Ford Expedition

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.

Editors' Review

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At 221.9 inches long, the 2019 Ford Expedition Max is about a foot longer than the standard Expedition SUV, making it one of the largest -- if not the largest -- non-commercial vehicles in Ford's fleet. And in top-of-the-line Platinum trim, the $84,000 example that recently rolled into Roadshow HQ is also one of Ford's most expensive.

It's so expensive because Platinum, in Ford parlance, means "every bell and every whistle." Choosing this trim level gets you every luxury and tech amenity in the Expedition's arsenal. There are even a few upgrades unique to the Platinum model, such as a significant power and torque bump.

Meet 'Max'

That extra stretch on the outside pays off inside, with a huge helping of cargo space. The Expedition Max boasts 15 additional cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row compared to its shorter-wheelbase sibling, growing to 34.3 cubic feet total. Fold the last row flat to expand the hold to 73.3 total cubic feet.

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The Good The 2019 Ford Expedition's EcoBoost V6 and 10-speed transmission are a great combo, boasting strong torque delivery and smart gear selection. The Platinum trim level is loaded up with every tech bell and luxury whistle in Ford's portfolio and benefits from a horsepower bump.

The Bad The longer Max model sacrifices a touch of off-road capability, towing capability and fuel economy.

The Bottom Line Loaded for bear with every feature in Ford's arsenal, the 2019 Ford Expedition Max Platinum is so well-appointed that it could be considered a low-cost alternative to luxury heavy-hitters like the Navigator or Escalade.

Editors' Rating
  • Performance 8
  • Features 9
  • Design 8
  • Media 8.5

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