Trailer Tow package, which includes an engine oil cooler for improved performance, a wiring harness, and a tow hitch for more convenient loading.

When you're hauling heavy loads, not only does your engine need to perform, but so do your tires. The Explorer comes equipped with Michelin® self-sealing tires, which can fill punctured holes up to 6mm in diameter in the treads. This reduces the threat of a flat due to something getting through to your tire, which significantly lessens the risk of damage to your SUV and your cargo.

Safety Features

The Ford Explorer comes with plenty of advanced safety features that work to help keep you safe and protected on the road, whether it's just your vehicle or your full load.

Blind-spot monitors with rear cross-traffic alert provide a view of the areas just outside the driver's sightline and will send alerts if a vehicle or pedestrian is behind the vehicle. With an attached trailer, this additional view of the blind spots helps with merging and passing on busy highways.

When you're hauling cargo in windy conditions, how can you be sure your car can stabilize itself? The standard side-wind stability system works to help keep your car upright and in a stable position in cases of heavy winds. Your engine won't have to work as hard as well, which saves you from putting in extra work and could potentially save you some fuel along the way.

Though the rearview camera comes standard on all Ford models, you can enhance your Explorer to be able to see everything around you, thanks to 360-degree camera that covers your front, sides, and rear. This is especially useful when you want to check on the cargo you're hauling, or if you're on a narrow road or unpredictable trail.

Check Out the Ford Explorer

With its impressive towing capacity, powerful engines, and remarkable towing and safety features, the 2021 Ford Explorer is a capable utility vehicle that doubles as a family-friendly hauler. No matter if it's for work or play, enjoy your drive and feel confident that this SUV can handle everything you throw at it.

If you're in the Doylestown, Philadelphia, and Warminster, Pennsylvania, area, stop into Fred Beans Ford of Doylestown today for a test drive, or give us a call, or go online to schedule an appointment.

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