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Jeffrey N. Ross | Feb 1, 2021


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Aside from the Ford Mustang, Ford's model lineup for 2021 consists solely of trucks, SUVs, and vans, and each has a broad variety of trim level offerings. The lineup includes models that range from entry-level and work-ready all the way up to trim levels designed to maximize style, performance and luxury.

If you're in the market for a Ford product, we've broken down all the differences in the various trim levels to make shopping even easier. Be sure to stop by our AutoNation Ford dealership today to check out the ever-growing lineup of Ford products.


Ford S Trim

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If you're shopping based on price, Ford's base S trim level is about as affordable as you can get. Despite a starting price of just under $20,000, the Ford EcoSport S is a little crossover that packs plenty of standard content such as a fuel-efficient turbocharged engine, a 4.2-inch SYNC infotainment system and for added convenience, a 4G LTE wi-fi hotspot. This base model even offers Ford's Intelligent four-wheel drive system as an option. For the 2021 model year, the EcoSport and Escape are both available in base form with the S trim level.

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Ford SE Trim

Exterior view of the 2021 Ford Escape

Stepping up from the base model, the SE trim level brings more equipment to the EcoSport and Escape (including Escape SE Sport Hybrid) upgrading to standard equipment such as aluminum wheels, tinted rear windows and keyless access with push-button start. On the mid-size Edge crossover, the SE trim level is the base trim, and it offers features like LED headlights and taillights, dual-zone climate control and the Ford Co-Pilot360 suite of safety technology. For the 2021 model year, the SE trim level is available on the EcoSport, Escape and Edge crossovers.

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Ford SEL Trim

Exterior view of the 2021 Ford Edge

The SEL trim level is a well-equipped middle-ground offering that maximizes content without breaking the bank. The Edge SEL comes standard with a ten-way power driver's seat, heated front seats, 18-inch aluminum wheels and LED signature lighting, and you can still get upscale options such as a panoramic sunroof and navigation. For the 2021 model year, the SEL trim level is available on the EcoSport, Escape and Edge crossovers.

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Ford SES Trim

Exterior view of the 2021 Ford Escape

Exclusive to the Ford EcoSport, the SES trim level brings a sporty look to this subcompact crossover. This trim level comes standard with the EcoSport's bigger 2.0-liter engine, and the styling is upgraded with blacked-out 17-inch aluminum wheels and dark exterior accents. Inside, the EcoSport SES gets SYNC3 infotainment with navigation, ambient cabin lighting and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with unique stitching

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Ford ST Trim

Exterior view of the 2021 Ford Edge

For buyers looking for some extra performance, the ST trim level does just that. Not only does the sporty Explorer ST come with specially tuned 3.0-liter EcoBoost V-6 rated at 400 horsepower, it also has unique styling elements such as 20-inch wheels, tinted headlights and taillights, and a more aggressive exterior design. Ford's hot hatch spirit lives on in 2021 with the ST trim level on the Edge and Explorer.

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Ford XL Trim

Exterior view of the 2021 Ford F-150

The XL trim level is the base model on Ford's trucks, vans and full-size SUVs. For the Ranger XL, that means a starting price of just under $25,000, and all of the basic features a small truck owner will appreciate like the 4G LTE wi-fi hotspot, a durable interior, and available four-wheel drive. For the 2021 model year, the XL trim level is available on the Transit Connect, Transit, Ranger, F-150, Super Duty and Expedition.

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Ford XLT Trim

Exterior view of the 2021 Ford Transit Connect

While the XL trim level focuses on value, the XLT packs plenty of standard content for comfort and convenience. On the Expedition XLT, these features include the PowerFold and Power Recline third-row seat, SYNC3 infotainment system, and a three-zone automatic climate control system. For the 2021 model year, the XLT trim level is available on the Transit Connect, Transit, Ranger, F-150, Super Duty, Explorer and Expedition.

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Ford Titanium Trim

Exterior view of the 2021 Ford Escape

When it comes to Ford's smaller SUVs and vans, the Titanium trim level is the top of the line. Opting for the Titanium trim level on the Transit Connect transforms a capable work van into a family friendly compact van loaded with content such as SYNC3 infotainment with navigation, push-button start, 16-inch aluminum wheels and heated, power-folding door mirrors. For the 2021 model year, the Titanium trim level is available on the EcoSport, Escape (including Escape Titanium Hybrid), Edge and Transit Connect.

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Ford Lariat Trim

Exterior view of the 2021 Ford Ranger Tremor Lariat

For truck buyers concerned with style, luxury and technology, the Lariat trim level is the way to go. On the all-new 2021 F-150, this trim level brings equipment such as a 12-inch digital gauge cluster, standard running boards (including power-deployed steps on the SuperCrew model), 400-watt power outlet in the cargo bed and LED lighting inside the bed. For the 2021 model year, the Lariat trim level is available on the Ranger, F-150 and Super Duty.

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Ford King Ranch Trim

Exterior view fo the 2021 Ford F-Series Super Duty

As its name suggests, the King Ranch trim level brings a little cowboy attitude to the Expedition, F-150, and Super Duty. Reintroduced for 2020 on the Expedition, this full-size SUVs gets exclusive leather throughout the cabin, 22-inch wheels, power-deployable running boards, and second-row captain's chairs.

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Ford Limited Trim

Exterior view of the 2021 Ford F-150 Limited

Truck buyers will get maximum luxury with the Limited trim level as this is the top trim offering on the F-150 and Super Duty, but it's also a highly optioned-up trim level on the Explorer and Expedition. With a price of more than $90,000, the F-450 Super Duty Limited is the most expensive vehicle that Ford currently sells, and it doesn't disappoint with standard navigation, two-tone leather interior, a twin-panel power moonroof and an available 6.7-liter Power Stroke V-8 offering up 1,050 lb-ft of torque.

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Ford Platinum Trim

Exterior view of the 2021 Ford Expedition

Likewise, SUV buyers looking for the pinnacle of luxury can opt for the fully loaded Platinum trim level on the Explorer and Expedition, and this highly optioned-up trim level is also offered on the F-150 and Super Duty. Not only does the Explorer Platinum come standard with upscale features like 20-inch wheels, enhanced interior finishes, perforated leather seats and second-row sunshades, this trim level is also the only way the 2021 Explorer can be equipped with its available hybrid powertrain.

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Ford Bronco and Bronco Sport Trims

Exterior views of the Ford Bronco and Ford Bronco Sport

The return of the Ford Bronco and the all-new Bronco Sport represent a new age of off-road enthusiasm at Ford, and these SUVs come with their own trim levels. The Bronco Sport will be offered with Base, Big Bend and Outer Banks, while the two- and four-door Bronco with the removable doors and top will be available in Base, Big Bend, Black Diamond, Outer Banks, Badlands and Wildtrak.

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Ford Mustang Mach-E Trims

Exterior view of the Mustang Mach-E

Like the Bronco, the all-new Mustang Mach-E is an enthusiast-minded vehicle with exclusive trim levels. This all-electric crossover wears the signature Mustang pony logo, and it's available in trim levels such as Select, Premium, California Route 1 and GT.

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Exploring Ford Trim Packages

Ford offers a diverse lineup of trucks and SUVs for modern consumers. Although the only car it produces for the 2021 model year is the Ford Mustang, it still boasts a product lineup that can fit into the lifestyles of many drivers. With 12 different trim packages available, plus two additional special edition trim packages just for the Bronco and the Mustang, choosing the right Ford product for you can be a daunting task. We've created this guide to Ford trim packages to help you in your quest to find the Ford vehicle that's right for you.

What are trim level options?

A trim level is the way a manufacturer designates a vehicle's level of equipment and special features. This could be everything from interior materials to whether or not the vehicle has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support. The higher you go in trim level packages, the more you'll spend. It's worth researching which car features you really want before you dive into trim packages, or you might end up paying more than you need to.

Where can I find Ford cars, trucks, and SUVs in different trim levels?

Be sure to check out our Ford trim packages guide -- you'll find inventory links to popular models mentioned throughout the post, including the Ford Bronco, the Ford Mustang, the Ford F-Series Super Duty, and more. Still researching? Be sure to check out our Ford Research for reviews, videos, and guides. If you're ready to shop in person, you can find an AutoNation-affiliated Ford dealership near you.

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