Hot Rod SUV: 2021 Ford Explorer "Enthusiast" ST
Ford recently announced three new models to the Explorer line up, but the only one we were interested in was appropriately named the Explorer “Enthusiast” ST. Like the standard Explorer ST, the Enthusiast ST packs the most punch of any Explorer ever, but the Enthusiast was specifically built for customers looking for the same spirited fun and performance without some of the bells and whistles, and at a lower cost.
“The market continues to grow for performance SUVs, and the ST currently accounts for nearly 20 percent of sales,” said Craig Patterson, Ford SUV marketing manager. “With our new Explorer Enthusiast ST, we’ve made this Explorer performance SUV an even better value for more customers to enjoy, while maintaining the same exterior styling and performance—for an uncompromising, exciting ST driving experience.”
The Enthusiast ST is the new Standard Equipment Group within the ST model and features the looks and performance of Explorer ST at a lower MSRP of $48,750. It has the same specially tuned 3.0L EcoBoost engine making 400hp and 415 lb.-ft. of torque combined with a 10-speed automatic transmission with SelectShift capability and sport-tuned suspension, which allows for a top speed of 143 mph at the track. Their standard Class III Trailer Tow Package enables towing capability of up to 5,600 pounds.
Inside, Explorer Enthusiast ST comes with leather seating surfaces with unique Miko micro-perforated inserts and City Silver accent stitching with ST logo, in addition to a 12.3-inch digital cluster and heated sport-style steering wheel featuring ST logo and paddle shifters. Outside, the Enthusiast ST sports quad chrome exhaust tips, 20-inch machined aluminum wheels with painted pockets, and sideview mirrors with ST projection lamps.
The Explorer Enthusiast ST also features standard Ford Co-Pilot360 technology including Blind Spot Information System with Cross-Traffic Alert, Lane-Keeping System, Hill Start Assist, a rearview camera with built-in lens washer, auto headlamps with auto high-beams, Pre-Collision Assist with automatic emergency braking with Pedestrian Detection, forward collision warning, dynamic brake support and post-impact braking.