Ford Expedition (U553)

Ford Expedition

Model Years Produced: 2018 to Current

 

Summary

The Ford Expedition has grown up considerably from its inception in 1996. Although the core DNA is still there – a comfortable family hauler – it has become bigger, faster, nicer, sleeker, and overall a more mature package.

Still based on the F-150 pickup, the Expedition is a body-on-frame SUV that can tow nearly five tons when fitted with the towing package, and it comes with a proper two-speed transfer case when equipped with 4WD. Although it’s too long and the bumpers are too low for proper off-road driving, the Expedition can handle trails just fine, especially in its new-for-2022 “Timberline” trim level – which includes a mild lift kit, skid plates, larger tires, and of course, a power boost. If the regular Expedition somehow isn’t big enough for you, a “MAX” version is available which stretches it another foot in length. Despite “only” coming with a V6, the Expedition is still quick – Motor Trend tested a 4WD version to 60mph in just 6.3 seconds.

Model year 2022 featured a mid-cycle refresh. In addition to some minor exterior style changes, the Expedition gained a standard 12″ infotainment screen running Ford Sync 4 (that can be optioned to the same 15.5″ screen from the Mustang Mach E), optional “BlueCruise” hands-free driving assist, an optional “Stealth Edition Performance Package,” and the aforementioned Timberline trim level.


Verdict

Pros

  • Extremely comfortable seats
  • Great fit and finish compared to its other American competitors like the Tahoe and Durango
  • Tons of space inside, especially on the “MAX” version
  • BlueCruise sets the bar for driver assistance tech in the class

Cons

  • Handles like a big truck
  • When fitted with the optional 15.5″ screen, the climate controls are digital rather than physical

Reviews

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Specifications

All figures are as of 2022 model year.

  • Transmission: Ford 10-speed automatic
  • Drivetrain: RWD standard, full-time 4WD optional w/ 2-speed transfer case
    • Electronically locking center differential standard on  4WD models
    • Electronically locking rear differential optional on all models
  • Base curb weight: 5306 lbs
  • Max cargo capacity: 104.6 cu ft
  • Seating: 3 rows
  • Rear leg room: 41.5 in
  • Towing capacity: 6000 lbs (9300 lbs with the towing package)

Engines

Ford EcoBoost D35 - 3.5L V6 Twin-Turbocharged

Standard

Power Figures

  • 380 hp
  • 470 lb-ft

Fuel Economy

  • 19mpg combined
  • 17mpg city
  • 23mpg highway

Timberline

Power Figures

  • 440 hp
  • 510 lb-ft

Fuel Economy

  • 17mpg combined
  • 16mpg city
  • 19mpg highway