Sport utility vehicles these days have to do a lot of things. They're family-friendly, daily drivers, and off-road adventure vehicles, and they need the capacity and power to tow a trailer around Glasgow, Hopkinsville, Russellville, and Bowling Green, KY every so often.

Like many vehicle these days, the Ford Explorer comes in a number of different configurations and determining your towing capacity depends on which model you choose. Greenwood Ford presents this breakdown of the 2021 Ford Explorer towing capacity to help with your research.

2021 Ford Explorer Specs

The Ford Explorer has a lineup of three impressive engines to choose from. Each one is paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission. All Explorers come standard with rear-wheel drive, but all-wheel drive is also available.

The base engine is a turbocharged 2.3L EcoBoost® I-4 that gets up to 300 horsepower and generates 310 lb-ft of torque. Next up is a 3.0L twin-turbo EcoBoost® V6 engine that delivers 400 horsepower and generates 415 lb-ft of torque.

Finally, there's a hybrid model that matches a 3.3L V6 engine with an electric motor to offer great fuel economy without sacrificing power. This one can kick up 365 horsepower while pushing out 380 lb-ft of torque.

Trailer Tow Package

If you want to get the most out of your Ford Explorer's towing capacity, you'll need to go for the Class III Trailer Tow package. This package features a sturdy tow hitch receiver, a 7-/4-pin wiring harness, and standard BLIS® (Blind Spot Information System) with Trailer Coverage.

With this package, you can be confident that your cargo is securely fastened, and you'll know when the coast is clear to change lanes safely too.

Ford Explorer Towing Ratings by Engine

Now it's time to get down to the bare facts. When properly equipped with the Class III Trailer Tow Package, the EcoBoost® V6 can tow up to 5,600 pounds. The 2.3L I-4 base engine can also carry your heavy cargo with a towing capacity of 5,300 pounds.

Eco-minded drivers will also be able to hitch a heavy trailer to their Explorer. The hybrid powertrain offers an efficient drive as well as a 5,000-pound towing capacity.

All three options offer more than enough power to pull a friend out of a muddy mess or take a good-sized trailer on that next camping trip in the wilds. Plus, both rear-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive models are designed to haul the same sort of heavy cargo.

Cargo Capabilities

Cargo capacity goes hand-in-hand with towing. In this case, you get plenty of space to carry your gear. The Ford Explorer features 18.2 cubic feet behind the back seats, plus folding seats in both the second and third rows. With both of them folded down, you'll have up to and up to 87.8 cubic feet of cargo room.

  • Cargo Room Behind 1st Row: 87.8 cubic feet
  • Cargo Room Behind 2nd Row: 47.9 cubic feet
  • Cargo Room Behind 3rd Row: 18.2 cubic feet

Drive the Explorer at Greenwood Ford

To learn more about the 2021 Ford Explorer towing capacity and see how it can help you carry everything you need, visit Greenwood Ford. It's a great option for families, businesses, and drivers who like taking adventures in Bowling Green, Russellville, Hopkinsville, and Glasgow, KY.

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