Ford Explorer. It's a nameplate synonymous with adventure, and it has the legacy to match. It was one of the first models to help usher in the modern SUV era when it first launched in 1991. And over the next three decades of continuous production, it has grown into America's all-time best-selling utility vehicle. With its spacious and versatile accommodations, robust capability, and wealth of standard and available features, it's an excellent choice for Washington DC-area drivers seeking a vehicle that can keep pace with the ever-changing needs of family life. Here's a quick overview of some of the Explorer's highlights and updates for 2021.

  • What's New?: Still fresh off a complete 2020 redesign, the 2021 Explorer rolls into the new model year with a few minor changes. Notably, heated seats are now standard on XLT models, and an eight-way power driver's seat is standard on Limited and above. Elsewhere a new XLT Sport Appearance package adds Carbonized Gray 20" alloy wheels and grille accents, dual exhaust, unique body cladding, and a Light Slate upholstery color.

  • What are the engine options?: The Ford Explorer finds plenty of motivation in its standard 2.3L turbo-four making 300 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. A twin-turbo V6 comes standard on Platinum and ST models, producing 365hp/380lb-ft and 400hp/415lb-ft on these trims, respectively. Finally, Explorer Limited is also available as a 318-hp 3.3L hybrid, which comes abundantly-equipped with desirable amenities and achieves an EPA-estimated 29 mpg highway.

  • Which trim level should I get?: While this ultimately comes down to personal needs and preferences, the Explorer XLT provides an excellent mix of features and value. Highlights of this second-tier trim include:
    • Power liftgate
    • Roof rails
    • Keyless proximity entry
    • Heated front seats and a power driver's seat
    • Second-row captain's chairs
    • Second-row USB ports
    • SYNC 3 with 8" touchscreen
    • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
    • Pre-Collision Assist w/Automatic Emergency Braking
    • BLIS® (Blind Spot Information System) w/ Cross-Traffic Alert
    • Lane-Keeping System
    • Auto High-Beam Headlamps

Test-drive the new Ford Explorer near Clinton and Oxon Hill, MD

If you're in the market for a roomy, capable, and feature-packed family mover, be sure to add the new Ford Explorer to the top of your research shortlist. Contact Ourisman Ford of Alexandria for more information about its available trim levels, options packages, and special financing offers. And if you're like to try it out for yourself, we invite you to visit our Alexandria Ford dealership for a test-drive. We'd love to give you a tour.

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