When people shop for an SUV, they look for the ability to haul gear. That translates most directly to storage space inside the vehicle, but it also means the ability to tow a trailer or camper, possibly even a boat, for those outdoor adventures and family vacations. The Explorer is an outstanding option for recreational use, and many drivers across the State College region, from Bellefonte to Lewistown, swear by its capability.
How much can the Explorer pull in this way? Let’s examine the Ford Explorer towing capacity at each engine type and configuration, so you can choose the best setup for your driving needs.
Engine Types and Packages
The towing capacity of any vehicle depends on the configuration you choose. The Explorer has three available engine types and powertrains. The first is a 2.3-liter EcoBoost® 4-cylinder. The second is a 3.5-liter V6. Finally, the top-level engine is a 3.5-liter EcoBoost® V6.
There are also two different towing packages, rated at Class II and Class III. The combination of engine and package you choose will determine the tow rating of your vehicle.
2.3-Liter EcoBoost® 4-Cylinder
At the base level, the Explorer is driven by a 2.3-liter 4-cylinder EcoBoost® engine. It puts out 280 horsepower with 310 lb-ft of torque. At this base level, it’s rated for towing 2,000 pounds of weight. It can be equipped with a Class II towing package, which will boost the capacity to a maximum of 3,000 pounds.
3.5-Liter V6 Engine
Next up is the V6 3.5-liter. This engine puts out 290 horsepower and gets 255 lb-ft of torque. Like the 4-cylinder, it’s rated on its own to tow up to 2,000 pounds. It can be fitted with a Class III towing package, however, which is combined with a hitch that distributes weight, to improve towing up to 4,000 pounds.
3.5-Liter EcoBoost® V-6
The top-end engine on the new Explorer is a V6 EcoBoost® that’s capable of delivering 365 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque. Like the second-level engine, when fitted with a Class III trailer tow package and hitch, it can deliver up to 5,000 pounds of towing capacity.
Towing Equipment and Features
The intelligent 4-wheel drive system on the Explorer offers Terrain Management System™ features, which let you adjust your traction for a variety of road conditions, including snow, mud, gravel, sand, grass, rain and others. Hill Descent control allows you to safely descend rough hills, and the AdvanceTrac® with Roll Stability Control™, combined with sway and curve control, mean you’ll have ultimate control over your trailer, camper, flatbed, or boat.
Keeping You Safe
In addition to this solid towing capacity, the Explorer can be equipped with Intelligent Active Safety Features to help you keep control while towing. These include Automatic High Beams and Wipers, Blind-Spot Monitoring, Cross-Traffic Alerts, Lane Departure and Lane Keeping Features, and Adaptive Cruise Control. Automatic Emergency Braking rounds out the package, and all of them combine to make sure you’ve got maximum control at all times.
See the Explorer at The Lake Dealerships
If you’re interested in the new Ford Explorer towing capacity, you can check one out on the roads of Bellefonte, Lewistown, or all across the State College region by coming into The Lake Dealerships. Stop into our showroom and take a look! Contact us today!