The Expedition comes in standard-length and extended-length EL from. Four different trims are available: XLT, Limited, King Ranch and Platinum. All Expeditions are powered by a 3.5L Ecoboost V6 engine enhanced by two turbochargers. The engine can deliver 365 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque. The sole transmission is a 6-speed automatic and both rear-wheel and 4-wheel drive are available.
The Expedition has a tough, fully boxed frame for long-term durability in towing and hauling. It also has an independent rear suspension, which helps give it a better ride than many other truck-based SUVs. Variable-boost power steering also improves maneuverability. The 6-speed automatic transmission, with a wider gear ratio, has smaller steps between gears than the commonly used 4-speed automatic and offers improved shift quality, faster acceleration and improved fuel economy. Ford's exclusive AdvanceTrac with RSC is now joined by standard Trailer Sway Control and the two systems work together to detect trailer sway and apply precise braking or reduce engine torque as needed. The Expedition can tow up to 9,200 pounds when properly equipped.
Both standard and EL Expedition models feature three rows of seating and the second row is available either in a 40/20/40-split bench or two captain's chairs. On the EL, the third row is not only roomier but easier to access, thanks to large rear doors. Both rows of seats fold flat with the touch of a button. The EL is nearly 15 inches longer than the standard-length model and rides on a wheelbase that is a foot longer. This translates into even more cargo space than the standard-length model.
Standard safety equipment includes seat-mounted front side air bags with head-protecting Safety Canopy side-curtain air bags. These features are part of Ford's Personal Safety System, which includes seat belt pre-tensioners, load limiting retractors, driver seat position sensing, crash severity sensing, SecuriLock Passive Anti-Theft System, Ford's SOS Post Crash Alert System, tire pressure monitoring system and traction control.
Standard equipment includes an anti-theft perimeter alarm system, power driver seat, rear air conditioning and traction and stability control.
The XLT trim includes Ford's SYNC system, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and remote keyless entry. The Limited trim adds a power liftgate, SiriusXM satellite radio, leather seating and dual 8-way power-adjustable front seats.
On King Ranch, standard equipment includes woodgrain interior trim and other luxury interior features, including power running boards, rain-sensing wipers, integrated navigation and dual-zone climate control.
The Platinum trim is sort of the more urban answer to the King Ranch edition. Platinum trim features a powered moonroof, a voice activated navigation system and premium leather seating available in a variety of colors.
Options across the lineup include a rear load-leveling suspension, a dual-headrest DVD player, second-row heated bucket seats, a power moonroof and a heavy-duty tow package.
The first thing you notice about the Ford Expedition Max is right there in the name: It's huge. It's as close to a Canyonero as you can get these days. But thankfully, that big-and-tall stature is easy to live with thanks to a good roster of driver assistance tech and a powerful twin-turbo punch.
With its 222-inch length and 131-inch wheelbase, the full-size, three-row Expedition Max is actually shorter than a four-door F-150 SuperCrew pickup truck. But it feels downright massive from behind the wheel thanks to its cavernous interior. Spec the second-row bench seat and there's room for eight inside the Expedition, and because of the Max's added length, there's a full 36 cubic feet of space behind the third row, compared with just 21 cubic feet in the standard Expedition. Fold both back rows flat and this thing will haul an impressive 121.5 cubic feet of cargo.
My King Ranch tester is a seriously luxurious thing, too, with leather everywhere and second-row captain's chairs that have an easy tip-and-slide feature for easy access to the third row. I love the liberal use of open-pore wood inside the Expedition King Ranch and there are plenty of little storage cubbies, including one on top of the dashboard. All told, there are 15 cup holders, so feel free to bring along a whole case of Diet Dr. Pepper.
The Good ~ Excellent powertrain ~ Cavernous interior ~ Great infotainment tech ~ Easier to drive than you might think
The Bad ~ OK, it's still really big ~ A bit more expensive than some competitors
The Bottom Line For those who need to go big and go home, the Expedition Max is a solid choice.
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