2021 Ford Explorer Timberline Review: Ready for Adventure

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Off-Road Capability
To increase the off-road capability of the 2021 Ford Explorer Timberline, ride height increases by 0.8 inch thanks to the addition of heavy-duty shocks — originally developed for the Explorer Police Interceptor — and taller Bridgestone Dueler tires. Combined with the revised front fascias, Explorer Timberline’s off-road specs include an approach angle of 23.5 degrees, a maximum departure angle of 23.7 degrees and minimum ride height of 8.7 inches. In addition to the visible front and rear skidplates, steel skidplates also protect the engine and transmission. The SUV’s steering, stabilizer bars and springs are all specially tuned for Explorer Timberline, including a new front rebound spring that helps mitigate sudden jarring in off-road conditions. A Class III Trailer Tow Package is standard, and Explorer Timberline is rated at 5,300 pounds of towing capacity.

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