Model Overview

2018 Ford Expedition Review

For those seeking more interior space and towing capability than a traditional three-row SUV, the full-sized truck-based Ford Expedition may be just the thing. This massive load-lugger offers seating for eight with room to spare and comes packed with luxury and technology features. For 2018, the Expedition offers improved power an updated interior and a new automatic transmission.

What’s it like inside?

The Expedition has received a minor interior update and the quality of the materials used, especially on higher trim levels make it a very luxurious vehicle. Fit and finish is to a high standard too.

There is space aplenty in the first two rows and even the usually compromised third row offers comfortable seating for larger adults. Available captain’s chairs for second row passengers offers even more comfort.

Cargo space is at the top of its class too with the third-row seats folding flat if required. The extended length Expedition Max adds to the already very generous storage area making the big Ford a default choice for large families who don’t like to travel light.

How does it drive?

Thanks to a well-judged independent suspension setup and accurate steering responses the Expedition handles and rides better than you would expect. The aluminum-based chassis reduces overall curb weight while the additional cogs in the new transmission make the big SUV more responsive than before.

The suspension soaks up bad road surfaces and the quiet cabin make it a very comfortable cruiser, the larger 22-inch wheels on higher trim levels may harm the ride quality though. Despite its above average handling ability, the Expedition is still a very big vehicle and the standard rear camera and parking sensors will be called on frequently in parking lots.

What about the performance?

The 2018 Expedition is available with a turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 which produces 375 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque, Platinum trim boosts power to 400 hp and 480 lb-ft. A new 10-speed automatic transmission is standard and power is sent to the rear-wheels with all-wheel drive an available option.

The Expedition offers above average acceleration in its class despite some rivals having V8 engines, it is also relatively fuel efficient considering its size with a city/highway rating of 15/21 mpg.

What are my options?

The Ford Expedition comes in either standard or long-wheelbase form and three trim levels, all available in either rear or all-wheel drive.

The basic XLT offers seating for 8, power driver seat with power-adjustable pedals, foldable second and third row seats, 4.2-inch cluster display, 9-speaker audio system with Bluetooth, USB and rear audio buttons and both front and rear climate control. Cruise Control, auto-dimming rearview mirror and cloth upholstery are also included.

Two available packages offer among other items leather upholstery with heated and ventilated power front seats, power liftgate, 8-inch infotainment system and blind spot monitoring system. Navigation, sunroof and additional driver assistance devices are available as individual options too.

Limited trim adds some of the XLT’s optional package contents as well as larger 20-inch wheels, uprated audio system, front parking sensors and heated second-row seats. A Panoramic sunroof, navigation, adaptive suspension and LED headlights amongst other extras are available either as part of a package or individually.

The top Platinum trim includes elements of the Limited’s optional packages and adds plusher interior finishes and massaging front seats. Power is also increased to 400 hp and 480 lb-ft.

Notable extras are second-row captain’s chairs (reducing seating capacity to 7) a self-parking system and a heavy duty tow package.

The Verdict

The 2018 Ford Expedition offers class-leading space allied with strong performance and quality interior materials. With a comprehensive tech and safety options list, spacious seating for 8 and huge cargo space in either standard or extended length versions the Expedition is a top choice in the full-size SUV segment.

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