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What is the Towing Capacity for a 2016 Ford Explorer?

The 2016 Ford Explorer has a range of towing capacities depending on the engine and trim level. Here is a comparison chart outlining the maximum towing capacity, torque, payload, and tongue weight for each engine and trim level:

Engine/Trim LevelMax Towing Capacity (lbs)Torque (lb-ft)Payload (lbs)Tongue Weight (lbs)
3.5L V65,0002501,659500
2.3L EcoBoost 4-cyl2,0003101,686200
3.5L EcoBoost V65,0003501,633500
Sport 3.5L EcoBoost V65,0003501,623500

As you can see from the chart, the maximum towing capacity of the 2016 Ford Explorer varies depending on the engine and trim level. The standard 3.5L V6 engine has a towing capacity of up to 5,000 lbs, while the smaller 2.3L EcoBoost 4-cylinder engine has a towing capacity of up to 2,000 lbs. The 3.5L EcoBoost V6 and the Sport 3.5L EcoBoost V6 have the same maximum towing capacity of 5,000 lbs.

In addition to the maximum towing capacity, it is important to also consider the torque, payload, and tongue weight when determining the appropriate towing capacity for your needs. The torque and payload can affect the vehicle’s ability to pull and carry the weight of the trailer, while the tongue weight can affect the stability and control of the vehicle and trailer combination. It is important to consult the owner’s manual or contact a dealership to determine the specific towing capacity of your vehicle based on its equipment and configuration, as well as to ensure that you are using the appropriate weight distribution and sway control devices for safe towing.

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