The approaching 2021 Ford Explorer Hybrid will continue its journey. After the first year of production, this hybrid version will get further upgrades. As you probably know, the 2020 Explorer is completely redesigned. The 2021 Explorer is now riding on its sixth generation.
Knowing that it is a model that comes with tradition and reliability. New Explorer Hybrid will deliver more interior room and more high-tech features. On top of that, handling is also improved. Most importantly, Blue Oval will look to increase its towing capacity and its mileage.
The sixth-gen Explorer arrived with a complete redesign. The 2021 Ford Explorer Hybrid will build on that and it will introduce a couple of more upgrades. This SUV now rides on a unibody construction that is more car-like. Important thing is that the hybrid variant won’t depart from the regular gasoline model.
For 2021, Explorer will gain a slightly longer hood and small visual updates. Headlights are looking cleaner now and front grille is enlarged, but not drastically. We like the sloping roof design that looks truly modern and unique. As for the rest of the exterior, Explorer Hybrid will largely remain.
2021 Ford Explorer Hybrid Pros & Cons
If you think the 2021 Ford Explorer Hybrid is a perfect SUV, that might not be the case. We still think it is an amazing model but it still lacks some things. For the start, Explorer is a seven-seat SUV. At least Ford says so. However, Explorer is made for six passengers, so if you really want seven seats, opt for some other model. On top of that, third-row is tight and taller passengers could have hard time during the long trips.
Another issue is the price of the optional equipment. You have to be careful with loading optional amenities. This is especially the case on the upper trim levels. The price could easily become very expensive if you aren’t careful enough. The interior still lacks some features and the number of USB ports is ridiculous. Still, the 2021 Explorer Hybrid offers good cargo room. Furthermore, ride quality is superb and handling is almost perfect.
Fuel Economy, Driving Range
The all-new 2021 Ford Explorer Hybrid switched back to a standard rear-wheel-drive system. This should improve the handling and balance. Moreover, towing stability is better than before. This SUV can tow up to 5,000 pounds now. Explorer Hybrid will ride on a 3.3-liter V6. This engine is paired with an electric motor and lithium-ion battery. Total output is rated at 318 horsepower and 336 lb-ft of torque. A 10-speed automatic transmission is offered as well.
Blue Oval also officially released EPA fuel economy ratings. The 2021 Explorer Hybrid will offer a 27/29 mpg fuel economy ratings. An estimated driving range is 500 miles on a single tank. Loading optional AWD system will drop the fuel efficiency to 23/26 mpg and 450 miles.
Price and Release Date
The price of the upcoming 2021 Ford Explorer Hybrid starts at $52,000. This SUV isn’t affordable as for example Toyota Highlander Hybrid. However, it certainly offers better performance figures. Blue Oval will release its latest SUV at the beginning of 2021.