Looking to tow oversized toys to the shore or up to the mountains? If so, the Ford Explorer may offer the capability you've been dreaming about while navigating Woodbury, Deptford, and West Deptford, NJ.

Our team at Ace Ford wants to give you some insights into the 2021 Ford Explorer towing capacity from the comfort of home. As you explore more below, don't hesitate to reach out with any questions you may have along the way!

How Much Can the Ford Explorer Tow?

Depending on a few different factors, like the engine and drivetrain, the 2021 Ford Explorer offers different levels of towing capacity. The towing capacity lineup offered by the Ford Explorer includes:



Maximum Available Towing Capacity When Properly Equipped

2.3L EcoBoost®

Rear-Wheel Drive

5,300 pounds

2.3L EcoBoost®

Intelligent 4WD

5,300 pounds

3.0L EcoBoost® V6

Intelligent 4WD

5,600 pounds

3.3L Hybrid V6

Hybrid Drivetrain

5,000 pounds

The available Intelligent 4-wheel drive (4WD) optimizes the powertrain and braking to continually deliver the ideal amount of traction to match the road conditions around the Ford Explorer. To achieve its maximum towing capacity, the 2021 Ford Explorer must be equipped with the 3.0L EcoBoost® V6 engine, Intelligent 4WD, and the optional Class III Trailer Tow Package, which includes:

  • Frame-mounted hitch
  • Trailer connectors
  • Engine oil cooler

With the right configuration that enables the 2021 Ford Explorer to reach its full towing capacity potential, you can expect to bring things like a hard-side RV or recreational boat on your next family vacation.

Stay in Control with 2021 Ford Explorer Tow-Support Features

The Ford Explorer comes with and offers a variety of features that help you stay in control of your SUV and whatever you may be towing too. It comes standard with Trailer Sway Control, which works to stabilize your cargo while you cruise through town or down the highway.

When it comes to driving in challenging conditions, such as across gravel, over icy roads, or in the rain, AdvanceTrac® with RSC® (Roll Stability Control™) maximizes grip, so you can move forward with greater confidence.

Heading down a steep road? With optional Hill Descent Control™ on board, you'll have extra backup. By operating similarly to a cruise control system, this feature uses anti-lock brakes and other traction control technologies to keep you safe while descending. It constantly alters the brake pressure to maintain traction, as well as a preset speed.

Customize Every Ride with Selectable Drive Modes in the Ford Explorer

The Intelligent 4WD in the Ford Explorer can be paired with the Terrain Management System™ to open even more opportunities for adventures off the beaten path. It comes with seven Selectable Drive Modes that let you tailor your SUV's performance at a moment's notice. The lineup of available drive modes includes Normal, Trail, Deep Snow/Sand, Slippery, as well as:

  • Sport
  • Tow/Haul
  • Eco

To help you stay attuned to your vehicle's performance, each Selectable Drive Mode features its own unique 3D animated graphic. These graphics display on the available 12.3-inch digital cluster that shows key trip information with crystal-clear icons.

Explore Further & Tow More in the 2021 Ford Explorer

After learning a bit more about the Ford Explorer towing capacity, it's time to get some firsthand experience by taking the wheel. Contact us at Ace Ford to schedule your 2021 Ford Explorer test drive near Woodbury, Deptford, and West Deptford, New Jersey, today!

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