With space for eight passengers, as well as their cargo, as well as a massive towing capacity 2021 Ford Expedition is a workhorse for families with active lifestyles. It’s available in standard length as well as long wheelbase Expedition Max body styles and is powered by a twin-turbocharged, V-6 engine that comes with a 10-speed auto transmission. The rear-wheel drive option is standard, however, those who want four-wheel capability can purchase it at any level at a cost. The Expedition provides a thrilling journey, but at a minimum the ride is comfortable. With all the space it offers The Expedition is comfortable enough but it does not provide the luxury that people would like from an SUV that has the price of such a premium and its more expensive counterpart that is that of the Lincoln Navigator, may be worth considering for those who love the finest things.
What’s New for 2021?
Ford’s Co-Pilot360 Assist bundle, which includes advanced driver-assist features is being offered as an upgrade for the XLT model that will be available in 2021. The Expedition features new wheel designs for all trims. It also comes with the two-row XL STX base model that is priced at $51,690. Based on spy shots and rumors, we can expect that the 2022 Expedition to undergo a mid-cycle refresh with an enormous touchscreen that is vertical (likely likely to be a 15.5-inch display that was inherited from the Ford Mustang Mach-E EV) along with an upgraded trim level that could be dubbed Timberline.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
It is wise to be cautious when looking for an Expedition since the more you pay on it, the more the Expedition does not meet your expectations. The XLT version with the 202A package comes with luxuries such as a liftgate with motion remote start as well as the front seats are heated, ventilated and heated seating, and a heated steering column. One suggestion to satisfy vanity: swap out those standard wheels of 18 inches with an attractive set of (and suitable in proportion to) 20-inch wheels to prevent this Expedition XLT from looking too cheap.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
The engine that drives the Expedition is the twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6 and a smooth 10-speed auto transmission that works with all-wheel or rear-wheel drive. Its XLT as well as the Limited models feature an engine with 375 horsepower. V-6. However, on the top model, Platinum the engine will produce 400 horsepower. Although we haven’t yet tested it with the standard engine it will not be faster than the 400-hp engine we tested on the long- and short-wheelbase models. All Expeditions employ an independent rear suspension, which provides superior ride and handling over live-axle configurations found used on Chevrolet as well as GMC alternatives. While passengers feel comfortable with its smooth ride, drivers are affected by the lack of grip and a lack of steering precision. Anyone who can afford the highest-end Expedition should be obligated to take a look at luxury-branded rivals like the BMW X7 or the Mercedes-Benz GLS-class. The Expedition can haul the maximum weight of 9300lbs and the larger Expedition Max’s capacity is set to 9000 pounds.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
The class of heavy haulers certainly does not help conserve fossil fuels. Ford states that the EcoBoost engine (a twin-turbocharged V-6) is more efficient than a standard V-8 engine, however the Expedition does not live up to the promise. The rear-driver has been assessed by the EPA at 17 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway. the all-wheel-drive model drops to 22 mpg on the highway. Both the standard-length Expedition and the extended Expedition Max delivered 20 mpg on our 200-mile highway fuel economy route. The 420 horsepower Yukon Denali fell short of its EPA estimation however, it was in line with Ford’s actual-world performance.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
The interior of the Expedition has an oval dashboard that has large air vents as well as materials that get better with each trim level. Each Expedition comes with 15 cupholders and aside from the basic two-row XL STX model, a third-row that folds up with power seat. Our Platinum test vehicle had niceties that aren’t available in lower models, such as the multicontour seats in the front with massage functions and leather trim on the door and real wood on the center console and the steering wheel is covered by premium leather. Although it’s a beautiful interior, its flimsy plastics are an abomination and are unacceptable for a car priced this high. Both models come with spacious interiors and, unlike many rivals, its third row doesn’t make adults uncomfortable. The standard bench has three seats in the second row however, you can add two captain’s chairs for a captain’s chair if you’d like. The Max has the best storage space inside the cubby. Each model features a fold-down third row that is operated via the cargo area or the back seat. The third and second rows fold flat to provide an even floor. This makes it much easier to load items.
Infotainment and Connectivity
The Expedition is an entertainment paradise with a wide range of connectivity options and a myriad of features. It comes with an 8.0-inch Sync 3 touchscreen infotainment system that has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility as well as the four-G LTE mobile hotspot are included. Navigation and real-time information on weather and traffic cost additional. A rear-seat entertainment system is offered however only on the Limited, King Ranch, and Platinum trims.