Ford has been a lot more prepared compared to a lot of its competitors to instill its large vehicles and SUVs with new-school suggestions. It led the industry in changing pickup trucks and SUVs from V-8 power to scaled down, turbocharged V-6s. It lowered the mass of its F-series pick-ups with the first-ever bodies made from aluminum. It was an early adopter of independent rear suspensions for its huge SUVs, an action that boosted third-row comfort and also ride quality at the same time. Exactly how would certainly Ford's new-school thinking play out in the very first brand new Expedition in 11 years?
Since we've placed some miles on one, we understand: It seems much more old school than new. That's not entirely a bad thing, but it's not the outcome we were hoping for, specifically given what does it cost? we like its F-150 pick-up cousin-- enough to earn that version a 10Best Trucks and also SUVs victor.
Ford held to the traditional, big-SUV plan by again basing the Expedition on a hefty, truck-type steel frame, however, just like the F-150, the brand-new design has been pushed better toward modernity with a light weight aluminum body. The lighter bodywork has actually assisted slim the top-spec, four-wheel-drive Expedition Platinum by 238 extra pounds compared with the last-generation Platinum we examined, also as the new vehicle has actually expanded 4 inches in length.
The old Expedition currently benefited from the third-row space benefit of an independent back suspension, which permits a level flooring completely to the back. As well as the previous Expedition switched to a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 back in 2015. Both of those attributes are carried forward, although the V-6 now is based on the latest version of that engine that powers the F-150 and also the new Lincoln Navigator. In Expedition Platinum guise it makes 400 horsepower and 480 lb-ft of torque, renovations of 35 horses as well as 60 lb-ft over in 2015's model. (The XLT and Limited models get the same 375-hp, 470-lb-ft outcome as in the F-150.) Bolted to the torquey V-6 is another leading-edge component: a new 10-speed automatic co-developed with General Motors. Explorations with four-wheel drive could tow approximately 9200 extra pounds.
The Expedition aces the key objective of every large SUV, which is to act as a bus, with space for a crowd of travelers and their freight. It's a half-foot longer than a Chevrolet Tahoe, as well as its voluminous interior deals comfortable seats and also stretch-out room for grownups in all three rows. That's something the standard-length Tahoe, GMC Yukon, as well as Cadillac Escalade-- every one of which still utilize space-sapping strong rear axles-- can not match.
Our Platinum was outfitted with optional second-row captain's chairs, making it a seven-seater; a three-seat, second-row bench is typical on all Expeditions. If that's not enough area for you there's a huger, stretchier, long-wheelbase Expedition Max (just what made use of to be called the EL) that is practically as long as the Chevy Suburban/GMC Yukon XL/Cadillac Escalade ESV.
Ford also has actually taken this opportunity to bring the brand-new Expedition approximately day in terms of infomercial, connectivity, and also safety and security systems. Packed variations like our Platinum test truck supply the latest Sync 3 infomercial system, a pair of USB ports for each row of seats, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, a Wi-Fi hotspot that supports up to 10 tools, and more. A complete collection of driver help is readily available, consisting of front automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane-keeping help, as well as flexible cruise ship control.
The Numbers Don't Fib
For all that, however, the Expedition's new-school reasoning doesn't pay the dividends we expected. Regardless of its aluminum body, the large Ford is still 100 extra pounds much heavier than a comparably geared up 2018 GMC Yukon Denali, although, approved, the Expedition is longer as well as substantially roomier.
The Expedition's EcoBoost V-6 powertrain is smooth and also effective, but the vehicle is practically no quicker than the 6.2-liter V-8-- powered GMC-- as well as the Ford's promise of boosted gas performance might be illusory. The Expedition's 19-mpg consolidated EPA number is 2 mpg better compared to the Yukon's, yet its 22-mpg freeway number coincides. And in our real-world 75-mph highway fuel-economy test, the Denali matched the Platinum's 20-mpg proving.
If the Expedition excels at being a bus, it likewise handles a little excessive like one. We didn't believe it was possible, however the Expedition actually drives bigger than it is, while the Yukon as well as the Tahoe handle to drive significantly smaller. Yes, we know that attacking corners is not precisely a top priority for customers of huge SUVs. However even in normal website traffic the Expedition's ponderous handling and also detached feel need even more of your interest, and simplicity of driving matters in this sector. The F-150 is far less ponderous regardless of its solid back axle as well as structure-reducing different cab as well as box. The Expedition does ride smoother than the Tahoe and the Yukon Denali, however.
High end with Downside
Although the Expedition is roomy, comfy, and well outfitted, being inside of our Platinum test vehicle didn't seem like a cohesive, high end experience-- which it must have, taking into consideration that our fully loaded examination vehicle stickered for an eye-watering $81,765. (The base rear-drive XLT model begins at $52,890; the Platinum begins at $73,905.) The Platinum's soft leather seats as well as handsome door panels are made from premium products, but their impact is endangered by cheap-looking plastics elsewhere-- the clunky trim around the huge HVAC dashboard vents is especially outright-- and a facility stack that looks like it's out of a car setting you back half as much.
The Expedition may be brand new, but the SUV that shows how brand-new school is done in fact has actually been around because 2013: the Mercedes-Benz GLS-class (formerly called the GL). Virtually as roomy as the Expedition, the V-6-- powered GLS450 4Matic suits or surpasses the Ford in virtually every location. Its unitized building makes it concerning 500 pounds lighter, it drives 2 dimension classes smaller sized, and it's pleasantly elegant inside. All that as well as a big three-pointed star in the grille-- for $6500 less than a four-wheel-drive Expedition Platinum without any choices.