There are a lot of words you can use to describe the 2021 Ford Explorer. Calling it spacious, powerful, or versatile would all be accurate descriptions. When taking a closer look at the specs, too, another word comes to mind-efficient.

How does a 3-row SUV gain such accolades? Our Lithia Ford Grand Forks team explains below and shows you how this SUV is capable of conserving fuel as you drive throughout the Grand Forks, Hillsboro, and Grafton, areas.

Ford Explorer Gas Mileage

To get an exact look at the Ford Explorer's EPA-estimated MPG, you'll need to see the specs of its various engine options.

2.3L EcoBoost® I-4

3L EcoBoost® V6

3.3L Hybrid

300 horsepower

400 horsepower

300 horsepower

310 lb-ft of torque

415 lb-ft of torque

310 lb-ft of torque

21 city/28 highway

18 city/26 highway

21 city/28 highway

As you can see, the two gas engines provide exciting performance-while still making sure gas is saved at every opportunity. Choosing the available hybrid engine doesn't mean you'll sacrifice power, either. In fact, it still gives the Explorer enough strength to tow up to 5,000 pounds.

What is EcoBoost®?

While you may be familiar with the term 'hybrid' and know that it is a type of engine that uses a combination of gas and electric power to propel a car forward, you may be wondering what exactly an EcoBoost® engine is.

It has the prefix "Eco" in the name, so it must have something to do with the efficient performance the 2021 Explorer provides, right? You're on the right track, since EcoBoost® engines are designed to maximize performance-both their power output and fuel-saving capabilities. How does it do this? Through three innovative measures:

  • Turbocharging: Turbocharged engines ultimately help maximize power output per liter. Because of this, a larger engine isn't needed to power the Explorer-which means more fuel isn't required each time you want to accelerate.
  • Direct-fuel injection: There are various ways fuel gets delivered to the combustion chamber, but EcoBoost® engines spray it right into it directly for maximum efficiency. That helps the engine harness the power created from every last drop of fuel.
  • Twin independent variable camshaft timing: By continuously opening and closing both the intake and exhaust valves, the engine produces the torque needed without consuming much fuel.

Get the Most Out of Each Tank of Gas

While the engine in your Ford Explorer does its part, there are also things you can do as well to help maximize the vehicle's gas mileage. Gradually accelerating and braking helps limit the amount of fuel needed during your daily drive.

You also will want to make sure things like the engine oil and tires are always in optimum condition. Clean oil will allow the engine to work at its best, while properly inflated tires also help provide great fuel economy on top of optimal traction.

Come Check Out the Ford Explorer

Its fuel-saving abilities are just one of the significant aspects of the 2021 Ford Explorer. Learn more about this SUV and get an up-close look inside its spacious cabin here at Lithia Ford Grand Forks today! Drivers around the Grand Forks, Hillsboro, and Grafton, areas, can contact us now and schedule a test drive to see first-hand how efficiently it performs.

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