This week we are taking a look at the 2019 Ford Expedition Limited. This is the 4th generation Expedition since it came out in 1997. This particular one is the Texas Edition and as the name implies, it is only sold in Texas, but there are similar packages elsewhere.
My review vehicle is the Limited two-wheel drive. You can get it in a longer version, you can get it in a 4x4 version, and from the Limited trim level you can step down to the XLT or step up to the top-of-the-line Platinum.
I love what Ford did with the all-aluminum exterior Expedition last year. The clean lines and high beltline make it look long and lean with just the right amount of chrome and terrific 22” wheels. They did a wonderful job on the front end; it’s not quite as in your face as its sister, the Lincoln Navigator.
Under the hood you’ll find a 3.5-liter Ecoboost V6. Before you question a V6 in an SUV this size, realize it has 400-horses, 480-pound feet of torque, and it will tow a whopping 9300 pounds. You get a 10-speed automatic that shifts silky smooth and pops into the right gear no matter the circumstances.
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 air conditioning knob controls is the Sync 3 8” touchscreen that works quickly and is very 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, weather, and more. 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 easily, even if there is a child seat strapped in. The opening to enter the third row is quite sizeable. With all the seats behind the driver folded down, you have 121-cubic feet of cargo area. Buttons at the rear of the vehicle let you lower the second and third row seats. The power 3rd row seat folds up and down very quickly.
Notable standard features include: hands-free power lift gate, power deployable running boards, 2nd row heated seats, heated and cooled front seats, leather interior, power adjustable gas and brake pedal, powerfold 3rd row seat, and power tilt wheel. It has the trailer tow package with Ford’s slick trailer backup system. When not towing, this Expedition will parallel park itself. Also included with the Limited is blind spot monitoring that includes the length of your trailer if you are towing, 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 on the dash.
In addition, the Limited has a Bang & Olufsen 14-speaker sound system, Wi-Fi hotspot, 10-way power seats, USB ports in the front and back, and a heated steering wheel.
This Expedition has $7580 in options. The 301A package is $3030 and gets you a huge power panoramic moonroof, the voice activated navigation, adaptive cruise control, pre-collision assistance, and lane keeping system.
The Texas Edition package is $3955, second row inflatable seat belts run $225, and the Ruby Red paint adds $370.
Ride and Drive
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, 24 highway, and 20 combined.
What You’ll Pay
As you see this one, the MSRP is $70,240, which is right in line with other large SUVs on the market. Dealers in DFW tell me this one can be bought for around $64,000 with current rebates.
I wasn’t a fan of the previous versions of the Expedition, but this 2019 is truly exceptional.
2019 Ford Expedition Limited Texas Edition
- What I liked most: The ride, drive, and value of this Expedition.
- What I would change: I think a regular gear-shifter would be nice.
- MSRP: Base price $63,015 as equipped $70,246 with transportation.
- Fuel Economy: 17 city/24 highway/ 20 combined.
- Official Color: Ruby Red Metallic Clearcoat.
- Odometer reading when tested: 4800 miles.
- Weight: 5368 pounds.
- Spare Tire: Full sized spare with steel wheel.
- Length-Width-Height: 210” long/93.4” wide/76.6” high.
- Fuel Tank Capacity: 25 gallons with the filler on the driver's side.
- Towing Capacity: 9300 pounds.
- 2019 Expedition in a few words: The most improved large SUV in the past 4 years!
- Warranty: 3-year/36,000 mile bumper-to-bumper, and 5-year/60,000 mile power train warranty with roadside assistance.
- Final Assembly Location: Louisville, Kentucky.
- Manufacturer’s website: www.FORD.com
- Up Next: 2020 Mercedes GLE350.