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Old 09-05-2020, 08:28 AM   #1
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Does anyone tow a 21 with an Explorer xlt ? Looking at a 2017.
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Old 09-05-2020, 09:07 AM   #2
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Lots depends on how that 2017 XLT was optioned from the factory. Even if it has a hitch receiver you probably need to see the VIN-specific window sticker or build-sheet printout to know if it has the factory towing package (any Ford Dealer can provide that printout given the VIN).

2017 XLT's were available with either 2.3 or 3.5 engines (the 2.3 was an option on the XLT!), with and without 4WD, with and without factory towing package. Attached towing limits page may be of interest (from the online 2017 Explorer Owners Manual FYI).
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Old 09-15-2020, 07:12 PM   #3
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I’m getting ready to pull the trigger on a 2020 Explorer with AWD as a tow vehicle for the 19. The base model (not XLT), says it can tow 5300 lbs. More importantly, it has legroom. Something I couldn’t find in the Highlander, Pilot, or Palisades.

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Old 09-15-2020, 09:23 PM   #4
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I looked seriously at a 2020 ST with 3.0 EcoBoost. One can order that model without Panorama Sunroof, unlike the Limited or Platinum trims. That was exactly a year ago and found a 2019 Expedition for less than an Explorer ST- and with HD tow. Not sure I would want to tow our Gen1 21- 4300 lbs. wet with a 2.3 EcoBoost motor. The 3.5 is perfect and a Gen2 19 does not weigh much less. Besides cost the Explorer ST has almost identical EPA mileage as an all aluminium Expedition. Dimensions aren't that much different either.
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Old 09-21-2020, 04:15 PM   #5
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I towed my 2017 21C from Portland, Oregon to Atlanta with a 2016 Ford Explorer Sport. Equipped with factory tow package, v6 Eco boost. The Explorer had no problems starting, towing at speed or stopping. However, the rear suspension didn't like the tongue weight of the 21 (all tanks empty, very little in the trailer). The rear tires wore excessively on the inside. Had to replace them after about 1500 miles. They had 3/4 tread at the start of the trip. I hated to get rid of the Explorer, I loved driving it. However, we decided to move to a TV with greater capacity. We now tow with a 2018 Grand Cherokee Diesel with 7400# and 740# tongue capacity. My advice on the Explorer is to check the tongue wt before you head out. Good luck. But I did love that Explorer Sport!
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