Ford is dropping prices on its Explorer line across all trim levels.
While this may not seem like the most exciting development, it matters to enthusiasts because the ST trim is getting a nice price drop as well.
The new Explorer, redesigned starting with the 2020 model, is attractive enough. It brought a much-needed breath of fresh air to Ford’s long-running SUV model. The current iteration is the sixth generation of the Explorer name.
As reported by Car and Driver, the base model Explorer is getting a $540 price drop. The bigger discounts come with the higher-tier trim lines.
It’s unclear whether the price adjustments are a result of slipping sales during the pandemic or whether these are simply routine price adjustments for Ford.
The Explorer’s Limited trim is getting a $5458 decrease, while the XLT is $2925 cheaper and the Platinum is $3770 cheaper.
Most importantly, in our opinion, is the Explorer ST’s $2135 drop. That puts its MSRP at $53,750 for the 2021 model year.
We still haven’t forgiven Ford for cutting the Fiesta ST and Focus ST, which were two of our favorite cars available in the United States. The Edge ST and Explorer ST are a cruel reminder that we lost some truly fun cars that were replaced with still more SUVs.
Nonetheless, the Explorer ST is enjoyable in its own right. It’s a muscular all-wheel drive beast with a turbocharged V6 making 400 horsepower. It doesn’t hurt that it looks good too, with a blacked-out grille and aggressive headlight styling.
The biggest drawback to the Explorer ST is its price tag. While the Fiesta ST was the most fun you could have for less than $25,000, the Explorer ST is more than twice that price.
That’s why the price drop is a welcome change, even if the Explorer ST is still a decent chunk of change.