The gatekeepers on the Ford Motor Firm have graciously determined to decrease the barrier of entry to performance-oriented 2021 Explorer ST with a brand new mannequin. Dubbed the Ford Explorer Fanatic ST, the trim delivers the identical underhood items because the common ST in a less expensive, rear-drive package deal. (The common ST has AWD customary.) It feels like a win to us, even when Ford’s resolution to forgo the EnthusiaST identify is an SUV-sized missed alternative.
Punny naming schemes apart, the Explorer Fanatic ST is a strong worth, no less than on paper. The usual Explorer ST begins at $54,075, and the Fanatic ST knocks greater than $4,000 off that quantity, with a beginning sum of $49,995. That value consists of the identical turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 from the common Explorer ST, which continues to pump out 400 hp and 415 lb-ft of torque. The highest pace is 143 mph (one thing solely those that dwell close to a race observe should care about).
The outside of the Explorer Fanatic ST is a spitting picture of the Explorer ST. This consists of all the pieces from its aggressive entrance and rear fascias to its ST badging to the quad exhaust ideas. The Explorer Fanatic ST additionally consists of Ford’s Co-Pilot 360 driver help tech (blind-spot detection, lane protecting help, automated headlamps with automated excessive beams, automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection, and extra), whereas the inside is trimmed in leather-based, and consists of equipment akin to a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster and heated steering (with ST logos on it).
The Fanatic ST is not the one late addition to the 2021 Explorer line, because the Explorer Platinum trim additionally will get a couple of powertrain additions, together with rear-drive and gasoline-electric hybrid choices. Go for a hybrid Explorer Platinum and plan on dropping $53,085. The gas-powered rear-drive Explorer Platinum, in the meantime, begins at $52,480.