We revisited a blog that was originally posted around this time last year. We said it last year and we should say it again, the Ford Explorer is amongst the elite when it comes to a family vehicle. If you’re in the market for a family-friendly vehicle, your options are far from limited. Entire vehicle segments on the mainstream auto market are dedicated to family-friendly vehicles. In fact, there are so many family vehicles to choose between from major automakers in the auto industry that it can get somewhat overwhelming to try to pick the model that’s right for your family. 

When it comes to family vehicles, there is no “one size fits all” option. Every family is different, which means that every family has different needs and priorities when it comes to the vehicle they use to get around on an everyday basis. If you’re not sure which family-friendly vehicle option is best for you, check out the Ford Explorer—a reliable midsize SUV that specifically excels in the area of family-friendly features.

vFord Explorer top family vehicle

Ford Explorer top family vehicle

Keep reading to learn more about some of the features that make the all-new 2021 Ford Explorer one of the top family vehicle options on the mainstream auto market. 

  1. Powerful and Reliable 

Reliability is a major priority for many drivers who are in the market for a family-friendly vehicle. No one wants their car to break down on the road at a moment’s notice—especially not when you have impatient kids in the backseat—so high reliability is oftentimes a determining factor for drivers in search of a family vehicle on the mainstream auto market. 

The 2021 Ford Explorer is excellent because it is both powerful and reliable. It comes equipped with a standard turbocharged 2.3-L four-cylinder engine that delivers 300 horsepower and pairs with a 10-speed automatic transmission. This powertrain allows the 2021 Explorer to offer a smooth, comfortable, and quiet ride for both drivers and passengers alike. More powerful engine options and even a hybrid powertrain option are also available for higher trim levels of the 2021 Ford Explorer. 

Among other models within its vehicle segment, the 2021 Explorer also offers impressive fuel economy. Its average fuel economy across all models is approximately 25 MPG, which allows the Explorer to hold its own among other mid-size SUVs in its vehicle class in terms of fuel efficiency.

  1. Plenty of Space 

Another great family-friendly feature of the 2021 Ford Explorer is that this midsize SUV offers plenty of space for both cargo and passengers. The 2021 Explorer is designed with three rows of seats and seats up to 7 people at one time while offering plenty of leg- and headroom for all passengers. 

The roomy interior of the 2021 Explorer makes this midsize SUV more comfortable for both drivers and passengers, offering plenty of space for all family members to spread out without feeling cramped or restricted even on long car rides. 

For most families, whether or not a vehicle offers enough space doesn’t just have to do with the amount of space it offers for passengers themselves. Cargo space matters too, as most families with children of all ages need to carry everything from soccer gear to snacks while they’re on the road. 

Even just the bare necessities that your family needs on the road can take up a lot of space. Fortunately, the intuitive Cargo Management System that is available for the 2021 Ford Explorer makes it easy for families to keep the belongings they need well-organized and easy to find while on the road. 

  1. Family-Friendly Amenities 

From its state-of-the-art infotainment system to its host of standard advanced safety features, the 2021 Ford Explorer is chock-full of family-friendly amenities. First off, it features an adjustable interior that allows backseat passengers to move the second-row seats of this midsize SUV out of the way with a single push of a button in order to more easily reach the third row of seats in this midsize SUV. 

An infotainment system with an 8.0-inch touchscreen display, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, and a WiFi hotspot comes standard for all 2021 Explorer models. A special rear-seat entertainment system is also available for every 2021 Explorer model in order to keep backseat passengers engaged on the road. 

This 2021 midsize SUV also comes with a variety of standard advanced safety and driver-assist features that offer you peace of mind and help keep your family safe while on the road. These standard features that come standard for every 2021 Explorer model include forward-collision warning, automated emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, lane-departure warning, lane-keeping assist, and rear-cross-traffic alert.

All in all, the 2021 Ford Explorer is an excellent mid-size SUV that any driver in the market for a family-friendly vehicle should consider.

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