Did Ford lower the towing capacity on the Explorer since mine was new in 99? My Explorer has a rated towing capacity of 5400 lbs. It has the 4.0L V6, the AOD automatic transmission, all wheel drive, and the towing package. Don't get me wrong, I'd never try to tow anything over 2500-3000 lbs. with my truck, but it is rated that high. My boat and trailer weighs in around 2300 lbs., and my truck does not have any problems towing it.The explore has a pretty low tow rating compared to other similar vehicles.