In something of a surprise move, Ford is actually decreasing prices for the latest edition of the Explorer for the 2021 model year. The Explorer was redesigned last year, moving from a front- to rear-wheel drive architecture, and it moves into it's second year with only modest changes. Base price drops a solid $540, but all trim levels are impacted. The popular Limited trim with four-wheel drive is now priced a huge $5458 lower than last year. Changes for 2021 include standard heated front seats, while a heated steering wheel is now optional on XLT trim. The Sports Appearance group is also now available on the XLT.  While sales of all vehicles have been greatly impacted by the ongoing pendemic, on the surface that does not appear to be the prime mover for Ford's bold move as Explorer volume was off to a good start after the redesign.