2021 Ford Explorer Engine Options & Towing Overland Park, KS

Built for adventure and equipped with powerful engine options, the 2021 Ford Explorer delivers whenever, and wherever, you need it. The 2021 Explorer offers four available engines, including two versions of the burly 3.0L EcoBoost® and a hybrid powertrain option. Every Explorer engine allows you to tow at least 5,000 pounds, so you can head off for a weekend of fishing, camping, or hauling with confidence. Find the 2021 Explorer engine option with the horsepower and towing capabilities you crave using this guide created by the team at Bob Allen Ford in Overland Park, KS.

Want to feel the power of the 2021 Ford Explorer? Schedule a test drive with the Explorer sporting your preferred engine from the Bob Allen Ford Explorer inventory. We also offer finance and lease offers to help you secure a great rate on a new Explorer SUV. Have questions? Contact our sales team online or by phone at (855) 437-7998 and we’ll be happy to help.

2021 Ford Explorers exterior by water towing boat

2021 Ford Explorer Engine Differences: 2.3L vs. 3.0L vs. 3.3L Hybrid

Whether you’re looking to equip your new Explorer with the most power possible, or simply want a capable engine to deliver you from point A to point B with a little extra oomph, there’s an option for you. The 2021 Explorer is built with either rear-wheel drive (RWD) with six selectable drive modes or available intelligent four-wheel drive (4WD) with Terrain Management System™ and seven drive modes. Every engine is paired with a ten-speed automatic transmission with SelectShift®.

2021 Ford Explorer exterior towing trailer

2.3L EcoBoost

Standard on the first three 2021 Ford Explorer models, the 2.3L EcoBoost engine is an inline-four cylinder engine that packs a serious punch. A turbocharger and direct fuel injection help this cast aluminum engine produce up to 300 horsepower for an exciting drive. The 2.3L EcoBoost also includes auto start-stop technology, so you’re not wasting fuel when your vehicle is at a stop light, in line at your favorite drive-through, or if you’re stuck in gridlock traffic.

3.0L EcoBoost

The 2021 Ford Explorer features the 3.0L EcoBoost V6 engine in the ST and Platinum trims, each with a unique iteration of this powerhouse. In the ST, this engine is enhanced with Ford Performance engine tuning to provide up to 400 horsepower and 415 pound-feet of torque. In the Platinum, this direct-injection, dual-turbocharged V6 produces 365 horsepower. Constructed of a compacted graphite iron engine block with cast aluminum cylinder heads, this EcoBoost also includes auto start-stop technology to help boost efficiency. The ten-speed automatic transmission paired with both 3.0L EcoBoost engines includes paddle shifters, and intelligent 4WD is standard for better connection and control.

3.3L Hybrid

A robust electric motor pairs with a liquid-cooled, lithium-ion battery, and naturally-aspirated, direct-injection 3.3L V6 gas engine to create a potent option under the hood of the 2021 Ford Explorer Limited trim to create this engine option. Regenerative braking ensures the drive battery remains charged. You’ll enjoy the best fuel efficiency available for the 2021 Explorer with the hybrid powertrain. But that’s to be expected. In addition, the 2021 Explorer equipped with the 3.3L Hybrid powertrain is the only hybrid large utility vehicle that can tow up to 5,000 pounds.

Engine Specs & Towing Differences

See the 2021 Explorer engine differences and specs at a glance using the following chart.

Engine 2.3L EcoBoost 3.0L EcoBoost 3.3L Hybrid
Horsepower 300 HP ST: 400 HP
Platinum: 365 HP
318 combined HP
Torque 310 lb.-ft. ST: 415 lb.-ft.
Platinum: 380 lb.-ft.
322 combined lb.-ft.
Towing 5,300 lbs. 5,600 lbs. 5,000 lbs.
MPG (city/hwy) 21/28 18/26 27/28

2021 Ford Explorer Engine Model Availability

Have your heart set on a specific Explorer engine? Learn which available models can be equipped with the engine of your choice by browsing the following list. If you’re looking to tow, keep in mind that every Explorer features trailer sway control. The Base, XLT, and Limited models offer an available Class III Trailer Tow Package that is standard on ST and Platinum models.

Standard Engine
Optional Engine
2.3L EcoBoost 3.0L EcoBoost 3.3L Hybrid
2021 Ford Explorer Exterior in town head on

Learn More About the 2021 Ford Explorer

Here at Bob Allen Ford, we want to help you make an informed decision on your next SUV. Visit our detailed trim breakdown to learn about the differences between the 2021 Ford Explorer trims. Visit our 2021 Ford Explorer model review for a broad overview of this powerful SUV.

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