Ford Explorer: Automatic Transmission / Tow Mode (If Equipped)

Ford Explorer 2020-2021 Owners Manual / Transmission / Automatic Transmission / Tow Mode (If Equipped)

To activate tow mode, use the drive mode switch on the center console. See Selecting a Drive Mode.

The indicator light illuminates and a message displays in the instrument cluster when the system becomes active. Select a different mode to turn the system off.

The Tow Mode Feature:

  • Moves upshifts to higher engine speeds to reduce the frequency of transmission shifting.
  • Provides engine braking in all forward gears, which slows your vehicle and assist you in controlling your vehicle when descending a grade.
  • Depending on driving conditions and load conditions, it may downshift the transmission, slow your vehicle and control your vehicle speed when descending a hill, without pressing the accelerator pedal. The amount of downshift braking provided varies based upon the amount the brake pedal is pressed.

The tow mode feature improves transmission operation when towing a trailer or a heavy load. All transmission gear ranges are available when using tow mode.

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