Depending on which engine and drivetrain it has under the hood, the Ford Explorer offers a different fuel economy rating. Our team at Ace Ford knows how important it is for you to find an efficient midsize SUV, which is why we created this 2021 Ford Explorer gas mileage review.

Drivers throughout the Woodbury, Deptford, and West Deptford, NJ, areas, can feel free to contact us with any questions!

Ford Explorer Gas Mileage by Trim Level

The 2021 Ford Explorer lets you choose from three unique engines, including the standard 2.3L EcoBoost® engine, available 3.0L EcoBoost® V6 engine, and optional 3.3L Hybrid engine. Depending on the engine you choose, as well as whether you select standard rear-wheel drive (RWD) or available Intelligent 4WD, it offers a different fuel-economy rating.

With the standard Explorer trim level, you'll have the 2.3L EcoBoost® engine and RWD, which delivers an EPA-estimated 27 city/29 highway MPG. Up next, the XLT also comes with the 2.3L EcoBoost® engine and RWD. It offers an EPA-estimated 21 city/28 highway MPG.

The Limited trim lets you choose either the standard 2.3L EcoBoost® engine with RWD that delivers an EPA-estimated 21 city/28 highway MPG or the available 3.3L Hybrid engine, which offers:

  • EPA-estimated 27 city/28 highway MPG with RWD
  • EPA-estimated 23 city/26 highway with MPG Intelligent 4WD

With the Timberline trim equipped with the 2.3L EcoBoost® engine and Intelligent 4WD, you can expect an EPA-estimated 18 city/25 highway MPG. The rest of the trim level lineup offers the following fuel-economy ratings:

2021 Ford Explorer Gas Mileage

Trim Level


King Ranch



3.0L EcoBoost®

3.0L EcoBoost®

3.0L EcoBoost®


Intelligent 4WD

Rear Wheel Drive

Intelligent 4WD

Fuel Economy

EPA-estimated 18 city/24 highway MPG

EPA-estimated 18 city/26 highway MPG

EPA-estimated 18 city/24 highway MPG

As you can see, no matter which trim level, engine, or configuration you choose, you can enjoy multiple stop-free trips in this efficient midsize Ford SUV.

2021 Ford Explorer Engine Performance Specs

The three powerful, yet efficient engines and two different drivetrains offered by the Ford Explorer will put extra pep in your step every time you take the wheel. The more horsepower the engine has, the quicker response time you can expect to enjoy. The performance specs for each of the engines available in this midsize Ford SUV include:

2021 Ford Explorer Engine Lineups

2.3L EcoBoost® Engine

3.0L EcoBoost® V6 Engine

3.3L Hybrid Engine



ST: 400

Platinum: 365



310 lb-ft

318 lb-ft

322 lb-ft

Go Further in the Ford Explorer With Eco Mode

In addition to its impressive engine options and gas mileage, the 2021 Ford Explorer comes standard with the Terrain Management System™ that features a variety of selectable drive modes, including: Normal, Sport, Trail, and Deep Snow/Sand, as well as:

  • Slippery
  • Tow/Haul
  • Eco

Shift into Eco mode when you want to maximize your Ford Explorer gas mileage even more. Each of the selectable drive modes also features its own crystal-clear 3D animated graphic that shows up in the available 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster.

Experience the Efficiency of the 2021 Ford Explorer

Now that you've read our breakdown of the fuel economy offered by the Explorer, it's time to experience it in action. Contact us at Ace Ford to schedule your 2021 Ford Explorer test drive near Woodbury, Deptford, and West Deptford, NJ, today!

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