Typically, vehicles get more expensive with each passing year. This is especially true with brand new models, as we saw recently with the 14th-generation 2021 Ford F-150. But the 2021 Ford Explorer, which will be the current model’s second year of production, will receive price cuts across the board.
A Ford Authority analysis comparing 2021 Ford Explorer pricing with that of the 2020 model reveals that every trim level will be cheaper, at least as it relates to starting prices. In fact, the 2021 Explorer will be on average $2,572 more affordable than the 2020 model.
The amount of 2021 Ford Explorer pricing reductions varies based on trim level. For instance, the base rear-wheel-drive Explorer becomes $540 cheaper for the 2021 model year, with a starting MSRP of $32,225 versus $32,765 for the 2020 model.
Both the XLT rear-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive models get a $2,925 price cut with the model year changeover, while the Limited RWD and AWD see a $3,670 reduction. The 2021 Limited Hybrid RWD will start at $2,675 less, while the AWD version gets a bigger discount of $2,875.
The high-performance Explorer ST receives a price cut of $2,135 for the 2021 model year while the range-topping Platinum becomes $3,770 cheaper. It’s also worth noting that Equipment Group 202A will also see a big discount with the 2021 Explorer, as it will cost $600 less than it did in 2020.
|Trim Level||2021 Ford Explorer||2020 Ford Explorer||+ / – 2021|
|Limited HEV RWD||$49,855||$52,530||$-2675|
|Limited HEV AWD||$51,855||$54,725||$-2870|
|Equipment Group 202A||$3,540||$4,140||$-600|
|Destination & Delivery||$1,245||$1,245||$0|
These 2021 Explorer pricing reductions will coincide with a few minor changes to Ford’s bread-and-butter three-row crossover, including a few new exterior colors and a handful of enhancements to the interior of the Explorer ST. Additionally, the XLT Sport model will return in 2021, and recent spy photos seem to indicate that an off-road focused model – possibly an FX4 model – is in the works.
As Ford Authority was first to report, 2021 Ford Explorer order banks opened on July 13th, 2020. Production will begin on September 21st, 2020 at the Ford Chicago Assembly Plant, where the Explorer is built alongside the Lincoln Aviator. The sixth-generation Ford Explorer is all-new from the ground up, and rides on the same Ford CD6 platform as the Aviator.