- Ford’s mid-size Explorer SUV is now available in three additional trims, including a sporty Enthusiast ST model.
- The Explorer Platinum gains a cheaper rear-wheel-drive variant and can now also be had with a hybrid powertrain (2021 Platinum Hybrid is pictured above).
- These new trims join the Explorer lineup for 2021 and will be available this summer.
Family SUVs with performance aspirations are far from the norm, but the Ford Explorer ST moved to fill that niche when it was introduced for the 2020 model year. Now, Ford is doubling down on the ST model by introducing a Enthusiast ST trim that’s $4080 cheaper. It inherits the ST’s mechanical components—including the twin-turbocharged V-6 that makes 400 horsepower, teamed with a 10-speed automatic transmission—but drops some luxury and convenience features.
The Enthusiast ST still comes with plenty of goodies—and at $49,995, it ought to—including 20-inch wheels,