The 2021 Ford Explorer Timberline With Real Off-Road Goodies.
A slight suspension lift, all-terrain tires, and limited-slip rear diff should keep things moving in rough terrain. The current Ford Explorer is a hot-selling number, thanks to its legendary nameplate and lineup of turbocharged engines. After a brief foray as a front-drive–based crossover that shared more with a Taurus than a truck, Ford made all right again with the sixth-gen Explorer, returning it to its rear-drive SUV roots – though still with unibody construction.
Inside, Explorer Timberline wears Deep Cypress upholstery, with cloth inserts in the ActiveX vinyl seats for wipe-it-clean usability while preventing sliding around over bumps. Deep Tangerine contrast stitching appears on the steering wheel, door panels, and seats, recalling those Red Ember bits on the exterior, and the dashboard gets a unique “stone mesh” applique that almost looks like forged carbon. Standard heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, and rubber floor liners will be music to the ears of anyone who enjoys playing in the snow and mud.
The Timberline gets a turbocharged 2.3-liter inline-four as its sole engine option, mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. With a standard Class III towing package and 300 horsepower and 310 pound-feet (223 kilowatts and 420 newton-meters), the Explorer Timberline has a maximum towing capacity of 5,300 pounds. That’s a bit more than the Subaru Ascent and Toyota 4Runner (5,000 pounds each), but much less than a properly equipped Jeep Grand Cherokee (7,200 pounds). Still, it should be enough for most families’ boats and camping trailers.
Order books for the Ford Explorer Timberline is open, with first deliveries happening this summer.