Taking a Closer Look at the Ford Explorer ST

July 16th, 2021 by

A white 2021 Ford Explorer is shown driving around a curve after leaving a Ford Explorer ST dealer.

The Explorer has been a staple of the Ford brand for many years; a lot of that has to do with its capabilities and rugged style. It was a popular SUV when it was first introduced, and it remains highly successful today. Of course, the 2021 model is quite different from the model’s humble beginnings. Ford made significant changes to the Explorer in 2020 and introduced the new Ford Explorer ST, so there have been only a few changes to this year’s model. Rather than any major redesigns, the Explorer does see some trim-specific changes. There is also a new package called the Sport Appearance Package that includes a light slate interior color, carbonized gray exterior accents, and some sweet-looking wheels. You might be in the market for a new Ford Explorer, or maybe you are still deciding which Ford model to park in your garage. Either way, the Explorer ST is a prime choice. DePaula Ford, your Ford Explorer ST dealer in Albany, is pleased to present our 2021 Explorer ST buyers guide.

A Trusted and Recognized Name

It is of little doubt that you have heard about the Ford Explorer; after all, it has been around a long time, and you see millions on the road. It is also very likely that even if you have never owned one, you know somebody who has at some time or another – you may even have been a passenger in one. If the Ford Explorer is a mystery to you, you are going to wonder why it took you so long to learn more about it.

Ford launched the Explorer in 1991 as a replacement for the Bronco II. It quickly became a very popular SUV, and by the second generation, it outsold the Chevy Blazer and Jeep Grand Cherokee. The Explorer has dramatically changed over the years, but it has always kept one step ahead of the competition. The 2020 Explorer enjoyed significant changes, including new engine choices, new driver-assist technologies, and increased interior space.

When it comes to the 2021 Ford Explorer, narrowing down the model choices can be a bit of a problem. This is because, with so many trims, it can be challenging to figure out which one is right for you. Choices are great, but choosing the proper trim is like deciding whether you want a banana split or hot fudge sundae. Our choice would be the Explorer ST, and there are compelling reasons why.

The interior of a 2021 Ford Explorer ST shows the steering wheel and infotainment screen.

The 2021 Ford Explorer ST

For those who want a unique trim that offers a sporty look and luxurious features, the ST stands out. It is easy to see why the ST stands out from the other trim levels; the exterior features plenty of blacked-out trim, including a black mesh grille and black mirror caps. The exhaust tips are quad chrome, but the blacked-out taillight lenses are definitely a deal maker.

The engine offered in the ST is an uprated 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6, which delivers an exceptional 400 horsepower and 415 lb-ft of torque. Ford added a sport suspension and standard Intelligent four-wheel drive to help harness all of that power. There are also 20-inch wheels wrapped in performance tires to ensure a good grip on the road.

The interior of the Ford Explorer ST is just as stylish and impressive as the exterior. With the ST trim, you enjoy paddle shifters, a sport-style steering wheel, sport front seats, and a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster. There are several interior options and features as well, which we will touch upon a little later.

There are other goodies included in the ST trim that will have you yearning for a test drive. Ford’s Co-Pilot360 is standard, and it consists of a collection of driver-assist systems. The Active Parking Assist allows drivers to perpendicular or parallel park with just a touch of a button. Even those who boast of their parking skills will appreciate this. Evasive Steering Assist will detect a slower-moving or stationary vehicle and provide steering support to help avoid an imminent collision. Other technologies present in the Co-Pilot360 include the Lane-Keeping System, Automatic Emergency Braking, and Blind-Spot Information System, which takes the tension out of changing lanes in crowded highways.

Options and Packages

Driving for a long distance can take a toll on your back muscles and other parts of the body. In the past, you might have to stop from time to time to get out of the SUV and walk off the stiffness and soreness. But the available Active Motion Seats in the Explorer ST will have you enjoying long drives instead of dreading them. These are massage seats that employ a lumbar massage pad and moving seat bottom zones that will keep your back and legs from getting all cramped up, and they also support better blood flow.

The ST High-Performance Pack gives you high-performance brakes, red-painted calipers, and 21-inch wheels. You can also opt for the Premium Technology Package, which adds a tablet-style infotainment touchscreen and a B&O sound system with 14 speakers and a whopping 980-watt output.

A white 2021 Ford Explorer is shown from the front driving down a dirt road.

Is the ST Trim Right for You?

It can be a bit tricky trying to figure out which Explorer trim is right for you. While the lower trim levels enjoy plenty of perks, they just can’t deliver on some features that people really want. If you are motivated by the uniqueness of your personal vehicle, the ST trim will set you apart from others. But if you are satisfied with a stylish Explorer without the added head-turning exterior features, then you will be quite content with the XLT or Explorer.

Exterior style and luxury features aside; there is more to the ST that you must take into consideration. While the ST does offer style and class, the emphasis of this trim is on driveability. Without a doubt, the ST promises to be a fun ride, thanks in part to the 400 horsepower engine. Think of the ST trim as the middle ground between performance, luxury, and fun. You can opt for one of the higher trims, but you will be trading off performance for a few more luxury features.

Are You Ready for the ST?

Thank you for visiting DePaula Ford in Albany, your one-stop shop for all of your Ford model needs. We are proud to serve the people in and around Albany, and we are super excited to help you through the car buying process. We are pleased to feature the Explorer and other great Ford models. It takes more than just a wide selection of Ford models to meet our customer’s expectations. We are well aware of that, which is why we are committed to providing superior customer service with each visit. We will do more than meet your expectations; we will exceed them.

We understand that the only reason we strive is because of repeat customers. If you are happy with the process and the product, you are more likely to pay us a visit in the future. Even after you drive off our lot in your new Explorer, we are still here for you. Our service center employs knowledgeable and well-trained technicians who get the diagnosis and job right the first time. Stop into DePaula Ford today and test drive the new Ford Explorer ST, and let us help you drive home in your dream Ford.