If you can name a car manufacturer that has nailed the crossover and SUV marketplace better than Ford, please do so, because we can’t think of any.
The company behind the blue oval logo now boasts a half-dozen utility vehicles in its lineup, starting with the subcompact Ecosport and culminating here with the full-size Expedition.
Ford completely redesigned this truck last year with new styling, an aluminum body that cut a big chunk out of its curb weight and a new version of the company’s Ecoboost turbocharged 3.5L V6 that boasts 420 lb-ft of torque. There’s also a 10-speed transmission between the engine and wheels that helps make Ford a leader in the race to where every transmission might as well be a continuously variable unit with infinite ratios.
Unsurprisingly, the Expedition is unchanged for 2019 in the wake of its complete overhaul.
Trim levels include XLT, Limited and Platinum, and the top two can be optioned into an extended-length Expedition Max configuration.
Ford goes up against a number of formidable competitors with the Expedition. Nissan, Chevrolet, Toyota and GMC all field nicely sorted vehicles in the mid-priced full-size class, and then there are upscale models from brands like Infiniti, Lexus and Cadillac, not to mention the Navigator, which is produced by Ford’s own Lincoln luxury division.
While the Expedition Max’s MSRP tops out in the mid-$80,000 range, those luxury models easily crest the $100,000 mark.
Ford figures the Expedition’s turbo V6 and ten-speed are good for the best towing capacity in this class, and no doubt the lighter body contributes to that, too. As far as moving cargo, Ford says a four-by-eight sheet of plywood will fit inside with the second and third rows of seats folded down and the tailgate closed.
Standard kit includes eight-way power front seats, manual climate control with rear auxiliary controls, Sync infotainment, nine-speaker stereo with CD player, power windows with one-touch up/down driver’s door glass, power rear quarter windows, power-adjustable pedals, cruise control, leather-trimmed steering wheel, windshield wiper de-icer, tailgate with flip-up glass, fog lights, heated side mirrors and a Class IV trailer hitch receiver and wiring.
Limited models add leather seating, 10-way power front seats with heat and ventilation, heated second-row seats, power-folding third row seat, dual-zone automatic climate control, navigation, wireless smartphone charging, power-adjustable steering column, heated steering wheel, hands-free power tailgate, passive keyless entry, front park assist, LED taillights, power deployable running boards, power-folding side mirrors, blind spot monitoring with cross-traffic and trailer tow monitoring and a panoramic sunroof.
Platinum trim brings multicontour front seats with massage, adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, active park assist and LED headlights with automatic high beams.
At press time, Ford hadn’t published fuel consumption estimates for the 2019 Expedition, but we expect them to be very similar, if not identical, to those for last year’s model. Those figures were 13.8/10.7 L/100 km (city/highway) for the standard Expedition and 14.9/11.2 for the Expedition Max.
This vehicle has not yet been reviewed