What is the 2019 Ford Explorer towing capacity? Is best SUV to tow?

2019 Ford Explorer towing capacity chart.

The Ford Explorer was not only built for our adventurous spirit but named for its travelers in right, so it’s only fitting vehicle. The Explorer continues to offer an exceptional mix of confidence, capability, and adaptability for active families and outgoing individuals alike. The 2019 Ford Explorer is America’s best-selling SUV, as one of the most popular SUVs on the market, Explorer redefines style and comfort. The Explorer proves itself with features like seating for seven, ample cargo space, and an impressive towing capacity when properly equipped. In this article let’s take a look at the trim, engine options, and the 2019 Ford Explorer’s towing capacity in detail.

2019 Ford Explorer trim levels2019 Ford Explorer towing capacity
Ford Explorer 2,000 – 5,000 lbs.
Ford Explorer XLT2,000 – 5,000 lbs.
Ford Explorer Limited2,000 – 5,000 lbs.
Ford Explorer Sport5,000 lbs.
Ford Explorer Platinum5,000 lbs.
The above-shown numbers are subject to change and are for reference purposes only.
Towing trailers beyond the maximum recommended gross trailer weight exceeds the limit of your vehicle and could result in engine damage, transmission damage, structural damage, loss of vehicle control, vehicle rollover, and personal injury. Do not exceed the GVWR or the GAWR specified on the certification label.

2019 Ford Explorer Engine Specs

Ford Explorer with three powerful engine options is a more refined, and all-around performer. The powertrain provides better fuel economy.

  • 2.3L Ecoboost:  This twin-scroll turbocharged, direct-injection EcoBoost engine has quick turbine spin-up for responsive acceleration performance. Pair it with the Class II Trailer Tow Package to pull up to 3,000 lbs.
  • 3.5L Ti-VCT V6: This powerful V6 is matched to a 6-speed SelectShift® automatic transmission that’s standard with all engines. Twin independent variable camshaft timing (Ti-VCT) allows intake and exhaust valves to adjust independently, helping optimize performance.
  • 3.5L Ecoboost: The V6 horsepower. Plus, a robust supply of torque. Combining twin turbochargers with direct injection technology, this responsive V6 engine generates nearly quick power on demand.
Engine2.3-liter EcoBoost 3.5L Ti-VCT V63.5L Ecoboost
Horsepower280 hp @ 5,600rpm290 hp @ 6,500rpm365 hp @ 5,500rpm
Torque310 lb.-ft. @ 3,000rpm255 lb.-ft. @ 4,000rpm350 lb.-ft. @ 3,500rpm
Note: Specific states require electric trailer brakes for trailers over a specified weight. Be certain to review state regulations for this determined weight. The maximum trailer weights listed could be limited to this specified weight, as the vehicle’s electrical system may not include the wiring connector needed to activate electric trailer brakes.

2019 Ford Explorer towing capacity without Trailer tow package

Your vehicle can tow a trailer provided the maximum trailer weight is less than or equal to the maximum trailer weight listed for your vehicle configuration on the following chart:

EngineGCWR (lbs.)DriveMaximum Trailer Weight (lbs.)
2.3L Ecoboost GTDI6,900
3.5L TiVCT6,900

2019 Ford Ranger Class III Trailer Tow Package

When properly equipped with Class II Trailer Tow Package and Class III Trailer Tow Package for maximum towing capabilities. Towing a trailer places an extra load on your vehicle’s engine, transmission, axle, brakes, tires, and suspension. Inspect these components periodically during, and after, any towing operation.

Class II Trailer Tow Package (towing capability up to 3,000 lbs.):

  • Class II trailer hitch receiver.
  • 4-pin wiring harness. (requires 4WD and 2.3L EcoBoost engine)
Note: Hitch receivers do not include a hitch ball or ball mounting. You are responsible for obtaining the proper hitch ball, ball mounting, and other appropriate equipment to tow both the trailer and its cargo load.)

Class III Trailer Tow Package (towing capability up to 5,000 lbs.):

  • Class III trailer hitch receiver.
  • Engine oil cooler.
  • 7-/4-pin wiring harness. (requires 4WD and 3.5L engine)
Maximum towing capabilities are for properly equipped vehicles with required equipment and vary based on cargo, vehicle configuration, accessories, option content and number of passengers. See label on door jamb for carrying capacity of a specific vehicle. For additional information, see your vehicle owner's manual.

2019 Ford Explorer towing capacity with Trailer tow package

EngineGCWR (lbs.)DriveMaximum Trailer Weight (lbs.)
2.3L Ecoboost GTDI7,950
3.5L TiVCT9,950
3.5L Ecoboost GTDI V6 10,4004WD5,000
Explorer does not offer factory-installed towing equipment for this application; only available as a dealer accessory. Do not exceed the trailer weight for your vehicle configuration listed in the chart above.
For towing trailers up to 3500 lbs, use a weight-carrying hitch and ball, which uniformly spreads the trailer tongue loads through your vehicle’s underbody structure. For towing trailers over 3500 lbs, up to the maximum trailer weight, we recommend you use a weight-distributing hitch to increase front axle load when towing. Be sure to take into consideration the trailer's frontal area. Do not exceed 20 ft² (1.86 m²) if your vehicle can tow a class I trailer, or 55 ft² (5.11 m²) if your vehicle can tow a class III trailer weighing more than 5,000 lbs.

Frontal Area Considerations

Base Vehicle Frontal Area (20 sq. ft.)Without Class II or Class III Trailer Tow Package
30 sq. ft.With Class II Trailer Tow Package
40 sq. ft.With Class III Trailer Tow Package
Frontal Area is the total area in square feet that a moving vehicle and trailer exposes to air resistance. The chart above shows the maximum trailer frontal area that must be considered for a vehicle/trailer combination. Exceeding these limitations may significantly reduce the performance of your towing vehicle.
2019 Ford Explorer towing capacity

2019 Ford Explorer trims

For 2019, you can choose from 5 well-equipped models: Explorer, XLT, Limited, Sport, and Platinum. Refined seating for up to 7 people is offered in a wide range of durable fabrics and luxurious leather trims, with 2 new designs in the XLT Desert Copper Package and the Limited Luxury Package. Let’s find out more about all the details of the maximum towing potential of each of the trim levels of the 2019 Explorer lineup below.

2019 Ford Explorer towing capacity

The 2019 Ford Explorer Base trim highlighted features are the 2.3L EcoBoost engine, P255/65R18 all-season BSW tires, FordPass Connect, AM/FM stereo with 6 speakers, smart-charging USB port, Manual-tilt/-telescoping steering column, 8-way power driver seat with manual lumbar & 4-way manual front-passenger seat, 1st- and 2nd-row carpeted floor mats, 12V powerpoints, SecuriLock Passive Anti-Theft System, power side view heated mirrors with integrated blind spot mirrors and black caps. The maximum towing capacity when equipped properly is between 2,000 to 5,000 pounds.

2019 Ford Explorer towing capacity

2019 Ford Explorer XLT towing capacity

The 2019 Ford Explorer XLT offers you a choice of the standard 3.5L Ti-VCT V6 engine or the 2.3L EcoBoost. Six Standard driver-assist technologies include Autolamp Automatic On/Off Headlamps, Hill Start Assist, and voice-activated SYNC with SYNC AppLink. The XLT Desert Copper Package combines an Ebony Black leather-trimmed interior with unique Copper accents, chrome side view mirror caps, and 20″ polished aluminum wheels. Select the Comfort Package for heated front seats with an ActiveX™ seating material that’s easy to maintain and resistant to many stains. The maximum towing capacity when equipped properly is between 2,000 to 5,000 pounds.

2019 Ford Explorer towing capacity

2019 Ford Explorer Limited towing capacity

Whether you choose the 3.5L Ti-VCT V6 engine with its 5,000-lbs. towing capacity, or the capable 2.3L EcoBoost, you’re sure to enjoy the ride in Ford Explorer Limited. A convenient driver’s memory feature recalls saved settings for your heated and cooled leather-trimmed seat, power-tilt/-telescoping steering column, and power-folding heated side view mirrors. A front 180-Degree Camera with Split View, heated 2nd-row outboard seats, the PowerFold 3rd-row seat, and a hands-free foot-activated liftgate.

For beautifully tailored premium leather-trimmed seats and leather door trim panel inserts, both with unique stitching, with Limited Luxury Package. You’ll also get multi-contour front seats with Active Motion massage functionality, a premium leather-trimmed steering wheel, and industry-first 2nd-row outboard inflatable safety belts. Outside, chrome side view mirror caps and 20″ premium painted machined aluminum wheels give this package its distinctive style.

2019 Ford Explorer towing capacity

2019 Ford Explorer Sport towing capacity

With its 3.5L EcoBoost engine, paddle shifters, fully independent sport-tuned suspension, Intelligent 4WD with the Terrain Management System, and 5,000 lbs. towing capacity. Quad exhaust tips combine with high-gloss Black exterior accents and more to deliver the signature Sport look. Inside, you’ll enjoy the convenience of a 3rd-row PowerFold seat, plus the unique styling of Ebony Black leather-trimmed seats with standout Red stitching, Carbon Sport appliqués, and illuminated front door-sill scuff plates Sport demonstrates its capability.

2019 Ford Explorer towing capacity

2019 Ford Explorer Platinum towing capacity

The Explorer Platinum exterior design satin-chrome grille is complemented by LED signature lighting and 20″ wheels you’ll travel in comfort and style. All of the Ford Co-Pilot360 Technology found in the Ford Safe and Smart package is standard on Platinum. The powerful 3.5L EcoBoost engine, 5,000-lb. towing capacity, and Intelligent 4WD with the Terrain Management System. Inside, you’ll find premium leather-trimmed seats including the heated and cooled, multi-contour front seats with Active Motion, plus an industry-exclusive 500-watt Audio System from Sony with Clear Phase and Live Acoustics technology. A new Dual-Headrest Rear Seat Entertainment System lets passengers view content from their compatible Apple or Android device, SD card, HDMI cable, USB device, and more on a set of 10″ screens.

2019 Ford Explorer Towing Features

  • Rear-wheel drive: It also improves driving capabilities and towing capacity by 600 pounds compared to previous models.
  • Towing and Trailer Sway Control: It increases control when towing heavy loads by automatically braking and adjusting engine power to ensure trailer control and stability.
  • Tow/Haul: Use whenever towing or hauling, this mode enhances performance when transporting heavy cargo.
  • Sidewind Stabilization: This program counteracts strong winds, keeping you in control rather than having to fight the wind.
  • Intelligent 4WD with Terrain Management System: Switch between Normal, Mud/Rut, Sand, or Grass/Gravel/Snow modes for ultimate control.
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The system applies the brakes to the individual wheels and reduces engine torque to aid vehicle stability. If the trailer begins to sway, the stability control warning lamp flashes and a message appears in the data display. Slow your vehicle down, pull safely to the side of the road, and check for the correct load distribution. Turning off trailer sway control increases the risk of loss of vehicle control, serious injury, or death.

Note: This feature does not prevent trailer sway, but reduces it when it begins. This feature cannot stop all trailers from swaying. In some cases, if your vehicle speed is too high, the system may turn on multiple times, gradually reducing your vehicle speed.
2019 Ford Explorer towing capacity

FORD CO-PILOT360™ Technology

The 2019 Ford Explorer has more available driver-assist features standard and available are designed to help you feel confident in driving your vehicle.

  • Advance Trac with RSC (Roll Stability Control): It enhances vehicle stability in a wide range of conditions. By selectively applying individual brakes and modifying engine power, the system helps keep all four wheels firmly planted. In addition, Curve Control helps slow the vehicle down if you’re heading into a curve too quickly.
  • BLIS® with Cross-Traffic Alert: Changing lanes requires your full attention. BLIS (Blind Spot Information System) can help by alerting you to vehicles detected in your blind spots. Cross-Traffic Alert helps by detecting and alerting you to traffic behind your vehicle as you’re slowly backing up.
  • Lane-Keeping System: If you drift out of your lane, it directs you with steering wheel torque to return, and can also alert you through vibration pulses. Lane-Keeping System can help during a moment of distraction.
  • Auto High-Beam Headlamps: They can detect poor lighting and switch them on for you. They can also sense oncoming headlamps and dim automatically for other drivers.
  • Rear View Camera: It helps by providing a great view of what’s behind your vehicle. It also helps when you’re lining up a trailer. A washer helps keep the camera free of debris (like dirt or snow), helping you navigate Reverse clearly and with more confidence.
  • Adaptive Cruise Control: It can also alert you to a potential collision and helps maintain your choice of speed and preset gaps from the vehicle in front of you. If one is detected, the system flashes a warning, sounds an alarm, and can pre-charge the brakes to provide full responsiveness when you do brake.
  • Active Park Assist 2.0: Active Park Assist 2.0 makes it easy to park time after time even in tight parallel or reverse perpendicular spots. Park Out Assist with side-sensing capability can help you confidently navigate out of a spot when someone’s parked too close to Standard on ST and Platinum.
  • Rain-Sensing Windshield Wipers: They activate themselves automatically as needed, once you’ve turned the system on.
2019 Ford Explorer towing capacity

2019 Ford Explorer towing guide

  • Do not tow a trailer until you drive your vehicle at least 1000 miles. Also, do not drive faster than 70 mph.
  • See the instructions included with towing accessories for the proper installation and adjustment specifications.
  • Service your vehicle more frequently if you tow a trailer. See your scheduled maintenance information.
  • Check your hitch, electrical connections, and trailer wheel lug nuts thoroughly after you have traveled 50 miles.
  • When stopped in blocked or heavy traffic during hot weather, place the gearshift in position P to aid engine and transmission cooling and to help air conditioning performance.
  • Turn off the speed control with heavy loads or in hilly terrain. The speed control may turn off automatically when you are towing on long, steep grades.
  • Shift to a lower gear when driving down a long or steep hill. Do not apply the brakes continuously, as they may overheat and become less effective.
  • Use the Grade Assist or Tow/Haul feature when towing. These provide engine braking and help eliminate excessive transmission shifting for optimum fuel economy and transmission cooling.
  • Allow more distance for stopping with a trailer attached. Anticipate stops and brake gradually.
Reminder: Ford Explorer does not offer factory-installed towing equipment for this application; only available as a dealer accessory. Do not exceed the trailer weight for your vehicle configuration listed in the chart above. Maximum weights shown are for properly equipped vehicles with required equipment and a 150-lb. driver. Weight of additional options, equipment, passengers and cargo must be deducted from this weight. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Can a 2019 Ford Explorer tow a camper?

A 2019 Ford Explorer with a powerful 3.5L Ecoboost V6 engine and equipped with a Class III tow package when properly equipped, has a towing capacity between 3,000 to 5,000 pounds. It can tow pop-up trailers, teardrop trailers, and some smaller travel trailers you can easily take your camping trailer or enclosed utility trailer wherever you want.

How much can a 2019 Ford Explorer 2.3 EcoBoost tow?

The 2019 Ford Explorer 2.3L Ecoboost engine produces 280 hp and 310 lb.-ft. torque provides quick turbine spin-up for responsive acceleration performance. With Class II Trailer Tow Package properly equipped you can tow up to 3,000 pounds.

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