While the 2021 Ford Explorer can be had for as low as $36,255, luxury level trim and options topped our tester over $60K.
Now in its sixth generation, the Ford Explorer was one of the first three-row family-oriented SUVs. It was originally built on a truck frame, but later models had moved to front-wheel-drive layouts and car-like unibody construction. The 2020 model marked its return to the rear-wheel-drive layout, dramatically improving handling and overall balance, while unibody construction remained. Interior room is expanded. While the 2021 Explorer can be had for as low as $36,255, our Platinum 4WD tester featured the turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 good for 365 hp and 280 lb. ft. torque, 20-inch wheels, sport-tuned suspension, the Trailer Tow package. adaptive headlights, unique taillights, a two-piece sunroof, and upgraded leather upholstery and steering wheel. With Premium Tech option adding massaging front seats, 10.1-inch touchscreen and 14-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio and premium aluminum wheels, our tester was $60,935.
GMC’s Yukon AT4 gets unique front fascia to improve the Yukon’s approach angle, dark gray wheels with all-terrain tires, front tow hooks and skid plate, a heavy-duty air filter, adaptive suspension dampers, hill descent control, and a two-speed active transfer case along with some extra creature comfort features inside.
Drivers who prefer to give up some driving comfort on-road for the better off-road performance of a truck-based SUV. The GMC Yukon is one of the few still around. Its 5.3-liter V8 gets 355 horsepower, 383 lb-ft of torque and is rated to tow up to 7,900 pounds. The new Yukon is 6.1 inches longer than its predecessor allowing more legroom for rear passengers and more cargo space. Folding down the second- and third-row seats opens up a massive 122.9 cubic feet of space behind the front row and the loading floor is lowered, making it easier to load big items. New independent rear suspension makes the newest Yukon ride more smoothly while an air-ride suspension system option gives you four-inches of adjustment; lower 2 inches for easier access or add 2 inches for higher ground clearance in off-road mode. It was included on our AT4 trim level tester, the off-road-oriented Yukon available in 4WD only. Standard price for AT4 is $64,800. Ours sported the AT4 Premium Plus package, adding a max trailering, rear media and nav upgrades, a premium tech package, active response 4WD, panoramic sunroof and power-retractable side steps. The Premium Plus upgrade and a few other upgrades (paint, heated and power-release second row seats), boosted its price to $75,600.