2021 Ford Explorer: XLT vs. Limited vs. Platinum

Made for fun, function, and family adventures, the 2021 Ford Explorer is ready to be whatever you need in a new three-row SUV. Seven trim levels - including the new King Ranch® and Timberline models - offer distinctly different versions of the Explorer. Use this 2021 Ford Explorer trims research guide compiled by the team at Kelly Ford to decide which Explorer trim is right for you.

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2021 Ford Explorer Base

2021 Ford ExplorerBase

Impressively equipped with a balanced selection of tech, capable engine, and comfortable interior, the 2021 Ford Explorer Base starts the trim lineup strong.

MSRP: Starting at $32,675

Key Features:

  • RWD or intelligent 4WD
  • 2.3L EcoBoost® engine
  • Ten-speed automatic transmission
  • Trailer sway control
  • 18-in. painted aluminum wheels
  • LED tail lamps and headlamps
  • Power liftgate
  • Power side mirrors
  • Tri-zone climate control
  • SYNC® 3 with 8-in. LCD touchscreen
  • Apple CarPlay® / Android Auto™
  • FordPass Connect™ with 4G LTE Wi-Fi® hotspot
  • SiriusXM® Satellite Radio
  • Six-speaker sound system
  • Cloth seating surfaces
  • Second-row 35/30/35 split fold flat bench seat
  • Third-row 50/50 split-fold manual bench seat
  • Ford Co-Pilot 360™
  • Reverse sensing system

2021 Ford Explorer XLT

2021 Ford ExplorerXLT

Added style and comfort features distinguish the 2021 Ford Explorer XLT from the Base trim.

MSRP: Starting at $34,825

Key Features:

  • RWD or intelligent 4WD
  • 18-in. Sparkle Silver-painted aluminum wheels
  • LED signature lighting
  • Heated sideview mirrors with security approach lamps
  • Black roof rack side rails
  • Chrome bodyside cladding accent
  • Black mesh grille insert with chrome bars
  • Dual second-row smart charging USB ports
  • Second-row bucket seats
  • Unique cloth seating surfaces
  • First-row heated seats
  • Available self-sealing tires

2021 Ford Explorer Limited

2021 Ford ExplorerLimited

Increase your fuel efficiency with the available hybrid engine in the 2021 Ford Explorer Limited.

MSRP: Starting at $45,005

Key Features:

  • RWD or intelligent 4WD
  • Available 3.3L hybrid engine 
  • 20-in. premium painted aluminum wheels
  • LED fog lamps
  • Body-color door handles with bright insert
  • Dual chrome exhaust tips
  • Bright Silver painted mesh grille insert
  • Power-folding sideview mirrors with autofold and LED turn signal indicators
  • Forward sensing system
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Second-row sunblinds
  • Multi-color ambient lighting
  • Remote start
  • Wireless charging pad
  • B&O® sound system by Bang & Olufsen
  • SYNC with voice-activated touchscreen navigation
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Heated second-row captain's chairs with power-assist fold and E-Z entry
  • Leather seats with micro perforation and accent stitching

2021 Ford Explorer ST

2021 Ford ExplorerST

Unleash 400 horsepower with the performance-tuned V6 and athletic design of the 2021 Ford Explorer ST.

MSRP: Starting at $48,750

Key Features:

  • Intelligent 4WD
  • 3.0L EcoBoost V6 with Ford Performance tuning
  • Unique sport-tuned front and rear suspension
  • City Silver interior accent stitching
  • PowerFold® third-row seat
  • Active Park Assist 2.0
  • Quad chrome exhaust tips
  • Unique blackout exterior lighting
  • Black mesh grille insert
  • Hands-free, foot-activated liftgate
  • Black exterior accents
  • "EXPLORER" hood badge
  • ST side mirror projection lamps and memory function
  • Heated ST sport-style steering wheel with paddle shifters
  • Hill Descent Control
  • 20-in. machined aluminum wheels

2021 Ford Explorer King Ranch

2021 Ford ExplorerKing Ranch®

Supple Del Rio leather and distinctive styling throughout make the new 2021 Ford Explorer King Ranch a dynamic trim option.

MSRP: Starting at $52,350

Key Features:

  • RWD or intelligent 4WD
  • 3.0L EcoBoost V6
  • Chrome exterior accents
  • Del Rio leather seating
  • Manual folding third-row seat
  • Stone Gray grille mesh insert
  • Mesa Del Rio leather-covered console with King Ranch logo
  • Java door sill scuff plates
  • Mesa Del Rio leather-wrapped steering wheel with Norias stitching
  • 20-in. ten-spoke aluminum wheels with King Ranch center cap

2021 Ford Explorer Platinum

2021 Ford ExplorerPlatinum

Choose the 2021 Ford Explorer Platinum to experience the finest things the Explorer lineup has to offer, including a newly available hybrid powertrain.

MSRP: Starting at $52,480

Key Features:

  • RWD or intelligent 4WD
  • Available 3.3L hybrid engine
  • 21-in. bright machined-face aluminum wheels with Luster Nickel painted pockets
  • Adaptive headlamps
  • Satin aluminum exterior accents
  • Unique grille
  • Black carpeted floor mats with Brunello stitching and Platinum branding
  • Illuminated front scuff plates
  • Tri-diamond perforated leather seating surfaces with accent stitching 
  • 12.3-in. digital cluster

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