When shopping for an SUV, many people are looking to tow a boat, trailer, or camper, so it's important to know how much a vehicle can safely tow. Along with the rest of the many capable Ford towing vehicles, the Explorer can fulfill your recreational needs.

Drivers around Mechanicsburg, Harrisburg, and Carlisle, PA, can learn about the different powertrain options and respective tow ratings in our 2021 Ford Explorer towing capacity guide below.

2021 Explorer Maximum Towing

There are three available powertrains for the Ford Explorer, all of which have varying towing capacities. The Class III Trailer Tow Package also increases its capability, includes a hitch receiver, 7-/4-pin wiring harness, and towing technologies.




Towing Capacity

2.3L EcoBoost®


300 horsepower

310 lb-ft

5,300 pounds

3.0L EcoBoost® V6

400 horsepower

(on ST trim)

365 horsepower

 (on Platinum trim)

415 lb-ft

 (on ST trim)

380 lb-ft

(on Platinum trim)

5,600 pounds

3.3L Hybrid

318 horsepower

322 lb-ft

5,000 pounds

Within these parameters, the 2021 Ford Explorer towing capacity is capable of safely towing a small camper, boat, or flatbed loaded with ATVs.

Towing Features of the Explorer

The 2021 Explorer can be equipped with either rear-wheel drive with or available Intelligent 4WD. Both the 2.3L EcoBoost® I-4 and 3.3L Hybrid engines come with rear-wheel drive while the 3.0L EcoBoost® V6 engine has Intelligent 4WD.

A Terrain Management System™ is standard on the Platinum and ST trims, and available on all others. This system allows the driver to adjust the traction to accommodate a myriad of conditions like trail driving, deep snow or sand, slippery streets, and more. It also comes with a selectable Tow/Haul mode that diverts power where it's needed to help when you have a load in tow.

More towing features are included for the Explorer, such as AdvanceTrac®. This offers Roll Stability Control™ and trailer sway control, which adjusts the engine power to maintain control of your trailer. It also helps to slow down your Explorer if you're traveling too fast on a curve.

Ford Explorer Safety Features

To help keep you and your load safe on the road, every trim of the Explorer is outfitted with Ford Co-Pilot360™, a suite of driver-assistance technologies that are beneficial for towing.

This suite of driving aids includes:

  • Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking
  • BLIS® (Blind Spot Information System) with Cross-Traffic Alert
  • Lane-Keeping System
  • Auto High-Beam Headlamps
  • Rear View Camera

The BLIS® includes trailer coverage, which gives you more visibility of the load behind you, and lets you know when someone is beside your trailer.

Test Drive the 2021 Ford Explorer

With its impressive towing capacity, available safety features, and Class III Trailer Tow Package, the Ford Explorer is an ideal large SUV for towing.

Drivers near Mechanicsburg, Harrisburg, and Carlisle, Pennsylvania, can check out all the improved towing features and capabilities for the Ford Explorer by visiting Fred Beans Ford of Mechanicsburg. Read the rest of our Ford Explorer reviews to learn more, then schedule a test drive!

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