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2021 Ford Explorer XLT vs Limited | What’s the Difference?

2021 Ford Explorer XLT vs 2021 Ford Explorer Limited

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2021 Ford Explorer XLT Inventory

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2021 Ford Explorer Limited Inventory

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Located in Cleveland, GA

Also serving Gainesville and Buford

Featuring up to seven seats, the 2021 Ford Explorer offers lots of convenient utilities and premium technologies for families. The XLT and Limited trims offer high-performance features, such as the Terrain Management System with an electronic dial. The Limited model also boasts many upscale amenities, like climate-controlled seats with perforated leather.

2021 Ford Explorer XLT

Starting MSRP $34,000*

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21/28 MPG

Miles per gallon (city/highway)**

7

Passengers

300

Horsepower, 2.3L EcoBoost® I-4 Engine

2021 Ford Explorer Limited

Starting MSRP $45,005*

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21/28 MPG

Miles per gallon (city/highway)**

7

Passengers

300

Horsepower, 2.3L EcoBoost® I-4 Engine

Performance Features

Performance Features

Built on the EcoBoost platform, a 2.3L turbocharged engine powers the 2021 Ford Explorer XLT and Limited. Peak ratings of this direct-injected powertrain are 300 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque. The Ti-VCT technology helps this I-4 engine achieve remarkable fuel economy. Speaking of efficiency, the Limited edition is available with a 3.3L V6 hybrid powertrain that produces up to 318 hp and 322 lb-ft. Both Ford SUVs run on a 10-speed automatic transmission augmented by the SelectShift technology. This quick-shifting gearbox transmits torque to the optional Intelligent 4WD System. Up to seven different settings from the Selectable Drive Modes optimize the drivetrain mechanics, transmission, and engine mechanics. For instance, the Deep Snow/Sand Mode maximizes off-road traction. You will see the real-time driving settings on the 12.3-inch digital instrument display. Both 2021 Explorer models could be equipped with the Hill Descent Control for extra stability on sloped trails.

Interior Features

Amenities

The Tri-Zone Electronic Automatic Temperature Control is standard in the 2021 Ford Explorer XLT and Limited. Occupants in the middle row have direct access to the Rear Auxiliary Climate Control. Both Ford SUVs boast heated first-row seats with multiple temperature settings. Featuring micro-perforations and accent stitching, the Limited’s leather-appointed seats also come with ventilation. You can substitute the XLT’s standard cloth upholstery with the all-new Active X material. You could opt for captain’s chairs with a center console for the Limited edition’s middle row. Having a 50/50 configuration, a split-fold bench seat is installed in the third row of both Ford models. Optional in the Limited trim, the third-row seats can be quickly adjusted with the PowerFold technology. A power liftgate and roof rack side rails are standard on both 2021 Explorer models. The Limited trim also has the Rear Bumper Step Pad in a black finish.

Technology Features

Technology Features

Optional for the 2021 Ford Explorer XLT and standard in the Limited, the SYNC infotainment system includes a navigation system with a touch screen and voice activation. This updated multimedia console comes with the FordPass Connect application for mobile devices. Both Ford SUVs have a 4G Wi-Fi modem with a capacity for up to 10 connected devices. Powered by AT&T, the wireless connection has a maximum range of 50 feet. Connected to SiriusXM Satellite Radio, a six-speaker sound system entertains everyone inside the XLT model. A 12-speaker audio system from Bang & Olufsen plays music inside the Limited trim. A wireless charging pad, smart-charging USB ports, and several 12-volt power outlets are installed inside this high-level model.

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Visit Jacky Jones Ford to compare the 2021 Ford Explorer XLT with the Limited. Both midsize SUVs are available with the Intelligent 4WD system.


*MSRP for base vehicle. Excludes destination/delivery fee plus government fees and taxes, any finance charges, any dealer processing charge, any electronic filing charge, and any emission testing charge. Optional equipment not included. Starting A, Z and X Plan price is for qualified, eligible customers and excludes document fee, destination/delivery charge, taxes, title and registration. Not all vehicles qualify for A, Z or X Plan. All Mustang Shelby GT350® and Shelby® GT350R prices exclude gas guzzler tax.

**EPA-estimated city/hwy mpg for the model indicated. See fueleconomy.gov for fuel economy of other engine/transmission combinations. Actual mileage will vary. On plug-in hybrid models and electric models, fuel economy is stated in MPGe. MPGe is the EPA equivalent measure of gasoline fuel efficiency for electric mode operation.