The Ford Expedition is all-new for 2018 with a new look, a well-equipped interior, and plenty of cability. The update takes the Expedition from ho-hum SUV to fully tricked-out modern SUV and sets a high bar for the rest of the segment.
The first thing you’ll notice is its new look, which loses its dated styling in favor of a bold, modern look. It’s an attractive SUV and one you simply cannot miss with a huge grille up front. The new look includes a new high-strength aluminum-alloy body that helped the Expedition shed 300 pounds.
That weight loss means the Expedition gets better fuel economy with an EPA-estimated 17 mpg city/24 mpg highway/20 mpg combined in 4×2 models and a drop of one mpg on all fronts for 4×4 models. This beats competitors like the Chevrolet Tahoe and means the family road trip won’t break the bank when gas prices rise.
When it comes time to tow, it can bring along up to 9,300 pounds when equipped with the heavy-duty trailer tow package. If you’re worried about backing up with that trailer, there’s Pro Trailer Backup Assist that helps you steer everything in the right direction just by turning a single knob.
Inside, there’s 20.9 cubic feet behind the third row, 63.6 cubic feet behind the second row, and 104.6 cubic feet behind the first row. If you opt for the long wheelbase Expedition Max, which was our test car, then the numbers grow to 36.0/79.6/121.4 respectively.
The Expedition is capable, but a large part of the time it’s going to be about the people it carries rather than the cargo it hauls. There’s room for up to eight passengers in what is a truly cavernous interior. This is an SUV that can accommodate eight adults with an easily accessible third row.
It’s spacious and it’s comfortable especially in the Platinum trim which is luxury-car plush. This trim comes standard with amenities like power-adjustable foot pedals, power-folding third and second row seats, heated first and second row seats, and Sync3 with an 8-inch touchscreen.
Power for the Expedition comes from a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 with 375 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque. Platinum models feature a modified version of the same engine with 400 horsepower and 480 lb-ft of torque. Both engines are paired to a 10-speed automatic transmission.
The engine in the Expedition is well-matched to the brawn of the its size. This made getting up to highway speeds and merging into heavy traffic easy with the ten-speed automatic providing smooth shifts well-timed for power delivery.
Taken as a whole package, the Ford Expedition is impressive. It has style, comfort, and capability, but it doesn’t come cheap. The Ford Expedition starts at $51,695 for the base XLT with two-wheel drive and runs up to $72,710 for the top Platinum trim. Pricing on the Expedition Max ranges from $54,385 up to $75,400 putting it firmly in luxury car territory.
The 2018 Ford Expedition is an impressive full-size SUV. Although pricing will keep it out of reach for many, it delivers a premium experience that makes it worth it for those who can afford the price of entry.