Ford Explorer Towing Capacity

Ford Explorer Towing Capacity Overview

The Ford Explorer has a towing capacity from 2000 lbs and 6740 lbs depending on the trim and model year.

All towing capacities are braked capacities. This means that the trailer being towed has a braking system installed to assist the vehicle braking system. The towing capacities for trailers without brakes will be much less. Confirm all towing capacities with the owner's manual.

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    Note: A fishing boat and trailer usually weighs between 900 lbs. to 6000 lbs., a tent trailer typically weighs between 1,000 lbs. to 1,500 lbs. and a fifth wheel travel trailer averages between 12,000 lbs. to 15

    Scroll down to get the towing capacity of your particular year and model trim. Check the towing capacities of other makes and models.

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    2021 Ford Explorer Towing Capacity

    Depending on trim level the 2021 Ford Explorer has a towing capacity between 5300 lbs and 5600 lbs. See the table below for your trim level.

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    Year/ Make/ Model Trim Max Towing Capacity Engine Horsepower Torque
    2021 Ford Explorer Base 4WD 5,300 lbs 2.3L 300 310
    2021 Ford Explorer Base RWD 5,300 lbs 2.3L 300 310
    2021 Ford Explorer Limited 4WD 5,300 lbs 2.3L 300 310
    2021 Ford Explorer Limited RWD 5,300 lbs 2.3L 300 310
    2021 Ford Explorer Platinum 4WD 5,600 lbs 3.0L 365 380
    2021 Ford Explorer ST 4WD 5,600 lbs 3.0L 400 415
    2021 Ford Explorer XLT 4WD 5,300 lbs 2.3L 300 310
    2021 Ford Explorer XLT RWD 5,300 lbs 2.3L 300 310

    2020 Ford Explorer Towing Capacity

    Depending on trim level the 2020 Ford Explorer has a towing capacity between 5300 lbs and 5600 lbs. See the table below for your trim level.

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    Year/ Make/ Model Trim Max Towing Capacity Engine Horsepower Torque
    2020 Ford Explorer Base 4WD 5,300 lbs 2.3L 300 310
    2020 Ford Explorer Base RWD 5,300 lbs 2.3L 300 310
    2020 Ford Explorer Limited 4WD 5,300 lbs 2.3L 300 310
    2020 Ford Explorer Limited RWD 5,300 lbs 2.3L 300 310
    2020 Ford Explorer Platinum 4WD 5,600 lbs 3.0L 365 380
    2020 Ford Explorer ST 4WD 5,600 lbs 3.0L 400 415
    2020 Ford Explorer XLT 4WD 5,300 lbs 2.3L 300 310
    2020 Ford Explorer XLT RWD 5,300 lbs 2.3L 300 310
    2020 Ford Explorer SUV 4D 2WD 4 Cyl. 5,300 lbs 2.3L 300 310
    2020 Ford Explorer SUV 4D 4WD 4 Cyl. 5,300 lbs 2.3L 300 310
    2020 Ford Explorer SUV 4D 4WD V6 5,300 lbs 2.3L 300 310
    2020 Ford Explorer SUV 4D Limited 2WD Hybrid 5,300 lbs 2.3L 300 310
    2020 Ford Explorer SUV 4D Limited 2WD 4 Cyl. 5,300 lbs 2.3L 300 310
    2020 Ford Explorer SUV 4D Limited 4WD Hybrid 5,300 lbs 2.3L 300 310
    2020 Ford Explorer SUV 4D Limited 4WD 4 Cyl. 5,300 lbs 2.3L 300 310
    2020 Ford Explorer SUV 4D Platinum 4WD V6 5,600 lbs 3.0L 365 380
    2020 Ford Explorer SUV 4D ST 4WD 5,600 lbs 3.0L 400 415
    2020 Ford Explorer SUV 4D XLT 2WD 5,300 lbs 2.3L 300 310
    2020 Ford Explorer SUV 4D XLT 4WD 5,300 lbs 2.3L 300 310

    2019 Ford Explorer Towing Capacity

    Depending on trim level the 2019 Ford Explorer has a towing capacity between 2000 lbs and 5000 lbs. See the table below for your trim level.

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    Year/ Make/ Model Trim Max Towing Capacity Engine Horsepower Torque
    2019 Ford Explorer Base 4WD 2,000 lbs 3.5L 290 255
    2019 Ford Explorer Base FWD 2,000 lbs 3.5L 290 255
    2019 Ford Explorer Limited 4WD 2,000 lbs 2.3L 280 310
    2019 Ford Explorer Limited FWD 2,000 lbs 2.3L 280 310
    2019 Ford Explorer Platinum 4WD 5,000 lbs 3.5L 365 350
    2019 Ford Explorer Sport 4WD 5,000 lbs 3.5L 365 350
    2019 Ford Explorer XLT 4WD 2,000 lbs 3.5L 290 255
    2019 Ford Explorer XLT FWD 2,000 lbs 3.5L 290 255
    2019 Ford Explorer SUV 4D 2WD V6 2,000 lbs 3.5L 290 255
    2019 Ford Explorer SUV 4D 4WD V6 2,000 lbs 3.5L 290 255
    2019 Ford Explorer SUV 4D EcoBoost 2WD 4 Cyl. 2,000 lbs 3.5L 290 255
    2019 Ford Explorer SUV 4D EcoBoost 4WD 4 Cyl. 2,000 lbs 3.5L 290 255
    2019 Ford Explorer SUV 4D Limited 2WD V6 2,000 lbs 2.3L 280 310
    2019 Ford Explorer SUV 4D Limited 4WD V6 2,000 lbs 2.3L 280 310
    2019 Ford Explorer SUV 4D Limited EcoBoost 2WD 4 Cyl. 2,000 lbs 2.3L 280 310
    2019 Ford Explorer SUV 4D Limited EcoBoost 4WD 4 Cyl. 2,000 lbs 2.3L 280 310
    2019 Ford Explorer SUV 4D Platinum 4WD V6 5,000 lbs 3.5L 365 350
    2019 Ford Explorer SUV 4D Sport 4WD V6 5,000 lbs 3.5L 365 350
    2019 Ford Explorer SUV 4D XLT 2WD V6 2,000 lbs 3.5L 290 255
    2019 Ford Explorer SUV 4D XLT 4WD V6 2,000 lbs 3.5L 290 255
    2019 Ford Explorer SUV 4D XLT EcoBoost 2WD 4 Cyl. 2,000 lbs 3.5L 290 255
    2019 Ford Explorer SUV 4D XLT EcoBoost 4WD 4 Cyl. 2,000 lbs 3.5L 290 255

    2018 Ford Explorer Towing Capacity

    Depending on trim level the 2018 Ford Explorer has a towing capacity between 2000 lbs and 5000 lbs. See the table below for your trim level.

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    Year/ Make/ Model Trim Max Towing Capacity Engine Horsepower Torque
    2018 Ford Explorer SUV 4D 2WD V6 2,000 lbs 3.5L 290 255
    2018 Ford Explorer SUV 4D 4WD V6 2,000 lbs 3.5L 290 255
    2018 Ford Explorer SUV 4D EcoBoost 2WD 4 Cyl. 2,000 lbs 3.5L 290 255
    2018 Ford Explorer SUV 4D EcoBoost 4WD 4 Cyl. 2,000 lbs 3.5L 290 255
    2018 Ford Explorer SUV 4D Limited 2WD V6 2,000 lbs 2.3L 280 310
    2018 Ford Explorer SUV 4D Limited 4WD V6 2,000 lbs 2.3L 280 310
    2018 Ford Explorer SUV 4D Limited EcoBoost 2WD 4 Cyl. 2,000 lbs 2.3L 280 310
    2018 Ford Explorer SUV 4D Limited EcoBoost 4WD 4 Cyl. 2,000 lbs 2.3L 280 310
    2018 Ford Explorer SUV 4D Platinum 4WD V6 5,000 lbs 3.5L 365 350
    2018 Ford Explorer SUV 4D Sport 4WD V6 5,000 lbs 3.5L 365 350
    2018 Ford Explorer SUV 4D XLT 2WD V6 2,000 lbs 3.5L 290 255
    2018 Ford Explorer SUV 4D XLT 4WD V6 2,000 lbs 3.5L 290 255
    2018 Ford Explorer SUV 4D XLT EcoBoost 2WD 4 Cyl. 2,000 lbs 3.5L 290 255
    2018 Ford Explorer SUV 4D XLT EcoBoost 4WD 4 Cyl. 2,000 lbs 3.5L 290 255

    2017 Ford Explorer Towing Capacity

    Depending on trim level the 2017 Ford Explorer has a towing capacity between 2000 lbs and 5000 lbs. See the table below for your trim level.

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    Year/ Make/ Model Trim Max Towing Capacity Engine Horsepower Torque
    2017 Ford Explorer SUV 4D 2WD V6 2,000 lbs 3.5L 290 255
    2017 Ford Explorer SUV 4D 4WD V6 2,000 lbs 3.5L 290 255
    2017 Ford Explorer SUV 4D EcoBoost 2WD 4 Cyl. 2,000 lbs 3.5L 290 255
    2017 Ford Explorer SUV 4D EcoBoost 4WD 4 Cyl. 2,000 lbs 3.5L 290 255
    2017 Ford Explorer SUV 4D Limited 2WD V6 2,000 lbs 2.3L 280 310
    2017 Ford Explorer SUV 4D Limited 4WD V6 2,000 lbs 2.3L 280 310
    2017 Ford Explorer SUV 4D Limited EcoBoost 2WD 4 Cyl. 2,000 lbs 2.3L 280 310
    2017 Ford Explorer SUV 4D Limited EcoBoost 4WD 4 Cyl. 2,000 lbs 2.3L 280 310
    2017 Ford Explorer SUV 4D Platinum 4WD V6 5,000 lbs 3.5L 365 350
    2017 Ford Explorer SUV 4D Sport 4WD V6 5,000 lbs 3.5L 365 350
    2017 Ford Explorer SUV 4D XLT 2WD V6 2,000 lbs 3.5L 290 255
    2017 Ford Explorer SUV 4D XLT 4WD V6 2,000 lbs 3.5L 290 255
    2017 Ford Explorer SUV 4D XLT EcoBoost 2WD 4 Cyl. 2,000 lbs 3.5L 290 255
    2017 Ford Explorer SUV 4D XLT EcoBoost 4WD 4 Cyl. 2,000 lbs 3.5L 290 255

    2016 Ford Explorer Towing Capacity

    Depending on trim level the 2016 Ford Explorer has a towing capacity between 2000 lbs and 5000 lbs. See the table below for your trim level.

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    Year/ Make/ Model Trim Max Towing Capacity Engine Horsepower Torque
    2016 Ford Explorer SUV 4D 2WD V6 2,000 lbs 3.5L 290 255
    2016 Ford Explorer SUV 4D 4WD V6 2,000 lbs 3.5L 290 255
    2016 Ford Explorer SUV 4D EcoBoost 2WD 4 Cyl. 2,000 lbs 3.5L 290 255
    2016 Ford Explorer SUV 4D EcoBoost 4WD 4 Cyl. 2,000 lbs 3.5L 290 255
    2016 Ford Explorer SUV 4D Limited 2WD V6 2,000 lbs 3.5L 290 255
    2016 Ford Explorer SUV 4D Limited 4WD V6 2,000 lbs 3.5L 290 255
    2016 Ford Explorer SUV 4D Limited EcoBoost 2WD 4 Cyl. 2,000 lbs 3.5L 290 255
    2016 Ford Explorer SUV 4D Limited EcoBoost 4WD 4 Cyl. 2,000 lbs 3.5L 290 255
    2016 Ford Explorer SUV 4D Platinum 4WD V6 5,000 lbs 3.5L 365 350
    2016 Ford Explorer SUV 4D Sport 4WD V6 5,000 lbs 3.5L 365 350
    2016 Ford Explorer SUV 4D XLT 2WD V6 2,000 lbs 3.5L 290 255
    2016 Ford Explorer SUV 4D XLT 4WD V6 2,000 lbs 3.5L 290 255
    2016 Ford Explorer SUV 4D XLT EcoBoost 2WD 4 Cyl. 2,000 lbs 3.5L 290 255
    2016 Ford Explorer SUV 4D XLT EcoBoost 4WD 4 Cyl. 2,000 lbs 3.5L 290 255

    2015 Ford Explorer Towing Capacity

    Depending on trim level the 2015 Ford Explorer has a towing capacity between 2000 lbs and 5000 lbs. See the table below for your trim level.

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    Year/ Make/ Model Trim Max Towing Capacity Engine Horsepower Torque
    2015 Ford Explorer SUV 4D 2WD 2,000 lbs 3.5L 290 255
    2015 Ford Explorer SUV 4D 4WD 2,000 lbs 3.5L 290 255
    2015 Ford Explorer SUV 4D EcoBoost 2WD 4 Cyl. Turbo 2,000 lbs 3.5L 290 255
    2015 Ford Explorer SUV 4D Limited 2WD 2,000 lbs 3.5L 290 255
    2015 Ford Explorer SUV 4D Limited 4WD 2,000 lbs 3.5L 290 255
    2015 Ford Explorer SUV 4D Limited EcoBoost 2WD 4 Cyl. 2,000 lbs 3.5L 290 255
    2015 Ford Explorer SUV 4D Sport 4WD 5,000 lbs 3.5L 365 350
    2015 Ford Explorer SUV 4D XLT 2WD 2,000 lbs 3.5L 290 255
    2015 Ford Explorer SUV 4D XLT 4WD 2,000 lbs 3.5L 290 255
    2015 Ford Explorer SUV 4D XLT EcoBoost 2WD 4 Cyl. 2,000 lbs 3.5L 290 255

    2014 Ford Explorer Towing Capacity

    Depending on trim level the 2014 Ford Explorer has a towing capacity between 2000 lbs and 5000 lbs. See the table below for your trim level.

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    Year/ Make/ Model Trim Max Towing Capacity Engine Horsepower Torque
    2014 Ford Explorer SUV 4D 2WD 2,000 lbs 3.5L 290 255
    2014 Ford Explorer SUV 4D 4WD 2,000 lbs 3.5L 290 255
    2014 Ford Explorer SUV 4D EcoBoost 2WD 4 Cyl. 2,000 lbs 3.5L 290 255
    2014 Ford Explorer SUV 4D Limited 2WD 2,000 lbs 3.5L 290 255
    2014 Ford Explorer SUV 4D Limited 4WD 2,000 lbs 3.5L 290 255
    2014 Ford Explorer SUV 4D Limited EcoBoost 2WD 4 Cyl. 2,000 lbs 3.5L 290 255
    2014 Ford Explorer SUV 4D Sport 4WD 5,000 lbs 3.5L 365 350
    2014 Ford Explorer SUV 4D XLT 2WD 2,000 lbs 3.5L 290 255
    2014 Ford Explorer SUV 4D XLT 4WD 2,000 lbs 3.5L 290 255
    2014 Ford Explorer SUV 4D XLT EcoBoost 2WD 4 Cyl. 2,000 lbs 3.5L 290 255

    2013 Ford Explorer Towing Capacity

    The 2013 Ford Explorer has a towing capacity of 2000 lbs.

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    Year/ Make/ Model Trim Max Towing Capacity Engine Horsepower Torque
    2013 Ford Explorer SUV 4D 2WD 2,000 lbs 3.5L 290 255
    2013 Ford Explorer SUV 4D 4WD 2,000 lbs 3.5L 290 255
    2013 Ford Explorer SUV 4D EcoBoost 2WD (4 Cyl) 2,000 lbs 3.5L 290 255
    2013 Ford Explorer SUV 4D Limited 2WD 2,000 lbs 3.5L 290 255
    2013 Ford Explorer SUV 4D Limited 4WD 2,000 lbs 3.5L 290 255
    2013 Ford Explorer SUV 4D Limited EcoBoost 2WD (4 C 2,000 lbs 3.5L 290 255
    2013 Ford Explorer SUV 4D Sport 4WD 2,000 lbs 3.5L 365 350
    2013 Ford Explorer SUV 4D XLT 2WD 2,000 lbs 3.5L 290 255
    2013 Ford Explorer SUV 4D XLT 4WD 2,000 lbs 3.5L 290 255
    2013 Ford Explorer SUV 4D XLT EcoBoost 2WD (4 Cyl) 2,000 lbs 3.5L 290 255

    2012 Ford Explorer Towing Capacity

    The 2012 Ford Explorer has a towing capacity of 2000 lbs.

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    Year/ Make/ Model Trim Max Towing Capacity Engine Horsepower Torque
    2012 Ford Explorer SUV 4D 2WD 2,000 lbs 3.5L 290 255
    2012 Ford Explorer SUV 4D 4WD 2,000 lbs 3.5L 290 255
    2012 Ford Explorer SUV 4D EcoBoost 2WD (4 Cyl) 2,000 lbs 3.5L 290 255
    2012 Ford Explorer SUV 4D Limited 2WD 2,000 lbs 3.5L 290 255
    2012 Ford Explorer SUV 4D Limited 4WD 2,000 lbs 3.5L 290 255
    2012 Ford Explorer SUV 4D Limited EcoBoost 2WD (4 C 2,000 lbs 3.5L 290 255
    2012 Ford Explorer SUV 4D XLT 2WD 2,000 lbs 3.5L 290 255
    2012 Ford Explorer SUV 4D XLT 4WD 2,000 lbs 3.5L 290 255
    2012 Ford Explorer SUV 4D XLT EcoBoost 2WD (4 Cyl) 2,000 lbs 3.5L 290 255

    2011 Ford Explorer Towing Capacity

    The 2011 Ford Explorer has a towing capacity of 2000 lbs.

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    Year/ Make/ Model Trim Max Towing Capacity Engine Horsepower Torque
    2011 Ford Explorer SUV 4D 2WD 2,000 lbs 3.5L 290 255
    2011 Ford Explorer SUV 4D 4WD 2,000 lbs 3.5L 290 255
    2011 Ford Explorer SUV 4D Limited 2WD 2,000 lbs 3.5L 290 255
    2011 Ford Explorer SUV 4D Limited 4WD 2,000 lbs 3.5L 290 255
    2011 Ford Explorer SUV 4D XLT 2WD 2,000 lbs 3.5L 290 255
    2011 Ford Explorer SUV 4D XLT 4WD 2,000 lbs 3.5L 290 255

    2010 Ford Explorer Towing Capacity

    The 2010 Ford Explorer has a towing capacity of 3500 lbs.

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    Year/ Make/ Model Trim Max Towing Capacity Engine Horsepower Torque
    2010 Ford Explorer SUV 4D Eddie Bauer 2WD 3,500 lbs 4.0L 210 254
    2010 Ford Explorer SUV 4D Eddie Bauer 4WD/AWD 3,500 lbs 4.0L 210 254
    2010 Ford Explorer SUV 4D Limited 2WD 3,500 lbs 4.0L 210 254
    2010 Ford Explorer SUV 4D Limited 4WD/AWD 3,500 lbs 4.0L 210 254
    2010 Ford Explorer SUV 4D XLT 2WD 3,500 lbs 4.0L 210 254
    2010 Ford Explorer SUV 4D XLT 4WD/AWD 3,500 lbs 4.0L 210 254

    2009 Ford Explorer Towing Capacity

    The 2009 Ford Explorer has a towing capacity of 3500 lbs.

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    Year/ Make/ Model Trim Max Towing Capacity Engine Horsepower Torque
    2009 Ford Explorer SUV 4D Eddie Bauer 2WD 3,500 lbs 4.0L 210 254
    2009 Ford Explorer SUV 4D Eddie Bauer 4WD/AWD 3,500 lbs 4.0L 210 254
    2009 Ford Explorer SUV 4D Limited 2WD 3,500 lbs 4.0L 210 254
    2009 Ford Explorer SUV 4D Limited 4WD/AWD 3,500 lbs 4.0L 210 254
    2009 Ford Explorer SUV 4D XLT 2WD 3,500 lbs 4.0L 210 254
    2009 Ford Explorer SUV 4D XLT 4WD/AWD 3,500 lbs 4.0L 210 254

    2008 Ford Explorer Towing Capacity

    The 2008 Ford Explorer has a towing capacity of 3500 lbs.

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    Year/ Make/ Model Trim Max Towing Capacity Engine Horsepower Torque
    2008 Ford Explorer SUV 4D Eddie Bauer 2WD 3,500 lbs 4.0L 210 254
    2008 Ford Explorer SUV 4D Eddie Bauer 4WD/AWD 3,500 lbs 4.0L 210 254
    2008 Ford Explorer SUV 4D Limited 2WD 3,500 lbs 4.0L 210 254
    2008 Ford Explorer SUV 4D Limited 4WD/AWD 3,500 lbs 4.0L 210 254
    2008 Ford Explorer SUV 4D XLT 2WD 3,500 lbs 4.0L 210 254
    2008 Ford Explorer SUV 4D XLT 4WD 3,500 lbs 4.0L 210 254

    2007 Ford Explorer Towing Capacity

    The 2007 Ford Explorer has a towing capacity of 3500 lbs.

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    Year/ Make/ Model Trim Max Towing Capacity Engine Horsepower Torque
    2007 Ford Explorer SUV 4D Eddie Bauer 2WD 3,500 lbs 4.0L 210 254
    2007 Ford Explorer SUV 4D Eddie Bauer 4WD 3,500 lbs 4.0L 210 254
    2007 Ford Explorer SUV 4D Limited 2WD 3,500 lbs 4.0L 210 254
    2007 Ford Explorer SUV 4D Limited 4WD 3,500 lbs 4.0L 210 254
    2007 Ford Explorer SUV 4D XLT 2WD 3,500 lbs 4.0L 210 254
    2007 Ford Explorer SUV 4D XLT 4WD 3,500 lbs 4.0L 210 254

    2002 Ford Explorer Towing Capacity

    Depending on trim level the 2002 Ford Explorer has a towing capacity between 2880 lbs and 6740 lbs. See the table below for your trim level.

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    Year/ Make/ Model Trim Max Towing Capacity Engine Horsepower Torque
    2002 Ford Explorer SUV 4D Eddie Bauer 2WD 6,740 lbs 4.0L 210 254
    2002 Ford Explorer SUV 4D Eddie Bauer 4WD 6,520 lbs 4.0L 210 254
    2002 Ford Explorer SUV 4D Limited 2WD 6,740 lbs 4.0L 210 254
    2002 Ford Explorer SUV 4D Limited 4WD 6,520 lbs 4.0L 210 254
    2002 Ford Explorer SUV 4D XLS 2WD 6,740 lbs 4.0L 210 254
    2002 Ford Explorer SUV 4D XLS 4WD 6,520 lbs 4.0L 210 254
    2002 Ford Explorer SUV 4D XLT 2WD 6,740 lbs 4.0L 210 254
    2002 Ford Explorer SUV 4D XLT 4WD 6,520 lbs 4.0L 210 254
    2002 Ford Explorer SUV 2D Sport 2WD 3,080 lbs 4.0L 203 237
    2002 Ford Explorer SUV 2D Sport 4WD 2,880 lbs 4.0L 203 237

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