2018 Ford Expedition Limited MAX Test Drive

2018 Ford Expedition MAX Limited

Last week we took a look at the 2018 Chevy Tahoe, this week we introduce you to the all-new 2018 Ford Expedition.  This is the Ford equivalent to the 2018 Lincoln Navigator we had a few weeks ago.

My review vehicle is the Limited Max two-wheel drive.  You can get it in a shorter version, you can get it in a 4×4 version, and from the Limited trim level you can step down to the XLT or step up to the top of the line Platinum.

All-Aluminum 2018 Ford Expedition

I love what Ford did with the all-aluminum exterior of the 2018 Expedition.  The clean lines and high beltline make it look long and lean with just the right amount of chrome and 20” wheels.  They did a wonderful job on the front end; it’s not quite as in your face as the Navigator is.

Behind that new grill lies a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6.  Before you question a V6 in an SUV this size, realize it has 375-horses, 470 pound-feet of torque, and it will tow 9000 pounds.  If you step up to the Platinum, it goes to 400-horses.  Either way, you get a 10-speed automatic that shifts silky smooth and pops into the right gear no matter the circumstances.

Inviting, Roomy Interior

Inside, the Expedition is inviting and you get an immediate sense of how roomy this SUV is, even in the 3rd row.  The seats are comfortable, the dash is well laid out with a driver info center you can configure from the controls on the steering wheel.

There is a large center console, a round transmission knob  – which takes a little getting used to – and there is a wireless phone charger built into the console.  There are dual glove boxes in front of the passenger seat.

Above the center stack is the Sync 3 8” touchscreen that works quickly and is simple.  From that screen, you choose your audio, change the climate system, operate the navigation system, apps for Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, and get real-time traffic and weather.  Everything can be voice activated and a really handy feature is you can direct tune the radio station you want, which is awesome for Sirius XM channels.

Entry to the 3rd row is easy with a touch of a button that will slide the second-row seat, even if there is a child seat strapped in.   The opening to enter the third row is sizeable or since this one has captain chairs in the 2nd row, you can get to the back easily.  With all the seats behind the driver folded down, you have 121-cubic feet of cargo area.

Standard Features and Options

Notable standard features include:  hands-free power liftgate, power-deployable running boards, 2nd-row heated seats, heated and cooled front seats, leather interior, power adjustable gas and brake pedal, power fold 3rd-row seat, and power tilt wheel.  It has the trailer tow package with Ford’s slick trailer backup system.

Also included with the Limited are: blind spot monitoring, push-button start, keyless remote entry with remote start, reverse sensing, rear camera, and a neat keypad on the driver’s door to unlock the doors.  It has the start/stop system, but it can be defeated with a button.

This Expedition has $4300 in options.  The 301A package is $3000 and gets you a power panoramic moonroof, the voice-activated navigation, adaptive cruise control, pre-collision assistance, and lane keeping system.

For $400 you get active park assist, which parallel parks for you, and the White Platinum paint runs $555.

Ride, Fuel Economy and What You’ll Pay

Although large, the Expedition is not cumbersome to drive due to a very tight turning radius.  The independent rear suspension system gives you a great ride, and the Expedition gives you a great view of the road ahead.  All in all, it is a real joy to drive.

Fuel economy is 17 in town, 23 highway, and 19 combined.

As you see this one, the MSRP is $70,275, which is right in line with other large SUVs on the market.  The extended length added $2700 if you were wondering.

For the first time since I’ve been reviewing vehicles, I’ll say these words:  If you are in the market for a large, truck-based SUV, Expedition has to be on your shopping list.

2018 Ford Expedition Limited MAX

  • What I liked most:  Ride, drive, and exterior appearance.  
  • What I would change:  Not nuts about the transmission dial.
  • MSRP: Base price $65,270 as equipped $70,275.
  • Fuel Economy: 17 City/23 Highway, 19 combined.
  • Fuel Tank: 28.3 gallons of regular fuel with filler on the passenger side.
  • Dimensions:  221.9” long/79.9” wide/76.4” high.
  • Weight:  5544 Pounds.
  • Trailer Towing: 9000-pound towing capacity.
  • Miles When Tested:  3600 miles.
  • Official Color: White Platinum Metallic outside, Ebony inside.
  • Spare tire: Full-sized spare with plain steel wheel.
  • Final Assembly Point:  Louisville, Kentucky.   
  • 2018 Expedition in a few words:  First ever Expedition I have loved.
  • Warranty:  3-year/36,000 mile bumper-to-bumper, 5-year/60,000 mile powertrain warranty with roadside assistance and two free maintenance visits.
  • Manufacturers website:  Ford
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