Ford Explorer Towing Capacity

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Overview

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

Scroll down for detailed information on your particular Ford Explorer model year. Check the towing capacity for other makes and models here.

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.

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.
  • a fifth wheel travel trailer averages between 12,000 lbs. to 15,000 lbs.

2022 Ford Explorer Towing Capacity

Depending on trim level, the 2022 Ford Explorer has a towing capacity between 5000 lbs and 5600 lbs. See the data outlined in the table below.

2022 Ford Explorer Towing Capacity Table
Trim/ Option Package Engine Max. Towing Capacity Horsepower Torque
Base 4WD 2.3L 5,300 lbs 300 hp 310 ft-lbs
Base RWD 2.3L 5,300 lbs 300 hp 310 ft-lbs
King Ranch 4WD 3.0L 5,300 lbs 365 hp 380 ft-lbs
King Ranch RWD 3.0L 5,300 lbs 365 hp 380 ft-lbs
Limited 4WD 2.3L 5,300 lbs 300 hp 310 ft-lbs
Limited RWD 2.3L 5,300 lbs 300 hp 310 ft-lbs
Platinum 4WD 3.3L 5,000 lbs 318 hp 322 ft-lbs
Platinum RWD 3.3L 5,000 lbs 318 hp 322 ft-lbs
ST 4WD 3.0L 5,600 lbs 400 hp 415 ft-lbs
ST RWD 3.0L 5,300 lbs 400 hp 415 ft-lbs
ST-Line 4WD 2.3L 5,300 lbs 300 hp 310 ft-lbs
ST-Line RWD 2.3L 5,300 lbs 300 hp 310 ft-lbs
Timberline 4WD 2.3L 5,300 lbs 300 hp 310 ft-lbs
XLT 4WD 2.3L 5,300 lbs 300 hp 310 ft-lbs
XLT RWD 2.3L 5,300 lbs 300 hp 310 ft-lbs

2021 Ford Explorer Towing Capacity

Depending on trim level, the 2021 Ford Explorer has a towing capacity between 5000 lbs and 5600 lbs. See the data outlined in the table below.

2021 Ford Explorer Towing Capacity Table
Trim/ Option Package Engine Max. Towing Capacity Horsepower Torque
Base 4WD 2.3L 5,300 lbs 300 hp 310 ft-lbs
Base RWD 2.3L 5,300 lbs 300 hp 310 ft-lbs
King Ranch 4WD 3.0L 5,300 lbs 365 hp 380 ft-lbs
King Ranch RWD 3.0L 5,300 lbs 365 hp 380 ft-lbs
Limited 4WD 2.3L 5,300 lbs 300 hp 310 ft-lbs
Limited RWD 2.3L 5,300 lbs 300 hp 310 ft-lbs
Platinum 4WD 3.3L 5,000 lbs 318 hp 322 ft-lbs
Platinum RWD 3.0L 5,300 lbs 365 hp 380 ft-lbs
ST 4WD 3.0L 5,600 lbs 400 hp 415 ft-lbs
Timberline 4WD 2.3L 5,300 lbs 300 hp 310 ft-lbs
XLT 4WD 2.3L 5,300 lbs 300 hp 310 ft-lbs
XLT RWD 2.3L 5,300 lbs 300 hp 310 ft-lbs

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 data outlined in the table below.

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

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 data outlined in the table below.

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

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 data outlined in the table below.

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

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 data outlined in the table below.

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

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 data outlined in the table below.

2016 Ford Explorer Towing Capacity Table
Trim/ Option Package Engine Max. Towing Capacity Horsepower Torque
SUV 4D 2WD V6 3.5L 2,000 lbs 290 hp 255 ft-lbs
SUV 4D 4WD V6 3.5L 2,000 lbs 290 hp 255 ft-lbs
SUV 4D EcoBoost 2WD 4 Cyl. 3.5L 2,000 lbs 290 hp 255 ft-lbs
SUV 4D EcoBoost 4WD 4 Cyl. 3.5L 2,000 lbs 290 hp 255 ft-lbs
SUV 4D Limited 2WD V6 3.5L 2,000 lbs 290 hp 255 ft-lbs
SUV 4D Limited 4WD V6 3.5L 2,000 lbs 290 hp 255 ft-lbs
SUV 4D Limited EcoBoost 2WD 4 Cyl. 3.5L 2,000 lbs 290 hp 255 ft-lbs
SUV 4D Limited EcoBoost 4WD 4 Cyl. 3.5L 2,000 lbs 290 hp 255 ft-lbs
SUV 4D Platinum 4WD V6 3.5L 5,000 lbs 365 hp 350 ft-lbs
SUV 4D Sport 4WD V6 3.5L 5,000 lbs 365 hp 350 ft-lbs
SUV 4D XLT 2WD V6 3.5L 2,000 lbs 290 hp 255 ft-lbs
SUV 4D XLT 4WD V6 3.5L 2,000 lbs 290 hp 255 ft-lbs
SUV 4D XLT EcoBoost 2WD 4 Cyl. 3.5L 2,000 lbs 290 hp 255 ft-lbs
SUV 4D XLT EcoBoost 4WD 4 Cyl. 3.5L 2,000 lbs 290 hp 255 ft-lbs

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 data outlined in the table below.

2015 Ford Explorer Towing Capacity Table
Trim/ Option Package Engine Max. Towing Capacity Horsepower Torque
SUV 4D 2WD 3.5L 2,000 lbs 290 hp 255 ft-lbs
SUV 4D 4WD 3.5L 2,000 lbs 290 hp 255 ft-lbs
SUV 4D EcoBoost 2WD 4 Cyl. Turbo 3.5L 2,000 lbs 290 hp 255 ft-lbs
SUV 4D Limited 2WD 3.5L 2,000 lbs 290 hp 255 ft-lbs
SUV 4D Limited 4WD 3.5L 2,000 lbs 290 hp 255 ft-lbs
SUV 4D Limited EcoBoost 2WD 4 Cyl. 3.5L 2,000 lbs 290 hp 255 ft-lbs
SUV 4D Sport 4WD 3.5L 5,000 lbs 365 hp 350 ft-lbs
SUV 4D XLT 2WD 3.5L 2,000 lbs 290 hp 255 ft-lbs
SUV 4D XLT 4WD 3.5L 2,000 lbs 290 hp 255 ft-lbs
SUV 4D XLT EcoBoost 2WD 4 Cyl. 3.5L 2,000 lbs 290 hp 255 ft-lbs

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 data outlined in the table below.

2014 Ford Explorer Towing Capacity Table
Trim/ Option Package Engine Max. Towing Capacity Horsepower Torque
SUV 4D 2WD 3.5L 2,000 lbs 290 hp 255 ft-lbs
SUV 4D 4WD 3.5L 2,000 lbs 290 hp 255 ft-lbs
SUV 4D EcoBoost 2WD 4 Cyl. 3.5L 2,000 lbs 290 hp 255 ft-lbs
SUV 4D Limited 2WD 3.5L 2,000 lbs 290 hp 255 ft-lbs
SUV 4D Limited 4WD 3.5L 2,000 lbs 290 hp 255 ft-lbs
SUV 4D Limited EcoBoost 2WD 4 Cyl. 3.5L 2,000 lbs 290 hp 255 ft-lbs
SUV 4D Sport 4WD 3.5L 5,000 lbs 365 hp 350 ft-lbs
SUV 4D XLT 2WD 3.5L 2,000 lbs 290 hp 255 ft-lbs
SUV 4D XLT 4WD 3.5L 2,000 lbs 290 hp 255 ft-lbs
SUV 4D XLT EcoBoost 2WD 4 Cyl. 3.5L 2,000 lbs 290 hp 255 ft-lbs

2013 Ford Explorer Towing Capacity

The 2013 Ford Explorer has a towing capacity of 2000 lbs. See the data outlined in the table below.

2013 Ford Explorer Towing Capacity Table
Trim/ Option Package All
Max. Towing Capacity 2,000 lbs

2012 Ford Explorer Towing Capacity

The 2012 Ford Explorer has a towing capacity of 2000 lbs. See the data outlined in the table below.

2012 Ford Explorer Towing Capacity Table
Trim/ Option Package All
Max. Towing Capacity 2,000 lbs

2011 Ford Explorer Towing Capacity

The 2011 Ford Explorer has a towing capacity of 2000 lbs. See the data outlined in the table below.

2011 Ford Explorer Towing Capacity Table
Trim/ Option Package All
Max. Towing Capacity 2,000 lbs

2010 Ford Explorer Towing Capacity

The 2010 Ford Explorer has a towing capacity of 3500 lbs. See the data outlined in the table below.

2010 Ford Explorer Towing Capacity Table
Trim/ Option Package All
Max. Towing Capacity 3,500 lbs

2009 Ford Explorer Towing Capacity

The 2009 Ford Explorer has a towing capacity of 3500 lbs. See the data outlined in the table below.

2009 Ford Explorer Towing Capacity Table
Trim/ Option Package All
Max. Towing Capacity 3,500 lbs

2008 Ford Explorer Towing Capacity

The 2008 Ford Explorer has a towing capacity of 3500 lbs. See the data outlined in the table below.

2008 Ford Explorer Towing Capacity Table
Trim/ Option Package All
Max. Towing Capacity 3,500 lbs

2007 Ford Explorer Towing Capacity

The 2007 Ford Explorer has a towing capacity of 3500 lbs. See the data outlined in the table below.

2007 Ford Explorer Towing Capacity Table
Trim/ Option Package All
Max. Towing Capacity 3,500 lbs

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 data outlined in the table below.

2002 Ford Explorer Towing Capacity Table
Trim/ Option Package Engine Max. Towing Capacity Horsepower Torque
SUV 4D Eddie Bauer 2WD 4.0L 6,740 lbs 210 hp 254 ft-lbs
SUV 4D Eddie Bauer 4WD 4.0L 6,520 lbs 210 hp 254 ft-lbs
SUV 4D Limited 2WD 4.0L 6,740 lbs 210 hp 254 ft-lbs
SUV 4D Limited 4WD 4.0L 6,520 lbs 210 hp 254 ft-lbs
SUV 4D XLS 2WD 4.0L 6,740 lbs 210 hp 254 ft-lbs
SUV 4D XLS 4WD 4.0L 6,520 lbs 210 hp 254 ft-lbs
SUV 4D XLT 2WD 4.0L 6,740 lbs 210 hp 254 ft-lbs
SUV 4D XLT 4WD 4.0L 6,520 lbs 210 hp 254 ft-lbs
SUV 2D Sport 2WD 4.0L 3,080 lbs 203 hp 237 ft-lbs
SUV 2D Sport 4WD 4.0L 2,880 lbs 203 hp 237 ft-lbs

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