Ford's three-row mega-sized SUV seats up to eight and comes in in two sizes: the Ford Expedition and the Ford Expedition Max. We'll deal here with the regular Expedition, which is available in four trims: XL, XLT, Limited, and Platinum, with a new Expedition Special Edition Package available for 2019.
The Expedition for 2019 is essentially a carryover in terms of appearance and mechanical features, which was an all-new model for 2018. Changes for 2019 models, other than a Special Edition Package, include available unique seating material for XLT models, dual-zone electronic temperature control becomes Tri-zone control, bright roof rails and bright end caps become standard for Platinum models, and available FordPass Connect replaces SYNC Connect on all trim levels. All other content, including the advanced cargo management system and the powertrain, remains unchanged for both standard and extended-wheelbase MAX models.
-- ECOBOOST POWER
Power continues to be provided by Ford's 3.5-liter EcoBoost twin-turbo V-6 engine with auto stop/start, longitudinally mounted forward. The horsepower is 375 at 5,000 rpm and the torque measures 470 lb.-ft. at 3,500 rpm. Energy reaches the driving wheels (either rear or all four) via a ten-speed SelectShift automatic transmission. Four-wheel-drive models feature a two-speed automatic 4WD with neutral towing capability and a 9,300-pound towing capacity. Steering is electronically power-assisted rack-and-pinion, and the rear axle is a non-limited-slip 3.31.
The exterior styling is attractive in an immense, boxy sort of way. It bears a noticeable resemblance to the Range Rover -- not a bad thing at all. The new Expeditions are both larger and lighter than their predecessors thanks to their aluminum intensive construction.
-- LOTS OF ROOM
The interior is spacious and then some, with bucket seats up front with recline and a six-way power driver's seat featuring power lumbar support. Second-row 40/20/40 split CenterSlide and third-row PowerFold bench seating offers plenty of uncrowded room for passengers and their gear.
The latest Ford Expeditions are loaded to the hilt with state-of-the-art technological features that cover infotainment and connectivity that comes with an 8.0-inch Sync 3 touchscreen with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a 4G LTE mobile hotspot, driver assistance, and safety categories.
-- TEST-DRIVE MODEL
My test Ford Expedition was in Platinum trim and a 4x4 configuration. The exterior was sprayed Stone Gray metallic and the interior was executed in Ebony leather. The base price was set at $76,175, which bumped up to a final total of $81,815, after factoring in the $4,375 worth of options which included second-row leather seating, heavy-duty trailer tow package, reversible cargo mat, rear seat entertainment system, and the destination and delivery charge.
The ride quality of the Expedition is quite comfortable and the styling is pleasing as far as luxury SUVs go, and the handling characteristics are on the heavy side, but keep in mind that this is no sports sedan. The top trim levels fall into the lofty price category, comparable to or even in some cases exceeding premium luxury European brands, while lacking the same quality of materials and detailed attention to final fit and finish.
-- FINAL TAKE
In the final scheme of things, the new Ford Expeditions are fine SUVs with ample power for rapid acceleration, especially considering its overall mass. And that for many is enough to call if the King of the Road.
Copyright © 2013 Motor Matters
|Base price||$76,175 (as tested: $81,815)|
|Curb weight||5,609 lbs.|
|Engine type||twin-turbo EcoBoost V-6 w/GDI|
|Epa mileage rating||17 mpg city, 22 mpg highway|
|Fuel capacity||23.6 gal.|
|Horsepower (net)||375 at 5000 rpm|
|Overall length||210 in.|
|Torque (lb.-ft.)||470 at 2250 rpm|
|Vehicle type||8-passenger 4WD full-size SUV|
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