2021 Ford Explorer Towing Capacity

2021 Ford Explorer Towing a Trailer

How much can a Ford Explorer tow? The 2021 Ford Explorer can tow up to 5,600 pounds when properly equipped! Enough for hauling large loads, you can take this SUV to your outdoor adventures near . Along with seating up to 7 passengers and plenty of cargo space, you can take everything and everyone that you want on your drives. Learn more about the Ford Explorer towing capacity below with Jackson Family of Dealerships before checking out our inventory!

How Much Can a Ford Explorer Tow According to Which Engine? 

Due to the redesign in the 2020 model year, the 2021 Ford Explorer has new powertrain options for drivers. Take a look at how the Ford Explorer towing capacity varies when you select which engine below:

  • 2.3L EcoBoost® 4-Cylinder –Producing 300 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque, this engine allows the Explorer to tow up to 5,300 pounds when properly equipped.
  • 3.0L EcoBoost® V6 – You will get 365 hp and 380 lb-ft of torque on the Platinum trim whereas you will get 400 hp and 415 lb-ft of torque on the ST trims. Along with the 10-speed automatic transmission, twin turbos, and direct injection, the Explorer can tow up to 5,600 pounds.
  • 3.3L Hybrid – Enjoy fuel-efficiency and a maximum 5,000-pound of towing capacity on the Explorer’s hybrid powertrain.

Ford Explorer Towing Features

Now that you know how much a Ford Explorer can tow, you should discover the features that will help you tow these impressive amounts across : 

  • Rear-wheel Drive – This new-for-2020 drivetrain offers the 2021 Explorer a sportier appearance and enhances the driving capabilities and towing capacity by 600 pounds compared to previous models.
  • Towing and Trailer Sway Control – When you have a trailer hooked up, count on this system to brake selectively and adjust engine power for control and stability.
  • Sidewind Stabilization – Sidewind Stabilization counteracts strong winds, keeping you in control rather than having to fight the wind.
  • Intelligent 4WD with Terrain Management System™ – Jump between Normal, Mud/Rut, Sand, or Grass/Gravel/Snow modes for ultimate control on the roads, no matter the condition.
  • AdvanceTrac® with Roll Stability Control™ – AdvanceTrac® with RSC™ monitors yaw and roll rates using gyroscopic sensors, and helps maintain control when there is wheel-slip, understeer, or oversteer. It also includes Curve Control, which slows the Explorer’s speed during tight cornering. 
  • Class III Trailer Tow Package – Get this package to access maximum towing capabilities. While it is available with 2.3L EcoBoost® and 3.3L hybrid engines, it comes standard with the 3.0L EcoBoost® engine.

Explore New Journeys with a New Ford Explorer

Contact us and then come by Jackson Family of Dealerships to see how else the Ford Explorer can upgrade your ride! While you’re here in our Decatur location, our finance experts can help calculate a competitive price, accounting for our new vehicle specials, just for you. 


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